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Ken Plum: Virginia, Medicaid and the billion-dollar giveaway

We got to this point by the Republican majority in the General Assembly refusing to pass a plan for Medicaid expansion that would bring more than $5 million dollars a day to the state, produce as many as 30,000 new jobs in the health care industry, insure as many as 400,000 of the working poor, and enhance the quality of life for Virginia’s workforce and their families.


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House Republicans file first bills of 2015 General Assembly Session

Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates announced Monday the first pre-filed bills of the 2015 legislative session.


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Howell, Norment intend to reconvene House, Senate in September

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Wednesday that he intends to reconvene the House of Delegates the week of September 22 to debate Medicaid expansion. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) announced that the Senate will be also be in session that week.


Bob Goodlatte and term limits: Time to forgive and move on

Every two years, Bob Goodlatte is reminded of a campaign promise he made way back in 1992, when he was making his first bid for the Sixth District congressional seat.


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McAuliffe announces SOL Innovation Committee members

The McAuliffe Administration announced the members and first meeting date for Virginia’s Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.


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Statement of Del. Mark Keam on Joe Morrissey charges

Following the grand jury indictment of Del. Joe Morrissey on Monday, Del. Mark Keam issued the following statement.


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Two more Democratic state legislators resign

Democratic State Dels. Robert Brink and Algie Howell announced their resignations from the Virginia House of Delegates on Friday.


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Kirk Cox: Responsible state budget without Medicaid expansion

Last night the General Assembly completed its work on the 2014-16 state budget that excludes Medicaid expansion. We addressed Governor McAuliffe’s 8 line-item budget vetoes, to include two that were ruled unconstitutional.


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Democrats decry Virginia House GOP dirty tricks

Virginia Democrats are raising issue with the dirty tricks that they say House Republicans are using to make sure that 400,000 Virginians are denied their healthcare.


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Virginia Organizing condemns budget vote

Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook released the following statement after the General Assembly passed a budget that actively denies Medicaid expansion to 400,000 Virginians


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John O’Bannon: Statement on Eric Cantor primary defeat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was my immediate predecessor as Delegate for the 73rd District. I have known Eric and the entire Cantor family for decades.


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Did House GOP resort to bribery to keep 400K Virginians uninsured?

Calling it a ‘new low in GOP health care obstructionism’, Americans United for Change issued the following statement reacting to the Washington Post’s reporting that Virginia House Republicans appear to have persuaded a Democratic senator to resign his seat.


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Mark Warner announces Senate campaign co-chairs

Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election campaign today announced eight Virginians from across the Commonwealth who will serve as campaign co-chairs.


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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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Dickie Bell: Majority oppose expansion of Medicaid

I have listened to the people that I represent, and though they may not all be shouting at a town hall meeting, the majority of folks who have emailed and called my office over the last few months have been against the expansion of Medicaid.


Sam Rasoul: General Assembly Update

Some quick updates from the veto and special sessions:


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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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Senate Republican, Democrat call on House to pass state budget

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dick Saslaw (D -Fairfax) and Sen. John Watkins (R-Powhatan) called on the Virginia House of Delegates to end procedural delays and pass a version of the Senate’s budget.


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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.


Ken Plum: A Letter from Newtown

On the fourteenth of each month, the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, I join dozens of others at a vigil at the National Rifle Association headquarters to remind everyone of the need for sensible gun safety measures. After the most recent vigil, I got an email from Erin Nikitchyuk in Newtown, Conn., which I share with her permission to remind us of how we all need to be concerned about this issue.


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Democrats take aim at Republicans on budget squabble

Virginia Democrats are pointing fingers at their Republican counterparts in the Virginia General Assembly over the ongoing state budget stalemate.


Ken Plum: Making the grade

At a time when quality reviews and accountability measures result in more activities being given a letter grade, it is appropriate that legislative sessions receive the same treatment.


Augusta Free Press produces new website for Del. Sam Rasoul

Roanoke State Del. Sam Rasoul has a new constituent-service website produced by Augusta Free Press.


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Kirk Cox: Virginia needs a clean budget, special session on Medicaid

There are a lot of citizens depending on the state to pass a budget before the July 1 deadline. House Republican Leadership has called for a special session after we pass the budget to debate the issues of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion on its merits.


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Puppy mill bill passes House of Delegates

Puppies received an enthusiastic “yea” vote from the Virginia House of Delegates today. In a vote of 99-0, the House joined the Senate in passing “Bailey’s Law,” a bill designed to protect both puppies and consumers from the ravages of so-called puppy mills.


Ken Plum: Crossover

Last week the General Assembly reached the midpoint of its annual session, or crossover as it is called in the legislature. At this time in the calendar, the House of Delegates and the Senate have completed work on the bills that were introduced into the respective houses.


Augusta Free Press building website for member of Virginia House of Delegates

Del. Sam Rasoul, a Democrat representing the 11th House District in the Virginia General Assembly, has contracted Augusta Free Press to build a new website linking his office to his constituents in Roanoke.


Ken Plum: Virginia prefers to leave it to the feds

Despite Virginia’s historic antipathy toward the federal government, the Commonwealth has nonetheless historically ceded decisions to federal authorities on major issues on which the state had been unwilling to move forward.


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Kirk Cox: Medicaid expansion a ‘bad choice’ for Virginia

Medicaid expansion was a pressing issue last year and it’s an even more consequential issue this year. My office has received several inquiries from constituents on the status of Medicaid expansion in Virginia and where I stand on the issue.


Senate passes puppy mill bill, “Bailey’s Law”

On Thursday, the Virginia Senate unanimously passed SB 228, “Bailey’s Law,” the puppy mill bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), one of the top legislative priorities for the Humane Society of the United States.


Ken Plum: Overdue ethics reform

The “Virginia way” that has always prided itself on clean government has been sullied. Committees in the House and Senate are at work to tighten up ethics laws for the legislative and executive branches of 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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Virginia House Democrats announce 2014 legislative agenda

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced its priorities for the 2014 legislative session on Thursday.


Ken Plum: Five million dollars a day

Virginia taxpayer dollars not returned to them has amounted to five million dollars each day since Jan. 1, 2014, and will continue at that rate each day that Virginia refuses to expand its Medicaid program. In addition, at least 400,000 working Virginians will continue to be uninsured.


Ken Plum: Broken promises on mental health reform

Last month the disAbility Law Center (dLCV) issued a report on the condition of mental health services in Virginia. It is an eye-opening report: Broken Promises, the Failure of Mental Health Services in Virginia.


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Virginia House leaders agree on ethics reforms

The Times-Dispatch in Richmond is reporting that House leaders have reached a deal on sweeping reforms to state ethics, transparency and disclosure laws.