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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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Virginia State Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico) retiring

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Virginia State Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico) retiring

Glen Allen, VA: State Senator Walter Stosch (R Henrico), one of the senior members of the Virginia Senate confirmed this morning that he won’t be running for re-election in 2015, bringing to an end a 33-year career in the Virginia General Assembly, including the last 23 years in the Senate. Stosch told the Richmond Times […]

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Virginia Senators Petersen and Stuart first with ethics reform bill

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Virginia Senators Petersen and Stuart first with ethics reform bill

RICHMOND, Va. – Senators Chap Petersen (D) and Richard Stuart (R) have written the first gift-ban ethics reform bill for the 2015 General Assembly session. Stuart and Petersen’s legislation will effectively eliminate all gifts of over $100 in value for any officials or employees of state government agencies (including elected officials) and require ethics council […]

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Former Virginia attorney general says “damn big deal” about Puckett investigation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former Attorney General Andrew Miller, a Democrat who served from 1970 -1977, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation sarcastically calling their investigation into Sen. Phil Puckett’s resignation a “damn big deal.” Congressman Morgan Griffith sent the letter out in an attachment with no comment. In the letter to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, […]

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Bouncing budget bill now in Gov. McAuliffe’s court

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bouncing budget bill now in Gov. McAuliffe's court

What will Governor Terry McAuliffe do when the budget hits his desk. Virginia’s budget passed the Senate 20-19 after nine hours of an on-again, off-again special session that started at 3:00 p.m. (Democrat Sen. Lynwood Lewis changed his vote from yea to nay making it a party line vote result). The June 30 deadline loomed large. […]

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Sen. Creigh Deeds Newsletter: Nearing Sine Die

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The 2014 session of the General Assembly is rapidly moving toward the scheduled adjournment on March 8.  Both houses passed competing budgets this past week and bills are headed to conference. On Thursday the House and the Senate passed out their respective versions of the biennial budget.  As with all legislation, the budget bills must […]

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Blacksburg/Roanoke leaders urge Sen. John Edwards to support universal background checks

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Blacksburg/Roanoke leaders urge Sen. John Edwards to support universal background checks

Senator John Edwards feeling the pressure. This week, a group of elected officials, faith leaders, and community organizations sent a letter to Virginia state Senator John Edwards (D-21st) calling on him to support universal background check legislation for gun buyers during the current legislative session in Richmond. “Responsible, commonsense legislation such as universal background checks […]

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Prior to Gov. McAuliffe’s inauguration Sen. Obenshain rains on his parade

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prior to Gov. McAuliffe's inauguration Sen. Obenshain rains on his parade

Dear Friends: Well, here we are. It is inauguration weekend in Richmond, and we are going to witness the swearing in of three Democrats—for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Bill and Hillary Clinton will be there. I hear that Vice President Biden will be in attendance. Undoubtedly, a coterie of Hollywood luminaries will show […]

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Sen. Howell’s response to Governor’s Commonwealth Address

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

TODAY – Senator Howell (D-Fairfax) delivered the Democratic rebuttal to Governor McDonnell’s final state of the commonwealth address. She highlighted areas where Democrats and Governor McDonnell worked together, and new opportunities for the future. Significant quotes: “Now we look forward to working with Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe and our Republican colleagues — to expand Medicaid, protect […]

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Democrats and Republicans set dates to pick candidates for Northam’s seat

Friday, November 8, 2013

RICHMOND – As a result of Senator Ralph Northam’s successful election for Lieutenant Governor Tuesday night, the Virginia Sixth Senate Democratic District Nominating Committee will hold an unassembled caucus on Saturday, November 16, 2013 between 10AM and 3PM for the sole purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the impending vacancy in Virginia’s Sixth Senate […]

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New Virginia election law may cause conflict of interest

Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Virginia election law may cause conflict of interest

A new law passed in the 2013 General Assembly session grants the Attorney General enhanced authority in the prosecution of alleged violations of the election laws and the independent authority to conduct investigations and prosecute violations. Before that it took a unanimous vote by the State Board of Elections to refer an election violation to […]

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VA Sen. Donald McEachin submits FOIA request to Cuccinelli

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Calls for Governor Bob McDonnell to explain allegations of conflict of interest are mounting daily. Connections with  Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams continue to unfold. Donations, gifts to family and now allegations that McDonnell’s corporation and wife allegedly benefited from $120,000. Virginia Senator Chap Peterson of Fairfax called on McDonnell to explain his gifts or resign. […]

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