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Rep. Scott, Sen. McEachin, DPVA Chair Swecker defend governor’s restoration of voting rights

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rep. Scott, Sen. McEachin, DPVA Chair Swecker defend governor's restoration of voting rights

In a press conference call today DPVA Chair Susan Swecker said “These are human beings who served their time and live and work in their community. I would hope that Speaker Bill Howell understands that civil rights are not limited to him and his friends.” Swecker added that Republicans true motivations and priorities are on […]

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Shooting holes in Virginia’s short-lived conflict and ethics laws

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council’s staff attorney, Rebekah Stefanski, today has issued opinions to the council that will “blow a hole a mile wide in our $100 gift cap and travel ban” tweeted Falls Church Democrat Delegate Marcus Simon. Looks like the Ethics Council is about blow a hole a mile […]

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Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act corrects low Medicare reimbursements in rural areas

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act corrects low Medicare reimbursements in rural areas

In an August 15, 2015, letter to Senator Mark Warner written by Sean Connaughton, President and CEO of Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) he asked Sen. Warner to co-sponsor the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act when introduced. U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) say they introduced the Fair Medicare Hospital […]

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RPV Chairman disagrees with governor’s blanket voting rights restoration action calling it “an effort to win votes”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck in a statement said, “It was a Republican governor who began the long overdue work of restoring the rights of nonviolent felons. Few if any disagree that those who have paid their debts to society should be allowed full participation in that society. Mercy requires that we as […]

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Voting rights restored to 206,000 by Virginia Governor McAuliffe

Friday, April 22, 2016

Voting rights restored to 206,000 by Virginia Governor McAuliffe

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today restored the voting and civil rights of more than 200,000 Virginians who were convicted of felonies, served their time and completed any supervised release, parole or probation requirements. Each of those Virginians will immediately regain the right to register to vote, to run for office, to serve on a […]

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Levar Stoney declares his candidacy for Richmond mayor

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Levar Stoney declares his candidacy for Richmond mayor

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Levar Stoney, former Secretary of the Commonwealth, declares his candidacy for Mayor. Levar’s full statement of candidacy can be found below: “I am running for Mayor of Richmond because our city is on the rise, but we find ourselves at a crossroads. We cannot afford to have more of the same […]

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South Roanoke Neighborhood forum puts questions to council candidates

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

South Roanoke Neighborhood forum puts questions to council candidates

South Roanoke Neighborhood president Barbara Duerk began the candidate forum with a “listen and learn” to give attendees a chance to voice concerns they had that candidates should take into consideration. They ran the gamut from speeding on Avenham Avenue to the expected traffic congestion from the Carilion Clinic expansion. Mr. Bradshaw, a resident, summed […]

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Late write-in candidate for Roanoke city council enters the race

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Late write-in candidate for Roanoke city council enters the race

Jim Garrett, 58, is a 21 year infantry veteran who began an Internet company named HOVAC.COM, that he later sold to Ntelos. He then founded Kinex Telecom. Garrett ran as a Republican in 2014 with Roger Malouf and Hank Benson. They lost to independent incumbents Ray Ferris, Bill Bestpitch and Democrat Dave Trinkle. He explained […]

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Sens. Kaine & Warner introduce bill that would preserve Virginia incentives to expand Medicaid

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a half-dozen of their Senate colleagues to introduce the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion (SAME) Act of 2016. The bill would ensure that states that choose to expand eligibility for Medicaid after 2014 are eligible for the same level of federal […]

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Virginia fiscal year-to-date revenue collections rose 2.7 percent, slightly behind the annual forecast

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue increased 7.5 percent in March as payroll withholding and sales tax collections increased.  On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 2.7 percent, behind the annual forecast of the 3.2 percent growth. “As we enter the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, we believe […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes Sen. Suetterlein’s local party affiliation ballot bill

Friday, April 8, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Sen. David R. Suetterlein’s Senate Bill 767. In requiring party identification of candidates for local offices, the bill would unnecessarily inject an element of partisanship into historically nonpartisan municipal elections. The Governor’s full veto statement is below: April 8, 2016 Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the […]

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Gov. McAuliffe’s veto protects small franchise businesses

Friday, April 8, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Del. Chris Head’s House Bill 18, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor. The Governor’s full veto statement is below: April 8, 2016 Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 18, […]

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