Denton: Kaine likely to face difficult challenges as Clinton running mate

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

WFIR Political Analyst Bob Denton says Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Kaine is a safe and strong one, but Kaine will likely face some difficult challenges as her running mate. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Community Conversation on heroin epidemic tomorrow night

wfir-defaultTomorrow night a nationwide problem that’s also here in the Roanoke Valley – legal opioid and heroin addiction – is again in the spotlight with a “Community Conversation.” More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Click below to hear more from Dr John Burton with Carilion’s emergency department about the heroin issue:

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Trump, Pence to hold first post-convention campaign appearance in Roanoke

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to make a campaign stop this afternoon in Roanoke.

Trump and his running mate – Indiana Governor Mike Pence – are expected to hold a town hall event today at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center. A spokesperson says 1,000 chairs will be available. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with doors scheduled to open at 1 p.m.

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Kaine pick could upend Virginia politics

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Tim Kaine’s selection as Hillary Clinton’s running mate could totally upend Virginia politics.

And it would all but certainly result in the most expensive election cycle in the state’s history next if Kaine becomes vice president.

Kaine was announced Friday as Clinton’s choice to be the Democratic vice presidential candidate.

If he wins, it’ll mean Virginia has an unprecedented dual Senate and gubernatorial races next year, with yet another Senate contest the year after.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe would get to pick a temporary replacement for Kaine’s Senate seat. McAuliffe declined to say whom he would pick, but said that having a minority or female candidate represent the state is a significant consideration.

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Hundreds protest governor’s positions on fossil fuels

Virginia Executive Mansion

Virginia Executive Mansion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Hundreds of protesters have streamed into Virginia’s capital city to criticize the Democratic governor’s energy policies, including his support for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Carrying signs that read “We won’t pipe down,” the group on Saturday also lambasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support for offshore oil drilling and for not trying to stop an electric company’s release of treated coal ash water into
rivers.

Among the protesters was 23-year-old Sonia Wang, an environmental researcher who lives in Richmond. She said it’s important to show that these issues matter to Virginians and to hold McAuliffe accountable for his support of fossil fuels.

A McAuliffe spokeswoman has told media outlets in recent weeks that he’s aggressively pushed for renewable energy development in Virginia, particularly solar generation.

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Virginia court strikes down order giving felons voting right

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s highest court has struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to more than 206,000 felons. The Supreme Court of Virginia issued the ruling declaring the order unconstitutional late Friday afternoon. In a 4-3 decision, the court says McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers.

The executive order, issued in April, restored voting rights of felons who completed their sentences and also allowed them to run for public office, serve on a jury and become a notary public.

Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit challenging the order.

The court ordered the state to cancel the registration of all felons under the order. More than 11,000 felons have registered to vote under the action.

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Clinton chooses Kaine as running mate

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket. In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.” Kaine himself tweeted, “I’m honored to be her running mate.” The two will make their first appearance together as a ticket Saturday at a rally in Miami. Clinton’s decision caps a highly secretive, months-long process to find a political partner. It’s also the final puzzle piece for the general election, pitting Clinton and Kaine against Republican Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence, the Indiana governor. Clinton called Kaine by phone around 7:30 p.m. Friday to offer him the job, and he accepted, according to a campaign aide. She then called President Barack Obama to inform him of the decision.

 

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DMV announces TSA partnership and other initiatives

DMVIn addition to a new partnership that’s the first of its kind, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles yesterday announced several new initiatives. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details.

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Roanoke Valley home sales, prices at highest levels in years

wfir-defaultRoanoke Valley home sales are off to their best start in a decade. More than 2,400 homes sold in January through June, and the average sales price last month neared $219,000, the highest for any month in years. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Festival of New Works features budding playwrights

WFIR-arts-and-cultureIts billed as a chance to get familiar perhaps with plays and playwrights before they become famous. The Festival of New Works returns to the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre this weekend as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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More from Todd Ristau about the Festival of New Works this weekend:

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