Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Tracking the promises of Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Promise Kept
Promise Broken
In the Works
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PolitiFact Virginia has compiled promises that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made during the 2013 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Macker-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Macker-Meter page for details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Seek universal background checks for gun purchases

The Promise:

“As governor, I'm going to push for universal background checks for everyone."


Update March 16th, 2015: Will take another shot

Dedicate a full-time staff member to help veterans get work certifications

The Promise:

"Terry will have a full-time staff member dedicated to creating automatic trade and professional certifications for returning veterans.


Update November 18th, 2014: Post may not be filled

Halt closings of women's health care centers

The Promise:

“As governor, I'm going to get right down and start to work to make sure I stop it, so no more of these women's health centers shut down in Virginia. You have my word on that.


Update November 17th, 2014: Work underway

Reform Standards of Learning tests

The Promise:

“We must have a strong system of student achievement and teacher evaluation. Unfortunately our current system isn’t working for parents, students, or teachers. The current Standards of Learning tests have created an environment with an over-emphasis on drilling students to take one-time, multiple-choice tests."

Update July 3rd, 2014: Work is underway

Insist budgets include Medicaid expansion

The Promise:

"I will not sign a budget in Virginia unless the Medicaid expansion is included in the budget."


Update June 20th, 2014: Will sign budget with no Medicaid expansion

Ban gifts for governor and family

The Promise:

Upon taking office, Terry McAuliffe will sign an executive order declaring “all registered lobbyists, principals who have retained registered lobbyists, or all those having business before the Commonwealth or involvement in active procurement will be banned from making any gifts to the Governor, the Governor’s spouse, and any children still residing in the household (excluding informational materials or other items under $50 in value that would assist these officials or their staff in the performance of their duties).”


Update January 17th, 2014: Restrictions in place for a year