Tag: Senate Democrat

Patronage: How the great Medicaid expansion battle was lost

State Senate Democrat Phil Puckett is resigning, and it appears to have to do with ongoing Republican efforts to block his daughter from a Circuit Court appointment. And thus the great Medicaid expansion battle was lost. Basically because of patronage.


Politics Beat: No free speech for Virginia legislators?

Republicans are falling all over themselves to protect the free speech rights of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson. But if a Senate Democrat dares to say anything that a Republican considers to be out of line, well, no free speech for Democrats. “I’m not targeting anybody. I’m targeting behavior,” said State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa.