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ken plum

Ken Plum: Roller coaster ride

Every session of the General Assembly I am reminded of how much the functioning of the legislature is like a roller coaster ride. Every ride on a roller coaster regardless of how big it may be starts off very slowly.

alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: US enablement jeopardizes Israel’s future

The United States has been and remains the staunchest supporter of Israel, and its unqualified support will cause significant damage to Israel’s future wellbeing.

tim kaine

Tim Kaine statement on bipartisan Senate budget deal

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement announced today.

cynthia dunbar

Ginni Thomas endorses Cynthia Dunbar for Congress in Sixth District

Cynthia Dunbar, Republican National Committeewoman representing Virginia on the Republican National Committee and candidate for Congress in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, has received the endorsement of the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and founder of Liberty Consulting, Ginni Thomas.

mark warner

DoD begins rollout of Warner effort to restore tax payments to combat-injured veterans

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that this month the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin the process of sending notifications to more than 133,000 veterans who may qualify for a refund of federal taxes paid on disability severance pay.

tom garrett

Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett files for re-election

Congressman Tom Garrett has officially filed his paperwork with the Fifth District Republican Committee and the Virginia State Board of Elections, making him the first and only candidate in the race for the Republican nomination thus far.

tim kaine

Kaine introduces bill to reduce military spouse unemployment

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Co-Chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, introduced new legislation to help reduce military spouse unemployment and examine the effects of frequent moves and reassignments on military spouses’ careers.

mark warner

Warner introduces bill to curb fraud, abuse through federal payments to the deceased

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would help save millions of federal dollars by curbing erroneous payments to deceased individuals.

virginia general assembly

House passes bill to reduce maximum length of long-term suspensions

In a major step toward dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, the House today passed Delegate Jeff Bourne’s bill to cut the maximum length of school suspensions from 364 to 45 days, with certain exceptions.

Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine urge Senate leaders to fund community health centers

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on Senate leadership to reauthorize funding for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. 

virginia house democrats

House Democrats re-commit to fight for paid family leave

On the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, Virginia House Democrats re-committed Monday to the fight for paid family leave.

morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: The right to try

Longtime readers of this column know that I am a strong advocate for changing the law to permit the “right to try” – the right for patients facing life-threatening illnesses to try experimental treatments.


Conservation groups file challenge to National Forest Service decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center and The Sierra Club on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups filed suit in federal court against the National Forest Service over a grant recently issued to developers of the fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


Governor Northam, Speaker Cox announce bipartisan agreement on regulatory reform

Governor Ralph Northam and House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox today announced bipartisan legislation that will implement a regulatory reduction pilot program to remove burdensome and unnecessary regulatory requirements facing hard working Virginians.

ralph northam

Northam statement on rate freeze repeal legislation

Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on pending legislation to repeal the freeze on utility rates.

virginia general assembly

Let Doctors Decide medical marijuana bill passes State Senate

Today the Virginia Senate voted unanimously to pass the Joint Commission on Healthcare bill SB 726, which will let Virginia doctors recommend the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment of any diagnosed condition or disease.

ralph northam

Northam to co-host 10th annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 5 in Richmond

Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 10th annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on March 5 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. 

creigh deeds

Creigh Deeds: Five weeks to go

We continue to hurtle toward crossover of the 2018 Session of the General Assembly. Crossover is basically the mid-point, though it typically occurs a little past the 30th day of the 60 day session.

mark warner

Warner urges President Trump to invest in Alzheimer’s research

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Co-Chair of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force, joined Co-Chair Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and a bipartisan group of colleagues in a letter to President Trump requesting an increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research in his fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request.

virginia general assembly

Let Doctors Decide medical cannabis bill passes Virginia House

Today the Virginia House of Delegates voted unanimously to pass HB 1251, which would let Virginia doctors recommend the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment of any diagnosed condition or disease.

dickie bell

Dickie Bell teaching licensure reciprocity bill passes House of Delegates

The House of Delegates has unanimously passed House Bill 2, patroned by Del. Dickie Bell, which would allow a spouse of any member of the armed forces who has a valid out-of-state teaching license to enjoy licensure reciprocity in Virginia.

mark warner

Senate Intel Vice Chairman responds to release of Nunes memo

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the below statement on the release of the partisan, misleading memo seeking to discredit the Russia investigation.

ben cline

Another Trump team endorsement for Ben Cline

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth District congressional seat, has the endorsement of Stuart Jolly, the national field director for President Donald Trump’s campaign.

virginia house democrats

House Democrats discuss criminal justice reform, opioid crisis

Virginia House Democrats discussed several of their legislative priorities on criminal justice reform and the opioid crisis on Thursday.


Fifth District Dems tout congressional fundraising numbers

R.D. Huffstetler and Ben Cullop have been busy raising money for their Fifth District Democratic Party congressional nomination campaigns.