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Environmental groups in two states file legal protest of proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry natural gas fracked in northern West Virginia 301 miles through West Virginia and Virginia is not needed, would cause irreparable harm to the environment and private property, and should be denied.

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Area lawmakers to hear student proposals on health insurance coverage

Rep. Steve Landes and State Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. will listen to students propose solutions to the health insurance coverage gap for 400,000 Virginians during the annual Health Policy Summit on Thursday, Dec. 3, at James Madison University.

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Jim Gilmore on TV: Former Virginia governor has ad in early voting states

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is running TV spots in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to bolster his campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

Bob Goodlatte: Criminal justice reform on the move

Have you ever tried to crack open a copy of the federal criminal code? It’s not exactly light reading. The expansion of the federal code to nearly 5,000 criminal statutes, as well as over 300,000 regulations carrying criminal penalties, has resulted in a code that no average American citizen could be expected to read and understand.

Polling fun: What makes a good Thanksgiving dinner?

We’re still two months out from the first votes being cast for the presidential nomination, so with Thanksgiving upon us, it makes sense to put our pollsters to work asking the real important question of the day: what’s for dinner?

Guess who’s coming for dinner: Which presidential candidate would ruin Thanksgiving?

Public Policy Polling asked voters this week their thoughts on which presidential candidate would be most likely to say something stupid at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Your best guess as to who gets that nod.

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Presidential candidates must focus on strengthening families after divorce

It started months ago…the positioning, the “talk,” the traveling around the country to small towns and big cities and everywhere in between, speaking at town hall meetings, through cellphone video sound bites, or via super-efficient 140-character tweets.

Bob Goodlatte: Protecting America’s safety

The American people watched in horror as one of our oldest allies was rocked by a series of ISIS terrorist attacks just days ago. It was a stark reminder that ISIS poses a real threat to our allies and America.

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Poll: Donald Trump with lead on GOP, Hillary Clinton with big lead with Dems

The latest Public Policy Polling national voter survey has Donald Trump with a seven-point lead on Ben Carson among Republican voters.

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Ken Plum: Medicaid in perspective

A recent newspaper headline proclaimed that “Audit finds waste, inefficiencies in Virginia’s Medicaid program.” As often is the case, the real story is beyond the headline.


Poll: Virginia backs Clean Power Plan on eve of big Senate vote

The Sierra Club released polling Friday showing significant support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan among registered voters in Virginia.


Virginia October revenue collections down 5.1%

Governor McAuliffe announced today that October General Fund revenue fell 5.1% from the previous year. One less deposit day for payroll withholding compared with last year and corporate refunding activity contributed to the decrease. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 0.5 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of a 0.1 percent decline.

Are green groups using the campaign finance system like other special interest through PACs or otherwise?

Green PACs emerged as major funders last fall in the run-up to the 2014 congressional elections, and look to play an even larger role in next year’s presidential and other races.

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Law professors to President Obama: Take executive action to end gun violence

With gun violence in America at epidemic proportions and a seemingly do-nothing Congress beholden to the gun lobby refusing to act, a group of the nation’s top constitutional scholars, organized by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), sent a letter to the White House calling on President Obama to take executive action to curb gun violence.

UVA faculty lead global effort to combat religious violence

The University of Virginia is at the heart of a global network of academics, politicians and activists urgently working to stop the spread of religion-related violence.

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Live Coverage: MSNBC Democratic Party presidential debate

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham leads our live coverage of the MSNBC Democratic Party presidential debate with candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.

Hillary Clinton outlines reforms to mandatory minimums

Adding to her call this spring to “end the era of mass incarceration,” today Hillary Clinton outlined specific reforms to tackle mandatory minimum sentences, which disproportionately hurt African Americans and other minority communities.

Donald Smith elected sheriff of Augusta County

Twelve-year Augusta County Sheriff’s Office deputy Donald Smith was elected sheriff Tuesday, with 34.3 percent of the vote in a crowded four-candidate field.


Live Coverage: 2015 Election Results

Augusta Free Press reports live with updated numbers and final results from the 2015 Virginia local and General Assembly elections.

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Trump, Carson neck-and-neck, Cruz gaining in Iowa: Poll

A new poll of Iowa voters by Public Policy Polling has Donald Trump and Ben Carson in a virtual dead heat, with Ted Cruz gaining ground. Trump was at 22 percent in the PPP poll, with Carson at 21 percent. Cruz was at 14 percent, gaining six points from an October poll in Iowa.

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Robert Hurt: New leadership provides a renewed opportunity

Last week, we saw a remarkable moment in our history as Paul Ryan was elected as the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives. The position of Speaker is one of great significance in our constitutional system; the Speaker is third in line to the presidency and is responsible for managing the functions of the House.

Analysis: Augusta County sheriff candidates spending big money on campaigns

How much does the Augusta County sheriff job cost? Through the end of last week, the four candidates running for the $105,000-a-year position being left open by the retirement of Randy Fisher had spent a total of $179,357.96 on their political campaigns.

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Podcast: Did Benghazi hearing boost Hillary Clinton in the polls?

Hillary Clinton more than handled herself in front of tough questioning from a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on a consultate in Benghazi, Libya. AFP editor Chris Graham breaks down the political implications of the made-for-TV drama on WREL-1450 in Lexington, Va.

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Jim Webb considering independent run for president

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb is reportedly considering a run for president as an independent. The Webb campaign said in a statement that Webb will hold a news conference on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Robert Hurt: The proof is in the numbers

Since coming to Washington, I have continually fought to get our fiscal house in order and restore common sense to our budgetary policy. While we remain mired in over $18 trillion in debt, we have managed to reverse course over the last five years and have made some progress toward fiscal responsibility.

Hillary Clinton: Congress must act to prevent Medicare premium increase

On the first day of Medicare open enrollment, it became clear that due to a quirk in federal law, millions of Medicare beneficiaries could see their premiums increase by about 50 percent next year. Even more, including many vulnerable retirees, could see their deductibles increase by about 50 percent as well.

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Poll: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders in dead heat in New Hampshire

With the Democratic primary in New Hampshire less than four months away, Hillary Clinton (37 percent) and Bernie Sanders (35 percent) are deadlocked for the Democratic nomination for president when Joe Biden, who is still on the fence, is included in the tally, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely Granite State Democratic primary voters.

Bob Goodlatte: Senate rules standing in the way

Sometimes, the majority rules – or at least you would think that’s the way it should be in Congress. But that’s not the case under the United States Senate’s modern filibuster rules. Instead of needing a simple 51-vote majority to pass legislation, the Senate rules require a super-majority of 60 votes to even advance legislation so that it can be voted on.

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Jim Webb critical of CNN, Anderson Cooper for handling of presidential debate

Jim Webb had to fight for the right to talk during Tuesday’s CNN Democratic Party presidential debate, and in doing so has been pilloried in the media for supposedly wasting his time to point out that he was getting shafted.


Warner, Kaine call for full implementation of mental health parity law

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and a bipartisan group of 20 other Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to take immediate, overdue action to fully implement and enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).

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Sen. Tim Kaine statement on president’s actions in Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s policy actions in Afghanistan.

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House Republican leaders critical of McAuliffe executive order on guns

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders responded Thursday to Executive Order 50, released by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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House, Senate Democrats comment on McAuliffe gun safety action

Virginia House and Senate Democrats offered praise for the announcement from Gov. Terry McAuliffe regarding an executive order issued Thursday aimed at preventing gun violence in the Commonwealth.

Charter schools, and other right-libertarian false gods

Charter schools, for the libertarian establishment, are what passes for “free market reform” in public education. They’re regularly pushed by mainstream libertarian think tanks, and at Reason they’re topped only by Uber, right-to-work laws and defined-contribution pensions on the list of libertarian shibboleths.

JLARC report highlights responsible state spending and rising Medicaid growth

A Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report released Tuesday highlighted the General Assembly’s responsible spending and the continued growth of Medicaid in Virginia.

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New Fox News poll: Trump lead down to one point in GOP race, Clinton lead grows among Dems

Donald Trump has a one-point lead on Ben Carson in the Republican Party presidential nomination race, according to a new poll from Fox News.

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Robert Hurt: We must return to the Constitution

In our U.S. Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch because they understood that if one branch possessed unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen.

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#DemDebate: Stick a fork in Jim Webb

Jim Webb has a lot to offer. It won’t be as a long-shot presidential candidate.

#DemDebate: Was that a two-hour Hillary Clinton campaign ad that we just saw?

The first two Republican Party presidential debates of the 2016 cycle pivoted around Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton was the pivot of the first Democratic Party debate, and she showed Tuesday night why she is the frontrunner.

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#DemDebate: Will America ever elect a socialist? Paging Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders was given the opportunity to tell America that it would be perfectly OK to elect a self-styled socialist as president. And then he started talking about Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Cue reference to George McGovern turning over in his grave.

#DemDebate: Why is Lincoln Chafee even here, again?

Lincoln Chafee barely had a moment, getting just 9:11 in speaking time in Tuesday’s CNN Democratic Party presidential debate to spit out whatever it is that he’s campaigning on.

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#DemDebate: Bernie Sanders isn’t one for shouting, except when he’s the one shouting

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders didn’t respond well to questioning on his NRA-leaning votes on gun-control legislation. Pressed by Hillary Clinton on his five votes against the Brady bill and his vote in favor of legislation giving gun dealers and manufacturers immunity from lawsuits, the self-styled socialist sounded like anything but.

#DemDebate: Anderson Cooper fails as moderator

CNN news personality Anderson Cooper was dogged in enforcing the rules of Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential debate when it came to the second-tier candidates, engaging in two awkward exchanges with former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb over the rules regarding timing.

#DemDebate: Martin O’Malley earns spot in top three

Frontrunner Hillary Clinton and solid #2 Bernie Sanders held serve in Tuesday’s CNN Democratic Party presidential debate. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley emerged from the others receiving votes candidates as a legit player in the 2016 race.


September 2015 Virginia state revenue collections up 9.7% from previous year

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that September general fund revenue increased 9.7% from September a year ago with payroll withholding and individual nonwithholding contributing to the increase.

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Poll: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lead party nomination battles in Virginia

Hillary Clinton maintains a solid lead among Virginia Democrats, and Donald Trump has a small lead among Virginia Republicans, according to new polling data from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

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Attorney General Mark Herring headlined Virginia Organizing 20th anniversary Grassroots Gathering

Virginia Organizing held the 20th anniversary Grassroots Gathering and celebration in Blackstone, Virginia Oct. 9-11. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joined Virginia Organizing for a mass meeting portion of the Grassroots Gathering.

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Mark Warner sponsors bipartisan legislation to improve healthcare for veterans

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) announced Friday that he has signed onto bipartisan legislation to reform Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare to provide safer and more effective pain management services to our nation’s veterans.

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Randy Forbes: Six things we can learn from the Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge gives us a succinct definition of the fundamental principles of American democracy, and there is much we can be reminded of when we recite or hear it.

Bob Goodlatte: Finding common ground on criminal justice reform

Finding common ground isn’t always the headline story from Washington. But there are a number of issues where both Republicans and Democrats can agree. One of these is the need for reforms to the criminal justice system.