Government & Politics

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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A Search for Answers
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Train Derailment Prevention a Hot Topic in Richmond This Week

Credit wset.com

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring. 

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Government & Politics
6:54 am
Mon June 2, 2014

VaNews for 6.2.14

Virginia localities react – or don't – to a Supreme Court ruling on prayer by government bodies and a state senator from Northern Virginia speaks out in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. 

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

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The Immigration Battle Continues
10:08 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Pressure Mounts for Cantor to Act on Immigration Reform

With his chances of perhaps one day becoming the nation’s first Jewish Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives riding on a primary that's slightly more than a week away, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is under mounting pressure to move on immigration reform.

He was hit from both the right and the left—as his Republican rival and a coalition of Latino organizations spoke about it at separate events Wednesday. 

  

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Or Possible Shutdown
4:14 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Open for Business?

For weeks, speculation has run rampant at the State Capitol over what authority Governor McAuliffe might have under the Virginia Constitution to keep the state operating if a budget is not passed by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

Attorneys for the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Services were asked to advise state lawmakers about executive options for paying bills or mitigating a government shutdown.  At the heart of the issue is the constitutional requirement for separation of powers and co-equal branches.

 

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