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GOP Senate committee squashes all gun control bills with Sen. Edwards joining Republicans UPDATED Video

Monday, January 26, 2015

GOP Senate committee squashes all gun control bills with Sen. Edwards joining Republicans UPDATED Video

BREAKING UPDATE: In a shocking move earlier today, multiple Senate Republicans seemingly changed their votes on Senator Barbara Favola’s (D-Arlington) SB 943, a bill to keep guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers and sexual batterers. Committee Chair Tommy Norment ruled the bill reported in front of an audience of reporters, committee members, and dozens […]

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Delegate Rasoul’s safety bill passes the House

Monday, January 26, 2015

ROANOKE, VA – HB 1344, a bill to protect workers by making it clear that Safety Service Patrol employees are included in Virginia’s “move over” law, passed unanimously on Friday.  Members in Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 96-0 to unanimously to pass Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City)’s first bill in the 2015 session. “These men […]

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Gov. McAuliffe, Sen. Ruff and Del. Kilgore introduce enhanced Tobacco Commission legislation

Friday, January 23, 2015

In light of the perceived scandal involving former Senator Phil Puckett’s resignation and job offer with the Tobacco Commission that gave the impression it was a reward for tossing control of the Virginia Senate to Republican, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the introduction of legislation to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of the Tobacco Indemnification and Community […]

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House Democratic Caucus 2015 Legislative Session Agenda

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Expanding Economic Opportunity – Investing in People & Infrastructure to Grow the Economy HB 1421 (Filler-Corn) —  This legislation will ensure that the Governor’s Workforce Development Advisor develops and implements a plan for promotion and outreach of already existing workplace development training programs and activities. HB 2044 (Filler-Corn) — This bill will extend Virginia’s capital […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith not impressed with State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday issued the following statement : “A real trust deficit exists between President Obama and many of us in Congress.  In his State of the Union address, he spoke of putting our differences aside and working together, but he made sure […]

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Roanoke City Council gives thumbs up to culinary school expansion – thumbs down on Epic Stop-In

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Roanoke City Council gives thumbs up to culinary school expansion - thumbs down on Epic Stop-In

The Roanoke City owned parcel located at 209 Henry Street next to the existing Al Pollard Culinary School in the Claude Moore Complex was sold for $10 to the Roanoke Higher Education Authority for the expansion of the VWCC Culinary Arts Program.   A $5.5 million state grant will pay for the project expansion. Dr.Thomas McKeon, Executive Director of […]

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Governor McAuliffe’s admitted to VCU Medical Center

Monday, January 19, 2015

Governor McAuliffe’s admitted to VCU Medical Center today said Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Communications Director Brian Coy. “While on vacation with his family in Africa, Governor McAuliffe was thrown from a horse, which resulted in seven broken ribs. While the injury did not impair his ability to do his job and his doctors expected the injury […]

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SCOTUS hearing on marriage equality does not affect Virginia

Friday, January 16, 2015

RICHMOND (January 16, 2015)–Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to hear four marriage equality cases from the Sixth Circuit, the only circuit to rule against marriage equality since the landmark Windsor case. The decision to hear the cases does not affect marriage equality in Virginia. “Last year, […]

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RPV files formal ethics complaint against Sen. Mark Warner

Friday, January 16, 2015

RPV files formal ethics complaint against Sen. Mark Warner

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins in a statement referenced The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 that bans members from offering to use their influence to secure employment solely for political gain. The Republican Party of Virginia filed a formal ethics complaint against Democratic Senator Mark R. Warner in connection with his ‘brainstorming’ about a […]

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What Senate Minority Leader Saslaw’s amended finance reports show

Friday, January 16, 2015

Falsifying information on a campaign finance report is punishable by a class 5 felony. A little research into Senate Minority Leader Richard “Dick” Saslaw’s amended campaign finance reports shows the name of the person who was not authroized to appropriate $600,000 of Saslaw’s campaign stash. As reported in the Richmond Times Dispatch on Wednesday Senate Minoriy […]

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This gaping hole in ethics reform needs to be closed

Friday, January 16, 2015

This gaping hole in ethics reform needs to be closed

Gift limits or no gifts at all will do nothing to stop the money flow into legislators pockets unless the campaign finance loophole is closed. One delegate took the challenge on last year with a bill introduced that prohibited “personal use” of campaign funds. It was left in the Privileges and Elections Committee. Delegate Marcus […]

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Roanoke delegate assigned to three committees

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ROANOKE, VA-Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has been appointed to the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee by House Speaker William J. Howell.  The new assignment takes his committee assignments to a total of three, as he has also been serving on the Privileges & Elections and Science & Technology committees since the 2014 session. […]

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