Tag: State Senate

State Senate passes right to work amendment

The Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate have now both passed legislation to enshrine Virginia’s right to work law in the Constitution.

Nondiscrimination bills clear State Senate

Bills regarding nondiscrimination in public employment and discriminatory housing practices passed the State Senate on Friday.

Senate committee reports Kim Davis Bill

Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill to allow clerks of court and their deputies to refrain from issuing marriage licenses based on personal objections passed a Senate committee.

Adultery still a crime in Virginia: Senate kills decrim bill

Did you know that adultery is still a crime in Virginia? Not only is it still a crime, but a bill to decriminalize adultery failed in a State Senate committee on Monday.

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Virginia Democrats launch TV ads in three State Senate races

Today, three Democratic Senate candidates launched TV ads in the Richmond, Washington and Hampton Roads media markets.

Defeated Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley blasts gay marriage ruling

Defeated 24th District Republican State Senate nomination candidate Dan Moxley issued a response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the topic of homosexual marriage in the United States.

Podcast: Climate change talk with 26th District Senate nominee April Moore

Augusta Free Press editor talks on the subject of climate change with April Moore, the Democratic Party nominee in the 26th Senate District race in Virginia.

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Emmett Hanger wins Republican race in 24th Senate District

Emmett Hanger breezed to the Republican Party nomination in the 24th Senate District primary Tuesday, winning his three-way race with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Letter: Vote for Dan Moxley in 24th Senate race

I would like to ask all residents of the 24th District voting in Tuesday’s primary to vote for Dan Moxley.

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley endorsed by VCDL-PAC

The Virginia Citizens Defense League-PAC has endorsed Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley in his bid to unseat 24th District State Sen. Emmett Hanger.

April Moore: Baseless? Show me

I have said that Mark Obenshain has been serving Big Money – like Dominion Power, and the other big corporations behind the lobbying organization called ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) – rather than the citizens he’s been elected to represent. Mr. Obenshain has called my charges ‘baseless,’ without ever responding to the substance.

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Letter: Re-elect Emmett Hanger to the State Senate

Re-elect the right man for State Senate. Emmett Hanger is that man. As his legislative aide, I know he’s truly serving for the right reasons. With our state government mirroring Washington-like politics, it is important we have a person willing to stand up for what’s right and most practical, not what’s popular or party-line.

26th District Senate candidate April Moore targets influence of big money on Virginia politics

Liberals and conservatives disagree on policy priorities. One thing they ought to agree on, according to April Moore, the Democratic Party nominee in the 26th Senate District, is that money wields too much influence on what lawmakers see as their priorities.

Letter: Reader critical of Emmett Hanger on healthcare

If you like Obamacare, you will love State Senator Emmett Hanger. Hanger has been a key architect of Medicaid expansion which a majority of the General Assembly agrees will bust the state budget and result in budget cuts to discretionary programs benefitting education and veterans

Creigh Deeds: Why I’m running for re-election to the State Senate

After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall.

Moxley endorsed by Augusta County Republican Treasurer Curt Lilly

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley was endorsed by Curt Lilly on Monday. Lilly serves as the treasurer for the Augusta County Republican Committee.

Dan Moxley endorsed by House of Delegates nominee Nick Freitas

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley was endorsed Monday by former chair of the Culpeper County Republican Committee, and GOP nominee for the 30th House of Delegates district, Nick Freitas. The 30th House of Delegates district overlaps with the 24th District in Madison and Culpeper counties.

Middle Resolution PAC endorses Dan Moxley for State Senate

Middle Resolution PAC, a Richmond-based political action committee, announced its endorsement of Dan Moxley in the 24th State Senate District primary on June 9th.

Dan Moxley endorsed by Greene County Supervisor Eddie Deane

Republican Dan Moxley was endorsed today by Greene County Board of Supervisors member, Rev. Eddie Deane, for the 24th State Senate District’s Republican nomination. Deane also pastors a church in Rockingham County.

Dan Moxley gets local businessman endorsement

Republican 23th State Senate District candidate Dan Moxley was endorsed for office today by local Augusta County business owner, former Augusta County Republican Committee Secretary and North River Magisterial District Chair, and former United States Navy Congressional Appropriations Committee Liaison Officer, Al Katz.

Video: April Moore announces 26th Senate District candidacy

Video of Democrat April Moore announcing her candidacy for the Virginia Senate seat now held by Mark Obenshain.

Democrat April Moore announces candidacy for 26th Senate District seat

Writer, activist, retired teacher and new grandmother April Moore is now also State Senate candidate April Moore. “Not at all long ago, I’d have been astonished to think I’d be here announcing my candidacy for public office. But here I am,” said Moore, who formally announced her candidacy for the 26th Senate District seat currently held by Republican Mark Obenshain.

State Senate candidate Dan Moxley endorsed by Larry Nordvig

Republican state senate candidate Dan Moxley was endorsed today by former naval aviator, Fox News guest, former Richmond Tea Party Executive Director, and now Powhatan County Supervisor, Larry Nordvig.

Moxley campaign files motion for federal intervention in nomination case

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley’s campaign filed a motion for intervention in support of the Republican 24th State Senate District’s Legislative District Committee’s federal lawsuit against Virginia’s Incumbent Protection Act in the Virginia Western District Federal Court yesterday.

Democrat April Moore to announce candidacy for 26th Senate seatt

April Moore will formally announce her candidacy for the State Senate seat presently held by Mark Obenshain on Tuesday in Harrisonburg.

Republican Dan Moxley picks up another Senate endorsement

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley has been endorsed by renowned property rights advocate Donna Holt in the race for the 24th district nomination.

State Senate passes Tebow Bill

The Senate of Virginia on Tuesday passed Delegate Rob Bell’s House Bill 1626, also known as the Tebow Bill. HB 1626 would allow schools to permit homeschooled students to participate in competitive extracurricular activities like sports, forensics and band.

Dan Moxley endorsed by former Republican U.S. Senate nomination candidate Shak Hill

Shak Hill endorsed Republican state senate candidate Dan Moxley in the race for the 24th State Senate District. Hill is a former Republican candidate for United States Senate.

Senate Republicans vote down measure to close healthcare coverage gap

In a near-party-line vote of 22-15, the Senate today approved budget amendment 301 #11s striking language from Gov. McAuliffe’s introduced budget that would have closed the health insurance coverage gap, enabling up to 400,000 Virginians — most from working families — to access quality, affordable healthcare.

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Mark Obenshain: I’m running

I am pleased to announce that I am running for re-election to the Virginia Senate. For the past 12 years I have had the privilege of representing the Central Shenandoah Valley in the Virginia State Senate.

Virginia Senate adopts equal opportunity measures

Tuesday afternoon, the Senate passed two Democratic bills intended to address inequality in Virginia. Senator Donald McEachin’s (D-Henrico) SB 785, a bill to prohibit discrimination in public employment, and Senator Adam Ebbin’s (D-Alexandria) SJ 216, a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, both passed the Senate over the objections of most Senate Republicans.

Dan Moxley endorsed by 2013 Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson

Dan Moxley was endorsed Monday in his bid for the 24th Senate District Republican nomination by E.W. Jackson. Jackson was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013 and enjoyed a hotbed of support in the Shenandoah Valley.

License plate readers, police data to be limited, says Virginia Senate panel

Police use of license plate readers and other data collection technologies will be strictly limited if a bill by Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) becomes law.

State Senate defeats Republican bill to allow guns on school property

This afternoon, the Senate defeated Senator Tom Garrett’s (R-Buckingham) SB 1132, a bill to allow guns onto school property outside of “normal school hours” – that is, at times when communities of faith, civic organizations, and other outside groups could easily be using school facilities.

Chap Petersen bill to repeal tax break for political donations passes Senate committee

Virginians could soon lose one of their most treasured tax credits – up to $25 bucks for donating to political campaigns.

Sen. Petersen’s Good Samaritan overdose bill passes Senate Courts Committee

Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to protect Good Samaritans who call 911 to report drug overdoses has passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee in a unanimous vote.

Senate rejects bill to deny DREAMers in-state tuition

Today, in the State Senate, one Republican senator voted with his 19 Democratic colleagues to defeat Senator Dick Black’s (R-Loudoun) SB 722, which would have denied DREAMers in-state tuition at Virginia colleges and universities.

Creigh Deeds: First week of the General Assembly session

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is underway. This is a short session, scheduled to adjourn on February 28, 2015, so the work will be fast and furious.

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Mark Herring on State Senate immigrant tuition bill

Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement on a Senate bill that would take away in-state tuition from students who have been declared “lawfully present” through acceptance into the federal “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program.

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.

Dan Moxley: Retirement of Walter Stosch leaves only one Medicaid-expanding GOP member in Senate

24th District State Senate Republican nomination candidate Dan Moxley responded to the news today from Richmond that State Senator Walter Stosch is retiring from the Virginia General Assembly after 33 years.

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.


Governor McAuliffe appoints Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple to the Virginia Board of Health

Today Governor McAuliffe appointed former Senator Mary Margaret Whipple to the Virginia Board of Health.

Dan Moxley enters 24th Senate primary race

Dan Moxley announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 24th State Senate district seat currently held by long-time incumbent, Republican Emmett Hanger.

Creigh Deeds: Will this session ever end?

Not since 2001 has the General Assembly been in session this long. While these extended sessions do not often occur, I fear the Jeffersonian ideal of a part-time citizen legislature is in jeopardy.

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Mark Obenshain: Ed Gillespie ran a strong campaign

Shortly after noon today Ed Gillespie told supporters that while close, the margin in his race for the United States Senate is not quite close enough.

Medicaid expansion talk is going nowhere

You knew this already, but the special session that Republican leaders in the Virginia General Assembly called for Sept. 16-17 to discuss Medicaid expansion is going absolutely nowhere.

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Mark Obenshain: Wait, what? Voter fraud?

Democrats are alleging massive voter fraud … wait, what? Coming from the party that routinely denies any possibility of voter fraud, Richmond Democrats’ new-found obsession with the issue is highly entertaining.


Del. Rosalyn Dance unofficial winner in State Senate primary

The Democratic Party of Virginia held an unassembled caucus today to determine its candidate for the special State Senate election to be held on November 4, 2014 to fill the remaining term of former Senator Henry Marsh.

Times-Dispatch: Emails show planning between Puckett, Kilgore

“Terry spoke to us today about announcing your role w/ the Commission in conjunction with what he said is your intention to announce your Senate plans tomorrow,” an email dated June 5 from Tim Pfohl, the interim executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, to Phil Puckett, a Democratic state senator at that point two days away from announcing his resignation.

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.

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.

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.

State Senate: Solar panels should be allowed in HOA communities

Solar panels could become commonplace across the Commonwealth, if a bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen is signed into law. The House of Delegates voted to pass SB 222 today, sending the bill through its final legislative hoop before going to the governor for his signature. The House vote was 95-4.

House Republicans kill ERA: Which was still alive?

Not sure what the bigger surprise was here – that a House of Delegates subcommittee voted 5-2 on a party-line vote to kill a bill that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, or that the ERA was on the docket in 2014 in the first place.