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NARAL endorses Bennett, McEachin for Congress

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC announced its endorsement of LuAnn Bennett (VA-10) and State Sen. Donald McEachin (VA-04) in their campaigns for Congress.


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Virginia Dems: Don’t let Trump do to Virginia what he did to Atlantic City

Don Beyer and Donald McEachin today urged Virginians to support Hillary Clinton so that Donald Trump cannot do to Virginia as president what he did to Atlantic City as a businessman.


Goodlatte wins Republican nomination in Sixth District: Virginia results

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte easily won renomination in Tuesday’s Republican Party primary.


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Senate panel blocks effort to reduce greenhouse gases

A Senate committee voted along party lines to defeat Sen. Donald McEachin’s SB 571, a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.


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Virginia Senate blocks women’s right to choose

The Senate defeated Donald McEachin’s SB 183, which would have removed the prohibition on covering abortions in insurance plans and riders sold on Virginia’s health exchange.


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Senate Democratic Caucus elects new leadership

This afternoon, members of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus met to elect their leadership. Senator Richard L. “Dick” Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) were re-elected by acclamation as Democratic Leader and Caucus Chair respectively.


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Senate Democrats call for Joe Morrissey to resign

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus this afternoon joined House Democrats and Gov. McAuliffe in calling Del. Joe Morrissey’s immediate resignation.


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Senate Democrats praise McAuliffe for creating good government commission

This afternoon, Senate Democrats praised Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s creation of a new commission to propose ethics, transparency, and various other good government reforms.


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Democrats deride wasteful, pointless Medicaid special session

When they first announced this week’s special session, Republican leaders in the General Assembly promised a “full and fair” debate on efforts to close the coverage gap — a promise both chambers have broken.


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Democrats: Republican need to keep promise on Medicaid coverage gap

In advance of Thursday’s floor session, Virginia Senate Democrats urged Republicans to close the health insurance coverage gap — they have promised a plan to do so — and expressed disappointment at the prospect of continued Republican intransigence.


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Local, state leaders support Attorney General Herring’s re-entry efforts

Virginia sheriffs, legislators, and community leaders expressed support for Attorney General Mark Herring’s prisoner re-entry initiative and discussed the importance of re-entry programs


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Senate Democrats respond to McAuliffe’s healthcare plan

While welcoming Gov. McAuliffe’s announcement of a ten-point plan to expand coverage and improve healthcare for more than 200,000 Virginians, Senate Democrats today urged Republicans to build on that progress by closing the coverage gap.


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Democratic response to GOP call for Medicaid special session

In response to Republicans’ announcement that the General Assembly will reconvene to debate Medicaid expansion on the week of September 22, Caucus Chair Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) issued the following statement.


Another Democratic legislator resigns

Richmond Democratic State Sen. Henry Marsh has joined the parade of Democrats leaving the Virginia General Assembly.


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Democrats respond to GOP on Medicaid expansion

In response to House Republicans’ release of a white paper arguing that Gov. Terry McAuliffe lacks the authority to close the coverage gap, Democratic leaders in the General Assembly issued the following statements.


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Senate Democrats comment on House veto action

This evening, Senate Democrats criticized Speaker Howell’s ruling that Gov. McAuliffe’s line-item veto of the Stanley amendment was out of order.


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Mark Herring: DREAMers qualify for in-state tuition

Attorney General Mark R. Herring advised that, under current Virginia law, Virginia students who are lawfully present in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program qualify for in-state tuition, provided they meet Virginia’s domicile requirements.


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Senate passes budget with Marketplace Virginia as key feature

The full Senate passed a bipartisan budget containing Marketplace Virginia, the compromise “private option” designed to close the health care coverage gap and enable up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians to access care.


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Senate Democrats renew call for budget that closes coverage gap

With special session approaching, Senate Democrats drew attention to the outpouring of public support over the last two weeks for efforts to close the health care coverage gap, renewing their calls for House Republicans to negotiate on, or offer an alternative to, Marketplace Virginia.


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Senate Democrats vow to fight for Medicaid expansion

After 60 days, the Virginia Senate adjourned sine die. While the General Assembly considered and passed many laws this session, Senate Democrats remain disappointed that Republican delegates refuse to consider or negotiate on Marketplace Virginia.


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Headed toward showdown? Senate committee amends House budget

The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to amend the House of Delegates version of the 2014-2016 state budget to resemble the budget passed by the Senate last Thursday, which included “Marketplace Virginia.”


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Senate Democrats kill measure allowing legislators to defend state laws in court

The Senate Rules Committee voted Friday along party lines to defeat a bill that would have allowed members of the General Assembly to take the place of the attorney general in court. The bill was passed by indefinitely.


Sam Rasoul joins in formation of Ben Franklin Liberty Caucus

Roanoke Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul joined other legislators in the General Assembly to co-found the Ben Franklin Liberty Caucus.


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Virginia Democrats react to same sex marriage ruling

Top Virginia Democrats are responding with expected euphoria to Thursday’s federal court ruling overturning the Commonwealth’s ban on same sex marriage.


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Virginia Senate passes mental health reforms

Monday afternoon, the State Senate voted to pass SB 260, a mental health reform bill introduced by Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath County) and co-patroned by senators from both parties.


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State Senate passes ethics reform omnibus bill

On the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Democrats and Republicans joined together to pass SB 649, the omnibus ethics reforms package.


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Senate Democrats vote to protect women’s access to healthcare

The Senate Committee on Education and Health voted along party lines Thursday to report two bills that would protect women’s access to healthcare by rolling back restrictions enacted by Republicans.


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School year-round? Virginia Democrats unveil proposal for 12-month programs

At a press conference today, Democratic Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico,)Senator Henry L. Marsh (D-Richmond) and Delegate Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg) unveiled amendments to the Virginia budget that would fund grants for year-round schooling programs.


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Democrats reorganize State Senate

Senate Democrats reorganized the Virginia Senate on Tuesday, assuming the same majority status Republicans claimed in 2012. Following the elections of Senator Lynwood Lewis (D–Accomack) and Senator Jennifer Wexton (D–Loudoun), 20 of the 40 senators are Democrats.


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Universal background check bill fails in Senate committee

Monday morning, after hearing testimony from veterans, anti-gun violence experts, and victims of gun violence, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice voted to reject SB 520, a bill that would have effectively created universal background checks for gun sales in Virginia.


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Party-line vote in State Senate kills Virginia Dream Act

This morning, the Senate Committee on Education and Health voted to kill SB 249, a bill to allow students with deferred action status to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they meet certain requirements, including established roots in the community and a family history of paying taxes.


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State Senate passes controversial school religious freedom bill

The Virginia Senate voted on Tuesday 20-18 to pass SB 236, a bill that would enable students to express their religious views to captive audiences of their classmates, potentially creating the appearance that schools have sanctioned or approved a particular religion.


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Senate Republicans try hand at off-year redistricting again

State Senate Republicans rammed through SB 310, a bill that makes unconstitutional changes to the boundaries of several Senate districts, on a 20-18 party-line vote. SB 310 is patroned by Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Fauquier).


Report: Cuccinelli drawing full-time salary, benefits, while on the job 26% of the time

Ken Cuccinelli continues to draw his full $150,000 salary plus benefits as Virginia’s attorney general while spending nearly three-quarters of his time on the campaign trail. This was the finding of the Virginian-Pilot based on a review of the Republican gubernatorial nominee’s office and campaign schedules in July, August and September.


Ralph Northam names Donald McEachin campaign chairman

Today Ralph Northam’s campaign for lieutenant governor announced that State Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) will serve as the campaign’s chairman. McEachin is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and was an early endorser of Northam’s candidacy.


Judge sidesteps legal issue over Senate control

A judge declined Friday to issue a temporary injunction in a suit brought by a Democratic state senator seeking to block Republicans from seizing control in the evenly divided Virginia Senate. The suit, brought by Henrico State Sen. Donald McEachin, sought a declaratory judgment that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, is not entitled to […]


Senate Dems file suit to block GOP power grab

Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Donald McEachin filed suit on Monday in Richmond City Circuit Court, on behalf of the Senate Democratic caucus, to stop Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling from breaking an expected tie this January when the State Senate comes back into session and organizes for the next four years. “The voters elected 20 […]


Senate Dems: Share power, or we’re going to court

State Senate Democratic leaders said Friday that they will take legal action if necessary to ensure equal representation on legislative committees in the wake of Election Day results that have Democrats and Republicans each holding 20 seats in the chamber. On Monday, party leaders took their case to the court of public opinion. “What we’re […]


Senate Dems vow to fight if GOP refuses to share power

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus today announced its unanimous opposition to the Senate Republican attempt to claim a Senate majority even though 10 days ago Virginians elected 20 Democratic senators and 20 Republican senators. The Senate Caucus believes that with a chamber evenly divided between political parties,  power should be divided as well. Sen. Dick […]


WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com: Dems-Virginia taxpayers ‘real victims’ of Cuccinelli activism

Democratic Party of Virginia chair Dick Cranwell spoke out on Tuesday on the ruling by an Albemarle County judge on a request for information made by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli related to climate-change research by a former University of Virginia professor. “I was glad to see this ideological crusade by Mr. Cuccinelli dismissed by Judge […]