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Ken Plum: Keeping tabs on the Commonwealth

Last week I attended my first meeting as a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).


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Virginia government revenues up sharply in December

Governor McAuliffe announced today that December revenue collections for Virginia state government posted strong gains.


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.


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Gov. McAuliffe statement on Bob McDonnell sentencing

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the sentencing hearing of former Governor Bob McDonnell.


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McAuliffe announces new Virginia Employment Commissioner

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Ellen Marie Hess as the new commissioner for the Virginia Employment Commission.


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Virginia House Republican leaders propose $100 gift cap

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders on Wednesday proposed a $100 gift cap on both tangible and intangible gifts.


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Sens. Petersen and Stuart propose gift ban for Virginia elected officials

State Sens. Chap Petersen and Richard Stuart have written the first gift-ban ethics reform bill for the 2015 General Assembly session.


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McAuliffe signs executive order on reducing energy consumption in Virginia government

Today at an award ceremony honoring the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) energy efficiency efforts at the DMV Headquarters building in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 31 to reduce energy consumption in state government.


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McAuliffe signs executive order directing state agencies to comply with same sex marriage ruling

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #30, directing all Virginia state agencies, authorities, commissions and other entities to make the necessary policy changes to comply with yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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Senate Democrats praise McAuliffe for creating good government commission

This afternoon, Senate Democrats praised Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s creation of a new commission to propose ethics, transparency, and various other good government reforms.


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McAuliffe announces commission to ensure integrity, confidence in state government

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 28 establishing the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


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Governor McAuliffe announces data internships

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday that Virginia state government and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business have joined forces to establish data re-engineering internships.


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McAuliffe signs SB362 allowing Secretary of Commerce and Trade to bring entrepreneurs into state government

Today at New Richmond Ventures, Governor McAuliffe signed SB362 which allows the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to coordinate with the private sector on issues related to entrepreneurship, and to solicit input on creative solutions to ongoing government issues.


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Convicted: Why did the jury convict Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell?

Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, based their defense against federal corruption charges on the dysfunctional relationship between the former First Couple.


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Guilty! Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife convicted on multiple charges

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, public corruption, bribery and related charges in a Richmond court on Thursday.


2014 Digital States Survey reveals top technology states

In its comprehensive 2014 Digital States Survey, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government evaluated the digital technology practices of all 50 states, assigning each state a grade based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations.


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Governor McAuliffe launches inaugural #DatathonChallenge

Governor Terry McAuliffe today launched the first ever Commonwealth #DatathonChallenge, a competition pitting teams from Virginia agencies against one another as they create new applications that streamline government, better serve citizens, and jumpstart business opportunities.


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Museum interpretive center: Study funded, but where will project money come from?

The big news in Waynesboro this week is that the city and the Virginia Museum of Natural History have come up with the $50,000 needed to proceed with the development of a master plan for a proposed museum interpretive facility in Waynesboro. But what about the rest of the projected $7.4 million cost to build and open the interpretive center? Where will that money come from?


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McAuliffe orders evaluation of major state IT, service contracts

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Directive Number Two, directing the Virginia Secretaries of Administration, Finance and Technology to deliver a report on the Commonwealth’s practices with respect to information technology and service contracting and to make recommendations on how to spend taxpayer dollars with greater efficiency and accountability.


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Virginia ranks high in business friendliness survey

Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, today released new data showing that Virginia earned the highest possible grade for overall business friendliness, the regulatory environment, and the ease of licensing programs.


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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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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.


Governor McAuliffe announces decrease in homelessness

Governor McAuliffe announced today that overall homelessness in the Commonwealth has declined 7.9 percent in the last year, with a 10.8 percent decrease in family homelessness and 14 percent decrease in veterans homelessness.


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Analysis: The Virginia state budget impasse endgame

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates holding off the inevitable deal on Medicaid expansion need to declare whatever victory they can and get moving toward setting a state budget for 2014-2016.


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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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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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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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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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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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Chris Graham: Quick advice for Virginia House Republicans

They don’t want to hear this from me; they don’t want to hear it from anybody, really. But it needs to be said: Virginia House Republicans would be wise to pick another battle, because the Medicaid expansion fight is lost.


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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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ACLU applauds Gov. McAuliffe’s veto of SB 555

The ACLU of Virginia applauds Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555, which would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members.


Ken Plum: Defeating ObamaCare

In a speech on the floor of the House of Delegates recently I spoke of experiences I had in my first years as a member when others in the House smoked during the daily floor sessions. One member was notorious for lighting up a long cigar. A cloud of smoke hung over the House chamber …


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Attorney General Herring appoints panel to identify reforms, efficiencies in office

Attorney General Mark Herring announced the creation of a three-member review panel charged with identifying reforms and efficiencies within the Office of the Attorney General that advance his priority of delivering high-quality, timely, and cost-effective legal work to the people of Virginia and their state government.


Ken Plum: Closing the income gap

Between 2007 and 2012, the median wages of Virginia’s highest income earners rose by 8 percent while the lowest income families’ wages shrank by 10 percent, according to an analysis by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.


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Augusta County Supervisor Tracy Pyles hosts Medicaid expansion info session

Augusta County Board of Supervisors member Tracy Pyles is hosting a public information session on proposed Medicaid expansion on Saturday. The session will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Board of Supervisors public meeting room at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.


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Surprise snow: Whose fault is it when response is slow?

The Shenandoah Valley was surprised by a snowstorm that wasn’t forecast until it was already under way. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that local authorities were slow to respond when the flakes did start to fall, and why a relatively small storm – leaving at most a couple of inches of snow on the ground in most locations – ended up being such an issue.


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Analysis: Will Bob McDonnell see jail time on corruption charges?

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have pleaded not guilty to charges related to more than $160,000 in loans and gifts given to the First Couple by a businessman allegedly seeking favors from state government.


Ken Plum: Gov. McAuliffe sets the stage

Last week I heard the 35th State of the Commonwealth speech since I have been a member of the House of Delegates. I think Governor Terry McAuliffe made the best of any of the speeches I have heard over my career in the legislature.


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Breaking: Bob McDonnell, wife indicted in Star Scientific gift case

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, 59 and his wife, Maureen, have been indicted on federal corruption charges. The McDonnells were indicted on Monday, according to a report in the Washington Post.


McAuliffe announces two appointments to ABC Board

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Wednesday the appointments of Boyd Marcus and Jeffrey Painter to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the reappointment of 17 agency heads across his administration.


Full text of Gov. McAuliffe’s speech to the Virginia General Assembly

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the General Assembly, and my fellow Virginians. It is an honor for me to stand here tonight, before this great joint assembly, as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Gov. McAuliffe signs Executive Order No. 1 prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1 at the Capitol of Virginia on Saturday, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government.


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Virginia posts 5.4 percent revenue growth in October

October revenue collections for state government in Virginia decreased by 5.4 percent from October of last year. October is not a significant month for revenue collections. On a year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 0.6 percent through October, trailing the annual forecast of 1.5 percent growth.


McDonnell announces $45 million investment in Henrico County

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that Dominion Packaging will invest $45 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County. The company, which produces high-quality packaging solutions for major customers in the tobacco, quick service restaurant, and consumer markets, will also move its headquarters to Henrico.


Chris Graham: Anti-government zealots on the public dole

Ken Cuccinelli loves quoting Ronald Reagan. Well, Ken, Ronald Reagan would say that you’re part of the problem, because you’re from the government, and you’re here to help.


McAuliffe releases plan to improve government efficiency

It’s the impossible dream – making government more efficient. Against a backdrop of the high-profile failed rollout of the $394 million-and-counting HealthCare.gov website, Terry McAuliffe released his plan to make state government more efficient.


McDonnell announces appointments to Opportunity Educational Institution board

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced his appointments to the Opportunity Educational Institution Board. The board will begin immediately to oversee the OEI.


The AFP Show: Tuesday, March 30

Hosted by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Today’s AFP Show features an interview with AFP editor Chris Graham and economist David Shreve. Shreve joins the show to talk about a report released Tuesday by United for a Fair Economy and the Virginia Organizing Project looking at what states should do in terms of fiscal policy to […]


The Rant | Style, and substance

    Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Chris Graham wears his glasses today. They make him look more distinguished, and also allow him to employ dramatic effect when he, you know, takes them off, dramatically, to make some apparently important point. That’s what the news business has become these days. Style over substance. Or maybe […]