Tag: Phil Puckett

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Unleash the hounds: Bob McDonnell, oppo research and Richmond

Bob McDonnell is about to pull two years of hard time in a federal prison for accepting loans and gifts from a political benefactor.


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Creigh Deeds: Will this session ever end?

Not since 2001 has the General Assembly been in session this long. While these extended sessions do not often occur, I fear the Jeffersonian ideal of a part-time citizen legislature is in jeopardy.


Speaker Howell requests guidance from DOJ on recent gubernatorial appointments

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell released Monday a letter sent last week to United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. requesting guidance on the legality of three gubernatorial appointments.


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Hand in the cookie jar? Democrats raise issue with Terry Kilgore, tobacco commission

Yesterday marked yet another episode in the shady saga of Terry Kilgore as he continues to use his official Tobacco Commission chairmanship to benefit his family members.


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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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Medicaid expansion talk is going nowhere

You knew this already, but the special session that Republican leaders in the Virginia General Assembly called for Sept. 16-17 to discuss Medicaid expansion is going absolutely nowhere.


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Not the time to be pushing Medicaid growth

Virginia politics, into June, was embroiled in a political stalemate over expanding Medicaid, a top campaign priority of the new governor, Terry McAuliffe.


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Hymes calls on Chafin to disclose role in Puckett scandal

It was reported in the media last night that emails released by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission “outline plans hatched by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, to offer Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, a senior job with the commission once he resigned from the Virginia Senate.”


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Times-Dispatch: Emails show planning between Puckett, Kilgore

“Terry spoke to us today about announcing your role w/ the Commission in conjunction with what he said is your intention to announce your Senate plans tomorrow,” an email dated June 5 from Tim Pfohl, the interim executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, to Phil Puckett, a Democratic state senator at that point two days away from announcing his resignation.


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Democrats decry Virginia House GOP dirty tricks

Virginia Democrats are raising issue with the dirty tricks that they say House Republicans are using to make sure that 400,000 Virginians are denied their healthcare.


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Republicans pass budget: McAuliffe vows fight not over

With their new majority in the Senate won with a backroom deal with disgraced Democrat Phil Puckett in tow, Republicans broke the budget logjam on Thursday, finally passing a state budget that does not include Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature expansion of the state Medicaid rolls.


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Chris Graham: What if McAuliffe were to veto the budget?

With Phil Puckett’s resignation throwing control of the State Senate back to Republicans, it’s looking like the budget stalemate that has tied up local and state government since the winter will lift as soon as Thursday.


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Patronage: How the great Medicaid expansion battle was lost

State Senate Democrat Phil Puckett is resigning, and it appears to have to do with ongoing Republican efforts to block his daughter from a Circuit Court appointment. And thus the great Medicaid expansion battle was lost. Basically because of patronage.