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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Begins July 1st
4:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Voter Identification Law

Virginia's new voter ID law that limits access to the ballot without the proper photo ID will soon go into effect, and the State Board of Elections is tasked with informing the public about the new change before the November elections.

The Board's strategy includes launching a voter outreach, marketing, and public awareness campaign well before then.

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Agreement on Caboose Budget
4:21 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

State Budget Update

Agencies relying on state funding are hoping that when Virginia lawmakers reconvene next week for a Special Session, they'll be able to set aside their differences and pass a budget.  

While Medicaid expansion is a huge sticking point, it's not the only issue where lawmakers have some philosophical differences.

Senate Finance Co-Chair Walter Stosch says the more optimistic news is their agreement on the caboose budget—the bill that adjusts current fiscal year spending.

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms

It appears that while state lawmakers have lots of work to do in hashing out a compromise over Medicaid, they HAVE made some progress with education reforms that relate to the budget.  The General Assembly revised the Standards of Learning assessments, charter school enrollment policy, and the process to measure schools using an A through F grading system.

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Education
4:22 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The VEA Wants Education to Be a Priority for State Lawmakers

Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond in less than 2 weeks to craft a two-year budget some hope will include a compromise on Medicaid expansion. But Virginia Education Association leaders say while they're at it, that would also be the best opportunity to re-evaluate how to fund education The VEA says while Medicaid expansion seems to be the theme of this year's session, next year it ought to be education, and now's the time to get a head start on it.

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First Patient in a New Study
5:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Drug Company Will Provide Experimental Medication

Josh Hardy/Family Photo

It's not often that the public hears of a positive outcome from a mass social media movement, but a Fredericksburg boy battling cancer has been given a second chance after his community issued a call for help. 

Josh Hardy's school principal describes how their community rallied to support the family and convince a pharmaceutical company to answer that call.
 

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