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Schapiro: A scenario under which assembly elections actually matter

With a 2-to-1 majority in the House of Delegates, Republicans ordinarily have little to fear. Their disciplined, sharply conservative caucus can and will use its hefty presence to thwart Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe on a health care fix, g…

Saturday 01/24/2015
Schapiro: A scenario under which assembly elections actually matter

With a 2-to-1 majority in the House of Delegates, Republicans ordinarily have little to fear. Their disciplined, sharply conservative caucus can and will use its hefty presence to thwart Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe on a health care fix, gun control and any issue that’s essential this legislative election year to revving up the base — his and theirs.

With Medicaid expansion unlikely, hospitals and lawmakers in bind

Virginia lawmakers are beginning to see what lies on the other side of their decision not to expand Medicaid or health coverage of uninsured Virginians.

Friday 01/23/2015
Higher ed bills pass House

Two measures aimed at making college more affordable advanced in the House of Delegates on Friday.

State bar suspends Bob McDonnell's law license

The Virginia State Bar disciplinary board has suspended former governor Bob McDonnell's law license effective next Thursday in light of his 11 felony convictions.

Bill would make June primary a week later

A Caroline County legislator who sponsored the legislation said moving the date would eliminate possible interference with school activities.

Va. Senate panel rejects adoption by unmarried gay couples

A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried gay parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee.

Legislation would reform Virginia Tobacco Commission

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is backing legislation sponsored by two Republican lawmakers to reform a commission that doles out tobacco settlement money.

Governor appears in public after hospital stay; talks veterans healthcare

Expanding health care access for Virginia veterans took Gov. Terry McAuliffe to Petersburg Friday for his first public appearance after being hospitalized for a collapsed lung and seven broken ribs.

Opponents of proposed gas pipeline rally at Virginia Capitol

Environmentalists and western Virginia property owners rallied Friday at the state Capitol in opposition to a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline.

Assembly rundown: Senate to consider changes to primary laws; Uber bill reaches the floor

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, has introduced a measure that would would allow political parties to restrict who could participate in primary elections. 

Senate panel advances campus assault bills

In the aftermath of the killing of U.Va. student Hannah Graham last fall, lawmakers are pushing to move the adjudication of assault cases from campus administrators to outside law enforcement.

Thursday 01/22/2015
Cat fight at the General Assembly

It was more polite than most catfights.

Lawmakers focus on lagging pay for state employees

Pay for state employees in Virginia ranks 49th in the nation in comparison to compensation for private employees, according to the state's top personnel officer.

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