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Ken Plum: A budget surplus?

- Newspaper headlines last week declared "State posts surplus of more than $500 million." Such headlines about a "surplus" in Virginia's budget appear with some regularity.
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Virginia launches regional cyber workshop series

- Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of the Regional Cyber Security Workshop Series focused on building partnerships with local governments on cyber security.

Probe into Ryan Zinke real estate deal is 11th federal investigation of Interior Secretary

- The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General will open a formal investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s real estate dealings.
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Congressman McEachin announces $290,000+ grant for VCU

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced an award of $294,540 in grant funding for Virginia Commonwealth University for medical research about cells role in stress relief.

Senate bill would provide financial relief to civilian federal employees

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to certain civilian federal employees who move for work.
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Tim Kaine introduces bill to help young people find jobs

- Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced a bill to assist young people with finding summer or year-long jobs that will help them succeed in future careers.

New EPA coal ash rule reduces environmental protections

- The EPA has issued final rules governing the handling and monitoring of hazardous coal ash. The waste, produced when coal is burned, can pose significant threats to groundwater and water quality in rivers and streams.

Sen. Warner joins top Senate Democrats demanding details on Trump-Putin summit

- Top Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Trump listing a series of questions to clarify what commitments he may have made to Putin during their secretive and lengthy meeting.
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Northam announces new UK distribution partnership for Virginia craft brewery

- Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday a new UK distribution partnership for Port City Brewing Company, resulting in new international sales for the Alexandria brewery.
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Griffith regulatory reform bill passes Environment Subcommittee

- Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) comments after the Environment Subcommittee passed an amended version of his bill, H.R. 3128, the New Source Review Permitting Improvement Act of 2018.

Northam designates Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week

- Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 15–21, 2018 as Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week in Virginia.
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Morgan Griffith: A lawyer’s lament

- Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, has great credentials. He is a strong pick to join the Court, and I hope the Senate acts on his nomination promptly.

Virginia congressmen write to ITC chairman with concerns on newsprint tariffs

- Seven Virginia congressmen wrote to United States ITC Chairman Johanson expressing serious concerns about tariffs that are impacting Virginia newspapers.

Memo to Putin: Pull back a bit on the reins, man

- Friendly advice to Vladimir Putin: dude, you are severely overplaying your hand with whatever you have on Donald Trump.
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UVA Center for Politics/Ipsos Poll: Just half of Americans believe elections fair, open

- Only about half of American adults believe elections are fair and open, and large majorities of Americans express skepticism about big money in politics and favor disclosure of donations.
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Congressman McEachin announces grant awards

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced two healthcare-related grant awards.
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Warner, Collins introduce legislation to boost retirement saving plans for small businesses

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the SIMPLE Plan Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to provide small business employers and employees greater flexibility and access to the popular SIMPLE plans as an option for retirement savings.
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Don Beyer amendment would bar secret schedules for EPA Administrator, Interior Secretary

- Rep. Don Beyer filed an amendment that would prohibit the EPA and Department of the Interior from using federal funds for multiple calendars to conceal details of meetings, calls, and travel from the public.
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House Democrats propose redistricting special session

- On Monday, House Democratic Leader David Toscano sent Speaker Kirk Cox a letter proposing options to convene the General Assembly to redraw 11 House districts as ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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Don Beyer offers body camera amendment to Interior Appropriations bill

- Rep. Don Beyer introduced an appropriations amendment which would fund the body camera pilot program for Department of the Interior law enforcement officers.
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Bob Goodlatte critical of Trump after Russia summit press conference

- Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released this statement after the joint press conference following the U.S.-Russia Summit.
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Griffith praises Trump for performance during Putin press conference

- Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding the U.S.-Russia meeting in Helsinki.
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Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner on Trump-Putin summit

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today following President Trump’s comments during a joint press conference at the Trump-Putin summit.
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Don Beyer statement on Trump-Putin summit

- Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
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‘Who is America?’ Apparently, we’re a gullible lot

- The walkup to the debut of the new Showtime series “Who is America?” had conservative luminaries like Sarah Palin and Roy Moore (!) trying to get out ahead of their upcoming awkward moments getting punked by Sacha Baron Cohen.

Consumers, farmers stand to benefit from 2018 Farm Bill

- Progress on the upcoming Farm Bill is critical to both farmers and food assistance program participants.
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Northam leads trade, marketing mission to Europe

- Governor Ralph Northam will lead a five-day international trade and marketing mission to Europe from July 15–20.
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Top senators tell Trump: Do not meet Putin alone

- Today, a group of top Senate Democrats wrote to President Trump, urging him in the strongest possible terms to avoid meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Mark Warner on Mueller indictment of Russian intelligence officers

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner comments after the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for criminally interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Northam announces $3.6 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans

- Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $3.6 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for seven projects across Virginia.
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The Centrist Democrat: Can’t get past the love for those Trump voters

- West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, in name, anyway, to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on the upcoming Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation vote: “kiss my you-know-what.”

Griffith supports bill to improve suicide prevention hotline

- The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced bills in a full committee markup, including H.R. 2345, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act.
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Warner, colleagues urge NDAA conferees to include ZTE ban

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner joined Senate colleagues backing a Senate-passed amendment that would reinstate penalties against ZTE in their upcoming NDAA FY2019 Conference Report.
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Griffith supports bills to expand broadband access

- The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced bills in a full committee markup, including measures to expand broadband access. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) is cosponsoring the two bills promoting broadband and supported them in markup today.

Virginia ends fiscal year 2018 with $551.9 million surplus

- Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Commonwealth of Virginia reached the end of fiscal year 2018 with a revenue surplus of approximately $551.9 million.