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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Transportation Funding
8:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

VA Taxpayers May Have to Take On State Transportation Costs

Credit www.vahousegop.com

A state advocacy organization says last year's transportation compromise reached between Virginia lawmakers is already falling apart—and if it isn't addressed soon, the state, and especially lower- to middle-income families will be negatively impacted. While the Commonwealth Institute offers no one "magic bullet" to resolve this challenge, its President, Michael Cassidy, says there are some options that lawmakers need to put back on the table. 

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Government & Politics
7:53 am
Thu May 15, 2014

More Challenges for the Affordable Health Care Act

The Affordable Health Care Act is facing yet another challenge out of Virginia. This time four residents are asking a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to invalidate the tax subsidies offered to people who purchase insurance through a federal healthcare exchange. 

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Naturalization Ceremony
4:27 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Naturalization Ceremony Yields New Americans

Within the halls of the oldest representative body in the U.S., in the very same seats that Virginia lawmakers craft legislation, sat 44 people from 32 different countries who, for the first time, were called “Americans.” 

It was all part of a naturalization ceremony at the State Capitol that, for some, marked a decades-long journey for U.S. citizenship.

 

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Location Negotiations
4:33 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Slavery Museum Closer to Becoming a Reality

First African Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

Former Governor Doug Wilder says he's received lots of inquiries regarding the future of a proposed National Slavery Museum, so he's revealed what he hopes to be its new location. 

While Fredericksburg is no longer a consideration, Wilder says a historic church now owned by Virginia Commonwealth University would be ideal.

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The Great Medicaid Debate
8:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Are There Options Beyond July 1st?

Credit wamu.org

What's next?  It's the question being asked all over the Commonwealth after some lawmakers said if Medicaid expansion isn't part of the new budget, they ARE willing to hold out BEYOND the July 1st start of the new fiscal year. One political analyst agrees that whichever side blinks first could lose ground with that constituency—but there may be an alternative. 

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