Morrissey March Madness

March 10– Del. Joe D. Morrissey was released from 90-day jail sentence for sex scandal with his 17-year-old receptionist last year.

March 15– the now 18-year-old woman at the center of the Joe Morrissey sex scandal gives birth to a baby boy. According to Richmond Times-Dispatch. Delegate Morrissey was there for the birth. Morrissey is still accused of forging documents as part of the case involving pride. That trial will take place in April.

March 21-. Morrissey confirms plans to run for the Virginia Senate seat currently occupied by Senator Rosalyn Dance (D-16th Senate District)

March 22– Kevin Sullivan and Floyd Miles Sr., two potential Democratic candidates for 74th District House of Delegates seat occupied by Joe Morrissey are endorsing Lamont Bagby for June 9 primary. Former Richmond Mayor Leonidas Young and Bagby will battle for the nomination.

March 23– Del. Joe Morrissey moved outside his district to the Richmond neighborhood of Church Hill. His new home is located in the district Morrissey would like to represent in Virginia Senate. Morrissey plans to stay in the Virginia House of Delegates despite state constitution clearly stating “a senator or delegate who moves his residence from the district for which he is elected shall thereby vacate his office.”

The Race Continues

Contenders for Virginia Senate:

Don Caldwell confirmed that he is thinking about running as an Independent for the Virginia Senate seat in held by Democrat John Edwards

April Moore challenges Mark Obenshain for 26th District seat in the Virginia Senate

Republican candidate Dan Moxley, is being endorsed by former naval aviator and Richmond Tea Party Executive, Larry Nordvig for Virginia Senate seat

Virginia Senator John Edwards seeks 6th term. He is expected to face Republican Nancy Dye in the November election that will decide who represents the 21st District.

Senator Ralph Smith, is retiring and urging voters to consider his long time aide, David Suetterlein to represent them

Contender for Virginia House:

Former Richmond Mayor Leonidas Young, who served nearly two years in a federal prison more than a decade ago, announces his bid for 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat held by Del. Joseph Morrissey. Young hopes his campaign will be an example to former Gov. Bob McDonnell, who restored Young’s rights in 2012, that a comeback is possible following a conviction.

Election Season is Upon Us

“Gentlemen, start your engines!” All 100 seats in Virginia House of Delegates and 40 seats in the Virginia Senate are up for election in November

Will Hammer announced that he is running against Dickie Bell for Virginia House of Delegates 20th District seat this year

Bruce Tyler announced his candidacy for the Virginia Senate

Democrat Emily Francis is seeking election to Virginia’s 10th Senate District

Virginia Delegate Tom Rust announced Wednesday he will be retiring from the Virginia House

Jeff McWaters won’t seek reelection for Virginia Senate in November, but he might seek election in another elected post, like governor

Ethics Reform Bill Tension

Virginia Senate Republicans were ready to kill ethics reform bill until Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell threatened to shame them publically

Virginia Senate Republicans accused Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell of using hardball tactics to rush ethics bill

Six Virginia House of Delegates Democrats urge Governor Terry McAuliffe to propose amendments making ethics bill stricter. The Democrats seek a dozen proposed changes

Critics say Virginia ethics bill won’t prevent another scandal