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 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

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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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Government & Politics
5:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Gillespie, Warner, and Small Fish at the 66th Annual Shad Planking

Credit CNN

It’s a six decades-old Virginia rite of passage for aspiring statewide officeholders to attend the annual Shad Planking political event in Wakefield.  While all contenders were not invited to speak at this year's gathering, those who are vying for U.S. Senator Mark Warner's seat were not intimidated by his keynote address—especially his presumptive Republican rival, Ed Gillespie.

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The Liberterian Candidate's Game Plan
4:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Sarvis for Senate Campaign

Robert Sarvis

While he didn't win the Virginia gubernatorial race last year, Libertarian Robert Sarvis pulled more than 6% of the vote—which is impressive for a third-party candidate--and enough for some to argue that he siphoned votes away from former Virginia GOP Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Now, fresh off that campaign, Sarvis is really trying to pull an upset and win the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner.

 

Sarvis says he's not delusional and knows the odds are against him, but he’s counting on voters who are tired of the two-party system.

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