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Delegate Rasoul keeps his promise to donate half his salary

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Delegate Rasoul keeps his promise to donate half his salary

Delegate Sam Rasoul has chosen the Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC) as the first recipient of a charitable donation in fulfillment of his campaign pledge to donate half of his General Assembly salary to local organizations. Delegate Rasoul’s donation will go toward a scholarship program for students.  He looks forward to continuing to fulfill his […]

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Governor McAuliffe on House Republican Rejection of Proposed Budget

Monday, March 24, 2014

Governor McAuliffe on House Republican Rejection of Proposed Budget

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following a vote by the House Appropriations Committee to “pass by indefinitely” his introduced budget, which closes the health care coverage gap and invests in Virginia state employees, teachers, sheriffs, first responders and a host of other core priorities: “I am disappointed that House Republicans voted today […]

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Businesses urge Goodlatte to stop stalling on Marketplace Fairness

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Businesses urge Goodlatte to stop stalling on Marketplace Fairness

In advance of tomorrow’s hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on the issue of marketplace fairness, a new letter signed by over 1,000 small business owners has been sent to Chairman Goodlatte today urging him to finally address this long overdue issue this year.   See the link to the release and view a copy of […]

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Sen. Creigh Deeds Newsletter: Nearing Sine Die

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The 2014 session of the General Assembly is rapidly moving toward the scheduled adjournment on March 8.  Both houses passed competing budgets this past week and bills are headed to conference. On Thursday the House and the Senate passed out their respective versions of the biennial budget.  As with all legislation, the budget bills must […]

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Cyclists still at risk from intentional car door opening

Monday, February 24, 2014

SEN. PETERSEN’S BIKE BILL DOORED BY HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE: DOES NOT SURVIVE RICHMOND, VA.- Today, Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to protect cyclists from suddenly opened car doors died an untimely death in House Transportation Subcommittee #2. The vote was 4-3. The bill (SB 225) was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate in a bipartisan vote. Members of […]

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House Democrats object to budget without Medicaid expansion

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Richmond, VA – Today, the House of Delegates passed its Biennial Budget Bill (HB 30), after Republicans rejected Democratic efforts to close the health care coverage gap. “We cannot support a budget that does nothing to close the health care coverage gap,” said Democratic House Leader David Toscano. “This budget fails to assist the around […]

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Attorney General Mark Herring attends same-sex marriage ban arguments

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Richmond–Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement after oral arguments were heard today in Bostic v. Rainey, a challenge in federal court to Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. “Today was a very significant day in the journey towards full equality under the law for all Virginians. I am proud to say […]

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Cuccinelli still has something to say – blasts state Democrats

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cuccinelli still has something to say - blasts state Democrats

I will try to get back to writing an occasional Compass on issues of interest and substance as we get farther into 2014.  So, here’s the first one…  This week we saw the Democrats reach 20-20 in the Virginia State Senate and they promptly conducted a takeover of the committees, threw some members off of […]

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Blacksburg/Roanoke leaders urge Sen. John Edwards to support universal background checks

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Blacksburg/Roanoke leaders urge Sen. John Edwards to support universal background checks

Senator John Edwards feeling the pressure. This week, a group of elected officials, faith leaders, and community organizations sent a letter to Virginia state Senator John Edwards (D-21st) calling on him to support universal background check legislation for gun buyers during the current legislative session in Richmond. “Responsible, commonsense legislation such as universal background checks […]

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Attorney General Mark Herring determines ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Attorney General Mark Herring determines ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

RICHMOND – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today changed Virginia’s legal position in Bostic v. Rainey, siding with the plaintiffs in the pending case challenging Virginia’s ban on marriage rights for same sex couples. Because he has determined the law to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution, Attorney General Herring will not defend the ban […]

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RPV Chair Pat Mullins tells AG Mark Herring to do his job

Thursday, January 23, 2014

RPV Chair Pat Mullins tells AG Mark Herring to do his job

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and will not defend it. As Herring previously said during his campaign, ““As I look at it right now I’m skeptical the law can withstand constitutional challenge.” Herring said he would bring together the legal experts within the attorney general’s […]

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte says U.S. Senate’s version of Marketplace Fairness Act a no go

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rep. Bob Goodlatte says U.S. Senate's version of Marketplace Fairness Act a no go

The “Marketplace Fairness Act” is the term used for mandating sales tax for online purchases to more fairly compete with brick and mortar businesses. On Wednesday in response to a request for an update Virginia’s 6th district Congressman Bob Goodlatte said in an email via Beth Breeding his Communications Director: Chairman Goodlatte: “In September, the House […]

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