Roanoke area part of $900,000 in matching tourism grants

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that $927,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 43 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least […]

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Del. Greg Habeeb submits legislation automatically restoring firearm ownership to non-violent felons

Friday, September 16, 2016

Del. Greg Habeeb submits legislation automatically restoring firearm ownership to non-violent felons

Del. Greg Habeeb of Salem today has submitted HB 1406 that is contingent on HJ 542, the passage of amendments to the Virginia Constitution by November 2018. Both to be taken up in the 2017 General Assembly session in January. The hitch is that HB 1406 the automatic right to own a firearm goes into […]

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SCOVA vindicates state senators on contempt charges

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SCOVA vindicates state senators on contempt charges

Contempt charges against six of seven Virginia state senators were dropped in a unanimous opinion by the Virginia Supreme Court in Edwards v. Vesilind regarding a discovery dispute and the scope of legislative privilege. The redistricting in 2011 was the subject of the lawsuit backed by OneVirginia2021 that focused on the Virginia Constitution’s requirement of […]

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Supreme Court of Virginia rejects contempt motion over restoration of voting rights

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Supreme Court of Virginia rejects contempt motion over restoration of voting rights

Governor Terry McAuliffe on the Virginia Supreme Court’s denied a motion by Virginia Republicans attempting to prevent him from restoring the rights of Virginians who have served their time according to the process that he announced on August 22nd: I am pleased that the Supreme Court has dismissed the case Republicans filed in their latest […]

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Republicans say Gov. McAuliffe has expressed disdain for the Court’s decision

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Republicans say Gov. McAuliffe has expressed disdain for the Court's decision

In the Republican’s motion to hold Gov. Terry McAuliffe in contempt they argue that McAuliffe may not restore a felon’s rights “without any specific request by individuals seeking such relief.” Their claim is that respondents printed individual restoration orders with a replica of the Governor’s signature under the seal of the Commonwealth, and mailed them […]

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Democratic Party of Virginia reacts to Sen. Frank Wagner seeking Republican nomination for governor

Monday, August 29, 2016

Democratic Party of Virginia reacts to Sen. Frank Wagner seeking Republican nomination for governor

State Senator Frank Wagner has a history of putting divisive social issues ahead of fighting for Virginians. Frank Wagner opposes protections for the LGBT community, rejects measures to protect women’s health, and refuses to support legislation to protect the environment. Virginians need a governor who will fight for Virginians, not another Trump Republican who is out-of-touch […]

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Virginia Republican Party will hold a primary to pick statewide candidates in 2017

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Virginia Republican Party will hold a primary to pick statewide candidates in 2017

UPDATED: Aug. 29 The State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia on Saturday selected a primary as the method of nomination for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General. In 2013 the RPV ultra-conservatives had taken control of the central committee and changed the nominating process from a primary to a convention. The writing […]

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Shenandoah brewery to invest $60 million in expansion, add jobs

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shenandoah brewery to invest $60 million in expansion, add jobs

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that MillerCoors, a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company, will invest $60 million to expand its Shenandoah brewery in Rockingham County. The brewery is the newest in the MillerCoors network and is used to service Northeast markets. The project will create 27 new jobs. The […]

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UVa’s response to Virginia state legislators on $2.3 billion fund inadequate

Monday, August 8, 2016

In a letter to the University of Virginia’s Rector, William Goodwin, and UVa President Teresa Sullivan, 12 Virginia State Senators wrote that the response from UVa regarding the mystery $2.3 billion fund discovered recently by a whistleblower was not sufficient. UVa treated the Senators response demand as a Freedom of information request which they say […]

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Anne Holton resigns as Secretary of Education – Dr. Dietra Trent appointed as replacement

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anne Holton resigns as Secretary of Education - Dr. Dietra Trent appointed as replacement

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement congratulating Anne Holton on her service to the Commonwealth as the Secretary of Education and on her new role following the selection of her husband, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate: “As Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Anne has been a tireless […]

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Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers challenged by AG Mark Herring

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers challenged by AG Mark Herring

RICHMOND (July 21, 2016) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a legal challenge against the proposed mergers of Anthem with Cigna and of Aetna with Humana as illegal, anti-consumer moves that would reduce competition, eliminate choices, stifle innovation, and drive up costs by allowing four of the largest health insurers in the nation to […]

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Virginia homelessness decreases over 10 percent in 2016 – Roanoke/Salem receive VHSP fundng

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development recently awarded $14.7 million in state and federal funds to address homelessness. Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem City received $520,492 of the allocation. Since 2010, Virginia has seen a 31 percent drop in overall homelessness. During that same time period, the Commonwealth has seen a 37.6 percent decrease […]

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