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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12 Months & 1 Day
4:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Maureen McDonnell Sentenced

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Virginia's former First Lady spoke publicly for the first time since both she and her husband were indicted and subsequently convicted on federal corruption charges. Tommie McNeil explains, her testimony not only elicited a tearful reaction from some in the courtroom, but also prompted the judge to give her a better sentencing deal than her husband’s. 

Maureen McDonnell expressed remorse and apologized for "letting the serpent into the mansion"—referring to Jonnie Williams, the businessman whose testimony led to the convictions of both Maureen and former Governor Bob McDonnell.

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General Assembly 2015
8:34 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmakers Crack Down on Cigarette Smuggling

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A Republican state senator is trying desperately to crack down on cigarette trafficking from Virginia to the Northeast, which evidence suggests is so profitable that it’s funding terrorist organizations and fuels organized crime. But several members of his own caucus in the House are standing in the way of one bill that’s passed the Senate. 

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General Assembly
4:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Reining in Restraints of School Kids

When a special needs child is a bit fussy or has a history of violent outbursts in a classroom setting, who has the right to restrain them or put them into seclusion—and who decides when that goes too far?  In Virginia, that’s not clear.  But  a bill that's sailed through both chambers of the General Assembly will soon change that.

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Economics & Economy
5:07 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Budget Day at the General Assembly

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Both the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate today overwhelmingly approved their respective versions of the state’s spending plan.  Budget day at the Virginia State Capitol typically reveals how lawmakers really feel about the state of the Commonwealth and how dire things are.

A lot weighs heavily on the House budget, and Appropriations Chair Chris Jones insists that it has much of what Virginia needs-including pay raises for state employees, teachers, and state police, and no cuts to K-12 education.

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Government & Politics
8:40 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Legislation Authorizes Lyft and Uber; Sets Industry Standards

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Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have now approved bills that authorize ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate in Virginia-but under greater scrutiny.  The legislation would apply standards to the companies that are similar to those governing the taxi industry.

The taxicab industry balked at the notion that these companies could not only set up shop and compete for the same customers, but could do so without paying set-up costs, getting insurance, or vetting drivers. House bill sponsor Delegate Tom Rust described the benefits.

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