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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Speaking Out
3:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capitol Square as Public Forum

The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state's Capitol Square.  The organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.

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Public Health Issues
4:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Access to Vital Records

Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.

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Government & Politics
6:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Marketplace Virginia Gains Support to Curtail "Churning"

Credit The Commonwealth Institute

While Virginia's General Assembly remains stalemated over Medicaid expansion in the state budget, one organization is providing an additional perspective on how families are impacted if the program is not expanded.  The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis is backing the new Senate budget with its private health insurance marketplace—in part, because it would help curtail a phenomenon known as "churning." 

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Transition Programs
1:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Educational Opportunities for Veterans

Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. Homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs.   But at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem. 

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Government & Politics
7:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Law puts Limits on Police Phone Tracking

Conservative Delegate Bob Marshall and the Virginia ACLU are on the same side of a new law that limits how far police can go when tracking people. Thursday, Governor McAuliffe signed the cell phone-tracking bill, which was sponsored by Marshall, to protect Fourth Amendment rights. 

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