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House Republicans advance anti-worker wage bill

A GOP-controlled committee advanced a bill prohibiting agencies from requiring state contractors to pay their workers a prevailing wage.


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Obama environmental legacy: Benefit to Americans, planet for years to come?

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” This proverb may well have guided President Obama.


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Kaine emphasizes importance of healthcare to HHS nominee Price

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine participated in a hearing on the nomination of Tom Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.


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Virginia Tech international affairs expert: Unexpected benefits to Trump’s presidency?

An expert in international economic affairs says he sees unanticipated outcomes to President-elect Donald Trump’s election.


Right-to-Work and the Apartheid state

There are plenty of reasons why people who believe in human freedom and free markets should oppose so-called “right-to-work” laws.


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Shepherd Bliss: How safe do you feel these days?

Columnist Shepherd Bliss writes: I no longer feel as safe as I used to. How about you?


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Warner, Kaine announce nearly $2 million to improve Metro safety

The Metro has been awarded $1.8 million to improve track safety and protect employees who repair and maintain the Metro system.


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Virginia hospitals to lawmakers: ‘Do no harm’ on healthcare

The Virginia hospital community is advocating a do no harm approach to state legislation on healthcare policy.


healthcare

Poll: Virginians want restraint on healthcare policy changes

New polling from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows strong majorities of Virginians are concerned about the future of healthcare.


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VCU poll finds support for providing treatment over criminalization of opioid abuse

A VCU poll has found strong support for providing treatment to opioid users.


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Laura Crites: Will love truly trump hate?

Having spent years counseling victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, I know what hate looks and feels like.


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Testy exchange between Sen. Kaine, DeVos in Senate confirmation hearing

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine participated in a hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.


Report: Virginia fails at forfeiture transparency

Forfeiture transparency laws in Virginia are in dire need of reform, as they leave legislators and the public in the dark.


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House Democrats demand vote on nonpartisan redistricting

House Democrats are calling for a vote on a bill to amend the state’s constitution to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.


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House Democrats condemn abortion-shaming resolution

Virginia House Democrats today condemned the advancement of a resolution that would shame women who have had abortions.


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Tom Perriello continues Listening Tour in Roanoke, Martinsville

Tom Perriello will continue his listening tour on Wednesday and Thursday in Roanoke and Martinsville.


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Northam raises more than $1.64 million in second half of 2016

The Northam for Governor campaign announced today that it has raised more than $1.64 million in its final financial report for 2016.


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Delegates, senators talk higher education

Today, legislators from both parties and both bodies of the General Assembly discussed initiatives to improve Virginia’s higher education.


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Ralph Northam statement on GOP votes killing voter-access bills

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement in response to a House subcommittee’s defeat of 11 bills aimed at expanding voter access.


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Steve Landes proposes constitutional amendment on redistricting

Del. Steve Landes has introduced a constitutional amendment that prohibits political considerations from the redistricting process.


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Tom Perriello on Affordable Care Act: Where does Ed Gillespie stand?

Tom Perriello, famously, voted for the Affordable Care Act in his one term as Fifth District Congressman.


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Anatomy of failed government: Another look at the DuPont settlement debacle

So much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Waynesboro over being shut out of the $50 million settlement with DuPont, and for what?


virginia general assembly

Virginia in a box on Medicaid, Affordable Care Act

Be careful what you wish for, because Virginia Republicans got theirs, and seem to want to give it back.


healthcare

Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans.


virginia house democrats

House Democrats welcome Ward, Price to leadership team

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today elected two new members to fill vacancies on their leadership team.


virginia general assembly

Senate committee blocks minimum wage increase

A Senate committee failed to pass two measures that would have seen an increase in Virginia’s minimum wage.


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Marriage equality bill fails in Senate committee

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee failed to address inconsistencies in the Code of Virginia with regards to marriage equality.


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New report debunks job killer claims about regulations

The Environmental Integrity Project has released a new report, “Don’t Believe the Job Killer Hype.”


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Ralph Northam calls on GOP to protect healthcare for millions

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam joined Senator Tim Kaine and others yesterday for a rally with Virginians to save healthcare.


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Poll: Affordable college, economy tied in eyes of Virginia voters

Virginia voters believe improving the affordability of public colleges and universities would help solve the sluggish economy.


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Headed to DC for the inauguration? AAA offers travel tips

It is a tradition as storied and nearly as old as the Republic itself. This Friday, America celebrates the 58th Presidential Inauguration.


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Legislators to ‘Meet Virginia Agriculture’ at Farm Bureau Legislative Day

State legislators will be able to learn more about agriculture in their districts, as well as issues important to Virginia farmers.


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Broad support for Herring hate crimes initiative

Voices from around the Commonwealth expressed their support for Attorney General Mark Herring’s anti-hate crimes initiative.


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ACLU asks governor to stop Ricky Javon Gray execution

The ACLU of Virginia has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant a clemency request from death row inmate Ricky Javon Gray.


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Garrett takes first step toward repealing Obamacare

After an evening of debate in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017 passed along party lines.


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Advocates for COPN reform applaud recommendations of working group

The General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Working Group on Certificate of Public Need (COPN) Reform endorsed nine principles.


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Herring proposes new tools to fight hate crimes

Attorney General Mark Herring today announced a new package of legislation to combat hate crimes.


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Capitol Square building to be named for civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns

The newly renovated building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns.


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Kaine will vote against Tillerson for State, back Mattis for Defense

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said Friday that he will vote against the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State.


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McAuliffe announces new solar project in Sussex County

Governor McAuliffe announced the permit for a new solar facility to be built in Sussex County.


virginia general assembly

Senate committee kills bill that would help ex-drug offenders get back to work

A Senate Committee failed to report a bill that would have expanded eligibility requirements for recipients of benefits for those convicted of drug-related felonies.


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Virginia Capitol receives updated National Historic Landmark designation

The United States National Park Service has approved a revised National Historic Landmark designation for the Virginia Capitol.


healthcare

Report: One in five Marketplace consumers was small business owner, self-employed

Treasury released a report with new data on sources of health insurance coverage for small business owners and self-employed workers.


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VCU poll finds support for higher taxes to fund workforce training, development

The 2017 Public Policy Poll: Economic Development and Workforce Training from VCU found strong support for workforce training in Virginia.


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December revenue collections down from previous year

Governor McAuliffe announced today that December General Fund revenue fell 1.0 percent from December 2015 collections.


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House Democrats focus on jobs, economic opportunity

House Democratic leaders today rolled out a robust package of new initiatives that will strengthen the New Virginia Economy.


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Virginia Democrats put attention on GOP bathroom bill

Virginia Democrats are putting Republicans on the defensive as Del. Bob Marshall doubles down on his bathroom bill.


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Sen. Kaine statement on Senate Affordable Care Act vote

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released a statement on last night’s Senate vote to begin a fast-track process of repealing of the Affordable Care Act.


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Sen. Warner on Senate vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

U.S. Sen Mark Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement on the Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


virginia general assembly

Speaker Howell announces House committee assignments

House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Wednesday announced changes to the standing committees of the House.