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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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Virginia Sierra Club honors Roanoke Sen. Edwards with award

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Virginia Sierra Club honors Roanoke Sen. Edwards with award

For the first time, the Virginia Sierra Club voted to recognize members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the Legislature. The Chapter’s Legislative Committee voted unanimously to honor Senator John Edwards with the Legislator of the Year Award to recognize his outstanding public service. On receiving his award on July 3, […]

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Sen. Puckett calls for independent investigation into Attorney General’s Office

Monday, June 10, 2013

Senator Phillip Puckett (D-Russell) on Monday announced that he will be asking the Office of the State Inspector General, along with the Governor and the Attorney General, for an investigation into the conduct of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office. Reports reveal that an assistant state attorney general is advising a private company seeking to avoid paying […]

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Democrats attack Republicans on Virginia anti-voter bills

Monday, February 18, 2013

Democrats attack Republicans on Virginia anti-voter bills

House and Senate Democrats held At a joint press conference in the House Briefing Room House and Senate Democrats criticized Republican whose bills institute roadblocks and obstacles to voting for hundreds of thousands of Virginia citizens they said. Bipartisan election reform bills that addressed the massive lines and hours of long waits that many Virginia […]

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Passenger rail service coming to Roanoke sooner or much later

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Passenger rail service coming to Roanoke sooner or much later

On January 24 McDonnell was expected to make a personal appearance in Roanoke to garner support for his transportation package but his airplane was grounded due to high winds. He spoke over a cell phone and PA system. McDonnell’s transportation package eliminates the 17.5 cent gas tax and increases the sales tax to 5.8%. The […]

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Verbal battle ensues on redistricting – Democrats threaten retaliation

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On a party-line vote Monday, Virginia state Senate Republicans passed a redistricting measure that places Democrat Sen. Creigh Deeds and Emmett Hanger, an Augusta County Republican in the same district . It also realigns other Senate districts including Roanoke’s 21st held by Democrat John Edwards. It sets up a possible loss of Democratic seats in […]

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