Governor Terry McAuliffe says rules keeping ex-convicts from voting are holdovers from the Civil War, designed to prevent blacks from going to the polls. But Republicans say the governor is overstepping his constitutional authority to help a longtime political ally and fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton.
Even after men and women have served their time — after they have paid their debt to society, as the cliche goes — most states restrict their franchise. It’s an odd idea: Those men and women are harmless enough to release onto the streets, but they can’t be trusted to vote.
Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.
From now on, Virginia can confiscate firearms from anyone who is under a permanent protective order for domestic violence offenses.
It would have been admirable for this change of heart regarding the Confederate flag to have happened without the cruel shock of a massacre of innocents.
“Even its display on state issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.”
Virginia attorney general Mark Herring announced on Thursday that he would side with plaintiffs challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, rather than defend it on behalf of the state. Herring, a Democrat elected on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s ticket, said his views on marriage equality have changed over the years. “I had voted against marriage […]
In early November, in the midst of the worst of the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, Terry McAuliffe beat Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who defined himself as one of the nation’s foremost opponents of the president’s health care reform, to become the state’s next governor. “We tested Cuccinelli’s brag that he was the first attorney […]
Immediately after his inauguration as the 72nd governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe made protecting LGBT workers from discrimination the first official action of his new administration. On Saturday afternoon, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1, which “specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political […]