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PLP Alumni News
Maurice Jones, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2002, is the proud new father of a baby boy: Mr. Joseph Erich Jones arrived safe and sound on Wednesday August 9th at 2:45 a.m. Both mommy and baby are doing very well.
Jones recently joined the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs as Director of Development.
We are proud to announce that Virginians connected with the Sorensen Institute continue to provide leadership at critical positions throughout the Commonwealth. Attorney General Bob McDonnell's new Government and Regulatory Reform Task Force includes Scott Rigell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, as well as two members of our State Board: Jacquelyn Stone and Michel Zajur. The Agriculture Working Group on the Task Force also includes Hobey Bauhan, a member of the Political Leadership Program Class of 2006. The Healthcare Working Group includes Delegate Mark Sickles, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1998 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001.
In other news, Governor Tim Kaine has reappointed Linda Crandell to the Board of Conservation and Recreation. Linda is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005 and was recently re-elected to the Colonial Beach Town Council. Governor Kaine has also reappointed Rockbridge County's Jay Gilliam, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Virginia's Natural Resources.
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick O. Gottschalk, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000, was profiled in yesterday's edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Gottschalk's profile dovetails quite nicely with the news announced today by Forbes magazine that the Commonwealth of Virginia has been ranked the #1 business-friendly state in the nation. The top five were Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Utah, and Colorado. The bottom five were Maine, Alaska, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Louisiana.
The Sorensen Institute is celebrating gubernatorial appointments of two of our own today. Governor Tim Kaine recently announced that "Dr. Cheryl P. Talley of Harrisonburg will continue to serve as a member of the Board of the Frontier Culture Museum. Talley is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at James Madison University and commissioner for the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Directors." Talley is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2002.
Governor Kaine also reappointed William L. Nusbaum of Norfolk to serve as chair of the Board of the Virginia College Building Authority. "Nusbaum is a partner at Williams Mullen. He is a past member of the Governorâ€™s Advisory Committee on Small Business, and a former president and honorary life director of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.: Nusbaum is also a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001.
Of particular interest on the same webpage are two stories recently produced by Dutchie Mirollo that explore the expanding presence of women in politics (links below). Both stories include excerpts of an interview with Delegate Shannon Valentine of Lynchburg, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005. The second story on August 8 includes an interview with Holly Hatcher, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2004.
AUG. 7, 2006 - WVTF NEWS
- For the first time since 1984, women are being discussed as possible
Presidential candidates in the United States. In fact, both Democratic
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole are viewed as
potential candidates. Some would say women have come a long way in
politics. but if women have come a long way on the national political
scene, what about here in Virginia? WVTF's Dutchie Mirolli takes a look at
women in politics in this special report. Click here to listen to the story.
AUG. 8, 2006 - WVTF NEWS
- Virginia ranks 38th in the nation when it comes to the number of women
in elected office. That's according to Rutgers University's Center for
American Women in Politics. But a woman's chance for a successful election
in Virginia depends in part on where she's running. WVTF's Dutchie Mirolli
has that in a continued look at women in politics. Click here to listen to the story.
Delegate Jennifer McClellan (shown left with Governor Tim Kaine) will be honored with a reception by the South of the James Jaycees on Monday, August 14 from 6:30-8pm at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center in Richmond.
The Virginia Jaycees recently named McClellan the "Outstanding Young Virginian of 2006"
The August 14 event will benefit the Black History Museum and Cultural Center.
THIS JUST IN: Josh Israel, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2004, has accepted a position at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. Among his first assignments, Josh will be working with investigative journalist Bill Hogan on the Center's 2008 version of its quadrennial report, The Buying of the President.
Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.
Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.
Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.
Click here for more information and background on these historic elections.
Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections.
Terri Cofer Beirne, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, has accepted an interim appointment to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. According to an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch, "Beirne, a 39-year-old attorney who works as a government lobbyist for
farm wineries, last night was appointed as the board's interim
Midlothian District representative. Congratulations Terri!
Craig Fifer, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003, will be speaking this afternoon in Washington to the National Association of Attorneys General about podcasts, video, and blogging. Fifer is the E-Government Manager for the City of Alexandria.
Virginia's own Attorney General Bob McDonnell does not podcast; however, Sorensen's Coy Barefoot interviews McDonnell once a month on "Charlottesville--Right Now" and the interview is archived in its entirety online by the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.