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Saturday 12/20/2014
Morrissey says he will not seek Democratic nomination for 74th House District seat

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey said Saturday he will not seek the Democratic nomination on Monday to run for his 74th House District seat.

Friday 12/19/2014
Few Democrats to pick nominee for Morrissey's seat

During Monday's unassembled caucus at two locations — one in Henrico County and one in Charles City County — only about 100 persons will be eligible to vote.

McAuliffe panel recommends redistricting reforms

Virginia lawmakers should adopt legislation that enshrines nonpartisan criteria for drawing the boundaries for state and congressional election districts in the Code of Virginia, according to recommendations by the chairmen of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s ethics panel.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Sheriff revokes Morrissey's work-release privileges

After jailed Del. Joseph D. Morrissey announces he'll resign but run in a special election, Henrico County's sheriff revokes the Democrat's work-release privileges.

Democrats have little time to choose candidate

With a Dec. 23 nomination deadline for the Jan. 13 special election, Democrats have less than five days to pick their candidate for the seat Del. Joseph D. Morrissey is relinquishing.

Cox to seek limits on athletic fees for college students

Following recommendations from the state’s watchdog agency, Del. M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, said Thursday he will seek limits on the fees students are charged for athletics at Virginia’s public universities.

Virginia House Speaker Howell to seek re-election

Saying he is “humbled and honored” to represent the people of the 28th legislative district, longtime Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, on Thursday formally announced his bid for re-election next year.

Howell blasts Morrissey, McAuliffe decries 'circus'

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey's friends and foes alike were caught off guard Thursday by the Democrat's announcement that he would run again in the Jan. 13 special election for the seat that he just gave up.

McAuliffe restores rights of more than 5,100 ex-offenders

Virginia has historically been among the most restrictive states in the nation in returning civil rights to former offenders.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
McAuliffe's budget moves welcomed by localities, not state workers

Proposed amendments also include a request for $2.7 million to implement a licensing and inspection program for 1,920 unlicensed daycare centers that currently receive a state subsidy.

In Richmond area, immigrants view Obama plans with cautious optimism

Undocumented immigrants across the Richmond region are welcoming with cautious optimism President Barack Obama's executive actions that could forever change their lives and those of their children.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Schapiro: Running out of friends, Morrissey finds a new one

David Baugh says there’s something noble about defending people whom society doesn’t like.

Thousands of miles of Va. rivers are polluted, report shows

More than 16,000 miles of Virginia rivers are polluted, a new report shows. That’s up nearly 3,000 miles from the previous report two years ago.

Politifact: Webb's claim on U.S. incarceration rate on target
Monday 12/15/2014
McAuliffe takes bite out of tax preferences to deal with revenue shortfall

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will take a bite from Virginia tax preferences and expand the acceleration of year-end sales tax collections as part of a strategy for boosting revenues instead of relying solely on spending cuts to fill a shortfall in the state budget.

McAuliffe announces package of gun proposals

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced a series of election-year gun proposals, including initiatives to reinstate the one-gun-a-month limit on handgun purchases and to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

No more cuts, college students urge governor

Virginia college students have signed petitions and made a video plea to the governor not to take away any more funding from higher education when he announces his budget Wednesday.

PolitiFact: Stimpson gets 'Mostly True' on tax claim about Howell
McAuliffe proposes $28 million to replace voting machines around the state

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing $28 million to fund digital scan voting machines for precincts across the state in time for the November 2015 general election.

Sunday 12/14/2014
Morrissey withholds decision on whether to quit House

Lawyer-legislator convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor talks with reporters after church service Sunday, adds that he is intent on filing a civil suit.

Henrico School Board's Bagby to challenge Morrissey

Henrico School Board member Lamont Bagby is planning to challenge fellow Democrat Del. Joseph Dee Morrissey for the 74th House District seat.

Saturday 12/13/2014
Schapiro: Va. legislators and their hidden pay raise

Virginia’s ethics debate is becoming a bidding war. But it’s a distraction from a subject legislators don’t want to talk about: how some of them have been padding their salaries for years.

Morrissey to address demands by McAuliffe, Democrats that he resign

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey plans to appear before a church congregation this morning in Richmond, where he will address the demands of fellow Democrats that he step down.

Friday 12/12/2014
Verizon, VITA upgrade phone passwords after breach

Verizon has worked with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to upgrade phone passwords at state agencies that use the Verizon Hosted IP Centrex phone service after someone apparently hacked into the system in August and made unauthorized calls.

U.S. Attorney's Office closes Puckett probe, will not seek charges

Federal prosecutors will not seek criminal charges surrounding the abrupt June resignation of state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, from the legislature.

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