Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

When a federal judge handed down a two-year prison sentence to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday afternoon debate started loud and rancorous over whether or not it was enough, too much or just right. Prosecutors wanted at least six years behind bars.  Defense attorney’s wanted no jail time, just community service — if anything.  […]

Ex-Gov. McDonnell continues to blame wife for his woes

McDonnell and his wife have had little interaction during the first 19 days of their trial.

Ex-Gov. McDonnell continues to blame wife for his woes

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who says that at one time he got in the habit of working late to escape his wife’s wrath, has once again taken refuge — this time at the rectory in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. That’s where he has been living since about a week before the start of the […]

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

Virginians, it turned out, elected a governor so deep in debt that pursuit of the almighty dollar became far more important than any issues facing the Old Dominion.

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

As more and more details emerge about the acceptance of gifts, loans and more by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen during their fours years in Executive Mansion in Richmond, a picture of a chief executive up to his butt in debts and scrambling to pay bills emerges. McDonnell and his wife […]

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife, indicted on 14 counts

"Today's charges represent the Justice Department's continued commitment to rooting out public corruption at all levels of government."

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife, indicted on 14 counts

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, includes one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud; three counts of honest-services wire fraud; one count […]

Virginia governor’s scandal-tainted term coming to an end

Virginia governor’s scandal-tainted term coming to an end

Bob McDonnell‘s national profile ascended fast in four years as Virginia governor. He delivered the 2010 Republican response to the State of the Union Address. He became chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2011 and was widely mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick just over a year ago. Even on the day he […]

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

This fall’s races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party. Virginia’s illustrates the challenges facing the tea party movement and the fallout from the government shutdown while testing how well the GOP’s conservative wing can compete in a presidential swing-voting state. […]

FBI probes questionable activity by Virginia governor

FBI probes questionable activity by Virginia governor

The FBI has begun looking at the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of an investigation, two people with knowledge of the review said. Federal authorities began questioning people close to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, as an outgrowth of a securities […]

Domestic use of drones raises privacy questions

Domestic use of drones raises privacy questions

It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans‘ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. […]

Barbour defends Confederate History Month

Barbour defends Confederate History Month

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the “good ole boys” of the Grand Old Party, dismisses the furor over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s controversy over resurrecting Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion. “It don’t amount to diddly,” Barbour told CNN’s “State of the Union” over the weekend. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican […]

Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia’s attorney general has advised the state’s public colleges that they don’t have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying only the General Assembly has that power. The letter sent by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli to state college presidents and other officials Thursday drew swift criticism from Democrats and gay rights activists. […]