Politifact Virginia: Rating Governor McDonnell

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In this week's Politifact Virginia report - we are going to get a status update on some of the promises Governor Bob McDonnell has made.

Politifact is tracking 41 different promises made by McDonnell during his campaign for governor. So far he has made good on 24 of them…3 have been broken…another seven have been stalled. As the governor heads into his final year in office, we have a break down on two of those promises.

McDonnell promised to double the number of governor's career and technical academies. He also promised to seek tougher sentences for drug dealers. According to Politifact Virginia, both of those promises have been kept.

Just this week, a sixteenth science technology engineering & math or stem academy was approved, and according to Politifact reporter Sean Gorman a bill to impose mandatory sentences on drug dealers wasn't quite as tough as the governor wanted, but it was still a promise kept.

"This wasn't quite as strong as McDonnell had wanted, particularly for second time offenders. He had wanted those two time convicted drug dealers to face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years instead of three years which is what ultimately got passed," said Gorman.

You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com.

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