Tommie McNeil

Reporter, Richmond Bureau

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.

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Law & Crime
2:43 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Democrats Sue Over Voter ID Law

Reactions vary to a Democratic lawsuit challenging Virginia’s voter photo ID law—based primarily on which side of the political spectrum the stakeholders fall.  

Democrats argue that this is another attempt to disenfranchise minority and other voters, while the GOP and the law’s chief sponsor say it's designed to protect the integrity of the voting system. But political observers are wondering how this lawsuit will progress—and what's the best course of action for the state’s Democratic Attorney General.

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Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
4:53 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Reforming VA's Preschool Initiative

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A number of studies suggest that young children who enter pre-kindergarten programs develop their learning skills more effectively than those who don't.

That's one reason why state lawmakers recently decided to examine and reform the Virginia Preschool Initiative.   One of the underlying issues is making sure that low-income children have access to—and take advantage of— those programs.

Some of the reasons why children don't enroll include lack of affordability, eligibility, and other challenges.

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The Walk to Washington
11:07 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Rural Hospitals at Risk

Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources lends an ear to a grassroots organization protesting the possible closure of 283 rural hospitals across the country, including the Commonwealth.

Dr. Jennifer Lee said it's yet another reason why she believes Medicaid expansion could be the answer.

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Virginia Supreme Court
4:00 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Executions & Secrecy: FOIA Case

Virginia Supreme Court justices will soon be deciding on a case that could have a significant impact on what state officials can withhold—even when a Freedom of Information Act request is submitted.

Although this case began with one lawmaker asking about how executions are carried out, he also discovered that agencies may have found a way around disclosing pertinent information. 

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Education
4:27 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

VA Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Sweet Briar College Closing

The women of the troubled Sweet Briar College say the institution is capable of sustaining itself—and all it needs is a second chance. They're hoping that chance comes in the form of a ruling from the state's highest court to grant an injunction and allow the college to stay open while school administrators sort out legal and financial matters.

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