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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Government & Politics
6:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Marketplace Virginia Gains Support to Curtail "Churning"

Credit The Commonwealth Institute

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.  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." 

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Transition Programs
1:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Educational Opportunities for Veterans

Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. 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.   But at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem. 

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Government & Politics
7:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Law puts Limits on Police Phone Tracking

Conservative Delegate Bob Marshall and the Virginia ACLU are on the same side of a new law that limits how far police can go when tracking people. Thursday, Governor McAuliffe signed the cell phone-tracking bill, which was sponsored by Marshall, to protect Fourth Amendment rights. 

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Government & Politics
7:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

McDonnell Finds Unlikely Advocates in Former Attorney Generals

Credit Bob Brown, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has some unlikely allies in his federal corruption trial. Three Democratic and two Republican former Attorneys General are asking the federal judge presiding over the case to dismiss most of the charges against him…and have filed a memo to that effect in U.S. District Court. 

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Government & Politics
5:21 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Virginia Homeland Security Under New Leadership

Effective immediately, all state homeland security planning and response in Virginia will fall under the leadership of the Secretary of Public Safety. While the new law signed by Governor McAuliffe may not be noticed by many residents, lawmakers say it will make a huge difference when disaster strikes. 

  

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