There was a lot in President Obama’s State of the Union address that would impact the commonwealth, but he's already meeting resistance from Virginia Republicans.
There were two starkly contrasting visions of government on display at the Capitol last evening. The president wants the government to help spur job creation, while Republicans say the government ought to get out of the way.
Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says the president’s call to expand the role of government in the economy is misguided.
In his State of the Union address President Obama said he’s prepared to bypass Congress when necessary, which made Virginia Republicans bristle.
The president laid out an ambitious agenda. He wants to expand educational opportunities, spur investments in infrastructure, and take more steps to address climate change. If House Republicans oppose his agenda the president says he’s prepared to go around them as much as possible through using executive orders. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran applauds that tone.
The certification of the election of former Delegate Lynwood Lewis to the Virginia Senate ultimately gives Democrats control over that chamber.
Although its partisan split is now 20-20, Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam presides over the Senate, giving his caucus the tie-breaking vote to pass whatever rules it chooses. Today's order of business was all about Democrats subtly making a statement about control.
Population growth in Virginia slowed last year—but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation.
Between 2012 and 2013, Virginia’s population grew less than 1-percent, to nearly 8-point-3 million people. That’s the slowest growth in the state since the recession….but still higher than the national average.