Government & Politics

For & Against
11:59 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Medicaid Expansion Push

One of the biggest issues for this legislative session is whether to expand Medicaid.  The Affordable Care Act assumed states would do that and offered to pay the full cost for the first three years – then scaling back to 90% over the next seven years.  

About half the states – including Virginia – refused, and that means about 190,000 people in the Commonwealth will still be without medical coverage.  Governor McAuliffe is pushing for expansion of Medicaid, but Republicans are pushing back with some surprising proposals.

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House Bill 49
10:49 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Legislation to Ban 'Revenge Porn'

It’s a sign of the times that Virginia lawmakers may soon consider a bill to ban what’s popularly known as “revenge porn” – the posting of naked pictures by an ex-lover online. 
 

Albemarle County Prosecutor Denise Lunsford is a powerful woman, and when a former boyfriend posted nude pictures of her on Twitter, she went to court.  The pictures came down, but there was no legal penalty.  Now, Delegate Marcus Simon is stepping up to change that.  He sees revenge porn as a kind of assault and says Lunsford is not alone.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:46 am
Mon January 13, 2014

VaNews for 01.13.14

The Virginia General Assembly will consider intervening this year in a pair of ongoing struggles...urban chickens versus urban dogs and fast drivers against slow ones.

Both stories have been among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link on vpap.porg. 

 

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Governor's Agenda
9:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Governor McAuliffe's Inaugural Weekend

At his inauguration in Richmond on Saturday, Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe offered an olive branch to his Republican counterparts.

 

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Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

General Assembly: New Amendments

When Governor McDonnell gave his final State of the Commonwealth address, he once again asked for a change in the state Constitution to allow automatic restoration of rights to felons.

But  those who are closely monitoring the current General Assembly session with hopes of this or other big constitutional changes… may be in for a bit of a disappointment.

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