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Democrats on Virginia House ethics bill – 2015 session ends

Friday, February 27, 2015

The ethics reform bill that spent 24 hours in conference between the House and the Senate will not go into effect until January 1, 2016. The reasoning was that it will not confuse candidates up for reelection and their challengers. It will also give time to correct or amend any flaws in the bill in […]

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SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

On Monday, February 16,  the Criminal Law subcommittee of the House Committee on Courts of Justice will take up Senate Bill 1393 filed by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, George L. Barker and Charles W. Carrico, Sr. The bill would allow the state Department of Corrections to contract with any ‘external entity’ to compound the […]

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Sexual orientation protection passes Virginia Senate

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sexual orientation protection passes Virginia Senate

Richmond, VA – Today Lieutenant Governor Northam cast his first tie-breaking vote of the 2015 General Assembly in support of SB 785. His vote broke a 19-19 tie on the measure, which prohibits state agencies from discriminating in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. After casting today’s tie breaking vote, Lieutenant […]

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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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