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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.


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Ken Plum: Let’s take a break from school reform

Earlier this month I attended “The Governor’s K-12 Education Reform Summit,” the second such event put on by the McDonnell administration in as many years.


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Quinnipiac: McAuliffe builds lead in governor’s race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a 48-42 percent lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race to become Virginia’s next governor, according to today’s Quinnipiac University poll, the first survey in this race among voters likely to vote in the November election.


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Ken Plum: Past time for reform

The State Integrity Investigation, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, recently gave Virginia an F grade and a rank of 47th among the 50 states in its Corruption Risk Report Card (www.stateintegrity.org).


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Cuccinelli tours coal mine in McClure

Ken Cuccinelli has spent the past two weeks touring businesses and facilities that play a critical role in Virginia’s energy industry. Thursday afternoon, Cuccinelli wrapped up a four-hour tour of Paramount Deep Mine 41 in McClure.


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Virginia Mainstream Project recommends reforms to Virginia’s ethics laws

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling proposed on Monday a series of comprehensive reforms to Virginia’s ethics laws. These changes are designed to enhance Virginia’s ethics laws and begin the process of restoring the confidence of the people of Virginia in their state government.


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Cuccinelli in Staunton on Wednesday

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli will be in Staunton on Wednesday for a community chat.


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Ken Plum: Much remains to be done on race relations

I grew up in my early years in a racially segregated Virginia. The State Constitution had a provision stating, “Mixed schools prohibited. White and colored children shall not be taught in the same school.”


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Ken Plum: Stemming gun violence

Not only are we not doing enough, but we are seeing actions on the part of congressmen and senators and state legislators fearful of the gun lobby that may well result in more gun violence.


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McDonnell repays loan to benefactor

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that loans made to his wife and his family business by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams have been repaid.


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Poll: Voters not happy with McDonnell’s handling of scandal

Virginia women have turned on Gov. Bob McDonnell, pushing his job approval rating to a new low of 46-37 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters still say 44-36 percent that the governor is honest and trustworthy and only 16 percent of voters, most of whom are Democrats, think he should resign.


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Poll: McDonnell in trouble with Virginia voters

The newest Virginia poll from Public Policy Polling finds that Gov. Bob McDonnell’s net approval rating has dropped 12 points in the last month. Only 36 percent of voters approve of the job he’s doing, to 41 percent who disapprove. The drop is being seen across the board.


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Ken Plum: Voting rights need protections

The Supreme Court had an historic week recently with major decisions on gay marriage, immigration and voting. I am particularly concerned about the decision that I believe does major damage to the Voting Rights Act.