Government & Politics

State Senate Race
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Politics & the New EPA Rule

The E-P-A’s new rule to drastically curb carbon pollution is now playing a key role in the Virginia Senate race.

It was no secret here at the Capitol the E-P-A was getting ready to roll out its new rule to limit carbon emissions. But that doesn't mean incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner is ready to take a stance. "I'm still looking at - I still think we need to look at it. I'm glad they're giving 120 days for the comment because it's obviously very complicated and got huge implications."

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Government & Politics
8:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Democratic State Senator Resigns, Further Complicating Budget Standstill

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As deliberation over the state budget continues with the deadline weeks away, the Virginia General Assembly is facing yet another roadblock. 

Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett of Russell County is announcing his resignation today, effective immediately.

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Government & Politics
8:08 am
Mon June 9, 2014

VaNews for 6.9.14

Virginia is tying to figure out what to do with a new taxi service that may not actually be  a taxi service, and one of the most extraordinary paintings ever created will be displayed in Yorktown.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

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Blame Game
1:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Immigration Talk on the Hill

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Proponents of comprehensive immigration reform blame two Virginia Republicans for inaction on the issue in the House.

Virginia maintains some power brokers in the Republican controlled House. Any changes to the nation's immigration laws need to pass through the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte.  He's been mum on the subject of late.

“I’m was just wondering if there’s any timeline on immigration reform to come up?”

“I do not know of a timeline on it. So I’m not discussing that.”

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Medicaid Expansion Debate
5:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Health Care Conference

Although Virginia lawmakers are still locked in a stalemate over Medicaid expansion, over the next two days business leaders, health care providers, and technology innovators are addressing the rising costs of healthcare and how to mitigate them—whether lawmakers reach a deal or not.

It’s all part of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Virginia Health Care Conference held in downtown Richmond.


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