By BOB LEWIS and LARRY O’DELL
RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Bob McDonnell is using his annual address to the state to make one big, last push for a lasting legislative legacy, urging lawmakers to embrace his education and transportation reforms.
He also threw in a surprise Wednesday, asking the lawmakers to approve bills that allow nonviolent felons’ civil rights to be automatically restored.
McDonnell already has sketched out reforms that condition a 2 percent raise for teachers on new laws making underperforming faculty easier to fire, and his plan to replace Virginia’s 17