Government & Politics

Star Scientific
9:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Suit Raises Conflict of Interest Questions

The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating a Richmond area company that makes face cream and nutritional supplements. 

It’s called Star Scientific, and a complaint was filed in federal district court alleging the firm made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose potentially illegal transactions. 

The company says it has done nothing wrong. 

Meanwhile, reporters are finding links between Star Scientific and two of Virginia’s top political leaders – Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. 

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Government & Politics
9:18 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Debate

Just after presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a statement about his desire to implement Medicaid expansion, Governor McDonnell and McAuliffe's GOP opponent have responded. 

McAuliffe would like to see Medicaid expanded as soon as possible. "I have consistently said that we need to have the Medicaid expansion here in Virginia. First and foremost it would cover 400,000 - 500,000 Virginians--would get access to quality healthcare next year. It's important socially, morally, it's the right thing to do," he said.

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Government & Politics
5:47 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Battle Over The Debt Ceiling

The government is now funded through September, but another deadline is hanging over Congress that imperils the economy of Virginia.

The last time Congress wrangled over the debt ceiling the federal government lost its triple A credit rating. Credit rating agencies say Virginia could also lose its pristine credit rating if the federal government gets locked in partisan warfare once again.

That could make borrowing more expensive for cash strapped locales, according to Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly.  

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Quinnipiac University Poll
4:35 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

VA's Gubernatorial Race: Identity Issues

Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
Credit Virginia Attorney General's Office

There are still eight long months before Virginians head to the polls to choose a new governor, but Quinnipiac University's Peter Brown expects the race to about as tight then as it is now.

And  that may have a lot to do with candidate identity—or the lack thereof—when it comes to Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

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Government & Politics
4:20 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Voter Registration Oversight

Governor McDonnell has signed two bills into law that require more rigorous oversight of Virginia’s voter registration rolls. 

He also signed a third law to require voters to present photo IDs at the polls, which would take effect in 2014.  

This month, a former Maryland congressional candidate, Wendy Rosen, pleaded guilty to voting illegally in Maryland in two elections. She had also voted in Florida.  A new Virginia law will make it harder to vote in two states, says the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Rob Bell.

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