State Government

Government & Politics
4:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Agreement on Budget Cuts

Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders have struck a deal to cut the state budget to cover an unexpected $2.4-billion revenue shortfall. 

The agreement taps the state’s Rainy Day Fund, while closing a $346-million  gap this fiscal year, and $536-million the next. The Governor stressed the bipartisan nature of the accord—flanked by GOP state lawmakers and the Democratic co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

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U.S.A. vs. ISIS
8:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

ISIS Efforts Still a Controversial Subject with VA Lawmakers

Virginia lawmakers are coming around President Obama’s plan to combat the Islamic State, even as they say they want to have a say in what could become an extended war. 

Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith and many Democrats say the president needs to come to Congress for approval of any sustained military action.

“Clearly there’s a new front here and if he’s going into Syria on anything other than a quick strike, he’s got to have the approval of the United States Congress.”

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Government & Politics
7:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Virginia Lawmaker Takes On President's Decision

The U-S House passed a resolution condemning President Obama for swapping prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The bill was sponsored by a Virginia Republican Congressman. 

Lawmakers of all stripes were surprised to learn five members of the Taliban were exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl. Lawmakers weren’t alerted even though Congress passed a law requiring thirty days notice before the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Congressman Rigell says that’s why the House voted to disapprove of the exchange.  

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10-Step Program
4:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Governor Proposes Limited Healthcare Expansion Plan

More than 200,000 Virginians —most without insurance— could access healthcare services under an executive plan announced today by Governor McAuliffe. 

The 10-step program is called “A Healthy Virginia” and does not require General Assembly approval.  The governor aims to secure as many federal dollars as possible—instead of funding the entire plan through the state budget.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline
5:56 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Virginia Gas Pipeline Plans Move Forward


The press releases were flying Tuesday as two North Carolina companies announced they would work with Dominion Power to build a 550-mile gas pipeline through Virginia.  Governor Terry McAuliffe called a news conference to express his support for the project, and environmentalists expressed dismay. 


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