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Virginia House Republicans call on Governor McAuliffe to shelve I-66 tolling plan

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leadership, members and candidates on Thursday called on Governor Terry McAuliffe to shelve his proposed I-66 tolling plan at a press conference in Falls Church.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.


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House Speaker Howell announces changes to standing committees of the Virginia House of Delegates

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Wednesday announced changes to the standing committees of the Virginia House of Delegates for the remainder of the 2014-2015 General Assembly.


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.


House Speaker Bill Howell on Bob McDonnell sentencing

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Tuesday on Governor Bob McDonnell.


Ken Plum: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The editorial in the September 21, 1897 New York Sun, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who had inquired about whether there was a Santa Claus, has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial, according to the Newseum.


House Speaker Bill Howell announces re-election campaign

Virginia House of Delegate Speaker and 28th District Delegate William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced his campaign for re-election to the House of Delegates in an online web video Thursday.


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House Majority Leader Kirk Cox proposes caps on mandatory student athletic fees

Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) announced Thursday that he will propose legislation in the 2015 General Assembly session to cap student athletic fees at Virginia’s four-year public universities.


Ken Plum: On the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly

One of the most frequently asked questions of me this time of year is, “What will the General Assembly be doing when it meets?”


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Statement of House Republican Leaders on Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) issued the following statement Wednesday on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget amendments.


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Virginia House Democrats statement on the conviction of Joe Morrissey

In light of his conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the House Democratic Caucus calls for the immediate resignation of Delegate Joe Morrissey.


Ken Plum: A legislator’s holiday season

The multiple celebrations that make up the holiday season bring travel, big meals, and family and friend reunions. For state legislators the end of the year and the holidays bring an additional dimension: preparation for the next legislative session.


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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.


Ken Plum: Taxes

Governor Terry McAuliffe will address the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on December 17 in a statutorily required report on the state’s finances.


House Speaker Bill Howell on ethics commission recommendations

House Speaker Bill Howell issued the following statement Monday on the interim recommendations of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


Ken Plum: Rocket science

Even the professionals have their problems with rocket launches with about one of ten not being successful.


Ken Plum: Protracted General Assembly session

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned its regular session in early March this year and immediately went into special session that while still continuing has become the longest special session ever.


Will Hammer: Thank you, and an announcement

Libertarian Party congressional nominee Will Hammer thanks his supporters and offers a post-election announcement.


Ken Plum: From polarization to compromise

The Senate is polarized between opposing points of view with a willingness to compromise being seen as a sign of weakness.


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Speaker Howell sets special election date in 34th House of Delegates district

House Speaker Bill Howell issued a writ of election for the 34th House District, setting Jan. 6, 2015 as the date of the special election to fill the seat that will be vacated by Del. Barbara Comstock.


House Speaker Bill Howell on Ed Gillespie Senate campaign

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell issued the following statement Friday on Ed Gillespie.


Ken Plum: Your civic duty

A basic tenet of all levels of civic education is that citizens should vote. We are told of the importance of voting in social studies classes, Scouting, and in community groups.


Ken Plum: Energy plan moves Virginia in the right direction

Governor Terry McAuliffe had two interesting supporters speak at his press conference on Virginia’s latest Energy Plan–the heads of the state Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.


House Speaker Bill Howell comments on SCC analysis of proposed EPA rule

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell commented Friday on a new analysis from the Virginia State Corporation Commission that indicates Virginia families and businesses could see $5.5 to $6 billion in higher energy costs under an EPA regulation proposed by President Barack Obama.


Ken Plum: The Age Wave

Last week, Bob Brink, a former colleague of mine who represented Arlington-McLean in the House of Delegates and who was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to be Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services, spoke to the Northern Virginia Aging Network’s (NVAN) annual legislative summit.