The April 18th CARMA Luncheon Speaker will be
Delegate Amanda Batten - VA-71
Delegate Batten has been asked to discuss the recently completed Legislative Session
from a point of view of the House of Delegates.
The March 21st CARMA Luncheon Speaker was
Virginia Senator Ryan McDougle (VA-26)

Senator McDougle spoke to CARMA Members and Guests about the recently completed (almost) legislative session in Virginia. He discussed the many issues about creating a new two year budget when the parties were severely separated regarding priorities. Main bills being presented were for public safety, drug management, drug dealing penalties, anf the budget. Also included were gun rights, free speech, and bills which would cause further loss of the Virginia right to work laws. Almost all of the Senate votes were 21 to 19, strictly according to party lines, and this was similar in the House of Delagates too where the margin is just one. Senators from Northern Virginia wanted more spending and higher taxes to pay for it. The process following crossover was down to party line rejections and almost nothing new, original, or any of the Governor's priorities being passed. A tax on technology received much discussion, but didn't make it through all the committees. Funding for raises for teachers and police were considered and could have been done in the existing budget, but agreement on most budget items simply was not there. Governor Youngkin has line item veto rights, and will continue to use them, it is expected.

The Senator took many questions from the CARMA Members, and they focused on higher education funding, the process of bill passage and possible veto, that some state operations have not earned expected amounts as previously budgeted, such as VA ABC. Discussion around mental health resources and the reply was that they are scarce and the patient population continues to grow rapidly. Locally he spoke about the I-64 widening phase which has started, the deployment of broadband urilizing both state and federal monies, and the issues with federal money actually showing up.

Questions continued about the costs of illegal aliens (undocumented citizens is the new term apparently), the use of wind and solar, EV registrations and loss of road taxes, and the audit discussion on federal elections.

The Senator was thanked for his candidness, and direct answers to questions that the digital media and newspapers have had as recent headlines.

His current bio as captured from the internet includes the following:

Born in Hanover, Virginia, on November 9, 1971; educated at James Madison University (B.S., Political Science, History); Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William and Mary (J.D.); Attorney; married, Robyn Diehl McDougle; Baptist; Republican Caucus Chairman; Chairman, Rules Committee; Chairman, Finance Sub-Committee: Public Safety; Vice-Chairman, Courts of Justice Committee; Virginia Supreme Court Committee on District Courts; Virginia Code Commission; Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission; former member: former Hanover Prosecutor; Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program; founding member: Hanover Child Abuse Response Team; VA FFA Foundation Board; Hanover Domestic Violence Task Force ; Member of the House: 2002-2006; Member of the Senate: 2006-current

District 26 Description:
All of Gloucester County, Mathews County and New Kent County.
Parts of Hanover County, James City County and King and Queen County.

The February 15, 2024 Guest Speaker was Nate Green
He is the Commonwealth's Attorney for James City County & City of Williamsburg

Nathan Green is the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Williamsburg and James City County.  He attended George Mason University, graduating in 1994 with a degree in Economics, and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, graduating in 1998. 

He began his career in 1998 as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fairfax County before returning to Williamsburg to join the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2001. 

As an Assistant in the office, he was awarded with the Williamsburg Bar Association Award of Merit for his outstanding work in establishing Virginia’s High School Mock Trial Program.

He was first elected the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Williamsburg and James City County in 2007. 

In addition to serving as the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Nate teaches every year as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, earning the St. George Tucker Outstanding Adjunct Professor of Law Award in 2016. 

Nate also takes on numerous responsibilities assisting prosecutors from around the state, selected by fellow prosecutors to Chair the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Legislative Committee, and this year serving as both the President of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys and the Chairman of the Board for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Service Council. 

Nate is  married to Karen Green, a past director of the Williamsburg / James City County’s Victim Assistance Program. They have a son, Ben.

The January 18, 2024 CARMA Guest Speaker Was Dr. Tarron Howe
Dr. Howe is the full time chaplain of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Dr. Howe spoke of his personal encounter with the justice system, and how his own incarceration in the jail caused his life to turn around. He provided a rousing speech about how he came to know God and how he now has a life long calling to aid and administer to the persons who have found their own way into the jail through the justice system. Peninsula Regional Jail serves 7 counties and cities, and has about 5,000 inmates pass through its wall per year. In 2019 he was named senior pastor for the jail, and he works closely with local pastors and clergy to meet the needs of all those who wish to work on correcting and reforming their lives. Dr. Howe reports that about 74% of those who are sentenced to jail, will make their way back to jail after a first encounter. He discussed the issues of being released from jail and the various issues of society accepting them back into the workforce, and their being able to become active parts of society in meaningful ways. While in jail they face many issues, and just one of them is being able to have any meds that they need. Prison funding is part of the issue with this.

Dr. Howe is a part of the Good News Global Network, which functions as a non-profit in about 40 states. It acts on behalf of the incarcerated, to provide them with christian ministers in the jails, and to provide essential services such as "good listeners", "prayerful hope and direction", and while working with the jail administrations, to help with the eventual return of inmates to society. Dr. Howe answered a number of questions from the group and was thanked robustly for his talk with the group. He was given a CARMA crucible!


Dr. Tarron Howe is an Overseer in the United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic and serves as the Senior Pastor of United Family Worship Center in Hampton. He also serves as the full-time chaplain at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Howe is the instructor of theology and biblical studies at  Ascent Bible College of the Assemblies of God.  He is certified with the American Bible Society as a trauma healing facilitator and trainer.

He  has served in various ministry positions to include youth pastor and  assistant pastor. He is married to his lovely wife Renee Howe and is the father of Alaina Howe. Tarron  holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, a Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition, and a Doctor of Ministry.