Tommie McNeil en The Sarvis for Senate Campaign <p>While he didn't win the Virginia gubernatorial race last year, Libertarian Robert Sarvis pulled more than 6% of the vote—which is impressive for a third-party candidate--and enough for some to argue that he siphoned votes away from former Virginia GOP Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.<br /><br />Now, fresh off that campaign, Sarvis is really trying to pull an upset and win the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:54:07 +0000 Tommie McNeil 20117 at The Sarvis for Senate Campaign Capitol Square as Public Forum <p></p><p>The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state's Capitol Square.&nbsp; The organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:59:30 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19846 at Capitol Square as Public Forum Access to Vital Records <p>Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:35:35 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19795 at Access to Vital Records Marketplace Virginia Gains Support to Curtail "Churning" <p>While Virginia's General Assembly remains stalemated over Medicaid expansion in the state budget, one organization is providing an additional perspective on how families are impacted if the program is not expanded.&nbsp; The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis is backing the new Senate budget with its private health insurance marketplace—in part, because it would help curtail a phenomenon known as "churning."&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:14:55 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19752 at Marketplace Virginia Gains Support to Curtail "Churning" Educational Opportunities for Veterans <div>Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:59:14 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19563 at Educational Opportunities for Veterans