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Eighteen major V-A medical leases awaiting congressional action for over a year

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Washington – Today U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of 15 Senators in urging the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to authorize leases for 18 major medical facilities across 12 states that have been awaiting congressional authorization for over a year. Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) must […]

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AG Herring joins call to allow CDC Research into gun injuries/deaths

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

AG Herring joins call to allow CDC Research into gun injuries/deaths

RICHMOND (May 24, 2016) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a multistate coalition urging Congress to immediately allow and support research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into the causes of gun related injuries and death and the best ways to prevent these tragedies. Attorney General Herring and thirteen of […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes redirection of abandoned court funds away from Literary Fund

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Del. Roxann Robinson’s (R-27) House Bill 577, which would have allowed funds that are abandoned in certain types of court cases to be directed to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Governor McAuliffe is a strong supporter of the Housing Trust Fund, but determined that the legislation violates the constitutional requirement that […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes Legislation wasteful nuisance suits

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Sen. Mark Obenshain’s Senate Bill 543, which would have required an award of attorneys’ fees and other costs when a plaintiff wins or settles an inverse condemnation suit for “damaging” property, even when such damage is de minimis. The Governor originally amended the legislation to cap such damages in order to protect […]

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Gov. McAuliffe uses line-Item veto in budget that prevents his use of funds to expand healthcare

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe uses line-Item veto in budget that prevents his use of funds to expand healthcare

Governor Terry McAuliffe completed his actions on legislation from the 2016 legislative session by signing House Bill 30, the biennial budget bill. The Governor used the line-item veto as was expected but added to placate the Republican base. It would have removed the provision preventing him from expending or appropriating funds to implement expanded coverage under […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes Del. Landes’ bill that allows for direct primary care agreements

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 685 sponsored by Del. Steve Landes (R-25), which would have excluded direct primary care agreements from health insurance laws and regulations. McAuliffe instead pushes for Medicaid expansion for 400,000 uninsured Virginians bring back millions of dollars to the Commonwealth. Today was the last day for McAuliffe to take […]

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Virginia unemployment declines below 4 percent

Friday, May 20, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage point in April and is now at 3.9 percent—the lowest rate since the June 2008 rate of 3.9 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which was unchanged in April at 5.0 percent. In […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith votes against appropriation amendment regarding Confederate flag

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rep. Morgan Griffith votes against appropriation amendment regarding Confederate flag

UPDATED clarifying his vote see below. Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding his vote against the Huffman Amendment to H.R. 4974 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017: “Today, I voted no on the Huffman Amendment, which would prohibit the use of […]

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Gov. McAuliffe goes on business enticement mission to Boston and Canada

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe goes on business enticement mission to Boston and Canada

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he will lead a four-day marketing mission to Boston and Canada, May 17-20, 2016. The Governor will be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, and representatives of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Virginia Tourism Corporation and […]

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Reps. James Clyburn and Bobby Scott today on voting rights restoration for felons

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reps. James Clyburn and Bobby Scott today on voting rights restoration for felons

On a conference call today Assistant Democratic Leader Congressman James Clyburn who represents South Carolina’s 6th congressional district and Virginia’s 3rd district representative, Congressman Bobby Scott answered questions regarding Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to restore voting rights to 206,000 felons. Each felon has whose voting rights were restored completed their probation and/or parole. No gun […]

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AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

RICHMOND, Va. (May 10, 2016) – In an official opinion issued today, May 10, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mark Herring, has concluded that: To the extent that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is recognized by federal courts and agencies as impermissible sex discrimination under federal anti-discrimination laws, such […]

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Not all is lost for the Roanoke Community Garden Association at budget adoption

Monday, May 9, 2016

Not all is lost for the Roanoke Community Garden Association at budget adoption

Word certainly got around this past week about the defunding of Roanoke Community Garden Association at the May 2 morning council briefing. RCGA had been approved for a $10,000 grant but was stripped of it in a motion and resolution by councilman Bill Bestpitch. The vote was 5-2. Emails and phone calls followed. The public […]

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