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Poll: Republicans have enthusiasm advantage heading into fall General Assembly elections

A generic ballot test of Virginia voters has Democrats and Republicans running close to neck-and-neck among all voters. But among likely voters, the advantage swings noticeably to Republicans heading into the final five weeks of the 2015 election season.


Who’s happier in marriage: Democrats or Republicans?

Republican men and women are more likely than Democrats to say they are “very happy” in their marriages, according to a new report co-authored by University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox.


Senate adjourns without taking action on redistricting

The Virginia State Senate adjourned a special session on Monday without addressing a call from Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address court-ordered changes to Virginia’s congressional districts.


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Governor McAuliffe statement on Supreme Court nomination

Governor Terry McAuliffe issued the following statement on the legislature’s failure to elect a justice to the Supreme Court of Virginia.


Donald Trump divides the GOP: But Democrats have their own issues

The focus of those following the 2016 presidential race of late has been on how the Republican Party is coming apart at the seams trying to deal with Donald Trump.


What’s really going on with the Planned Parenthood videos?

The self-styled Center for Medical Progress has released a fourth apparently edited video that appears to depict Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of fetal tissue.


Andy Schmookler: What’s taking over America

If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, not individual billionaires, that calls the shots. This corporate system is more than the sum of individual corporations, or even of whole industries.


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Robert Hurt votes for GOP bill kneecapping EPA

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Ratepayer Protection Act, H.R. 2042, which would ensure that no states are required to implement a plan mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s carbon dioxide emission rule if it would have a negative effect on retail, commercial, or industrial electricity rates or the reliability of the state’s electricity system.


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Mark Obenshain: Political motivations behind Democrats voter ID suit

Yesterday, Virginia Democrats filed suit to overturn the Commonwealth’s voter ID law. It’s a law backed by 70% of Americans, supported by every demographic group, and it even enjoys 60% approval among Democrats.


Virginia Citizen Cabinet survey: Republicans, Democrats agree on key measures to resolve Social Security shortfall

Voice Of the People’s first survey of its newly established Virginia Citizen Cabinet finds overwhelming majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on recommendations that would cover most of the looming Social Security shortfall.


Democrats critical of GOP right to work constitutional amendment

This afternoon, Senate Republicans echoed their House counterparts and voted to enshrine “right to work” in the Virginia Constitution. Delegate Dickie Bell’s (R – Staunton) constitutional amendment, HJ 490, passed on a straight party-line vote.


Senate Republicans block local government living wage

Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans once again blocked Democratic efforts to help ensure that Virginia’s working families earn a living wage.


Senate Democrats win pro-environment compromise on utilities bill

This afternoon, at Democrats’ behest, the Senate adopted a series of strongly pro-environment amendments that resolved substantial issues with SB 1349.


Dems: Senate Republicans not taking ethics reform seriously

It’s been a rough week for ethics reform in the Virginia Senate. Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment demonstrated his grave concern for the Commonwealth’s ethics issues by declaring them nothing more than a manufactured media crisis.


House budget proposal will include $124.2 million in healthcare safety net funding

The House budget proposal unveiled Sunday will include $124.2 in funding for mental health care coverage and targeted safety net services for needy Virginians, House leaders announced Thursday.


Senate Republicans vote down bills protecting workers

This afternoon, the Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor voted to defeat two bills that would have helped families to lead the kind of secure, dignified, healthy lives that all hardworking Virginians deserve.


Dems: Senate Republicans defeat, divide on same-sex marriage

In an afternoon meeting Tuesday, Republicans on the Senate Committee on Privileges & Elections defeated a resolution to formally repeal the Marshall-Newman ban on same-sex marriage (SJ 214), which was ruled unconstitutional last year in federal court.


Bills to make college more affordable advance from House committee

Two bills aimed at making college more affordable were passed unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday.


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Mark Obenshain: The governor is at it again

Last night, both chambers of the General Assembly convened with other government leaders to hear the Governor deliver the annual “State of the Commonwealth” address.


Democrats win battles: But Virginia Republicans win the war

Watching the State of the Commonwealth address with the sound down, one thing was obvious during the cutaway shots on applause lines during Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s speech.


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Public notice ads are a thing of the past: And yet, they’re here to stay?

Legislation proposed by Staunton Republican Del. Dickie Bell would give local governments in Virginia flexibility in advertising public notices outside current requirements to pay to publish the notices in local newspapers.


Unleash the hounds: Bob McDonnell, oppo research and Richmond

Bob McDonnell is about to pull two years of hard time in a federal prison for accepting loans and gifts from a political benefactor.


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Randy Forbes: Reflections on what a Republican majority means for 2015

As we look to a new year and a new Congress, we have before us a unique opportunity with a Republican majority in both Houses.


Ken Plum: Legislative redistricting remains an issue

Just last month a panel appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to look at ethics issues in state government recommended that Virginia establish an independent redistricting commission to draw legislative district lines.


Bob Goodlatte: Stopping unconstitutional immigration actions

Congress has not yet agreed on how to reform the immigration system, but the president has decided to ignore the Constitution and alter the law without new statutes. This is a slap in the face of the American people, who voted on November 4th to change the way Washington operates.


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Robert Hurt votes for bill restoring 40-hour work week requirement to ObamaCare

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) voted in favor of two bills that Republicans are touting as protecting American workers from President Obama’s healthcare law.