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Full ABC 20/20 episode on WDBJ tragedy, how, when, why

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Full ABC 20/20 episode on WDBJ tragedy, how, when, why

Courtesy of ABC News 20/20 episode that aired Friday, August 29. The episode delved into the past of the assailant and his evolution into an irrational paranoid monster who killed two beautiful much-loved WDBJ family members who never did harm to anyone. There are details in the episode that I was unaware of though I’ve been … [Read more…]

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Gov. Scott Walker picks political operative Chris Leavitt for Virginia

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Presidential Republican primary candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced the hire of veteran political operative Chris Leavitt today. Leavitt will serve as a political consultant to the organization, leading the campaign’s charge in Virginia and in other states critical to winning the Republican nomination for president. “It is a privilege to join Gov. Scott Walker’s … [Read more…]

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Virginia Senate adjournment is not unconstitutional

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Much has been made of the Virginia Constitution and the section on Legislative Sessions. The argument that Virginia Republicans legislators are making is in this sentence “Neither house shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn to another place, nor for more than three days.” However, they fail to realize or don’t want anyone else … [Read more…]

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Sen. Dick Saslaw radio audio on Virginia GOP’s temper tantrum

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw joined the John Fredericks Show yesterday to discuss the Virginia GOP’s political temper tantrum in trying to fire Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush. Some key quotes: Saslaw: “I can tell you for a fact that George Allen never consulted me, and I’m pretty darn sure given the relationship at the … [Read more…]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner meets with entrepreneurs to help spur innovation

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

U.S. Senator Mark Warner meets with entrepreneurs to help spur innovation

Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner defined himself as a failed entrepreneur, at first that is. He himself had student debt like many of the 20 entrepreneurs that came to the Grandin CoLab to share their experiences with the Senator. Eventually Warner hit it big with a telecommunications-related venture. He founded the firm Columbia Capital.  Warner … [Read more…]

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Democratic U.S. Senators tell McConnell to start budget negotiations, avoid fiscal crisis

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – Virginia Democrats, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule the first round of bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent a predictable fiscal crisis as the federal budget year draws to a close on Sept. 30. The call was formally made in a letter to … [Read more…]

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Consumer Settlement with Amgen yields $1.5 million for Virginia

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Consumer Settlement with Amgen yields $1.5 million for Virginia

RICHMOND (August 18, 2015) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he, along with the Attorneys General of 47 other states and the District of Columbia have reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully promoted its medications Aranesp and Enbrel. As part of the settlement, … [Read more…]

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Retiring Republican state Sen. John Watkins votes with Democrats to block Virginia Supreme Court nominee

Monday, August 17, 2015

Retiring Republican state Sen. John Watkins votes with Democrats to block Virginia Supreme Court nominee

The Virginia House of Delegate Republicans had no trouble advancing the nomination of their pick for the Virginia Supreme Court. A back and forth debate in the House pitted Democrats who were opposed to firing Judge Jane Roush already appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, against Republicans who were determined to nominate their preferred pick, Judge … [Read more…]

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Showdown Monday on redistricting and Justice Jane Roush appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Showdown Monday on redistricting and Justice Jane Roush appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court

Insinuations in statements by various groups and more recently former Gov. Doug Wilder suggest that Democrats will be hurt if they don’t get behind an African-American judge for the Virginia Supreme Court vs. a white female justice appointed to the court by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Creating division – Is this the new Virginia Way? The … [Read more…]

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Governor McAuliffe concerned that minor tweaks to flawed redistricting map will still be illegal

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Governor McAuliffe concerned that minor tweaks to flawed redistricting map will still be illegal

RICHMOND – As the General Assembly begins preparation for a special session on redistricting starting Monday, August 17th Governor Terry McAuliffe encouraged but concerned. “It is encouraging to learn that House leaders are willing to proceed with the redistricting process ordered by the federal courts, and even more heartening to see that the Speaker of … [Read more…]

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VHHA creates statistical healthcare dashboard that overlays legislative districts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

VHHA creates statistical healthcare dashboard that overlays legislative districts

Just take the “Community Health Legislative Dashboard” link and select Senate district or House district. From the dropdown list of legislators pick your Senate or House representative or compare with other districts. RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s research team has created a public “dashboard” that geographically collates Virginia health and demographic data. … [Read more…]

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Presidential candidate Scott Walker picks Sen. Mark Obenshain as Virginia Campaign Chair

Friday, August 7, 2015

Presidential candidate Scott Walker picks Sen. Mark Obenshain as Virginia Campaign Chair

Cleveland, Ohio – Gov. Scott Walker today announced State Sen. Mark Obenshain will serve as the Virginia state chairman for his presidential campaign. “I am privileged to introduce State Sen. Mark Obenshain as the leader of our campaign’s efforts in Virginia,” said Walker. “Sen. Obenshain is a person who shares the same conservative values and … [Read more…]

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