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
6:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Alliance Hoping to Address Immigrant Tax Issues

There is mounting pressure on Congress to address the issue of immigration reform.  And as lawmakers are asked to relax the criteria for allowing undocumented immigrants to live, work, and achieve U.S. citizenship, an alliance has been formed between advocates and tax preparers. The tax experts are not only dispelling the rumors about immigrants NOT paying taxes, but they're also trying to help them establish a stronger foothold in the economy.

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Government & Politics
5:43 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Website Woes Continue for Health Insurance Exchange

While some Democratic members of Congress have criticized the unsuccessful rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website, others disagree.

Calls to delay some of the requirements of the Affordable Act Care escalated when Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen wrote an open letter to President Obama after the website’s problems emerged.

But several members of Virginia's congressional delegation say they are too quick to ask for a delay in its implementation.

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The Problem with Polls
4:32 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Who Will Vote November 5th?

Dr. Bob Holsworth

A week after a Quinnipiac poll had Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a seven-point lead over his Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, the poll now says McAuliffe's lead has dwindled by three points. 

Some other polls suggest that the Democrat still has a significant lead over the Republican-with additional surveys saying that his lead is growing.  But one veteran political expert says the variation has a lot to do with who comes out to vote on election day.

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SCHEV Recommendations
4:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Virginia's Higher Education Budget

Virginia’s colleges and universities may not get all—if any—of the funds they are requesting for news construction projects. 

But the State Council for Higher Education is recommending that lawmakers make maintenance a major priority in the new biennial budget.   The Council is also recommending continued funding of "Top Jobs 21"—a major education initiative started by Governor McDonnell.

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Rights Restoration
7:12 am
Mon October 28, 2013

McDonnell Addresses Issues at NAACP Convention

Credit netrightdaily.com

Governor McDonnell acknowledges that one of his signature campaign proposals was not a total success, but he is touting the progress that’s been made in restoring the rights of non-violent felons. The Governor told the state NAACP at its convention that while both leading gubernatorial candidates have pledged to continue this effort, it's not enough-and now civic leaders must push lawmakers to amend the state Constitution. 

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