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Virginia Politics: February, 2012

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel’s brother to run for state Senate

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel’s brother, Todd, expects to run for senate in a neighboring district in the Shenandoah Valley, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Dominion plans new natural gas-fired power station

The $1.1 billion plant would be biggest economic development project in county history, but environmentalists raise concerns

By Laura Vozzella  |  07:54 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 02/28/2012

McDonnell, Cuccinelli, legislators play hoops for charity

Governor, attorney general will join legislators, lobbyists and staffers in charity game Tuesday night at VCU.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:28 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Democrat Douglass will challenge Robert Hurt instead of Frank Wolf

Virginia’s new congressional map was drawn to protect incumbents, and it appears to be having the desired effect.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:31 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/28/2012

McDonnell signs bill lifting one-handgun-per-month limit

Opponents of the 19-year-old cap had long been foiled by Senate Democrats and moderate Republicans.

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/28/2012

George Allen has 8-point lead over Tim Kaine in Senate race, according to new poll

Republican George Allen has opened up an 8-point lead over Timothy M. Kaine (D) in their likely Senate matchup.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Fairfax County executive proposes $6.73 billion budget

The budget would raise property taxes by about $34 for the typical household.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County executive unveils budget plan

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/28/2012

McDonnell: Media focus on social issues gives false impression of General Assembly

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Tuesday that he is disappointed in the media’s fixation on social issues, including abortion, adoption and guns, during the 60-day legislative session.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Antiabortion bill killed by Va. Senate committee

Legislation would have withheld state funding from poor women seeking to abort fetuses with gross abnormalities

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:24 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Rubio to headline Cantor’s Richmond event Friday

Leading vice presidential contender will be the main speaker at Cantor’s annual campaign breakfast.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Virginia legislators kill proposals to drug test welfare recipients

The General Assembly has officially killed all proposals this year that would require drug screening for welfare recipients.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:46 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, Virginia General Assembly, social issues

Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Court dismisses lawsuit against Virginia congressional district map

With lawsuits over, the state is now waiting only for the U.S. Justice Department to approve the new district lines.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:31 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Del. Brink: Actions this session have allowed lawmakers to be portrayed as ‘ignorant, backward-looking buffoons’

Social legislation, budget impasse fueling heated rhetoric and another protest.

By Laura Vozzella  |  04:46 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Va. Senate kills bill repealing HPV vaccine requirement for girls

The Virginia Senate killed a bill that would have eliminated the state’s five-year-old requirement that girls receive the vaccine against the human papillomavirus before enrolling in sixth grade.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Ron Paul to lead rally in Springfield on Tuesday

Ron Paul will be in Virginia, hoping to take advantage of the relative lack of competition on the state primary ballot.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Del. Albo arouses foes with tale of turned-off wife

By relating how anti-abortion bill cooled wife to his advances, Republican sets others aflame

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 02/27/2012

McDonnell, other governors meet with Obama, Biden

Virginia’s Bob McDonnell (R) is spending a couple days in the nation’s capital as part of the National Governors Association winter meeting.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:26 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Women’s PAC formed following abortion legislation

A group of women has formed a new political action committee to recruit and support candidates to defeat elected officials who support the ultrasound and personhood bills.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:31 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/25/2012

Del. Dave Albo: All that ultrasound talk ruined a romantic night

Our colleagues at the Reliable Source have a tale about Virginia’s very own Del. Dave Albo (R-Fairfax).

By Anita Kumar  |  09:39 AM ET, 02/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/25/2012

Va. Tech families to talk with Gov. McDonnell on one-gun-a-month repeal

Families affected by 2007 campus shooting will talk by phone with the governor days before he is expected to lift cap on handgun purchases

By Laura Vozzella  |  09:26 AM ET, 02/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 02/24/2012

McDonnell reappoints Diana Cantor to VRS board

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Friday that he had reappointed Diana Cantor as chairman of the Virginia Retirement System.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:07 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Fairfax officials still wishing for cross-state suburban coalition to address Va.’s needs

Legislators express frustration that talk about forming a coalition of the urban crescent has been just that, talk.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  06:01 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Northern Virginia still hoping for suburban coalition to balance power with Rest of Virginia

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Va. Democrats to open Alexandria campaign office

The coordinated campaign office is the latest concrete step on a path that Democrats hope will lead to a reversal of their electoral fortunes.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:08 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tim Kaine, Virginia, Virginia politics

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Democrat drops lawsuit over Virginia Senate control

Sen. McEachin abandons lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Bolling

By Laura Vozzella  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/24/2012

O’Malley, McDonnell spar over abortion, gay marriage

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell squared off Friday in a partisan clash of ideas to start the annual District gathering of the nations’ governors.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/24/2012

House speaker appoints conferees in case Senate passes a budget

House Speaker Bill Howell appointed a half-dozen delegates to sit down with senators to negotiate differences in the state budget — if, of course, the Senate passes one.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Obama campaign opens fifth office in Virginia

The president’s campaign will open in Fredericksburg this weekend.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:22 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Va. House restores some school funds for Northern Virginia

Delegates restore some of the money Gov. Bob McDonnell had cut for attracting non-teaching staff in expensive job market.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Virginia Senate fails to pass state budget

In a dispute over power-sharing, Democrats refuse to pass $85 million spending plan

By Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella  |  08:21 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Louisa receives $19 million for earthquake-damaged school

Louisa County High School suffered significant damage during the Aug. 23 earthquake and its aftershocks.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:38 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/23/2012

‘Personhood’ bill killed for this year by Virginia Senate

In a highly unusual move, the full Virginia Senate killed the so-called “personhood” bill for the year just hours after it seemed likely to survive.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Personhood, Abortion

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Kaine, Perriello to join Obama campaign ‘youth summit’ in Richmond Saturday

President Obama’s reelection campaign will host a youth summit this weekend in Richmond, with a few big-name Virginia politicians on hand to lure a crowd.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:08 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tim Kaine, Virginia, Virginia Senate campaign, Virginia politics, presidential election, Election 2012

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/23/2012

‘Personhood’ bill approved by Virginia Senate committee

A Virginia Senate committee voted to approve a ‘personhood’ proposal, despite opposition by those who say the measure could prohibit birth control and in vitro fertilization.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Personhood

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Drive-by emissions testing clears Va. House and Senate

Motorists would be allowed to drive by on-road remote sensors.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Senate committee votes to require non-invasive ultrasounds before abortions

A Senate committee voted Thursday morning to require women to undergo external ultrasounds before abortions.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 02/22/2012

‘Amazon loophole’ to close in Virginia

Online retailing giant agreed to collect and pay sales tax in the commonwealth.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:19 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Virginia House amends abortion bill to say no woman will have to undergo involuntary internal ultrasound

The House of Delegates voted to amend a proposed bill on ultrasounds before abortions to say that no woman will have to undergo an internal ultrasound involuntarily.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:25 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Virginia Republicans look to amend ultrasound bill; procedure more invasive than some thought

House GOP leaders are expected to debate legislation that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:27 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Kaine calls personhood, ultrasound bills ‘bad for Virginia’s image’

Timothy M. Kaine said controversial social legislation was turning Virginia into a national “laughingstock.”

By Ben Pershing  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/22/2012

‘Daily Show’ mocks Virginia’s ultrasound bill

Jon Stewart played up the physically intrusive nature of the test.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Senate kills bill allowing write-ins on primary ballots

The Senate killed a bill that would allow voters to write in names on primary ballots in Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:48 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Obama taps Virginian to be campaign co-chair

President Obama’s campaign released a list of 35 national co-chairs Wednesday morning, including one Virginian.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:44 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Va. Senate Democrats try to leverage budget for more power

With at least one Democrat needed to pass a budget, leaders push for more say on committees but Republican leader dismisses attempt

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:27 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Absentee ballot deadline approaching for Va’s presidential primary

Virginians who want to cast absentee ballots by mail for the March 6 Republican presidential primary must submit their applications by next Tuesday.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/21/2012

McDonnell, O’Malley to square off at Politico forum

The latest face-off between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is booked for Friday in Washington.

By John Wagner  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/20/2012

More Va. gun-rights bills clear full Senate, committee

Public employees could keep weapons in cars parked at work, and localities would have to resell guns from buy-back programs instead of destroying them.

By Laura Vozzella  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/20/2012

Hundreds protest anti-abortion bills on Capitol Square

Several hundred people — men and women — lined up in and around Capitol Square in silent protest against legislation they say chips away at abortion rights.

By Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 02/20/2012

Legislators set aside money to rebuild earthquake-damaged school

The high school sustained significant damage during the August earthquake and was closed indefinitely. Students have been attending classes in temporary facilities.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:22 PM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 02/20/2012

‘Saturday Night Live’ mocks Virginia anti-abortion bills

Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler ridicule legislation requiring ultrasounds before abortions and stating that life begins at conception.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:24 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Another survey shows tight races for White House, Senate in Virginia

A fresh survey of Virginia shows exceedingly tight Senate and presidential matchups, the latest indication that the state is likely to host some of the nation’s closest contests in November.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 02/20/2012

McDonnell will campaign for Romney in Michigan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will campaign for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Michigan on Monday night.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:57 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Webb backs Kaine, but will he campaign for him?

How active will Webb be, given that he doesn’t much like campaigning for himself or anyone else, for that matter?

By Anita Kumar  |  06:01 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Sen. Saslaw (kinda, sorta) vows to parachute off Va. Capitol

Fairfax Democratic Sen. Richard Saslaw says he’ll take the leap if the tax credit for school vouchers expires as promised in 2017

By Laura Vozzella  |  04:55 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia Senate

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/17/2012

School vouchers get tax credit from Va. Senate

Credits will partially reimburse those who donate private- and parochial-school tuition to poor, middle-class and disabled students.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Del. Cline’s absence? New fatherhood.

Virginia Del. Ben Cline's wife, Elizabeth, gave birth to twin girls -- Catherine and Sarah-- on Friday.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:29 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Payroll tax deal passes despite opposition from Virginia lawmakers

But the measure was supported by

By Ben Pershing  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Payrole tax holiday

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Virginian stepping down from airports board

Gov. Bob McDonnell will be allowed to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Mame Reiley, who left for health reasons

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Ex-congressman Virgil Goode eyes presidential bid

It remains to be seen whether Gov. Robert McDonnell will end up on the Republican ticket this fall, but it appears at least one Virginian has decided to run for president.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:06 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Following U.S. Chamber ads, Va. Chamber clarifies: The group is neutral in likely George Allen- Tim Kaine race

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce just wants you to know: It is neutral in the Senate race.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:31 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Senate race

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/16/2012

McDonnell urges Senate Democrats to act on the budget

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking Democratic leaders to provide budget proposals, which they have not done so far.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia General Assembly

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Grover Norquist accuses Va. senators of violating anti-tax pledge

 Grover Norquist, the nation’s leading anti-tax crusader, has sent a letter to Virginia senators, accusing them of violating their pledge not to raise taxes when voting on a pair of bills to raise the gas tax.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 02/16/2012

McDonnell’s legislative victory claims mocked by Va. Senate Democrats

Democrats question governor’s claims of legislative success as Senate rejects governor’s plans on tenure, transportation.

By Laura Vozzella  |  01:08 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/16/2012

George Allen hires minister Joseph Ellison for Senate campaign

Former governor and senator George Allen (R) has added minister Joseph Ellison to the payroll of his U.S. Senate campaign

By Anita Kumar  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia Senate race

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Fairfax Chamber of Commerce wary of eminent domain amendment

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County business groups wary of eminent domain amendment

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Virginia Democrats ask McDonnell to oppose GOP transportation bill

Virginia Democrats are asking Gov. Robert McDonnell to weigh in against a controversial federal transportation bill written by his fellow Republicans.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation, Congress

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Falls Church explores sale of water system

Move follows Fairfax County’s decision last year to assume new powers on water service

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Falls Church floats idea of selling water system

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Tim Kaine wants to teach you to play harmonica

The real question for voters is this: Do you want to play harmonica with Timothy M. Kaine?

By Ben Pershing  |  12:42 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Virginia’s top Republicans returning to the party — gradually

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli appeared before the Prince William County Republican Committee this week to ask to be reinstated in his local party.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:08 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Va. Senate passes bill to test some welfare recipients for drugs

The measure now moves to the House, where its own version of the bill died

By Laura Vozzella  |  08:56 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Del. Gilbert says he ‘regrets’ comments on abortion

Deputy House Majority Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said he regrets saying that abortion is a ‘lifestyle convenience.’

By Anita Kumar  |  07:56 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/14/2012

House approves taking money from other areas to fund transportation

The House of Delegates voted for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s omnibus transportation bill Monday, and the Senate passed its own version

By Anita Kumar  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Va. House, Senate approve abortion-related bills

The GOP-controlled House gave final approval to bills requiring women undergo an ultrasound before an abortion and stating that human life begins at conception.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:34 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Same-sex couples celebrate — and protest — Valentine’s Day

Ever since Virginia defined marriage as between a man and a woman, same-sex couples have visited courthouses across the state on Valentine’s Day.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Hearts broken — over legislation — at Virginia’s General Assembly

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on historic Capitol Square on Tuesday, but some state legislators may not like their gifts.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:34 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Property rights amendment to Va. Constitution heading for ballot

Measure to limit eminent domain clears Senate, passes preliminary vote in House

By Laura Vozzella  |  08:44 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Ignition breath-test devices backed for all drunk drivers in Va.

The General Assembly nears passage of bills requiring breathalyzers on cars of all drunk drivers, not just repeat offenders.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:34 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Virginia posts 3.4 percent revenue growth in January

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Monday that Virginia’s revenue collections rose 3.4 percent in January over the prior year.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:15 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Virginia wins key battle over Florida in fight over aircraft carrier

Virginia won a round over Florida today in the two states’ years-long battle over an aircraft carrier, but the fight isn’t quite over yet.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:42 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Military, U.S. Navy

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 02/13/2012

School discipline, ‘EpiPen’ bills pass in Richmond

Schools would have to promptly notify parents if students are suspected of serious wrongdoing; General Assembly also passes ‘EpiPen bill’ to aid students with severe allergic reactions.

By Laura Vozzella  |  04:28 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Virginia House passes ‘personhood’ bill

The Republican-led House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Monday to a so-called personhood bill, despite strenuous opposition by Democrats.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Virginia House backs moving Falls Church elections; Senate approves change to Fairfax School Board terms

The House tentatively approved moving City Council elections from May to November as the Senate approved a bill that would stagger Fairfax School Board terms.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Obama campaign unveils ‘Virginia Truth Team’

President Obama’s reelection campaign rolled out its “Virginia Truth Team” Monday, part of a national effort to enlist surrogates to push back against attacks on the incumbent’s record.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:01 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/13/2012

House votes to eliminate teacher job protections

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 55-43 Monday to eliminate seniority-based job protections for public school teachers, a measure pushed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) as part of his education reform package.

By Emma Brown  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/13/2012

General Assembly passes bill requiring insurance companies to notify homeowners of earthquake coverage

The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Monday that requires insurance companies that exclude coverage for earthquake damage to provide written notice of that and notify property owners that the insurance may be available for additional cost.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Kaine’s brother-in-law running for attorney general in Oregon

The former Virginia governor and now U.S. Senate candidate has a brother-in-law running for attorney general in Oregon.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:06 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Voter registration deadline is today for Va.’s GOP primary

Voters will not have to sign loyalty oath, but will only have two choices on the ballot

By Laura Vozzella  |  09:46 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 PM ET, 02/11/2012

Va. Dems decry GOP rule in Richmond

Virginia Democrats hope Jefferson-Jackson dinner becomes springboard to comeback;

By Anita Kumar  |  09:32 PM ET, 02/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/11/2012

McDonnell takes aim at Obama’s budget

The governor bashes President Obama’s yet-to-be released budget in the weekly Republican address Saturday morning.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/11/2012

‘Amazon loophole’ could close in Va. sales tax

The measure would make the online retail giant pay same sales tax as bricks-and-mortar stores.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 02/11/2012

Federal court dismisses Va. redistricting suit, state case still pending

A federal court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s congressional redistricting plan Friday, but a similar suit in state court remains unresolved.

By Ben Pershing  |  09:42 AM ET, 02/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 PM ET, 02/10/2012

McDonnell’s government reorganization plan passes Va. Senate

Bill eliminating agencies and boards still faces a House vote

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:19 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Va. officials grapple with decision to close institutions for people with disabilities

A settlement with the U.S. Justice Department commits the state to the closure of the its five regional institutions for people with disabilities, including one in Fairfax County.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  01:29 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Updated: Kaine backs Obama compromise on birth control rule for religious groups

In an opinion column, former Va. governor Timothy M. Kaine says White House must find a way to accommodate religious groups and the health needs of women.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:05 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/10/2012

McDonnell tapped to give national address

Will deliver the Republican response to the president’s weekly radio address on Saturday.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Civility takes a recess at Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol

Virginia Sen. L. Louise Lucas storms out of meeting, tossing papers as she goes.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:13 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Obama returns to Northern Virginia on Monday

Obama will speak about his 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale Monday, according to the White House.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Party registration bill dies in Va. Senate

The bill was meant to give political parties greater control over primary elections

By Laura Vozzella  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 02/09/2012

McDonnell urges more higher ed dollars, dings Democratic predecessors on tuition increases

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who currently has three children in Virginia colleges, joined with dozens of students Thursday to decry the escalating cost of higher education.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:54 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/09/2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce launches ad blitz to praise Allen, attack Kaine

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is jumping into the Virginia Senate race as part of a multistate media campaign.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Adoption ‘conscience clause’ clears Va. Senate, would allow faith-based adoption agencies to reject gay parents

The bill, which would allow faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies to deny placements to gay parents, passed in a close vote.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:20 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/09/2012

House passes pair of ‘castle doctrine’ bills

The House of Delegates voted for a bill that codifies the “castle doctrine,” which allows homeowners to use deadly force and protects them from civil liability.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Va. Democrats, Republicans call each other obsessed with social issues

Democrats, Republicans accuse each other of being overly focused on social issues.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Majorities in Virginia support drug tests for welfare, repeal of HPV mandate

A narrow majority of Virginians want to end the controversial requirement that girls receive the HPV vaccine, according to a new poll on social issues in the state.

By Ben Pershing  |  06:49 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Legislators consider special session later this year

State legislators said Wednesday that they are returning to Richmond for a special session later this year to deal with tax credits bills or the health exchange — or both.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Adoption law ‘conscience clause’ advances in Va. Senate

After a flurry of ill-fated Democratic amendments, bill heads for final vote.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:01 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Jeb Bush to help sell McDonnell’s K-12 agenda

The former Florida governor will promote Virginia governor’s plans to encourage charter schools and make teachers more accountable

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:39 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charter schools, Virginia charter schools, Virginia schools

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Va. House passes a bill that could delay this year’s primary

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would move Virginia’s June primary to August if the state’s congressional redistricting plan is not approved by next month.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/08/2012

‘Tebow’ bill to let home-schoolers play high school sports passes Va. House

The House of Delegates has approved a measure that would allow Virginia’s tens of thousands of home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tebow bill, Home schools, High school sports

Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Obama has slight edge over Romney in new Virginia poll

President Obama beats former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney 47 percent to 43 percent among all voters in the swing state of Virginia, according to a new poll.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:57 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Kaine tries to use one-gun-a-month repeal against Allen, Marshall

Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine is urging his successor in the governor’s mansion to veto a repeal of the state’s one-per-month limit on handgun purchases.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:06 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 02/07/2012

McDonnell signs bill that provides insurance coverage for autistic children

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a bill — again — to provide insurance coverage for families with autistic children.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:36 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/07/2012

House passes bill to ease ballot requirements

The House of Delegates passed a bill 80-18 Tuesday that would ease requirements for candidates trying to get onto the Virginia ballot.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:34 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Legislators on track to seat McDonnell’s appointees to the airports authority board

Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would allow Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to seat his new appointees to the board of the authority that operates Reagan National and Dulles airports.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:07 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Students rally for school choice in Richmond

The Capitol Square demonstration drew the governor, attorney general and lawmakers pushing a tax credit for private scholarships

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:14 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Va. legislators accepted $246,000 in gifts last year

Nearly half of the value of gifts state legislators accepted last year came from Virginia Uranium, a company that is lobbying to mine what is thought to be the largest deposit of uranium in the United States.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Voter ID bills clears Va. Senate

Democrats complained bitterly that bill would suppress minority voting, but Republicans said it was needed to ensure the integrity of elections

By Laura Vozzella  |  08:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Gingrich drops quest to get on Va. ballot

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is giving up on getting his name on the Republican presidential ballot in Virginia next month.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:01 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/06/2012

House kills study to reduce solitary confinement in prisons

The Republican-controlled House of Delegates killed a bill that would have required the state to study ways to limit the use of solitary confinement in state prisons.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Virginia House passes bills inspired by Penn State scandal

The bills would spell out who is required to report suspected child abuse, would reduce the deadline to report and would increase the punishment for those who do not.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:57 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Virginia lawmakers vote to lift handgun ban

State senators eliminate 19-year-old cap on one-a-month purchase. Gov. McDonnell expected to sign the legislation.

By Laura Vozzella  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 02/06/2012

McDonnell will campaign for Romney in Va., D.C.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will appear with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a pair of events this week.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:31 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/05/2012

McDonnell, O’Malley spar over which party deserves credit for economic recovery

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) sparred Sunday morning on national television over which party deserves credit for the start of the economic recovery.

By John Wagner  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/03/2012

House, Senate back proposal to allow adoption agencies to deny placements for religious reasons

The General Assembly is moving quickly to pass a bill that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with religious or moral beliefs.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 02/03/2012

McDonnell to appear on pair of Sunday morning talk shows

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell will appear on two Sunday morning talk shows to debate the 2012 elections, with Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley and J.C. Watts.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:27 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  presidential election, Election 2012, Martin O'Malley

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Virginia vote on handgun limit is postponed

The measure, which Gov. McDonnell is expected to sign, would eliminate a 19-year-old limit on handgun purchases.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Cuccinelli, Coakley to debate federal health care law

Attorneys general from Virginia and Massachusetts will air opposing views of the 2010 law at the National Press club next week.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Handgun ban in Va. headed for repeal

In preliminary vote, lawmakers seek to lift the state’s one-per-month limit.

By Laura Vozzella  |  04:39 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 02/02/2012

House passes bills to allow primary write-ins, change primary date

Concerns stem from former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s failure to get on the March 6 ballot.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:55 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 02/02/2012

House votes to ban subsidies for poor women who abort fetuses with birth defects

The House of Delegates tentatively passed a bill Thursday that would ban state subsidies for poor women to abort fetuses with serious birth defects.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:56 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Tim Kaine warns against ‘swiftboat’operative Chris LaCivita to raise money for Senate campaign

The former governor is raising money for his Senate campaign by warning against a Virginia GOP strategist best known for anti-John Kerry ads in 2004 .

By Anita Kumar  |  01:47 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Feds allow wind development to move forward off Virginia coast

The news was cheered by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and environmentalists who have long wanted the state to move in this direction.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Va. lawmakers renew push to keep aircraft carrier in Norfolk

Virginia’s congressional delegation is using proposed defense cuts as a reason to renew their push to keep an aircraft carrier from leaving Norfolk for Mayport, Fla.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:09 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 02/02/2012

McDonnell lobbies Kroger about Va.-based Mercury Paper

McDonnell told Kroger CEO David Dillon that the company’s decision to halt purchases from Va.-based Mercury undermines the state’s economic recovery.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:11 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mercury Paper, Sinar Mas Group

Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Busy Cuccinelli finds time for subcommittee

Va. attorney general urges House panel to set aside worries about cost of protecting property rights

By Laura Vozzella  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Party affiliation bill fails in Va. Senate

Bill would have required ballots to list party affiliation when candidate has been nominated by a party.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:11 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Obama will appear in Arlington on Friday

It will be the president’s second visit to Northern Virginia this week.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:17 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Northern Virginia, Virginia

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012

GOP-led Va. Senate passes bill requiring fetal ultrasound before abortion

One Democrat joins Republicans in the evenly split chamber; Gov. McDonnell says he’ll sign the bill.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 02/01/2012

McDonnell: No. 2 on a hypothetical vice presidential contenders list

McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and one of the most popular governors in the nation, is in demand.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:46 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Bob McDonnell, Ken Cuccinelli to speak at CPAC

Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will both be speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — the gathering which often provides a stage for presidential hopefuls — in Washington next month.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Frank Wolf outraised by Democratic opponent

Rep. Frank Wolf brought in less cash than his Democratic opponent even as the incumbent remains the clear favorite in the contest.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Va. Supreme Court allows redistricting suit to continue; Cuccinelli wants primaries delayed

The Virginia Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit to proceed that accuses the General Assembly of violating the state constitution by drawing a new set of congressional district lines.

By Ben Pershing  |  09:08 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Va. handgun purchase limits likely to end

House lifts one-per-month cap in preliminary vote

By Laura Vozzella  |  07:14 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Va. voting bills compared to Jim Crow era

Republican bills aim to curb minority vote as Obama seeks reelection, critics claim at rally.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:32 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Va. House, Senate pass bills barring state contracts tied to unions

Both chambers of the General Assembly passed bills Tuesday that ban state agencies from mentioning labor agreements when negotiating contracts on projects.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell to headline Republican dinner in Ohio next month

The Virginia governor, chairman of the Republican Governors Asscociation, will head to the swing state of Ohio next month.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Fairfax County has snared more than 9,000 new jobs , economic development agency says

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority says 159 firms will have created more than 9,000 jobs in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction within about a year’s time.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland v. Virginia job creation

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Salazar, McDonnell to talk tourism — and drilling? — in Richmond

They will meet in Richmond Wednesday to talk up tourism and travel as a way to create jobs.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:42 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Governor, gubernatorial and Senate rivals talk business

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), former governors George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) were among those who spoke at a breakfast Tuesday.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Tim Kaine splits with Obama on birth control rule for religious groups

Former Virginia governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) criticized the Obama administration’s new policy requiring some religious institutions to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives, a rare instance of disagreement between the Senate candidate and his close political ally.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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