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Virginia House Republicans call on Governor McAuliffe to shelve I-66 tolling plan

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leadership, members and candidates on Thursday called on Governor Terry McAuliffe to shelve his proposed I-66 tolling plan at a press conference in Falls Church.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.


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House Speaker Howell announces changes to standing committees of the Virginia House of Delegates

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Wednesday announced changes to the standing committees of the Virginia House of Delegates for the remainder of the 2014-2015 General Assembly.


Ken Plum: Legislative redistricting remains an issue

Just last month a panel appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to look at ethics issues in state government recommended that Virginia establish an independent redistricting commission to draw legislative district lines.


House Speaker Bill Howell on Bob McDonnell sentencing

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on Governor Bob McDonnell.


Ken Plum: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The editorial in the September 21, 1897 New York Sun, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who had inquired about whether there was a Santa Claus, has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial, according to the Newseum.


House Speaker Bill Howell announces re-election campaign

Virginia House of Delegate Speaker and 28th District Delegate William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced his campaign for re-election to the House of Delegates in an online web video Thursday.


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House Majority Leader Kirk Cox proposes caps on mandatory student athletic fees

Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) announced Thursday that he will propose legislation in the 2015 General Assembly session to cap student athletic fees at Virginia’s four-year public universities.


Ken Plum: On the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly

One of the most frequently asked questions of me this time of year is, “What will the General Assembly be doing when it meets?”


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Statement of House Republican Leaders on Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) issued the following statement Wednesday on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments.


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Virginia House Democrats statement on the conviction of Joe Morrissey

In light of his conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the House Democratic Caucus calls for the immediate resignation of Delegate Joe Morrissey.


Ken Plum: A legislator’s holiday season

The multiple celebrations that make up the holiday season bring travel, big meals, and family and friend reunions. For state legislators the end of the year and the holidays bring an additional dimension: preparation for the next legislative session.


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Virginia House Republican leaders propose $100 gift cap

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders on Wednesday proposed a $100 gift cap on both tangible and intangible gifts.


Ken Plum: Taxes

Governor Terry McAuliffe will address the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on December 17 in a statutorily required report on the state’s finances.


House Speaker Bill Howell on ethics commission recommendations

House Speaker Bill Howell issued the following statement Monday on the interim recommendations of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


Ken Plum: Rocket science

Even the professionals have their problems with rocket launches with about one of ten not being successful.


Ken Plum: Protracted General Assembly session

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned its regular session in early March this year and immediately went into special session that while still continuing has become the longest special session ever.


Will Hammer: Thank you, and an announcement

Libertarian Party congressional nominee Will Hammer thanks his supporters and offers a post-election announcement.


Ken Plum: From polarization to compromise

The Senate is polarized between opposing points of view with a willingness to compromise being seen as a sign of weakness.


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Speaker Howell sets special election date in 34th House of Delegates district

House Speaker Bill Howell issued a writ of election for the 34th House District, setting Jan. 6, 2015 as the date of the special election to fill the seat that will be vacated by Del. Barbara Comstock.


House Speaker Bill Howell on Ed Gillespie Senate campaign

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell issued the following statement Friday on Ed Gillespie.


Ken Plum: Your civic duty

A basic tenet of all levels of civic education is that citizens should vote. We are told of the importance of voting in social studies classes, Scouting, and in community groups.


Ken Plum: Energy plan moves Virginia in the right direction

Governor Terry McAuliffe had two interesting supporters speak at his press conference on Virginia’s latest Energy Plan–the heads of the state Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.


House Speaker Bill Howell comments on SCC analysis of proposed EPA rule

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell commented Friday on a new analysis from the Virginia State Corporation Commission that indicates Virginia families and businesses could see $5.5 to $6 billion in higher energy costs under an EPA regulation proposed by President Barack Obama.


Ken Plum: The Age Wave

Last week, Bob Brink, a former colleague of mine who represented Arlington-McLean in the House of Delegates and who was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to be Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services, spoke to the Northern Virginia Aging Network’s (NVAN) annual legislative summit.


House Speaker Bill Howell statement on gay marriage ruling

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Monday on the Supreme Court decision in the Virginia gay marriage case.


Ken Plum: A Virginia Statesman

I first heard of Vincent F. (Vince) Callahan, Jr. in 1965 when he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Virginia. It was his first run for political office, and while it may seem that he aimed high to start in those days it was easy to get the Republican nomination since the Republicans always lost.


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House Speaker, Senate Majority Leader on McAuliffe integrity commissionnnnn

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) issued the following statement Thursday.


Howell congratulates Virginia’s national award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Tuesday congratulated Virginia’s national award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.


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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House of Delegates ceremony for Virginia Committee of Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve

The Virginia House of Delegates conducted a special signing ceremony Thursday for the Virginia Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.


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House GOP leadership statement on Medicaid special session

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas), and Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement Thursday.


Howell statement on House resolution on legal counsel

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Thursday on the passage of House Resolution 566.


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House passes budget agreement to close Virginia’s $2.4 billion revenue shortfall

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday passed House Bill 5010, the bipartisan budget agreement that closes the remainder of Virginia’s $2.4 billion revenue shortfall for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.


House Speaker Bill Howell on Medicaid Special Session

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on the upcoming special session of the General Assembly.


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McAuliffe announces members of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success

On August 11, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 22, establishing the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success.


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.


House Speaker Bill Howell on McDonnell corruption conviction

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell issued the following statement Thursday on the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell.


Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell on proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced by Dominion and its partners.


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House GOP leaders issue statement on Fairfax County dual voter case

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas), and Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement Tuesday on a report that 17 individuals cast ballots in both Virginia and Maryland during the 2012 Presidential election.


Ken Plum: Conservation as a way of life

The quality of conservation that necessity brought to my parents and their peers is a quality that necessity will once again bring to our society.


Ken Plum: Two ladies named Alice

Mrs. Alice Foltz was my sixth and seventh grade teacher as well as being principal of Grove Hill Elementary School near Shenandoah, Virginia.


Bob Marshall: Appeals court decision on marriage case flies in face of Supreme Court

The Court of Appeals refusal to deny a stay of starting so-called same sex marriages in Virginia is lacking in moral clarity, historical precedent, social benefit and authentic constitutional grounding.


Ken Plum: Kids count!

Since 1990 the Annie E. Casey Foundation has ranked states annually on overall child well-being in a report called Kids Count Data Book. The Foundation’s report is viewed as the authoritative source of information on how we are doing nationally as well as state by state for our children.


Marriage amendment sponsor Bob Marshall on court ruling

Nations and cultures around the world have recognized for millennia that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.


Ken Plum: Virginia, Medicaid and the billion-dollar giveaway

We got to this point by the Republican majority in the General Assembly refusing to pass a plan for Medicaid expansion that would bring more than $5 million dollars a day to the state, produce as many as 30,000 new jobs in the health care industry, insure as many as 400,000 of the working poor, and enhance the quality of life for Virginia’s workforce and their families.


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House Republicans file first bills of 2015 General Assembly Session

Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates announced Monday the first pre-filed bills of the 2015 legislative session.


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Howell, Norment intend to reconvene House, Senate in September

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Wednesday that he intends to reconvene the House of Delegates the week of September 22 to debate Medicaid expansion. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) announced that the Senate will be also be in session that week.


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Bob Goodlatte and term limits: Time to forgive and move on

Every two years, Bob Goodlatte is reminded of a campaign promise he made way back in 1992, when he was making his first bid for the Sixth District congressional seat.


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McAuliffe announces SOL Innovation Committee members

The McAuliffe Administration announced the members and first meeting date for Virginia’s Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.