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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State Tax Code
4:10 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Tax-Equality for Same Sex Couples

 While Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is being challenged, supporters of overturning the ban are optimistic that eventually, gay and lesbian couples will have the freedoms that other married couples do. But in the meantime, some are calling on the governor, attorney general, and lawmakers to make life easier for those who were married outside of Virginia—and it's as simple as changing the state tax code. Equality Virginia is urging Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to take steps to allow married lesbian and gay couples to file their state tax returns based on their fede

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Science & Technology
2:10 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Students Tour Virginia's Secure Laboratory

Some Virginia students, along with First Lady Dorothy McAulifee, got a first-hand look at the State Department of General Services’ secure laboratory.  It was part of National Laboratory Week and the experience of seeing DNA and bacteria, is offered to only a few. 

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The Great Fuel Debate
7:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Biofuels Still a Contentious Issue in Virginia

Credit www.ext.vt.edu

A renewable energy coalition is countering a recent Time Magazine article that's critical of biofuel use. In fact, the “Fuels America” coalition has rolled out its own report that suggests that the Commonwealth is one of several East Coast states that could capitalize on the MANY benefits that ethanol and cellulosic alternatives can provide. 

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The Veto Session
8:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Virginia's General Assembly Reconvenes

Credit www.washingtonpost.com

It's the Reconvened or Veto Session at the Virginia General Assembly. While lawmakers spent much of the day focusing on failed budget negotiations, they have been able to make progress on some other issues.  Some members criticized Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation—but also applauded several measures that actually strengthened the bills from their original form.  

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Affordable Care Act
4:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Getting Insurance After Open Enrollment

When the Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline of March 31st came and went, many people were left with the impression that they would have to go without health insurance if they missed that enrollment period.  

But while it can be hard to find, there are ways that people may still be able to get some type of coverage—but it involves turning over some stones.

 
The Commonwealth Institute’s Michael Cassidy says those who are eligible can still enroll in two programs.

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