State Government

Budget Impasse
4:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

General Assembly: Extending the Session...or Special Session?

The probability that the Virginia General Assembly will not complete its work by its scheduled Saturday adjournment has grown to a near-certainty. 

House of Delegates GOP leaders on Tuesday called on the Senate to set aside its version of Medicaid expansion—known as Marketplace Virginia—to speed up passage of what Republicans are calling a “clean budget” without it.  They also proposed a special session just to consider expanding the Medicaid program.

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Paying for Services
4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health

Credit Kaiser Health News

As the effort continues to press the Virginia House of Delegates to jump on board with Medicaid expansion, mental health advocates are warning of what could happen if those who are uninsured remain so. 

One coalition says that while both chambers have made addressing mental health a priority this session, those who suffer from illnesses will still face many challenges if they do not have the means to pay for critical services.

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Lobbying Rules
11:30 am
Wed February 26, 2014

McAuliffe Appointee Target of Investigation

Maurice Jones
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Virginia's House of Delegates has postponed a vote to confirm one of Governor McAuliffe's cabinet nominees … following published reports that he may have broken the law.  

Federal investigators are now looking into allegations that Commerce and Trade Secretary-designee Maurice Jones lobbied Congress while he was Deputy Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. 

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General Assembly
4:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

E Cigarettes May Be a Thing of the Past for Young Virginians

Young people under the age of 18 would no longer be permitted to buy electronic cigarettes under legislation that’s in its final stage at the General Assembly.  The bill targets the delivery devices—regardless of their shape or size—and the related vapor products that contain nicotine..

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Government & Politics
9:15 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Still a Work In Progress

Many federal lawmakers are echoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia. 

In a couple states felons can vote while in prison. In many right after they leave the gates their voting rights are restored. Not in Virginia.

The commonwealth is one of just a handful of states that doesn’t restore voting rights upon being released from prison or completing probation or parole, which Attorney General Holder says is unjust.

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