April 29th, 2016
Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 641 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $10.95 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 27 months in office.
Governor McAuliffe is focused on growing the #NewVAEconomy and continuing our historic economic success. We can't build on our success if we build walls around our state.
The Governor’s Top 5
Governor McAuliffe Restores Rights to 206,000 Virginians
- “Too often in both our distant and recent history, politicians have used their authority to restrict peoples’ ability to participate in our democracy. Today we are reversing that disturbing trend and restoring the rights of more than 200,000 of our fellow Virginians who work, raise families and pay taxes in every corner of our Commonwealth” - Governor Terry McAuliffe.
- About 200,000 convicted felons in Virginia will now have the right to vote in November – The Washington Post
- A Crucial Right Restored in Virginia – The New York Times
- Governor McAuliffe’s Gambit – The Atlantic
- Rights Restored to 200k Felons by WTVR (Richmond)
- NewsTalk – NewsChannel 8 – Restoration of Voting Rights (Washington, D.C.)
General Assembly Upholds All Gubernatorial Vetoes and 89% of Amended Bills
- “When this session began, I asked the General Assembly to work with me to pass legislation that will contribute to our ongoing efforts to build a stronger, new Virginia economy in every corner of our Commonwealth. We worked together to make record investments in public education, to reach historic agreements on transportation and gun safety, and to achieve significant progress on a number of other issues that are important to Virginians’ lives.” - Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Lawmakers sustain McAuliffe vetoes on hot-button issues – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- McAuliffe’s vetoes of partisan flash points survive GOP attempts to override them – The Washington Post
- Virginia lawmakers fail to override key vetoes – The Associated Press
- Assembly sustains all of McAuliffe’s vetoes – WRIC (Richmond)
- Reconvened Session – WVIR (NBC Charlottesville)
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Forest Product Exports to Germany during Europe Marketing Mission
- "One of my top economic development priorities in building the new Virginia economy is to work with Virginia businesses and international buyers from around the world to facilitate new trade opportunities for our companies and make Virginia the East Coast capital for agriculture and forestry product exports ... I’m pleased to see this new deal to Germany, which is a major producer and exporter in the global economy. Growing forest products exports here, to be used by German industry to build and make products for all of Europe, will provide more revenue and job creation opportunities for Virginia’s forest products industry." - Governor Terry McAuliffe.
- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new forest products exports deal between companies in Virginia and Germany by The Associated Press
- McAuliffe visits Germany, touts new trade deal by The Free Lance-Star
- McAuliffe visits Germany, announces new trade deal - WDBJ7
Governor and First Lady McAuliffe Announce Executive Mansion to Host Garden Club of Virginia during Historic Garden Week
- Over “As part of our commitment to biodiversity and protecting our native species, the Governor and I want to do everything we can to help restore this native tree. I am grateful that so many state and federal agencies, non-government stakeholders, and private landowners share this same passion and have come together to bring the longleaf pine back from the brink of extinction in Virginia.” – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
- “As we work with our private and public sector partners to achieve the Governor’s goal of growing our forestry industry and becoming the East Coast capital for agriculture and forestry exports, we need to do everything we can to promote forest management planning and practices. Restoring the native longleaf pine is critical to our efforts to retain, manage and conserve working forestlands so we can ensure their value, longevity and ongoing economic impact, as well as the vital role they play in Virginia’s ecosystem.” - Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore.
- Longleaf pines once covered more than 1 million acres of southeast Virginia. Due to over harvesting for a variety of uses, including construction, shipbuilding, and naval stores, there are now only 200 mature native longleaf pine trees remaining in the Commonwealth.
Governor McAuliffe Announces More than $3.3 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Grants
- “The Appalachian Region of Virginia boasts many natural, cultural and economic assets that make it a prime location for businesses and families to locate and thrive. These Appalachian Regional Commission grants make the region even more attractive and support workforce development, job creation and infrastructure, all key components in our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”– Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Gov. McAuliffe announces $3.3M in Appalachian Regional Commission grants – WDBJ7 (Roanoke)
What They Are Saying
- “This will be the single most significant action on disenfranchisement that we’ve ever seen from a governor,” Mr. Mauer said, “and it’s noteworthy that it’s coming in the middle of this term, not the day before he leaves office. So there may be some political heat but clearly he’s willing to take that on, which is quite admirable.” – Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project
- On the historic restoration of rights: “The right to vote is a right. It’s not a privilege. You have Republicans who at every opportunity are trying to deny people the right to vote … If there is such an advantage to Democrats, it means the Republicans were enjoying a huge advantage all these years because they could deny 20 percent of the African American population the right to vote.” – U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott
In Case You Missed It
- Virginian-Pilot editorial: Be grateful for that veto pen
- McAuliffe to GOP: ‘Quit complaining’ and earn ex-felons’ vote – Politico
- Williams: Voting rights should be issue of principle, not partisanship – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Rep. Bobby Scott criticizes GOP for opposing restoration of voting rights to felons by Bill Bartel – The Virginia Pilot
- The Racist Roots of Virginia’s Felon Disenfranchisement by Matt Ford – The Atlantic