Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.
A Virginia child advocacy organization has a new take on "No Child Left Behind"—that is, making sure all children in Virginia have health insurance.
And while that is possible right now, Voices for Virginia's Children says that could change in the very near future if federal lawmakers don't act.
The good news, according to Voices' Margaret Nimmo Crowe, is that Virginia’s rate of uninsured children is 5.4% — which is relatively low. However there are still more than 100,000 children in Virginia who are uninsured.
By law, a motorist who is believed to be driving under the influence will be arrested. But today, State Police joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations to appeal to drivers as parents, siblings, significant others, and humans to save lives by simply handing over the keys and finding a designated driver if they’ve been drinking.
Flanked by safety advocates and law enforcement officials, State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty discussed the already alarming statistics.
Dozens of people rallied outside the State Capitol yesterday to support tougher new EPA proposals for electricity-generating plants. At the same time, Virginia lawmakers were hearing from stakeholders—and trying to determine how the state could be effected if the rules are adopted. There were a lot of questions but few answers.
Senator Dick Saslaw questioned why the EPA won’t give more credit to Virginia’s nuclear power plants in setting its carbon emission reduction targets—hypothetically, even if nuclear power were the ONLY source.
Eric Cantor loses the number two spot in the House of Representatives, former Governor Bob McDonnell is convicted on corruption charges, and Mark Warner almost loses his U.S. Senate seat after one term.
Political analyst Bob Holsworth told social studies teachers at a Civics Summit that if he had predicted several years ago what happened to Virginia's most popular politicians this year, he probably would not have been invited to speak. But he offered some enlightenment about the Commonwealth’s recent electoral politics.
Virginians still have until December 1st to submit their thoughts to the EPA on its proposed Clean Power Plan, and one environmental organization says it has already collected more than 210,000 comments from residents who support the proposals to speed up the elimination of the carbon footprint here. The group also says if people are really environmentally conscious, they don’t have to wait for the government to take action.