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Senate Democrats comment on House veto action

This evening, Senate Democrats criticized Speaker Howell’s ruling that Gov. McAuliffe’s line-item veto of the Stanley amendment was out of order.


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McAuliffe statement on House action regarding his budget vetoes

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement this evening after the General Assembly failed to override any of his line item vetoes to the 2015-2016 biennial budget.


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Roundup: Reaction to McAuliffe budget, Medicaid vetoes

Virginia political leaders react to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s line item vetoes of items in the state budget aimed at protecting his plan for expansion of the state Medicaid system.


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Veto! Governor McAuliffe pushes back on budget, Medicaid

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a series of line-item vetoes of the budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly with the goal in mind of continuing efforts to expand the state’s Medicaid system.


Bloomaker to expand Augusta County operations

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Bloomaker USA Inc. (www.bloomaker.com) will expand its existing horticulture operation, located in Waynesboro.


McAuliffe Announces 2,000 new jobs in Chesterfield County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today at the Virginia State Capitol that Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese pulp and paper company will invest $2 billion over five years to establish its first U.S. advanced manufacturing operation in Chesterfield County.


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Creigh Deeds: What a week in Virginia politics

Last week saw the passage of a state budget and also the potential demise of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Two dramatic events of the previous few days drove the results of the Special Session.


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State Sen. Lynwood Lewis on budget vote

I have been a supporter from day one on this most important policy issue, to close the coverage gap. It is the right policy for Virginia’s budget, for Virginia businesses and for the hard working Virginians in need of health insurance and the preventative health care services insurance provides.


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Dickie Bell statement on budget vote

The Virginia General Assembly passed the state’s two-year budget late Thursday, sending the budget to the desk of Governor Terry McAuliffe for final approval.


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Mark Obenshain: Passing a budget – finally

The General Assembly passed budget – finally! It’s coming about three months late, but the General Assembly just adopted a budget this evening.


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Kirk Cox: Budget passes General Assembly

Late last night, the General Assembly passed a responsible, conservative budget that addresses our state’s $1.5 billion revenue shortfall and does not include Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.


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Virginia Organizing condemns budget vote

Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook released the following statement after the General Assembly passed a budget that actively denies Medicaid expansion to 400,000 Virginians


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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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Kirk Cox: 90 days without a budget

Terry McAuliffe and Senate Democrats have now held the budget hostage for some 90 days. Even after Secretary of Finance Ric Brown recently briefed the General Assembly Money Committees that state revenue shortfall could possibly exceed $1 billion over the next two years, there has been no urgency in the Senate to work towards a budget negotiation.


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McAuliffe signs executive order to create Virginia Energy Council

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #16 today establishing the Virginia Energy Council, which will assist in the development and implementation of a cohesive, comprehensive, and aggressive energy strategy for Virginia.


Ken Plum: Garden magic

I have had more time to spend in my garden than I have had any spring for many years. I had almost forgotten how relaxing and satisfying working in the soil can be.


Supreme Court invalidates Virginia’s use of IQ test in administering death penalty

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hall v. Florida that states cannot rely on a rigid IQ score of 70 to determine whether an individual may be executed.


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Governor signs trio of attorney general’s public safety bills

A trio of bills from Attorney General Mark Herring to protect the public and hold criminals accountable were ceremonially signed today by Governor Terry McAuliffe in front of advocates and sponsors.


Ken Plum: Are business incentives worth the investment?

Last month Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia will participate in the Business Incentives Initiative, a joint project of The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly leaves unanswered questions

Last Wednesday the 2014 session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die at the end of the Reconvened Session that is called at the conclusion of each regular session to consider amendments to legislation proposed by the Governor and vetoes he made of any bills.


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Gov. McAuliffe announces Virginia’s acceptance in Business Incentives Initiative

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Virginia’s acceptance in the Business Incentives Initiative, a joint project of The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).


Sam Rasoul: General Assembly Update

Some quick updates from the veto and special sessions:


Quentin Kidd: Response to Emmett Hanger on Medicaid

While certainly not desiring to take anything away from Emmett Hanger’s leadership on Medicaid expansion, the positions in the General Assembly on this issue overwhelmingly fall along party lines.


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Separate the two? Can’t have a budget without Medicaid vote, and vice versa

We’re hearing some talk that the perfect solution to the ongoing budget stalemate in Richmond would be to separate the two – voting now on a state budget, and then holding a special General Assembly session in the fall to consider Medicaid expansion.


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Democrats, McAuliffe snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on Medicaid

Remember when Gov. Terry McAuliffe was riding high? That was, like, two months ago, maybe even a couple of weeks ago, back when there was widespread, bipartisan support for Medicaid expansion.


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Poll: Republicans, Democrats, Terry McAuliffe all scarred by budget, Medicaid stalemate

Virginia is still without a budget for the coming fiscal year, Democrats and Republicans are no closer to an agreement on Medicaid expansion, but there may be some impetus for change coming from the hinterlands.


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Governor McAuliffe statement on end of veto session

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today following the General Assembly’s 2014 reconvened session, in which they considered his vetoes and amendments to legislation passed this year.


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ACLU praises veto of National Guard chaplain bill

Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555. Senate Bill 555 would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members.


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ACLU praises Senate veto of school prayer bill

Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 236, a bill that could have compromised the religious freedom of public school students.


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Emmett Hanger honored by Sierra Club for work on climate, energy policy

The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club will recognize nine Legislative Leaders who have distinguished themselves in the 2014 General Assembly Session as patrons of environmental bills.


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Attorney General Mark Herring hits 100-day mark

Today marks 100 days since Mark R. Herring was sworn in as Virginia’s 48th Attorney General.


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ACLU applauds McAuliffe on restoration of rights reforms

Over 450,000 Virginians are unable to vote because of the Commonwealth’s felon disenfranchisement law. Many of these Virginians are disenfranchised because of a drug felony conviction.


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Mark Warner response to GOP leaders on budget impasse

I continue to believe last October’s federal government shutdown was an affront to the taxpayers and our federal workforce, and it represented a self-inflicted wound that caused additional damage to our fragile economic recovery.


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House Republican leaders write to Sen. Mark Warner on state budget impasse

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) and Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner urging the senator to denounce Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to hold the state budget hostage to Medicaid expansion.


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Terry McAuliffe: Get the budget done

As the body responsible for negotiating a budget, the General Assembly has failed to deliver on one of the primary duties they were elected to fulfill.


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Gov. McAuliffe announces launch of DMV/VDH vital records partnership

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced the successful launch of the partnership of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Department of Health Division of Vital Records to provide increased access to Virginia birth certificates.


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Creigh Deeds: The guest that would not leave

It is with some pride that I can report that on the 25th of March, the first daffodil bloomed in my yard. However, I can also report that bloom was soon covered with snow as winter is playing the part of Gilda Radner in that old Saturday Night Live skit about the guest who would not leave……speaking of guests that will not leave, the General Assembly is still in session.


Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul takes action on campaign pledge

Del. Sam Rasoul has chosen the Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC) as the first recipient of a charitable donation in fulfillment of his campaign pledge to donate half of his General Assembly salary to local organizations.


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Vireol Bio Energy to add 70 jobs in Hopewell

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Vireol Bio Energy LLC will commission the former Osage Bio Energy facility and begin production of ethanol in the City of Hopewell.


Gerry Connolly: Close the Medicaid gap

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) today wrote to all 140 members of the General Assembly urging them to “put aside partisan ideology and political posturing to do what’s right for Virginia” and approve a Medicaid expansion plan for the Commonwealth funded by more than $9 billion in federal dollars.


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Gov. McAuliffe signs bill transferring homeland security responsibilities

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed SB381, which transfers the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating efforts to strengthen homeland security from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Public Safety.


Ken Plum: Governor proposes new budget

In Virginia a governor can serve two terms, but the terms cannot be successive. All newly elected governors of Virginia take office at the beginning of a biennial budget cycle where the outgoing governor has proposed a budget for that cycle.


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Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs caboose budget bill

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after signing House Bill 5001, the Caboose Budget Bill, which funds state government through the remainder of this fiscal year:


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Democrats take aim at Republicans on budget squabble

Virginia Democrats are pointing fingers at their Republican counterparts in the Virginia General Assembly over the ongoing state budget stalemate.