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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The Quinnipiac Poll
8:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

A Look at McDonnell's Latest Approval Ratings

Credit politico.com

Despite the sources and their political leanings, pollsters are finding that the Star Scientific scandal is taking a toll on Governor McDonnell's approval ratings.  A new Quinnipiac poll today also finds that overall, most Virginians still like their governor.  
 

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Law & Crime
11:13 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Chef's Trial Set for October

Chef Todd Schneider/FILE

The criminal trial of a former Executive Mansion chef accused of embezzlement will proceed as planned.  

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret Spencer had considered a motion by the defense to dismiss the case against Todd Schneider.  But she's ruled  that there is no reason to do so.

The four-day trial is scheduled to run from October 15th through the 18th—just weeks before statewide elections.

Political analysts have speculated that the case could spill over into Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for Governor. 

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Education
8:07 am
Mon July 15, 2013

VA College Students Looking to Gubernatorial Race

Credit www.vconline.edu

Considering the rising cost of higher education and the weak job market for college graduates, students have a strong interest in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. A panel of university student leaders had pointedly questioned Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli during a Google "Hangout for Higher Ed.”

More information at Virginia21.org


 

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Government & Politics
4:52 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Marriage Equality & Politics

On the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Human Rights Campaign and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations are throwing their support behind the three Democrats running for statewide office.

The candidates pledge that upon being elected to office they'll act to reverse certain restrictions on the LGBT community. But other officials say they will also champion the cause regardless of the election’s outcome.

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Military Voting Issues
8:31 am
Thu July 11, 2013

State Helping Military Personnel Get Their Votes In

While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.
 

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