Gov. McAuliffe denies pardon but commutes Teleguz death sentence

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe denies pardon but commutes Teleguz death sentence

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be […]

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Sen. Kaine’s statement on President Trump asking for more Federal Agency cuts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sen. Kaine's statement on President Trump asking for more Federal Agency cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Tim Kaine yesterday following the Trump Administration’s directive lifting the federal hiring freeze on government agencies recognized that though the hiring freeze was lifted the Administration has directed agencies to submit plans for long-term cuts to their workforce. Kaine stated, “It was a mistake for President Trump to impose a federal […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith: End the tyranny of the minority and eliminate the filibuster/cloture rule

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Nuclear Option, Slavery, and the Tyranny of the Majority To get past the Democrats’ obstructionism and allow a vote on confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the Senate invoked the so-called “nuclear option.”  This eliminated the modern filibuster/cloture rule for Supreme Court nominations and allowed a simple majority to confirm him. While it […]

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Virginia Sens. Warner and Kaine want more information from President Trump on Syria air strike

Friday, April 7, 2017

Virginia Sens. Warner and Kaine want more information from President Trump on Syria air strike

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in a statement today on the U.S. strike in Syria said he has requested information from the Administration about their future plans, including any additional action in response to the use of chemical weapons. Last night U.S. Senator Tim Kaine […]

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Sen. Mark Warner to vote against Gorsuch

Monday, April 3, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) says today that he intends to vote against cloture and final confirmation for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Despite his impressive academic credentials, Judge Gorsuch’s record and evasive responses – even refusing to answer questions regarding his views of cases like Roe v. […]

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OneVirginia2021 attorney says an appeal is likely as judge denies motion on redistricting challenge

Friday, March 31, 2017

OneVirginia2021 attorney says an appeal is likely as judge denies motion on redistricting challenge

RICHMOND – Judge Marchant issued an opinion on the constitutionality of 11 state legislative districts Friday. He denied a motion for the contested districts to be determined unconstitutional. Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued a statement following the opinion issued in Vesilind v. Virginia State Board. “The facts of this case speak for themselves. The […]

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AG Herring’s brief against the travel ban cites “irreparable harm” to residents

Friday, March 31, 2017

AG Herring's brief against the travel ban cites

In a brief in the 4th Circuit led by Virginia and Maryland, 17 states cite “irreparable harm” to residents and “overwhelming and unrebutted” evidence of anti-Muslim bias in urging the Court to continue to block President Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban RICHMOND (March 31, 2017) -Attorney General Mark R. Herring, joined by Maryland Attorney General Brian […]

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Sen. Tim Kaine will oppose Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sen. Tim Kaine will oppose Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his intent to vote against cloture and final confirmation for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: “After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I’ve observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases […]

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U.S. Congress accelerates release of $1 billion from Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Fund

Monday, March 27, 2017

The below press release was forward by Congressman Morgan Griffith’s office and from U.S. Congress titled “RECLAIM Act of 2017 Introduced for 115 th Congress.” WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2017) – Today, Congressional leaders united across the aisle and the Capitol Dome to reintroduce the bipartisan RECLAIM Act. The legislation aims to accelerate $1 billion […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes three bills: public assistance, immigration, agency review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe voted House Bill 1790 that would repeal Virginia’s current requirement that agencies review all existing regulations to determine whether they continue to be effective and necessary. The current process for review of regulations is robust. Independent citizen boards generally approve them. The Office of the Attorney General reviews them. The Department of Planning and […]

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Gov. McAuliffe’s amendment would reinstate the One-Handgun-a-Month law

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe's amendment would reinstate the One-Handgun-a-Month law

Governor Terry McAuliffe today proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1023, which would restore Virginia’s One-Handgun-a-Month law that was repealed by Governor McDonnell in 2012. Senate Bill 1023 prohibits sharing of information regarding Virginia concealed handgun permits in the Virginia Criminal Information Network with law enforcement in states that do not recognize a Virginia concealed handgun […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes budget amendment with provision to expand Medicaid – video

Monday, March 27, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe proposed a budget amendment restoring his authority to pursue planning for Medicaid expansion. The Governor made the decision to include the amendment following last week’s news that the AHCA, President Trump’s replacement for Obamacare, failed to receive the necessary support in Congress. “Failing to expand Medicaid has cost Virginia $10.4 […]

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