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Virginia Politics: April, 2012

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Legislators debate closing Va.’s centers for the developmentally disabled

As budget negotiators return Monday, they will have decide what to do with Virginia’s large institutions for the developmentally disabled.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Anti-incumbent super PAC targets Rep. Jim Moran

An unusual new super PAC that targets safe lawmakers from both parties now has a Virginian in its sights.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Biden will travel to Norfolk on Tuesday

Vice President Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Maury High School in Norfolk n Tuesday to discuss college affordability.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Va. budget negotiators suspend talks until Monday

Transportation, including $300 million for Metrorail to Dulles in Senate plan, has been a major sticking point in talks, Sen. Colgan says.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Virginia state Sen. Petersen will run for governor, adviser says

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:45 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Petersen wants governor's job, advisor says

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Maryland, Virginia revisit talks on possible new Potomac River crossing, officials say

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Potomac River crossing under discussion again

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 03/29/2012

14 Alexandria Democrats to run for City Council

In June 12 primary, Alexandria Democrats will have to pick from among 14 candidates for six council seats.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  06:15 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 03/29/2012

McCormick fails to make GOP Senate primary ballot; four others submit signatures

Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick failed to submit signatures for the GOP Senate primary ballot by the 5 p.m. deadline.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:48 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginal politics

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Delegate urges McDonnell to veto pension bill members didn’t have time to read before passing

Legislators had seven minutes to digest 69-pages before voting to reduce retirement benefits for some current state employees, Del. McClellan says.

By Laura Vozzella  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Arlington Republicans ready to try again in November

The chairman of the Arlington Republican Party said the search is already underway for a candidate to challenge Libby Garvey.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/29/2012

List of Virginia budget negotiators grows

The list of negotiators charged with hammering out a budget deal has grown to 14.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Cuccinelli to headline GOP dinner in Iowa

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be the keynote speaker for the Iowa GOP annual Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on May 5.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:40 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Del. Bob Marshall delivers signatures for Virginia GOP Senate primary

Del. Bob Marshall submitted 17,100 signatures to the Virginia State Board of Elections today to qualify for the June 12  GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:47 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia Senate race, Virginia politics, Virginia Republicans

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 03/28/2012

McDonnell staff: All political appointees except chef were vetted

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office says criminal background checks were conducted on every political appointee before hiring, except for the Executive Mansion chef.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:11 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Kaine unlikely to face Democratic competition for Senate nomination

It looks as if former governor Tim Kaine won’t have a primary contest for the Democratic Senate nomination after all.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Michelle Obama to deliver Va. Tech graduation speech

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to more than 5,000 graduates at Virginia Tech May 11, alongside Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

By Anita Kumar  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Fairfax County Democratic, GOP parties under new leadership

With Virginia in play as a possible swing state in the presidential race, and a heavyweight clash for the U.S. Senate, Fairfax will be key, leaders say.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Fairfax County revenues better by about $7.5 million

County will take in nearly $7.5 million more than anticipated because of better-than-expected collection of tax revenues from real estate and other sources.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County rakes in more revenues than expected

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Obama to open offices in Prince William, Loudoun

President Obama’s re-election campaign continues to ramp up in Virginia with the opening of three new campaign offices this weekend.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Prince William County, Loudoun County

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Claire Gastanga to head the ACLU of Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has hired a familiar face to be its new executive director.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Arlington voters go to the polls today

They will choose from among three candidates to fill a vacant seat on the county board for the next eight months.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Virginia Senate approves state budget plan

The 2-year proposal includes tens of millions of additional dollars for public schools, health care and transportation.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:52 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Democrats press George Allen on oil tax subsidies

Tim Kaine is using Monday’s vote to accuse his likeley Republican opponent in the Virginia Senate race of doing the bidding of oil companies.

By Ben Pershing  |  06:25 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Petersen forming leadership PAC; considering statewide run

Sen.Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) said Monday he plans to form a political action committee to help elect Democrats running for statewide office in 2013.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:52 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Tim Kaine submits ballot signatures for U.S. Senate primary

Former Virginia governor Tim Kaine submitted the signatures needed to appear on June 12 Democratic primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 03/26/2012

McDonnell appoints Bryan Rhode to ABC commission

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) appointed prosecutor and unsuccessful senate candidate Bryan Rhode to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:05 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/24/2012

Fairfax County executive urges caution on budget

Anthony Griffin warned that those used to the county’s array of excellent services may have to scale back expectations.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County executive urges caution on budget

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/24/2012

Mansion chef departs amid police investigation

State police are probing allegations of “improprieties involving the kitchen operations at the governor’s mansion.’’

By Anita Kumar  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 03/23/2012

McDonnell comes in second on another VP list

There’s another veepstakes list out. And yes, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is on this one too.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:52 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Cuccinelli to headline rally against health care act in Washington

Ken Cuccinelli, the nation’ first attorney general to file a lawsuit challenging the 2010 federal health-care law, will speak at the “Road to Repeal Rally” Saturday in Washington.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Public meetings will be held on uranium mining in Virginia

The National Academy of Sciences will brief the public next week on its two-year study of the issue.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 03/23/2012

McDonnell heads West for political and business meetings

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will travel to Nevada, Utah, Washington and California for both state and political business for the next several days.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:36 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Virginia state budget standoff ends

Republicans and Democrats on a Senate committee unanimously agree to a spending plan, which is likely headed to a conference committee.

By Laura Vozzella  |  03:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Cuccinelli files papers for gubernatorial run

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) announced Thursday that he had filed his paperwork with the State Board of Elections to formally establish a campaign committee for governor. 

By Anita Kumar  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Legislators consider studying whether to shift cost of funding for roads to localities

As legislators continue to negotiate the state’s $85 billion two -year spending plan, one of the proposals they’re considering is whether to study shifting the cost of transportation funding to local governments.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Prosecutors investigating Organizing for America’s late voter registration applications

Charlottesville prosecutors are investigating Organizing for America’s role in helping Virginians register to vote but then failing to turn in their applications on time.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Fairfax County supervisors hear pros, cons on extending Metrorail to Dulles

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  09:15 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Mark Warner, Jim Webb offer controversial Eastern Shore land bill

The measure would let Accomack County develop land previously designated as a park by the federal government.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:48 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Virginia lawmakers begin working on budget compromise

Virginia lawmakers returned to Richmond Wednesday to hammer out a two-year budget deal.

By Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella  |  02:40 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Bolling hires staff for gubernatorial campaign

Now that the legislative session has ended, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has started ramping up his campaign for governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 03/21/2012

McDonnell, General Assembly see approval ratings slip in new poll

Approval ratings drop after legislation making it easier to get guns in Virginia, and harder to get abortions.

By Laura Vozzella  |  07:31 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Virginia named ‘best state to make a living’

Now, MoneyRates.com has ranked Virginia the “Best State to Make a Living” in its annual study.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:35 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 03/20/2012

McDonnell warns budget impasse could have dire consequences

Budget impasse is a first, and it could have grave consequences for the commonwealth, governor says in a letter to legislators.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:10 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Legislators asks for federal probe of use of solitary in Va. prisons

A trio of Virginia legislators is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the state’s use of solitary confinement in state prisons.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Fairfax Co. agrees to $2.73M loan for affordable housing for the disabled

The County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the use of federal block grants and housing funds in a loan to Pathway Homes, Inc.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County lends $2.73 million for affordable housing

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Louisa County schools to get nearly $4 million in quake aid

FEMA will provide funds to repair and rebuild schools damaged in the rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake

By Laura Vozzella  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Louisa County, Virginia, Virginia earthquake, Virginia Schools, 2011 earthquake

Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Obama widens lead over GOP candidates in new Virginia poll

For the second month in a row, President Obama leads all Republican presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, among voters in the swing state of Virginia, according to a new poll.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:16 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 03/19/2012

McDonnell v. Warner in 2016: Good bet?

‘The Fix’ comes up with a presidential contest bracket with some local favorites

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:18 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Virginia Republicans to hold three Senate primary debates

Frontrunner George Allen and his foes for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s Senate race will square off in a trio of debates.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:43 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, George Allen

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Bill Bolling smashes record for tie-breaking votes in Virginia Senate

Former lieutenant governor broke 12 tie votes in 1997; Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling broke 28 this year.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 AM ET, 03/17/2012

Rep. Connolly kicks off reelection bid with St. Pat’s eve party

Event marks the traditional, if informal, start to congressman’s campaign for a third term in Virginia’s 11th district.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:30 AM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rep. Connolly kicks off campaign

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Cuccinelli says Va’s voter ID bill has ‘50-50’ chance surviving federal review

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says Virginia’s voter identification bills, passed last week, have a “50-50” chance of surviving a review by the U.S. Justice Department.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:44 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Ralph Reed’s coalition hopes to register 115,000 voters in Va.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition will announce Monday an effort to register 115,000 voters in Virginia in time for the November election.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Rand Paul writes Bob McDonnell about Virginia bill

Paul is asking McDonnell (R) to sign a bill that would ban state employees from assisting in the federal detention of U.S. citizens without criminal charges or court hearings.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:40 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Obama campaign to open two more offices in Virginia

President Obama’s reelection campaign is opening two more offices in Virginia this weekend as it ramps up its efforts in the swing state.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:20 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Fairfax County executive grilled over higher taxes and fees at Mason District town hall

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  08:38 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County executive grilled on taxes

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/15/2012

McDonnell urged to veto voting bills

Voting-rights activists deliver petitions against a voter ID bill and another that would ban media from observing counting of provisional ballots

By Laura Vozzella  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia voting rights, voting rights

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Virginia Democrats already trying to unite for 2013 elections

While Republicans are squabbling about next year’s primary, Democrats are uniting — or trying to, anyway.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:07 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012

‘Lady business’ activism floods Va. Republicans’ Facebook pages

Women ticked off with anti-abortion legislation fight back with gynecological girl talk.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appears headed toward minimal changes on public pensions

Restraints on benefits for county workers would eventually save as much as $11.5 million a year.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  08:54 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County trims pensions

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Justice Dept. approves Virginia’s congressional redistricting plan

Annoucement comes even though some state Democrats say it dilutes the rights of minorities.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:58 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Kaine gets a Super PAC, too

A few days after U.S. Senate candidate George Allen (R) got his own Super PAC, his Democratic rival Tim Kaine did too.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:12 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 03/14/2012

New local pension costs may be spread over five years, under planned McDonnell amendment

Local governments worried about the extra costs associated with changes made to the Virginia Retirement System last week may get a bit of a reprieve.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:09 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia Retirement System

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Virginia posts 17 percent revenue growth in February

Virginia’s revenue collections increased by 17 percent in February over the same time last year, state officials report.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia economy

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Biden to deliver graduation speech at Va. Beach high school

The vice president will deliver the commencement address at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach on June 14, the White House announced.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Follow the money in Virginia Senate race

New online maps let you see where in Virginia Tim Kaine and George Allen are raising the most cash.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Cuccinelli to host a series of town halls on electric rates

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will host a series of town halls in Southside Virginia next week about electric rates. 

By Anita Kumar  |  06:10 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, Utilities

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Kaine asks Allen for deal on disclosure of ‘secret money’

Timothy M. Kaine is calling on George Allen to strike an agreement on the role of outside groups in their race.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:50 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Face of abortion rights protest spoke more than a few words

Margaret Doyle, 53, of Richmond became the face of recent abortion rights protests in Virginia after she was photographed being escorted out away after a meeting on the so-called personhood bill.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:35 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 03/13/2012

New super PAC will boost George Allen

Outside committee plans to spend at least $2 million to help Virginia Republican’s senate bid.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:50 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012

McDonnell will try again on transportation funding

The Virginia governor said the failure of legislators to agree on where to find millions of dollars for roads does not mark the end of his effort.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/12/2012

George Allen, Jamie Radtke submit ballot signatures for U.S. Senate primary

Former Virginia governor and U.S. senator George Allen and tea party activist Jamie Radtke submitted the signatures needed to appear on June 12 GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/12/2012

As naming rights deal for roads, bridges clears General Assembly, mock corporate sponsorships sprout on senators’ desks

On the last day of session, corporate logos adorned Senate desks in a mock sponsorship plan.

By Laura Vozzella  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Md. Gov. O’Malley touts Gov. McDonnell for vice president, kind of

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) offered a backhanded compliment Sunday morning when asked on national television about the vice presidential prospects of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), a supporter of Mitt Romney.

By John Wagner  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 03/10/2012

A partial list of legislation in the Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly introduced 2,875 bills during the 60-day legislative session. Nearly 1,600 passed. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has already signed 209 into law.

By Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella  |  08:38 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Va General Assembly scrambling to finish work on pensions, roads

Lawmakers worked into evening Saturday to finish several bills before they adjourn the 60-day session.

By Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella  |  07:43 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012

McDonnell: Democrats’ budget wish list too much, too late

In yet another testy letter to Democratic Senate leaders, Va. governor asks how they’d pay for $600 million in new budget demands.

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Virginia lacks conservative leaders, Cuccinelli’s wife tells supporters

In a letter to supporters on behalf of her husband, Teiro Cuccinelli said the state suffers from “a lack of firm, principled conservative leaders.”

By Anita Kumar  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Va. General Assembly will adjourn Saturday without a budget

The Virginia General Assembly will end its session Saturday without passing a state budget.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 03/09/2012

McDonnell signs tougher DUI legislation

All convicted drunken drivers will have to pass a breath test before their cars will start under new law.

By Laura Vozzella  |  09:37 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 03/09/2012

McDonnell, O’Malley on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will square off — again — on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:36 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 03/09/2012

McDonnell to attend Obama’s event in Virginia on Friday

Virginians will welcome President Obama back to Virginia on Friday — and, this time, Gov. Bob McDonnell will be on hand.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:12 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Voter ID bills passed by Virginia House

The hotly debated legislation requires voters to show identification at polls but greatly expands types of ID accepted at polls

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:23 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, Voting rights, Veter fraud, Voter ID

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Va. Democrats fill key slots with eye to 2012 elections

Virginia Democrats are ramping up their staff in time for the crucial 2012 elections.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:26 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Virginia teacher tenure bill dies in GOP-led Senate

After delaying a decision on the contentious bill for eight straight days, the Senate voted 23 to 17 to send it back to committee, effectively killing it for the year.

By Emma Brown  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  virginia general assembly, teacher tenure

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/08/2012

McDonnell tops hypothetical vice presidential contenders list

Not only did McDonnell remain on Hotline’s Veepstakes Power Rankings this month, he moved up — to No. 1.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert F. McDonnell, Republican Party, Virginia politics

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/08/2012

McDonnell headlines event for Indiana gubernatorial hopeful Mike Pence

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will appear at a fundraiser tonight for fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, who is running for governor in Indiana

By Anita Kumar  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indiana, Indiana politics, Virginia, Virginia politics

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Meet Virginia’s Twitter-savvy legislators

Twitter has emerged as this year’s political tool of choice in the Virginia General Assembly.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  09:01 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  virginia senate, virginia house of delegates

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Virginia protesters plan candlelight vigil to support abortion rights

They will gather outside the Va. governor’s mansion tonight to oppose legislation that they say chips away at abortions rights.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Democrats list demands for Va. budget

Accused of seeking only political power in standoff, Sens. Saslaw and McEachin present a budget wish list to Gov. Robert McDonnell.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 03/07/2012

‘Castle doctrine’ bill fails with help from Va. gun-rights group

Intended to grant civil immunity to someone who shoots an intruder, the legislation worried gun-rights advocates, who see common law as stronger.

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:52 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Activists urge caution on regulations for uranium mining

As Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration begins developing regulations for uranium mining, some activists are expressing concerns about the process.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:06 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/07/2012

McDonnell signs bill requiring ultrasounds before abortions

The bill, to take effect July 1, exempts women who have reported their pregnancies resulted from rape or incest.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Mapping out Romney’s Virginia victory

Tuesday’s results offer some hints to where Romney looks strong in Virginia and where his weaknesses shown through.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:27 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia primary, Super Tuesday

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Democrats urge GOP to use mortgage settlement to help homeowners

Democrats are urging Republicans to use Virginia’s share of the federal mortgage settlement to aid struggling homeowners in the state.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Business groups urge action on Virginia budget

Virginia Chamber of Commerce and others urge Senate to pass a spending plan

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:27 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 03/07/2012

State senator Favola from Arlington hit hard by critics as partisan divide over budget intensifies

State senator from Arlington is hit hard by critics as partisan divide over budget intensifies.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:40 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Alexandria council candidate quits race; ex-vice mayor resigns from Democratic committee

Scott Gordon, a Republican, left the campaign and endorsed a Democrat. Meanwhile, former vice mayor Andrew Macdonald left the Democratic committee.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  07:06 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Possible sale of Falls Church water system attracts strong interest from several suitors, city says

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  06:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nine show interest in [possible Falls Church water system sale

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Va. Senate leaders finally agree on something: ‘We need a raise’

A rare moment of comity in Richmond’s upper chamber ends when Sen. Jeffrey McWaters notes that passing a pay hike but not a budget wouldn't look good

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/06/2012

House, Senate begin to negotiate a compromise on the state budget

Move follows Senate’s failure to pass a budget when all 20 Democrats voted against the spending plan.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Fairfax Supervisor Patrick Herrity to have heart surgery

Herrity, 52, said doctors plan to correct an aortic aneurysm and an irregular heart beat known as atrial fibrillation.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supervisor to undergo surgery

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agrees to consider raising property tax rate one cent

The Board of Supervisors votes 6-3 to advertise a higher rate of $1.08 per $100 of assessed value.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County Board considers higher tax rate

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

Fairfax-raised student Obama campaign co-chair says he’s a ‘regular’ guy

Among a star-studded list of campaign co-chairs, Sai Iyer’s name lacked celebrity.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Va. counties urge Senate to resolve budget standoff

Local and school budgets cannot be accurately drawn up until the state spending plan is set, counties warn.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/06/2012

General Assembly passes bill that may delay 2012 primary date

The General Assembly approved a bill that would move the primary date if the congressional redistricting plan is not approved.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Virginians cast GOP primary ballots

Turnout low as voters make their pick in the Republican presidential contest.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:43 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Va. GOP airs radio ads against Democrats who rejected state budget

The Republican Party of Virginia launched a radio campaign Tuesday against Senate Democrats, who have repeatedly voted against the state’s $85 billion budget.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors defers action on tightening rule for dancing

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County postpones dancing crackdown

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Va. voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday GOP presidential primary

Virginia may seem like the undercard today, with only two candidates on the ballot and Mitt Romney poised for an easy victory.

By Ben Pershing  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Va. budget standoff, warts and all

A weekend away from the Capitol does nothing to resolve the partisan stalemate on the state’s spending plan.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:39 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Republicans, Democrats trade barbs over police action at abortion-rights rally

Democratic lawmakers say that police used excessive force at a reproductive rights rally at the Virginia Capitol this weekend.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:13 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Virginia Senate approves right to sue for wrongful death of fetus

The measure passed easily, despite controversy surrounding a ‘personhood’ bill that some considered similar. The House had previously passed it.

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:56 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, Virginia General Assembly, abortion, personhood

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 03/05/2012

General Assembly votes to give Thomas Haynesworth $800,000 for wrongful imprisonment

The General Assembly has agreed to give Thomas Haynesworth, who spent 27 years behind bars for rapes he did not commit, $800,000 in compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:28 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Allen will be speaker at 2012 Shad Planking

Former governor and senator George Allen will be the speaker at this year’s Shad Planking. And yes, he will be solo.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Another Va. Senate poll yields starkly different results

A new survey showed Timothy M. Kaine holding a nine-point lead over George Allen in their Virginia Senate matchup.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012

President Obama to talk about the economy during trip to Virginia on Friday

Obama will be in Prince George County to talk about the economy, White House officials said.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Families fight closing of Va.’s centers for developmentally disabled

Families are fighting a 10-year, $2.1 billion settlement between Virginia and the U.S. Justice Department that would close all but one of the state’s large institutions for the developmentally disabled.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:23 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/03/2012

More than 30 arrested at abortion rally in Richmond

The protesters had refused to leave the steps of the Virginia Capitol during a protest of abortion legislation Saturday afternoon.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 03/02/2012

McDonnell, GOP leaders again urge Democrats to pass a budget

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has written a letter to Senate Democrats urging them to work on — and pass — a state budget.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:52 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Demonstrators to rally against abortion bills outside the Capitol

Members of various women’s rights organizations will speak at the protest, , organized by activists who call themselves Speak Loud with Silence.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:38 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran mulls run for top spending panel slot

The retirement announcement Friday by Rep. Norm Dicks opens up some intriguing opportunities for Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.)

By Ben Pershing  |  05:33 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Educators to rally Saturday in support of school funding

The Virginia Education Association will hold a trio of rallies Saturday across the state to protest the General Assembly’s decisions on school funding and changes to retirement benefits.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:51 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/02/2012

House passes a third state budget; sends plan to Senate

The House of Delegates voted Friday for a third two-year $85 billion budget; sends plan to Senate

By Anita Kumar  |  02:44 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Va. Supreme Court tosses Cuccinelli’s case against former U-Va. climate change researcher

Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli loses effort to get records on climate research.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:04 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Fairfax County planners defer decision on proposed dancing clampdown

Fairfax County’s dance community is kicking up a fuss over a measure that would clamp down on dancing in restaurants. Planners have deferred a final decision.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dancers kick up fuss over Fairfax County crackdown

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Virginia House gives final approval to ultrasound bill

The House of Delegates today approved the modified and final version of a contentious proposal that would require women to get external ultrasounds before abortions.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:34 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, Virginia general assembly, health care, abortion

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

Va. House introduces third state budget

On Thursday, the House of Delegates introduced a third two-year $85 billion budget.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/01/2012

State GOP targets Senate Democrats on budget

The party is targeting Senate Democrats, who voted against the state’s $85 billion budget, through phone calls, e-mail and social media.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/01/2012

George Allen backs ‘Blunt amendment’ on health coverage; Tim Kaine opposes

The contraception measure that lost in the Senate Thursday also split the candidates in Virginia’s Senate race -- as ex-governors Timothy M. Kaine and George Allen.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/01/2012

‘Tebow’ bill to let home-schoolers play high school sports killed by Virginia Senate

The measure would have allowed Virginia’s tens of thousands of home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia, Virginia politics, Education, High school sports, Home schools, Virginia General Assembly

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Va. budget standoff not just about power, Sen. McEachin says

Democrat lays out substantive objections to budget plans rejected in party-line votes

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Mitt Romney wins endorsement of former Va. congressman Tom Davis

Former congressman Tom Davis will announce Thursday morning that he is backing Mitt Romney for president.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:50 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Va. law enforcement urges passage of state budget, citing safety risk

Police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors write to legislators urging them to pass a state budget, citing safety risk.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:27 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 02/29/2012

McDonnell calls Democrats vote against budget ‘unprecedented and unacceptable’

Virginians urged to contact their Democratic senators and ask them to eschew politics with regard to the budget.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:03 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 02/29/2012

McDonnell signs bill requiring radiologists to provide more information following mammograms

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed a bill that will require that radiologists put information about breast density in post-mammogram letters to patients.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:46 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Finance Secretary Ric Brown: Virginia in uncharted waters on budget

Brown says there is no provision for spending after June 1 without budget.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:35 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Va. Senate rejects budget in party-line vote

Trying for more control of spending and committees, the party rejects the last spending plan in play.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:08 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Fairfax Water seeks possible merger with Falls Church water system

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County water war could end with merger

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Ed Houck won’t rule out run for lieutenant governor

The former senator, who narrowly lost his seat in November, tipping the chamber to Republicans, said Wednesday that he’s not ruling out running for lieutenant governor next year.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Fairfax County Exec to hold online chat on budget

Anthony H. Griffin will discuss a proposed $6.7 billion budget that would raise property taxes and fees by about $79 for the typical household.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Va. women PAC to take on antiabortion lawmakers

A group of women has formed a political action committee to try to defeat legislators who backed a pair of contentious bills, including the ultrasound legislation.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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