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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Civics Summit
4:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Political Analyst: Voters Send the Message

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.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Comments from Virginians on EPA's Clean Power Plan Stack Up

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.

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General Assembly
8:24 am
Mon November 10, 2014

General Assembly Preview

Virginia lawmakers are going back to the grind to finish business they tried to complete, not once, not twice, but now for the third time this year.  They will do so when both houses of the General Assembly convene later today and tonight.  The state’s ongoing revenue shortfall will necessitate more tough decisions not long after that.

Delegate John O'Bannon says today's work focuses on two areas. The first is about filling judicial vacancies.

“There is one spot on the State Supreme Court, and I think a couple of spots on the court of appeals.”

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Government & Politics
5:03 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Gillespie Concedes in Senate Run

With a concession speech in Northern Virginia by Republican Ed Gillespie, the U.S. Senate race is officially over, and Democrat Mark Warner will be entering his second term as a U.S. Senator. 

Initially, Gillespie was going to hold out until all of the local vote canvassing was completed. But he said after seeing that Warner's lead had grown even more since election day, it was time to call it quits.

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Conservation Easements
4:25 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Property Rights Dispute

"The Boneta Bill"
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The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has agreed to act as a mediator in a property rights dispute between a Fauquier County farmer and the Piedmont Environmental Council. 

Depending on the outcome, some farmers say the case could have a negative impact on the state's conservation easements program and create a hostile environment between landowners and government entities.
 

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