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Virginia Politics: June, 2011

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Saslaw declines helicopter ride to uranium site, plans to drive to Southside

Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw said he not only refused a trip to France to see a closed uranium mine, but declined a helicopter ride to Southside to see what is thought to be the largest uranium deposit in the United States.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Kaine, Allen neck-and-neck in U.S. Senate race

George Allen and Tim Kaine are locked in a dead heat 17 months before Election Day in what may be one of the most high-profile Senate races in the nation next year, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University

By Anita Kumar  |  07:14 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 06/29/2011

As GOP pounces, Kaine weighs in on Boeing labor dispute

On the same day President Obama was asked about the National Labor Relations Board’s lawsuit against Boeing, his close friend and political ally — former Virginia governor Tim Kaine (D) — also weighed in.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:02 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Webb, Warner want national park at Fort Monroe

There are 21 national parks in Virginia, and if the state’s two U.S. senators have their way, Fort Monroe could become the 22nd.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:42 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Democratic group launches ads attacking Republicans in Va.

Priorities USA, a Democrat-aligned superpac, launched ads in five swing states, including Virginia, attacking Republicans for their vote to overhaul Medicare.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:20 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Bulova responds to Herrity’s attacks on Fairfax County’s ‘luxury’ affordable housing

Republican supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield) says the county’s taxpayers should not have to pay for housing that includes swimming pools, pool tables and workout rooms

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 06/29/2011

McDonnell gets solid approval rating in new Quinnipiac poll

Fifty-five percent of registered Virginia voters approve of the way Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is doing his job, while 26 percent disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:47 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:17 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Alexandria waterfront citizens’ group created

A seven-member group will discuss the future of Alexandria’s waterfront plan over the summer.

By Christy Goodman  |  08:17 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Arlington zoning official leaves

Arlington County Zoning Administrator Melinda Artman announces she is leaving to study at the Virginia Theological Seminary.

By Christy Goodman  |  06:59 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Va. ranked top state for business

After falling to second place last year, CNBC announced Tuesday that Virginia returned to the top spot in its rankings of the best states for business.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:59 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Fairfax County Republican blasts ‘luxury’ affordable housing

Republican supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield) says the county’s taxpayers should not have to pay for housing that includes swimming pools, pool tables and workout rooms

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  01:25 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 06/28/2011

N. Va. boasts trio of contested House primaries

Northern Virginia will have three contested primaries for House of Delegates on Aug. 23.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:13 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Shirlington dog mural is subject of federal appeal

The owner of Wag More Dogs filed a federal appeal against Arlington County over a mural depicting dogs, bones and paw prints.

By Christy Goodman  |  06:25 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Democrats gather at the Homestead for annual fundraiser

Hundreds of Democrats are headed to the tony Homestead mountain resort or the party’s annual three-day fundraising retreat that started Monday.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:21 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Favola took two free overseas trips last year

Arlington County Board member Barbara Favola, who is running for state Senate, received free trips to Germany and China last year, according to her personal financial disclosure statements.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Conservative group launches anti-Obama TV ads in Va.

A national conservative group began airing TV ads Monday that take aim at President Obama in several states, including Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:15 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/27/2011

McDonnell, Cuccinelli fly to Vail to attend Koch brothers seminar

Gov. Bob McDonnell is in Vail, Colo. Monday to attend a seminar sponsored by the Koch brothers, the wealthy supporters of conservative and libertarian causes, including Americans for Prosperity.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:06 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 06/25/2011

Fairfax County GOP officially endorses Clifton Elementary School parent for school board as slates take shape

The Fairfax County Republican Committee said it has officially endorsed Elizabeth Schultz for Springfield District school board seat; Schultz entered the race at least in part because of the board’s decision to close Clifton Elementary, whose last day was Tuesday.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:35 PM ET, 06/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 06/25/2011

Virginia League of Conservation Voters grades lawmakers on environmental votes, giving gold stars to several Northern Virginians

Environmental group gives best marks to Democrats, including many from Northern Virginia

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:18 PM ET, 06/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Mark Warner ‘disappointed’ that Biden debt talks stalled

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D) said Friday he was disappointed that Republicans pulled out of debt-reduction talks with the White House Thursday and that some people don’t understand the seriousness of the issue.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:49 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Va. denied federal aid for tornado damage

FEMA denied a trio of appeals for federal assistance to help residents recover from 34 tornadoes in April.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:43 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 06/23/2011

NoVa business leaders seek cuts from Dulles rail project

The call for belt-tightening cranks up the pressure on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  04:40 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Del. Plum backs out of company-sponsored trip to France to visit uranium mine

By Anita Kumar  |  03:46 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 06/23/2011

National conservative group donates money to Virginia candidates

The Presidential Coalition, which touts its goal as educating the public on the value of having principled conservative Republican leadership, contributed $47,500 to candidates in Virginia last quarter.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:03 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/23/2011

McDonnell treats campaign donors to retreat

For the second year in a row, Gov. Bob McDonnell is treating dozens of Republican donors, lobbyists and staffers to a weekend at the tony Homestead resort.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 06/23/2011

Fairfax tweaks tax code to preserve affordable housing groups’ tax exemption

Board of Supervisors adopts change so affordable housing nonprofits will not lose property tax exemptions.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  07:30 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Sen. Warner calls for cost-cutting in Dulles rail project

Warner calls on the airports authority board to “recognize the realities of the current economic and fiscal environment.”

By Ann E. Marimow  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/22/2011

McDonnell revamps his policy shop

After a slew of departures, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Wednesday several new appointments to his policy office.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Manassas to expand fire and rescue department

The Manassas City Council has accepted a federal grant that will boost the city’s fire and rescue department.

By Jennifer Buske  |  01:21 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/22/2011

State and federal officials talk about wind energy off Va. coast

Officials will gather in Virginia Beach Wednesday for an all-day conference that will examine establishing wind turbines off Virginia’s coast.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Virginia gun-rights group urges Fairfax County to embrace BB guns as supervisors ease rules on pneumatic guns

Virginia gun-rights groups voice support for allowing BB guns on private property as Fairfax County, heeding new state law, gives nod to air guns

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  09:53 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Democrat announces for new Northern Va. Senate district

Democrat Shawn Mitchell, an Iraq veteran and small-business owner in Loudoun County, will run for state Senate in a new Republican leaning district in Northern Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:44 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Old Dominion Boat Club wants judge to hold Alexandria in contempt

Alexandria’s Old Dominion Boat Club asked a judge to hold the city and the owners of Virtue Feed and Grain in contempt for blocking an alley the club uses for access.

By Christy Goodman  |  04:48 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Wolf sticks up for Washington (and his birthday)

Tired of the catch-all “Presidents Day,” Rep. Frank Wolf wants George Washington’s actual birthday — Feb. 22 — reestablished as a federal holiday.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:04 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 06/21/2011

McDonnell, Bolton chat in Richmond

Former ambassador John Bolton stopped by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office in the Patrick Henry Building on Tuesday while he was in town to give a speech.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:09 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Justice approves Fairfax County redistricting

The U.S. Justice Department has approved Fairfax County’s redistricting plan.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  02:37 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Va. education secretary Robinson to be Florida schools chief

Florida officials announced Tuesday that Virginia Education Secretary Gerard Robinson will lead the state’s schools system.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 06/21/2011

McDonnell departs Tuesday for Paris Air Show

Gov. Bob McDonnell will attend the Paris Air Show, an international trade fair for the aerospace business held every other year.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:40 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Woodbridge’s Royse makes second run for Prince William board

Woodbridge Republican Chris Royse plans to kick off his second campaign for a spot on the Prince William Board of County supervisors.

By Jennifer Buske  |  05:35 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Allen’s position on ethanol has changed — again

George Allen’s position on ethanol has been a moving target over the past decade.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:56 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/20/2011

McDonnell names Conrad deputy chief of staff

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Monday that Matt Conrad will become his deputy chief of staff.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Va. education secretary a finalist for Fla. job

Virginia Education Secretary Gerard Robinson is one of five finalists to head Florida’s education system.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/20/2011

McDonnell to join other governors to talk about creating jobs

Virginia’s Bob McDonnell will join five fellow governors Monday morning in Washington to discuss how to create jobs and revive the economy.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 06/17/2011

Justice Department approves Virginia’s legislative maps

The U.S. Justice Department has approved Virginia’s legislative maps passed by the General Assembly last month.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:29 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 06/17/2011

Hey Mr. President, why not play golf in Fairfax?

Rep. Gerald Connolly has a helpful suggestion for where President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner should tee off this weekend.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:39 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 06/17/2011

McDonnell flies to France next week, but not to see uranium

McDonnell will fly to the City of Light for the Paris Air Show — not for the tour of a French uranium mine being taken by Virginia lawmakers,

By Anita Kumar  |  11:19 AM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Steel from World Trade Center towers arrives in Prince William

A truck carrying almost 60,000 pounds of wreckage from the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center pulled up to the Prince William government center Thursday.

By Jennifer Buske  |  03:28 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 06/16/2011

‘Tito the Builder’ to run for state senate

After talking for months about running for higher office, Prince William County’s Tito Muñoz officially announced Thursday that he run for Virginia Senate.

By Jennifer Buske  |  02:36 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 06/16/2011

McDonnell solicits judicial applications, as General Assembly continues arguing over appointments

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is accepting applications for people interested in becoming judges, preparing for the possibility that the General Assembly will face to break a months-long stalemate over judicial appointments .

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:42 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 06/16/2011

McDonnell to break bread with Virginia’s congressional delegation

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is hosting members of Virginia’s congressional delegation at the executive mansion Thursday night for dinner.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:35 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Cuccinelli guides ministers on politics and the pulpit

Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli spoke to pastors in the Fredericksburg area, providing guidance on how they can be involved in politics without jeopardizing their churches’ tax-exempt status.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  09:04 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Surplus could reach $200 million, McDonnell says

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says he hopes Virginia will end the fiscal year June 30 with as much as $200 million more in tax revenue than projected.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:54 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Divorce takes huge toll on Moran’s finances

Because he is in the midst of a divorce, Rep. James P. Moran Jr. went from reporting millions of dollars in assets last year to none at all this year.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:49 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Albo faces businessman as he vies for 10th term

Democrat Jack Dobbyn will try to unseat Dave Albo in what had been considered one of the most competitive House races in the state.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:28 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/15/2011

USS Arlington to stay in Virginia

The USS Arlington will be commissioned at Norfolk Naval Base after the entire Virginia Congressional delegation requested that the ship stay in Virginia.

By Christy Goodman  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Fairfax proposes new rules on chickens, ‘granny pods’

House panels take up various proposals from Northern Virginia legislators.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Allen won’t endorse in GOP presidential primary

Focused on his own Senate race, George Allen says he doesn’t intend to endorse anyone in the 2012 Republican contest for the White House.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:35 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/15/2011

State’s May revenue rises nearly 18 percent over last year

State tax collections in Virginia in May grew by a rollicking 17.9 percent over May 2010, officials announced Wednesday, a sign of the economy’s continuing improvement.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 06/15/2011

McDonnell, Bolling celebrate birthdays by raising money

Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling both celebrate birthdays Wednesday. And they will both celebrate in a very political way: raising money.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:40 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Alexandria delays action on waterfront proposal

By Christy Goodman  |  10:21 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Fairfax Republican in Braddock District makes reelection campaign official

Fairfax County Supervisor John C. Cook, as expected, has formally announced that he is seeking a second term representing the Braddock district, the county’s most closely watched battleground.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  06:46 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 06/14/2011

DOJ approves Prince Williams’ redistricting map

The United States Department of Justice approved Prince William County’s redistricting plan, which sets the names and boundaries of the seven election districts for the next decade.

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:35 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 06/14/2011

George Allen unveils policy blueprint

George Allen on Tuesday unveiled the most detailed set of policy proposals yet in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, calling for broad cuts in taxes, spending and regulation across the federal government.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:29 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Groups urge McDonnell to invest in children’s mental health

Children’s health advocacy groups are urging Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to make major new investments in mental health treatment for children.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Tobacco commission needs to spend more wisely, report says

A commission created to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in Virginia’s most economically depressed areas has spent too much on projects that have not created jobs or boosted salaries, according to a critical legislative audit released Monday.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:14 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011

New study says Va. contractors required to use legal workers, but state does little to check

Most — but not all — state contracts in Virginia specifically reference a company’s legal responsibility to hire only workers legally present in the United States. But the state does little follow-up to ensure that its contractors comply with those requirements, a new state study has found.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/13/2011

GOP Senators aim to take in $350,000 at annual retreat

State legislators in both chambers hold annual summer retreats, where lawmakers mingle with high priced corporate lobbyists--for a fee, of course.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Does Va. have a ‘Goode’ candidate for president?

By Ben Pershing  |  03:42 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Allen backs ‘Tito the Builder’ for state Senate

Former senator George Allen will appear alongside Tito Muñoz when he announces his candidacy for state Senate next week.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:36 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Wolf, Warner offer plan to lure manufacturing jobs to U.S.

Companies that bring jobs from overseas back to the United States would get some economic rewards for doing so under a bill unveiled by Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Frank Wolf on Friday.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:51 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/10/2011

State officials to host town hall

Del. Richard L. Anderson (R-Prince William) and Sen. George L. Barker (D-Fairfax) plan to host a town hall meeting in Prince William County this month.

By Jennifer Buske  |  10:06 AM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 06/09/2011

House swears in Nardo as clerk

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser swore in G. Paul Nardo, longtime aide to House Speaker Bill Howell, Thursday after he was unanimously elected by the 100-member body.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:04 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Va. Senate adopts Democrats’ congressional map, setting up clash with GOP House

The Senate proposal for the state’s 11 congressional districts would create a new “minority influence” district, setting up a clash with the GOP-led House

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Warner, Wolf team up on jobs legislation

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) are teaming up to introduce a slate of legislation that they hope will help spur job-creation in Virginia and across the country.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:06 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Legislators pick state police major as legislative services director

The General Assembly tapped Virginia State Police Maj. Robert Tavenner on Thursday to be the new director of the Division of Legislative Services.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/09/2011

McDonnell flies to Seattle, Chicago for fundraisers

Gov. Bob McDonnell will headline a fundraiser Friday in Seattle for Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is running for governor next year.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 06/08/2011

ACLU of Virginia proposes congressional map with two minority districts

As the General Assembly returns to Richmond to weigh congressional redistricting Thursday, the ACLU of Virginia is circulating a proposed map that would include two congressional districts in which black voters hold a majority.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:34 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/08/2011

As Quayle retires, frets about Senate’s move to the right

Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk) confirmed Wednesday that he will retire from the Virginia Senate at the end of the year — and said in an interview that he is concerned about the rightward shift of Republicans in the chamber as he retires.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Lawmakers want ship named for Arlington commissioned in Va.

Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation wrote to the Pentagon Wednesday to express their fears that the new ship USS Arlington will be commissioned in another state, even though it is named to honor a place in Virginia.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Kaine calls on Weiner to resign

Tim Kaine, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who is running for U.S. Senate in Virginia, is calling on New York Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign after he admitted that he engaged in sexually explicit exchanges with women he met online and then lied about it.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:16 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/08/2011

RNC: Obama’s prospects in Va. ‘far from certain’

The Republican National Committee has identified Virginia as one of nine states that President Obama won in 2008, but may have difficulty capturing again in 2012.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Frederick files to run for state Senate

Jeff Frederick, ousted leader of the Republican Party of Virginia and a former Prince William County delegate, said Tuesday that he has filed paperwork to run for state Senate.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:48 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Fairfax supervisor pushes for more public-private solutions to transportation plans

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  02:46 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Fairfax County moves to restrict parking near Hayfield Secondary School

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved to ban some on-street parking near Hayfield Secondary School during the school day.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  01:57 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Va. officials welcome Danish royalty in Loudoun

Virginia state and local officials welcome Prince Henrik of Denmark to the Ashburn-based American headquarters of Mil-Tek, a Danish company that produces environmentally-friendly recycling and waste disposal equipment.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Virginia ‘by the numbers’ — again

We’ve got yet another “by the numbers” video.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:32 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Morrissey won’t challenge Marsh for state Senate seat

A premiere intraparty struggle for a heavily Democratic Richmond-area senate seat is not to be.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:25 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Delegate Carrico to run for state senate seat vacated by Wampler

Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson) has decided to run for the state Senate seat being vacated with the retirement of Sen. William Wampler (R-Bristol).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:06 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Obama plans Virginia community college visit

President Obama is visiting Virginia on Wednesday to discuss the importance of job training to improving the economy.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Virginia’s first family celebrates wedding at mansion

Gubernatorial daughter Cailin McDonnell got hitched without a hitch Saturday, celebrating her nuptials to Chris Young with a reception for 200 at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:19 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Chesapeake Republican seeks reelection to Senate

Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake) is running for reelection, Republicans confirmed Friday, a decision that probably means that state Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk) will also retire from the state Senate.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:13 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Off-shore wind advocates to gather in Richmond

Environmental activists and likely 2013 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe will gather in Richmond on Saturday to push Virginia to expand off-shore wind energy use.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Wampler: ‘It’s time to go back home’

Tributes are pouring in from Republicans and Democrats alike for Bristol Sen. William Wampler (R), who announced Friday that he will retire this year after 24 years.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar  |  03:16 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Conservatives call on Federal Reserve to take down gay pride flag

Conservatives are calling on the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank to remove the rainbow flag flying outside its building representing gay rights in conjunction with Gay Pride month.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 06/03/2011

McDonnell daughter not the first to wed at the mansion

As we reported this morning, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will walk his daughter down the aisle before Virginia’s first family opens the doors to the mansion for a late-afternoon reception.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:39 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Senior Republican Wampler to retire from Virginia Senate

Sen. William Wampler, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee who has represented Southwest Virginia for more than two decades, will not run for re-election.

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 06/02/2011

National GOP says Va. to delay redistricting; Richmond says not so fast

Republican operatives in Washington said Thursday that they believed the Virginia GOP would delay the conclusion of congressional redistricting to see if the party can win back control of the state Senate in November — an idea immediately nixed by a leading Republican state legislator in Richmond.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Aaron Blake  |  04:45 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Democratic House leader moving to new district to seek another term

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry) announced Thursday that he is moving so that he can run for reelection, challenging Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:37 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Dems try to work Ryan Medicare plan into state races

How convinced are Democrats that Republicans have handed them a winner with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare?

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:07 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Reynold to leave McDonnell’s administration

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is losing another key member of his policy office.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:53 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Republicans pick primary for 36th district Senate race

After making a passionate plea in front of Northern Virginia Republicans, potential state Senate candidate Tito Muñoz got what he wanted — a primary, not a convention, to select the Republican nominee for the 36th district Senate race.

By Jennifer Buske  |  05:03 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Jeff Bridges, McDonnell to visit Arlington in anti-hunger campaign

Actor Jeff Bridges will join Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsac at an event at an Arlington elementary school next week to launch an anti-hunger campaign.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:10 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Democrats see hope for winning new Lynchburg state Senate seat

Virginia Democrats think they’ve found a strongly competitive candidate for a new state Senate district in the Lynchburg area.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Va. lawmakers say Army plan for Mark Center is bad, request delay

Virginia members of Congress say the Army’s

By Christy Goodman  |  06:32 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 05/31/2011

House, Senate still far apart on congressional redistricting

The House of Delegates and state Senate are still far apart in their plans for new boundaries for the state’s 11 congressional districts and do not expect to finish maps next week.

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:08 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Colgan, key Va. Senate Democrat, to run again in November

Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William), Virginia Senate’s longest-serving member, announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection to a 10th term in November.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:14 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/31/2011

McDonnell: Passengers in fatal bus accident on I-95 were traveling to New York

A passenger bus that overturned Monday morning on I-95 North in Caroline County was traveling from North Carolina to New York.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 05/31/2011

McDonnell-appointed ABC commissioner resigns

Wayne Ozmore, a former criminal investigator, was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:36 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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