State Government

Proposing Audit
4:23 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

GOP Studies Medicaid

House of Delegates GOP leaders have announced that they will not vote to expand Medicaid—if at all—until after a comprehensive, outside audit of the state’s program is conducted. 

They say they want to find out why Medicaid has become the most expensive item in the General Fund budget … and why 30 percent of the Commonwealth’s healthcare spending goes to waste, fraud, and inefficiencies.  They believe it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find out what’s wrong with Medicaid and fix what’s broken.

 

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Same-Sex Marriage Ban
7:57 am
Mon January 27, 2014

VA Republicans Turn to McAuliffe for Help

Numerous state Republicans are turning to Governor Terry McAuliffe for help in defending Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

The request follows last week’s decision by Attorney General Mark Herring, not to defend the constitutional amendment, that makes same sex marriages illegal in the state.

32 delegates, including one Democrat, drafted and signed the letter delivered to McAuliffe’s office last Friday, although according to the Washington Post, the governor was not in his office and has yet to read the letter.

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Health & Medicine
8:06 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Deeds Shares His Story on "60 Minutes"

Credit CBS News

State Senator Creigh Deeds speaks on television for the first time since his son's suicide, and he’s taking his mental health care message to a national audience.

In an interview with Scott Pelley for “60 Minutes” Creigh Deeds discusses what he feels is a “critical failure in mental health care”.

That “failure” he talks about ended in the death of his 24-year-old son Gus, who attacked him with a knife, shortly before taking his own life last November.

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Quinnipiac Poll
4:06 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Constituents React

Since Attorney General Mark Herring announced his decision to side with plaintiffs in the lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage—reaction is coming in from constituents, and partisan and advocacy groups.

Reporter Sandy Hausman took to the streets of  Crozet  and Charlottesville, and here’s a montage  of the reaction she heard  from folks .

Back in 2006, 57 percent of Virginians approved the same-sex marriage ban.  This summer, a Quinnipiac University poll found the numbers had dropped—down to 43-percent of Virginians opposing gay marriage.

 

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Delegates Question Legal Authority
3:59 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Shifting Legal Position

He hasn't been on the job for two full weeks, and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring is already shaking things up.

While he doesn’t surprise anyone by sticking to his campaign pledge of fighting for marriage equality, he does strike a chord on all sides by saying that Virginia's legal position has shifted.

Herring says he will use his office's resources to join a lawsuit challenging the state Constitution’s provision that upholds traditional marriage.

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