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Herring statement on new Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government

Attorney General Mark Herring issued the following statement regarding Governor McAuliffe’s creation of the Governor’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


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McAuliffe announces commission to ensure integrity, confidence in state government

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 28 establishing the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


Ethics complaint filed against Barbara Comstock for disclosure violation

The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Barbara Comstock, candidate for Virginia’s 10th Congressional district.


Ken Plum: The legacy of Bob McDonnell

I had no idea what to expect when the jury announced it had reached its verdicts on the charges against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, but when the verdicts were announced I was stunned.


Lieutenant Governor Northam keynotes VMI Convocation

Today Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam provided the keynote address at the Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) Convocation ceremony, the annual assembly of students and faculty to recognize the beginning of a new academic year.


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Political fallout from Bob McDonnell verdict

You have to wonder how Phil Puckett and Terry Kilgore reacted to the news that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted on multiple federal corruption charges related to $170,000 in loans and gifts that the former First Couple received from a state businessman.


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Strong statement from Attorney General Mark Herring on McDonnell conviction

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement on the verdict in the trial of Governor Bob McDonnell.


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Statement of Del. Mark Keam on Joe Morrissey charges

Following the grand jury indictment of Del. Joe Morrissey on Monday, Del. Mark Keam issued the following statement.


kirk cox

Kirk Cox: Responsible state budget without Medicaid expansion

Last night the General Assembly completed its work on the 2014-16 state budget that excludes Medicaid expansion. We addressed Governor McAuliffe’s 8 line-item budget vetoes, to include two that were ruled unconstitutional.


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Veto! Governor McAuliffe pushes back on budget, Medicaid

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a series of line-item vetoes of the budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly with the goal in mind of continuing efforts to expand the state’s Medicaid system.


Tazewell supervisor Mike Hymes announces for 38th Senate District

Mike Hymes has announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination in the 38th Senate District. The election, a result of Democratic Senator Phillip Puckett’s resignation, will be held August 19th.


Celebrate National Trails Day® at Shenandoah National Park

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014.


Quentin Kidd: Response to Emmett Hanger on Medicaid

While certainly not desiring to take anything away from Emmett Hanger’s leadership on Medicaid expansion, the positions in the General Assembly on this issue overwhelmingly fall along party lines.


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Attorney General Mark Herring hits 100-day mark

Today marks 100 days since Mark R. Herring was sworn in as Virginia’s 48th Attorney General.


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Dave Brat calls for investigation into hiring tied to Eric Cantor

Seventh District Republican congressional nomination candidate Dave Brat responded today to the breaking news that the Republican Party of Virginia has hired a political operative as executive director whose firm is apparently under contract with incumbent Congressman Eric Cantor.


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Terry McAuliffe: Get the budget done

As the body responsible for negotiating a budget, the General Assembly has failed to deliver on one of the primary duties they were elected to fulfill.


Ken Plum: Making the grade

At a time when quality reviews and accountability measures result in more activities being given a letter grade, it is appropriate that legislative sessions receive the same treatment.


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Mark Obenshain: Ethics and mental health reform

I want to talk about some of the other work of the General Assembly, most notably in the areas of ethics reform and mental health. Both issues became much more pressing due to the events of 2013; sadly, while we would ideally tackle such issues anticipatorily, it sometimes takes a demonstration of the problem to spur the General Assembly into action.


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Creigh Deeds: Reflecting on the 2014 General Assembly session

Every year as the General Assembly session winds down, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the things that have been accomplished, the things yet to accomplish, and perhaps the missed opportunities. With less than a week left before the scheduled adjournment of the 2014 session, a couple of things are clear.


Ken Plum: Crossover

Last week the General Assembly reached the midpoint of its annual session, or crossover as it is called in the legislature. At this time in the calendar, the House of Delegates and the Senate have completed work on the bills that were introduced into the respective houses.


kirk cox

Kirk Cox: House priorities fare well at crossover

Tuesday was crossover day at the General Assembly – the halfway point of the 2014 Session. At this point the House has passed 944 pieces of legislation; the Senate passed 696. After crossover, each house in the General Assembly may only consider bills that originated in the other house.


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House of Delegates passes ethics reform bill

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Delegates passed the House Ethics bill (HB 1211) that would establish a Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council to review disclosure forms, ban gifts of more than $250, and require disclosure of gifts to immediate family members.


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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.


Ken Plum: Overdue ethics reform

The “Virginia way” that has always prided itself on clean government has been sullied. Committees in the House and Senate are at work to tighten up ethics laws for the legislative and executive branches of government.


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Attorney General Mark Herring announces office ethics policy

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a new ethics policy that will be applied to employees of the Office of Attorney General, including the Attorney General himself.