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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Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes
5:32 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Decoding the Jargon, Slang & Bluster of American Political Speech

Political junkies looking for a good read may find one in an exposé of insider political language by two veteran journalists. 

It’s called “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech.”   The light-hearted book also has a serious purpose.

Co-authors Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark believe manipulative political jargon deprives political discourse of substance.  Thus, politicians say they speak “frankly” when they don’t—or tout “bold” ideas that are not.  

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Government & Politics
8:32 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Vows to Stick to His Gun Control Measures

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Despite criticism from gun-rights advocates and GOP legislative leaders, Governor McAuliffe is not retreating on a package of gun-control measures that he has proposed for the upcoming General Assembly session. McAuliffe says this was one of his campaign promises, so no one should be surprised. 

Conservatives say the Governor is catering to the anti-gun agenda of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Super PAC donated to his campaign.  But McAuliffe says this is about keeping people safe.

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Uber and Lyft vs. Traditional Taxi Drivers
5:11 am
Wed December 24, 2014

VA Taxi Drivers Look to Lawmakers for Job Security

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Recent reports about the growth of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would suggest that their success pits them directly against traditional taxi drivers. But, a representative from the taxi industry says that's NOT what's behind a rally in Richmond in which they called for more fairness for taxicab drivers.

Daniel Berhane with Virginia Taxicab Drivers United says while they don't believe rival companies are being established correctly, the VTDU is more concerned about the lack of job protections for drivers.  

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Fresh Start
5:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Rights Restoration for Ex-Offenders

Praises, tears, accolades, and stories of lives renewed are par for the course in a church setting.

But although the venue was a church in Richmond, the occasion was the long-awaited restoration of rights for three Virginians who are among the thousands who have— and will have—their rights restored by Governor McAuliffe.

Although the process is still not automatic, the governor has made it simpler.

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Economic Diversity
12:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Reducing Reliance on Federal Funds

Richmond, VA
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Governor McAuliffe says when he addresses lawmakers about the state's budget this week, he intends to talk about his new economic development package.

His initiative includes legislative proposals that the governor says are necessary to reduce the Commonwealth’s reliance on federal dollars.

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