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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Equal Protection
1:39 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Federal Judge Rules VA's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Reaction to federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s ruling that struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was swift—with fervent discussion among Virginia lawmakers, a news conference from the state Attorney General who rallied against the law, and gay couples who try, but fail, on Valentine's Day to get marriage licenses. 

 

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General Assembly
4:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Human Trafficking Legislation Moves Forward

While not all bills to crack down on human trafficking in Virginia have survived the halfway point in the General Assembly, lawmakers believe they've made progress in battling what's now considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—growing financial crime worldwide.

They have agreed that this is not a partisan issue.  Lawmakers were able to work across both chambers and party lines to develop new guidelines to assist victims and law enforcement officials. 

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Government & Politics
4:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

General Assembly Update

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell and other GOP members of that chamber are characterizing the first half of the General Assembly session as a success.

Howell says many of their key initiatives have passed, and they worked well with Democrats. But when asked if the House will work with the Senate on passing Medicaid expansion, GOP leaders still say they just don't see that happening.

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Government & Politics
4:50 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Address Issues Related to Violence

The Virginia Senate tackled several bills  addressing acts of violence. And, after lengthy debate, Senators likely killed a measure that would have allowed Virginia to use electrocution as a form of execution, if necessary.

The Senate also gave preliminary approval to a measure to penalize so-called “celebratory gunfire.” 

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VA Textbooks: Sea of Japan vs East Sea
4:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Join Asian Naming Dispute

Virginia's General Assembly has been caught in a dispute between Japan and Korea—and it's all over how students and teachers refer to the body of water between the two nations.

Throughout the session, Asian media, emissaries, and other interested parties have crowded committee meetings and Capitol hallways … and some have even met with the Governor. 

The dispute is over whether the current name of the “Sea of Japan” in textbooks should be referred to in new versions as the "East Sea."

 

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