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.
For the most part, the public knows the positions of each side in the battle over Medicaid expansion in Virginia—but what about the stakeholder organizations that provide services? They say they're caught in the middle and would like to see some legislative movement before key services—and even hospitals themselves—become casualties in the battle over how to fund healthcare.
Some Virginia localities already use police body cameras at their own discretion. But as more consider utilizing the tool, the state's Secure Commonwealth Panel is drafting recommendations to establish specific guidelines. However, the state ACLU has a little bit of a problem with how they're going about it.
Over the past several years, Virginia has seen its share of mass shootings, targeted killings, high-profile suicides, and a growing number of crimes all associated with both mental health and criminal justice.
To address what some have labeled an epidemic, the state has created a new Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. And, it’s a means to streamline and coordinate resources and services.
Taking a page from the McDonnell-Bolling book of party unification, Attorney General Mark Herring now says--midway into his term--that he is backing Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for Governor, while Herring will run for a second term.