Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Is Sen. Tim Kaine a "Safe" Pick for Hillary Clinton?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:23 AM

  • Steve Earley

For a few months now, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has been rumored to be on the short list of vice-presidential picks for Hillary Clinton. Today, Politico Magazine explores the potential choice in an article, "The Left’s Beef With Tim Kaine":

Everyone assumes Senator Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s “safe” pick for vice president. He’s geographically safe: hailing from the swing state of Virginia, where a Democratic governor can name his replacement. He’s demographically safe: a white male Catholic who speaks fluent Spanish. His résumé is safe, checking the senator, governor and mayor boxes. Even his personality is safe. “I am boring,” Kaine assured America on NBC’s Meet the Press last Sunday.

But ask anyone from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party about Kaine, and suddenly he doesn’t feel very safe at all.

“An establishment Wall Street Democrat like Tim Kaine … will do nothing but confirm to progressives she's learned nothing from this primary,” Jordan Chariton told Politico Magazine, who reports for the Bernie-friendly online talk show The Young Turks.

As many as 22 million potential voters in November are thought to be Sanders-leaning Democrats, and they’re looking for evidence that Clinton is paying some heed to the surprisingly strong insurgency of the socialist from Vermont. Bernie’s success was a clear anti-establishment uprising, strong enough that his supporters expect their agenda will now help shape the future of the party. But choosing Kaine may send them the opposite message: This is her party now, and you aren’t the ones calling the shots.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Leaves Office

Maurice Jones is out of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's cabinet to head LISC.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 3:38 PM

With Mayor Dwight Jones in the background, Maurice Jones speaks during an economic development announcement about Stone Brewing coming to Richmond in 2014. - SCOTT ELMQUIST / FILE
  • Scott Elmquist / File
  • With Mayor Dwight Jones in the background, Maurice Jones speaks during an economic development announcement about Stone Brewing coming to Richmond in 2014.

Virginia's secretary of commerce and trade, Maurice Jones, is out -- bound for a job as chief executive of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corp., or LISC.

Jones is a native of Kenbridge who had a stint as deputy secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development after serving as president of Pilot Media, the parent of Style.

In its announcement today, LISC says:

Since its founding in 1980, LISC has invested more than $16 billion to help neighborhoods recover from what in many places has been decades of decline and abandonment. Working with community partners in 31 urban areas and across an expansive rural footprint, LISC invested $1.3 billion last year into building and preserving affordable housing as well as supporting a broad range of projects in health, safety and job-creation to revitalize neighborhoods.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, who is LISC’s longtime board chair, said Jones’ experience working in federal and state government as well as in the private sector align with the group's mission to rebuild America’s disinvested communities.

“Maurice is highly experienced as a manager and in addressing the challenges of community development,” Rubin said. “He is also a policy expert with a strong strategic mindset, and has been a business builder. He understands the myriad difficulties facing low-income families. The board is excited to have such a compelling and talented leader.”

A year into Jones' term, Style spoke with him about the economic challenges facing Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement:

“Secretary Jones took on one of the toughest jobs in my Cabinet, and he has served our citizens well in the face of significant challenges from federal budget cuts and the threat of sequestration. He has been a strong partner as we worked together to build a new Virginia economy that is diverse and capable of withstanding future fiscal and political headwinds, and I will miss his thoughtful and strategic approach to economic development and work-force policy."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

City Hall Employee Leaves to Run for Council

Andreas Addison says he wants to "make every project in City Hall work."

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Andreas Addison, a former City of Richmond employee with a knack for using computers to help citizens, is running for the First District seat on City Council. That spot is being vacated by Jon Baliles, who is running for mayor.

Addison says in a release that when he arrived in Richmond from Virginia Tech, “I was passionate to use what I had learned to help this place reach its full potential."

He worked for six years at RichmondWorks, a department that tracks performance. In his position as Civic Innovator he pushed Richmond to participate in the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which provides advice from IBM consultants about management.

He also helped launch a system through which Richmond residents can access information about city government online and implemented SeeClickFix.

The 2004 Hokie grad has an MBA from the University of Richmond and serves on the board of CodeVa, which encourages digital education.

In an online post, Addison shares the reasons he's decided to leave his city post to run for Council.

Jonathan Cruise also is a candidate in the First District, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, as well as Harry Warner Jr., a consultant with West Avenue Associates who was part of the Save the Diamond committee, which offered an alternative plan for baseball on the Boulevard.

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