U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine supports Haley, opposes Price, will wait for DeVos ethics disclosure

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, released the following statement today on the nominations of Nikki Haley to be Ambassador to the United Nations, Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Betsy DeVos to be […]

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Tom Perriello makes stop at IUE-CWA Local 162 in Roanoke

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tom Perriello makes stop at IUE-CWA Local 162 in Roanoke

Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions. Before Perriello […]

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Office of Inspector General audit of Roanoke USPS mail delivery finds no concerns

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Except for some weather delays last winter the Office of Inspector General (OIG) said it found that the Roanoke P&DC FCM service scores as measured against these new standards were largely unchanged after the partial consolidation compared to scores from the same period a year earlier. Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) requested […]

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Virginia Hospitals ask Richmond legislators to “Do No Harm” and stand with hospitals on COPN

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Virginia Hospitals ask Richmond legislators to “Do No Harm” and stand with hospitals on COPN

Virginia hospitals brought a message to policymakers in Richmond Wednesday. “Please be mindful of the impact decisions have on patients access to health care and health care providers – health care is not a free market.” Toni R. Ardabell, Chief Executive Officer at Bon Secours Virginia Health System reiterated the message to policymakers to “do […]

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Criminal Law Subcommittee takes up swearing in public

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Criminal Law Subcommittee takes up swearing in public

Delegate Michael Webert  (R-18) will save all you Virginians from a Class 4 misdemeanor for cursing in public. Bet you didn’t know you could be arrested for cursing out loud. I mean I’m sure you never do that. I think Del. Webert should have proposed a swear jar. A far better idea. The contents could […]

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Nine Virginia bills to make it easier to vote are killed in committee

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nine Virginia bills to make it easier to vote are killed in committee

The GOP-controlled House Privileges and Elections Committee today killed nine bills that would have made voting more accessible to millions of Virginians said the Virginia House Democrats. “The committee turned down several opportunities to make the voting process easier for Virginia’s seniors and working families,” said Del. Mark Sickles. “It’s particularly frustrating that the Republicans […]

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College costs are out of control says a Virginia poll – hurting the state’s economy

Monday, January 16, 2017

According to a poll released today by Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, Virginia voters – in fact, more than 85 percent – believe improving the affordability and accessibility of Virginia’s public colleges and universities would help solve one of the state’s thorniest problems: its sluggish economy. The poll, conducted January 3-5 by two of America’s […]

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine plans one vote for and one vote against President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet

Friday, January 13, 2017

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine plans one vote for and one vote against President-Elect Trump's Cabinet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week: “I will support the nomination […]

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Governor McAuliffe’s full text of his State of the Commonwealth Address

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Governor McAuliffe's full text of his State of the Commonwealth Address

Speaker Howell, Leader Norment, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Virginia General Assembly, thank you for inviting me to speak to you this evening. And to the people of Virginia who are with us tonight or watching from home, thank you for the honor of serving you as this Commonwealth’s 72nd Governor. We are joined here […]

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Early polls show Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam leading Republican candidates for governor

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We wanted to share the good news!  A Virginia Clean Energy poll released yesterday shows Ralph Northam leading the entire Republican field. Poll: December 11-13, 2016 Respondents: 500 (40% cell phones) . Head to Head    Northam 43 Gillespie 38 Northam 43 Wager 37 Northam 42 Stewart 35 . Quinnipiac University released a poll in mid December […]

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Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s Chip In! & Give Up! amasses $100,000 for charities

Monday, January 9, 2017

Roanoke, VA – With every purchase at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, shoppers are given two chances to give back to non-profits in the Roanoke Valley. Individually, these donations are just pennies, rarely more than $1 each, but collectively the donations recently add up to over $100,000. When you bring your own bag to the registers […]

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U.S. Sen. Warner and Kaine tell Speaker Ryan to “stop the attack on Planned Parenthood immediately”

Monday, January 9, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an announcement that House Republicans will attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in legislation that will be considered through the Senate’s “fast-track” reconciliation process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan calling on Congressional Republicans to drop attacks on […]

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