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Report: February 2015 general fund revenue collections up 21.7% over last year

Governor McAuliffe announced today that revenue increased 21.7 percent in the month of February. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.6 percent, well ahead of the revised annual forecast of 4.7 percent growth contained in the enrolled budget bill as passed by the 2015 Session of the General Assembly.


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Virginia Organizing receives proclamation honoring 20th anniversary

Virginia Organizing will be present at the Harrisonburg City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:45 p.m. at Harrisonburg City Hall to read the Harrisonburg proclamation honoring Virginia Organizing’s 20th anniversary.


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AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia politics, UVA basketball on WREL-1450

The Virginia General Assembly is wrapping up its 2015 session. Second-ranked UVA is steaming down the stretch toward a run at a Final Four berth. Augusta Free Press editor talks Virginia politics and UVA basketball with host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va.


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Environment Virginia: Polluters spending $5M to pollute Virginia politics

The owner of Honeywell International, Inc. spent $5,140,000 on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Virginia.


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Will Virginia lawmakers agree on state budget adjustments?

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks Virginia politics with host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va.


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House of Delegates passes amendments to 2014-2016 biennial budget

The Virginia House of Delegates passed its amendments to the 2014-2016 biennial budget Thursday, setting aside $99.5 million for the next rainy-day fund deposit, and eliminating $42.5 million in debt and $10.2 million in fees proposed by Governor McAuliffe.


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House Republicans highlight 2015 legislative agenda

Members of the House Republican Caucus outlined their 2015 agenda Monday at a press conference at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.


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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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Report: Ken Cuccinelli rules out U.S. Senate run

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will not run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Warner. Cuccinelli broke the news in an unannounced speech at the Republican Advance in Hot Springs Saturday, according to a report in Politico.


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Andy Schmookler: I’m betting on Mark Obenshain acting honorably

Earlier this month, an alarm about Virginia’s razor-close Attorney General’s race sounded in some Democratic circles. Adam Swerver, in an article posted on the MSNBC website, declared that even if the defeat of Republican candidate Mark Obenshain is confirmed in a recount, he might still be able to have himself declared the winner.


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Chris Graham: Anti-government zealots on the public dole

Ken Cuccinelli loves quoting Ronald Reagan. Well, Ken, Ronald Reagan would say that you’re part of the problem, because you’re from the government, and you’re here to help.


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Robert Sarvis on the debate: ‘A complete farce’

You can forgive Robert Sarvis for being a bit bitter. Sarvis is on the ballot for governor as the Libertarian Party nominee, he’s polling 10 percent or above in most polls, and yet he was strong-armed out of a slot in the final gubernatorial debate of the 2013 election cycle because, well, because he’s not a Democrat or Republican.


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The Spin Room: Cuccinelli, McAuliffe campaigns declare debate victory

Odds are, you didn’t watch the Virginia governor’s debate. You didn’t miss anything.


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Chris Graham: Ken Cuccinelli follows the script, literally

There were five minutes left in the event as the debate moderator began her segue into asking the candidates, Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe, to give their closing statements.


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Cuccinelli memo spins backdrop for tonight’s gubernatorial debate

The Democratic Party is in disarray over the ObamaCare rollout, and Terry McAuliffe is going to have to answer for his continued support of the Affordable Care Act.


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Ken Plum: Science goes on trial in Virginia

Not since the Scopes trial in Tennessee in 1925 has science been on trial as it has been in Virginia over the last few years. The Scopes trial was of course about Darwin’s theory of evolution. That trial concluded more than 85 years ago, but the debate goes on with fundamentalists who prefer the teaching of creationism over evolution in public schools.


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Ken Plum: Affordable Care Act

Another phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective this week. Although controversial among some politicians who refer to the Act as “Obamacare,” it is proving extremely beneficial for those who have had limited or no access to health care.


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Ken Plum: Where is the outrage?

The NRA just took out of office two legislators in Colorado who had voted for modest gun control measures. The message is clear–speak out on ending gun violence and we will get you at the ballot box.


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Virginia Mainstream Project releases government reform proposals

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s Virginia Mainstream Project today released a series of proposals that are designed to improve the structure and operation of Virginia’s state government.


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Groups call on statewide candidates to back restoration of rights

The ACLU of Virginia, along with a coalition of civil rights organizations, submitted letters to the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general asking that they commit to ending disenfranchisement in Virginia.


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Ken Plum: Voter suppression

As fundamental as the right to vote is to a democratic republic, free and open access to voting continues to be a contentious issue.


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Ken Plum: Lessons to be learned from others

For many years I used North Carolina as a state that I thought Virginia should emulate. As another southern state, North Carolina was showing Virginia up in its commitment to improving the quality of life of its residents through investments, particularly in education.


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Ken Plum: Plenty of money

Reading a letter Governor McDonnell sent to state employees or listening to a speech he gave to the General Assembly money committees last week you could conclude that Virginia state government has plenty of money.


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Realtors PAC endorses Ralph Northam, Mark Herring

The Virginia Association of Realtors® announced its endorsement of State Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor and State Sen. Mark Herring for attorney general today.


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Poll: Virginians divided on governor’s honesty

Virginia voters are divided 42-41 percent on whether Gov. Bob McDonnell is honest and trustworthy, compared to a July 17 survey when voters said 44-36 percent he was honest, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.