A new round of attack ads are being lobbed in Virginia’s heated off year election.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dropping more than one million dollars in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The first ad shows images of the Virginia Tech and Navy Yard shooters as the announcer lambasts the Republican candidate’s positions on guns.
The National Rifle Association is up with its own ad supporting Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain in Virginia’s race for attorney general. It attacks Democratic state senator Mark R. Herring.
Based on the latest Quinnipiac Poll, if the election for Virginia Governor were held today, Democrat Terry McAuliffe would beat Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by a significant margin.
The spread itself isn't different from the last Quinnipiac poll. But the survey contained the revelation that if most supporters of Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis changed their minds, the shift would not fall in Cuccinelli's favor.
The General Assembly panel that will decide whether and how to expand Medicaid in Virginia took a look today at the experiences of other states.
The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission was especially interested in cost-controlling factors, aspects that worked, and mistakes to be avoided. The authors of research studies that crunched the numbers also attended.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill just ended one battle that cost Virginia countless millions of dollars, but the deal merely kicks the can down the road.
Democrats are claiming a victory after they brokered a deal to flip the government’s light on and extend the nation’s borrowing limit. Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the fallout of the shutdown and near default should send a message to the G-O-P.
“Anybody who would be as reckless to try this scheme again I think needs to get their economic knowledge checked," said Warner.
There are ongoing concerns about the financial health of the Virginia Retirement System and plenty of speculation about who’ll be in control of the state senate a few months from now. Those stories have been among the most clicked this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at VPAP.org .