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.
When it comes to making Virginia more competitive and bolstering its economy, some people believe the Commonwealth may be doing a few things wrong.
While the state does have a tech-savvy, highly educated population, most admit that college isn't for everyone. When businesses describe what they need in a workforce, the number of residents in the Commonwealth with graduate degrees and Ph.Ds is not what attracts them.
The possibility that a now-deceased Ebola patient could have spread the virus to fellow travelers as he waited in a Virginia airport has prompted several state lawmakers to ask Governor McAuliffe to use his authority to impose travel restrictions on Dulles Airport.
But the state’s Health Commissioner cautions against overkill … and says Virginia's health professionals are doing everything they can to keep the situation under control.
Accused of unconstitutional gerrymandering, Virginia's General Assembly was told last week by a federal district court in Richmond that it must redraw its Congressional map next year because too many black voters are “packed” into one majority-minority district.
But state lawmakers could actually avoid a contentious debate and not address the issue at all during their next session.
While the disappearance of UVa student Hannah Graham is not the reason why Governor McAuliffe has created a Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, the ongoing search for her puts a name and face on the issue of student safety.
The task force chairman, Attorney General Mark Herring, says national statistics on the problem are appalling, and addressing it is long overdue.
Both the Governor and Herring spoke during the first meeting of the task force and emphasized that campus sexual violence must end.