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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Government & Politics
9:18 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Debate

Just after presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a statement about his desire to implement Medicaid expansion, Governor McDonnell and McAuliffe's GOP opponent have responded. 

McAuliffe would like to see Medicaid expanded as soon as possible. "I have consistently said that we need to have the Medicaid expansion here in Virginia. First and foremost it would cover 400,000 - 500,000 Virginians--would get access to quality healthcare next year. It's important socially, morally, it's the right thing to do," he said.

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Delaying Background Checks
4:38 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Second Chance Advocates want to Ban the Box

Forty-three localities nationwide, including Newport News, have "banned the box."

That means they have eliminated job applications that ask if a person has been convicted of a felony. 

Some who sit on Richmond City Council want to join those localities. They’re hoping that the measure could eventually be introduced as statewide legislation across the street at the State Capitol.

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Government & Politics
4:29 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Residency Requirements for Petition Circulators

The ACLU and the Libertarian Party have teamed up against Virginia to block a state law that requires candidate-petition circulators to be residents of the Commonwealth. 

A federal judge has already ruled in favor of the ACLU-Libertarian position.  ACLU attorneys believe if the state wins this appeal, it could prevent third-parties from gaining ground in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Attorney General's office argued that allowing out-of-state residents to circulate petitions to get candidates on the ballot could open the floodgates for election fraud.  

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Government & Politics
9:57 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Cuccinelli at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Credit Steve Helber / AP via NPR

Conservatives from across the U-S are at the convention center at National Harbor for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli kicked off the event.

Amongst the like-minded crowd, the Attorney General wears his battle scars from the Obama Administration with pride. Besides unsuccessfully challenging the healthcare law, he also took on the E-P-A& winning a suit blocking the agency from regulating storm water runoff in Fairfax County.

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Business & Industry
4:27 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Meaningful Mentorships

Some of the state's most influential people delivered a special message at the Virginia Mentoring Partnership luncheon: 

Since 1993, the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and affiliates have touched the lives of countless individuals by training 30-thousand volunteers who have donated money and time.

Governor Bob McDonnell says sometimes young people are looking for a second chance, or need someone in addition to their parents to step in.  He says they often become more productive parents, employees, business owners, and mentors themselves.

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