Politics

opioid crisis

Senate committee passes Kaine-sponsored opioid addiction recovery legislation

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation he co-sponsored called The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. 


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Sixth District Republican candidates back plan for congressional convention

The campaigns of Ben Cline, Chaz Haywood, Ed Justo, Kathryn Lewis and Doug Wright to unify behind a plan for the upcoming Sixth District Republican congressional convention.


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Morgan Griffith: Helping solve a community crisis

Perhaps this person is your neighbor or friend. Perhaps you know this person from church or went to school together. Perhaps this person is your brother or sister, your father or mother, your son or daughter.


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Suffolk University-USA Today survey: Majority wants more than two parties

Nearly two-thirds of adult U.S. citizens will stay away from the polls during the coming midterm elections, and they say they have given up on the political parties and a system that they say is beyond reform and repair, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today nationwide survey of unregistered and unlikely voters. 


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We are all Grandma Red

Theresa Terry, “Grandma Red,” is joining her daughter, also named Theresa, in a protest on their property, trying to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which obtained an easement to run its natural gas pipeline through the Terry family’s property.


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Celebrity politics era: Here to stay

A former reality-show star is president of the United States. No putting the toothpaste back in the tube there: the celebrity era of U.S. politics is here to stay.


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Northam announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance

Governor Ralph Northam has announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 2,300 high school students from across the Commonwealth took part in this challenge.


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Northam announces nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones

Governor Northam has announced the nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury. This represents the maximum number of zones the Governor may nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.


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Sen. Tim Kaine’s brief run-in with the law

Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the University of Virginia on April 20 that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal.


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Commonwealth Transportation Board awards contract, recognizes agency partnership

At its monthly meeting this week, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved $20.2 million in contracts for projects by both the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.


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Creigh Deeds: Latest on General Assembly inaction on Medicaid expansion

The General Assembly convened a special session on April 11 to resolve the budget impasse. In the meantime, on April 18, we held the annual reconvened, or veto, session to consider the Governor’s amendments to and vetoes of bills. More on that later.


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Del. Steve Landes announces legislative appointments

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was appointed to the Commission on Civic Education, the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences, and the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.


opioid crisis

HHS provides states second installment of grant awards to combat opioid crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Sisi’s socioeconomic agenda and human rights

The re-election of Egypt’s President Sisi came as no surprise. Despite irregularities at some polling stations, President Sisi won handedly because he remains the most popular president, and perhaps for good reason.


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Chris Graham breaks down Sixth District Democratic, GOP congressional races: Podcast

Chris Graham discusses the wide-open battle to replace retiring incumbent Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, with stacked Republican and Democratic fields vying for their respective party nominations.


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Warner, Kaine call on EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to resign immediately

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 37 senators in introducing a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.


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Virginia Council on Women announces STEM Essay Contest winners

Governor and First Lady Northam and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the seventh annual STEM Essay Contest for high school junior and senior young women.


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Ralph Northam: The other branch of government

Legislators who were in Richmond on April 13 for the Special Session to complete work on the biennial budget interrupted their work on April 18 for the Constitutionally required Reconvened Session commonly referred to as the “veto session.”


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Warner, Kaine: Escalating Trump trade war would hurt Virginia soybean production, jobs

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed increased concern over how President Trump’s trade war would hurt Virginia’s soybean production, which is the Commonwealth’s number one cash crop. 


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Northam announces third annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week

Governor Northam issued a proclamation Tuesday to officially recognize April 22-28, 2018, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.


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Ben Cullop drops out of Fifth District Democratic congressional race

Ben Cullop announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the Fifth District Democratic congressional nomination.


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Mark Warner on Fox News: We must protect Rosenstein, Mueller

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sat down for a live interview in Washington with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Tuesday, where he had one key message for President Trump: back off the attacks on our nation’s law enforcement.


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Hidden tax: Motorists pay $76 billion in 2018 in gas taxes

Against a backdrop of gas prices that have risen sharply in the last two weeks, motorists are sure to be upset: they’ll be paying $4 billion more in gasoline taxes in 2018 than they did in 2017. That’s $76 billion, or $208 million every day, up from the $72 billion total in 2017.


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Senators propose legislation to update authorities used to fight terror abroad

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


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Commonwealth Transportation Board invites public comment on roads projects

The Commonwealth Transportation Board will be hosting meetings across the commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding.