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Virginia Politics Blog: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

McDonnell, Pawlenty dine in Richmond Saturday

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, had dinner with former Minnesota governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty Saturday night in Richmond. The two dined at the Country Club of Virginia, along with 14 others, including McDonnell's wife, Maureen. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to say who requested the meeting or what the two men spoke about. He described the dinner as a "casual event" and a chance for attendees to get to know Pawlenty. The former governor, who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in the District Friday, campaigned for McDonnell in 2009. McDonnell has repeatedly said he is not interested in running for president or vice president and has every intention of filling out his term as governor, which ends January 2013. But the dinner with Pawlenty will surely fuel speculation McDonnell has national ambitions. His regular appearances...

By Anita Kumar  | February 12, 2011; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Alexandria removes breastfeeding from indecent-exposure law

Breastfeeding mothers no longer will feel more comfortable feeding their child in public places in Alexandria. The Alexandria City Council unanimously amended their indecent-exposure ordinance Saturday to exclude breastfeeding. The council plans to pass a special proclamation later this month. "In our efforts to be a more family friendly community, we have to take on all aspects of what that means, including doing right by moms," said Council member Rob Krupicka, who originally proposed the amendment. The council member said the city should work on public education, because many businesses do not allow breastfeeding and studies have proved that public health-care costs rise for both mother and child if they do not breastfeed....

By Christy Goodman  | February 12, 2011; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Alexandria, Christy Goodman  
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The 2011 bills: Where do they stand?

Here's the fate of some of the key bills as the Virginia General Assembly at the halfway point of the 2011 legislative session. The session is scheduled to end Feb. 26.

By The Associated Press  | February 11, 2011; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly, General Assembly 2011  | Tags:  virginia general assembly  
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Loudoun supervisor's comments on "Radical Homosexual" agenda go viral ... again

Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling) once again ignited the blogosphere Friday with online musings about the "Radical Homosexual" infiltration of an annual pirate festival in Tampa. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest, an annual event for more than 100 years in the Tampa Bay area, features a parade, fireworks, games, activities, a pirate ship and hundreds of people in costumes reenacting a supposed historic pirate invasion of Tampa. Delgaudio, who has a long history of public commentary decrying homosexuality, wrote on the Inquisition News site that the event has been transformed in recent years into "a two week alcohol fueled display of public debauchery," where organized events "are designed to prey upon unsuspecting college students." He continued, "When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates whisk them away to God knows where to take advantage of them sexually. There are even countless stories of any number of...

By Caitlin Gibson  | February 11, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caitlin Gibson, Loudoun County  
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Former chief justice Leroy Hassell lies in state in Virginia Capitol

Hundreds of mourners walked slowly and quietly Friday past the flag-draped casket of Leroy R. Hassell Sr., the first black chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, whose body lay in state in the ornate rotunda in the historic Capitol. The wooden casket covered by Virginia's dark blue flag was guarded by State Police and Capitol Police officers in dress blue uniforms and white gloves. Hassell, a Harvard-educated lawyer considered a mentor to many in Virginia's legal and political community, died Wednesday at the age of 55 after a long illness. He stepped down as chief justice on Jan. 31 but had three years remaining in his 12-year term on the bench....

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 11, 2011; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Bill Bolling, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Warner hopes Kaine will run for Senate in 2012

Add Sen. Mark Warner to the list of Virginia Democrats hoping Tim Kaine will jump in the 2012 Senate race.

By Ben Pershing  | February 11, 2011; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, Mark Warner, Timothy M. Kaine, U.S. Senate  
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Competing efforts launched to draft Democrats for Virginia Senate run

The chairman of the Montgomery County, Va. Democratic committee has launched an Internet effort to convince former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to run for the Senate seat that will become open with U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's retirement in 2012.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 11, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  George F. Allen, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Tom Perriello  
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Virginia legislature passes bill requiring PE at public middle, elementary schools

The General Assembly is sending Gov. Bob McDonnell a bill requiring that all children in public elementary and middle schools participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week to help fight the growing problem of childhood obesity. The Republican-led House of Delegates voted for the bill a second time Friday after the Democratic-controlled Senate agreed to some minor changes -- exempting kindergartners who attend school half-days and not requiring daily activity. It passed 55-40 after Dels. Dave Albo and Tom Rust, Republicans from Fairfax, spoke against the bill because it could lead to additional costs for schools and cuts in arts and music classes. A spokesman for McDonnell (R) has said he would review the legislation before deciding whether to sign it into law. The change would be most significant in kindergarten through fifth grade, where experts estimate that fewer than 10 percent of schools in Virginia...

By Anita Kumar  | February 11, 2011; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Webb: Decision to retire came after talking with family

One day after announcing he would not run for reelection in 2012, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) shed a sliver more light Thursday evening on why he made that choice. Appearing on a panel at the National Press Club to discuss the foreign policy of President Ronald Reagan, Webb was asked by moderator Andrea Mitchell to explain his decision. "I'm honored to be in the Senate ... but this was really my wife and family and I sitting down and saying, 'How do we want to spend the next eight years?'" Webb answered. Webb didn't give any real reasons behind the decision when he announced it Wednesday. But he had made clear previously that his family's wishes would play heavily in his thinking. And he emphasized that he did consider it an eight-year decision, including a two-year reelection campaign. Ex-Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) also appeared on the Reagan panel. Shifting off...

By Ben Pershing  | February 10, 2011; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Election 2012, James Webb, U.S. Senate  
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McDonnell: Webb's departure is GOP's gain

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D), who announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election, called Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to break the news. "He just told me, something that I've realized too, there's a point in everyone's life that's been in politics for awhile when you know that it's time,'' McDonnell told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon. "For him, he knows that it's time to do something else, to return to the private sector, to maybe write and do some other things. I appreciated that. He said 'I'm going to be sprinting across the finish line' -- meaning he's going to work hard for Virginia for the remainder of his term." McDonnell said he and Webb have worked together on a number of issues -- despite their different party affiliations -- including prison re-entry and the closure of the Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads. "We have...

By Anita Kumar  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2012, James Webb, Robert F. McDonnell, U.S. Senate  
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Virginia House, Senate adopt competing budget plans

The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have adopted competing plans to amend the state's two-year $78 billion budget and will now spend the remainder of this year's legislative session hashing out differences in the documents.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Fredrick Kunkle  | February 10, 2011; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Former Va. supreme court justice to lie in state in Richmond's Capitol rotunda

Virginia Capitol police say they expect between 1,000 and 1,500 people to pay their respects on Friday to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. on Friday, when the jurist who died Wednesday will lie in state in the rotunda of the Virginia Capitol.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 10, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell  
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School choice supporters rally at Virginia Capitol

About 200 people met at the Bell Tower on Virginia's Capitol Square on Thursday to rally support for a bill that would grant new tax breaks to corporations that gave scholarships for poor children to attend private school. The measure is modeled after similar programs in Florida and Pennsylvania. Among the speakers were Education Secretary Gerard Robinson, lawmakers, and Alberta Wilson, a Philadelphia native who founded a scholarship organization to help children attend private schools. "Public education, to be true to the public, must educate the public however it chooses," Wilson, who lives in Chesapeake, told the crowd, which included many school children from religious and secular private schools. Virginia's Family Foundation also backs the bill....

By Fredrick Kunkle  | February 10, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011  
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Senate wants Cuccinelli to track how attorney general's office spends it time

The Virginia Senate has embedded an item in the two-year state budget approved Thursday that would require the attorney general to adopt a new time-management system to track how his staff members are spending their time. On a vote of 27 to 13, the senate agreed to direct the attorney general's office to develop procedures to identify projects that take more than 100 hours of staff time and to ask that the state's auditor of public accounts review the office's reports to ensure accuracy. Several Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James City County), joined Democrats in voting for the item, which is one of a series of efforts that the Democratic-led chamber is undertaking to try to curb the power of controversial Republican Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R). Democrats have demanded that Cuccinelli provide information about how much time his office is spending on a lawsuit challenging the...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 10, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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McDonnell wants General Assembly to endorse federal balanced budget amendment

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is asking the General Assembly to approve a resolution that would call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to add a provision requiring Congress adopt a balanced budget.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 10, 2011; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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One in 10 Virginia lawmakers hold million-dollar investment portfolios

Fourteen members of the 140-seat Virginia General Assembly reported holding investment portfolios valued at $1 million or more last year. But another 33 reported that they hold investments of $10,000 or less, VPAP reports.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 10, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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List of possible Democratic contenders for Webb's Senate seat lengthens

With no obvious successor for Sen. Jim Webb (D), who announced his retirement Wednesday, the list of possible Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate next year is growing -- and growing. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, quickly became the first choice for many Democrats, but the former Virginia governor previously said he was not interested in running. Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (D) said that may change if President Obama asks him to run. "The President needs to have Virginia in his camp next year,'' Wilder said. "Who is that person that can galvanize and bring support from the base? As Governor Kaine said before, you can't turn the President down." Other potential candidates include two Democrats who lost their congressional seats in 2010 -- Reps. Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello. Mame Reiley, a longtime Democratic consultant and Democratic National Committee member who worked for former governors...

By Anita Kumar  | February 10, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, Election 2012, Gerald E. Connolly, Glenn Nye, James Webb, Rick Boucher, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Terry McAuliffe, Timothy M. Kaine, Tom Perriello, U.S. Senate  
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Genthner to run for Prince William supervisor seat

Carl Genthner to run for Gainesville seat on the Prince William Board of County supervisors.

By Jennifer Buske  | February 9, 2011; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rendell says Democrats should join Republican call for quick Supreme Court review of health care law

Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) says Democrats should join a Republican request for expedited Supreme Court review of constitutional challenges to the federal health care law.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 9, 2011; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Prince William supervisors provide funds to Potomac Nationals minor league stadium

Prince William County officials provide funds to upgrade the Potomac Nationals stadium.

By Jennifer Buske  | February 9, 2011; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Corey Stewart praises Va. House's passage of immigration bills

Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Wednesday praised the Virginia House of Delegates' passage of a bloc of bills designed to crack down on illegal immigration. The bills were modeled after a policy that Prince William adopted in 2007. "I am thrilled that the legislators in Richmond have finally realized the seriousness of illegal immigration and have followed Prince William's lead in taking the proper steps to make sure that illegal immigrants caught committing crimes in Virginia are deported," Stewart said in a written statement. Advocates for immigrants say the bills cast as wide a net as Arizona's controversial law targeting illegal immigration. The policy in Prince William, though less stringent that initially intended, stirred controversy and fears of a backlash against immigrants when it was first adopted. Stewart said the policy has led local authorities to turn over 3,000 illegal immigrants to the the...

By Fredrick Kunkle  | February 9, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sen. James Webb won't run for reelection in 2012

Webb's decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party. Ex-Sen. George Allen (R), who lost the seat in 2006 to Webb, is running to win it back, and a handful of other GOP candidates are also running.

By Ben Pershing  | February 9, 2011; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Election 2012, James Webb, U.S. Senate  
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McDonnell, 27 other governors ask Obama to support speedy Supreme Court review of health care law

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has joined 27 other governors in asking that President Obama direct the U.S. Justice Department to seek immediate review by the Supreme Court of constitutional challenges to the federal health care law filed in Virginia and Florida.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 9, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hassell dies

Leroy R. Hassell Sr., 55, former chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, died Wednesday after a long illness. He served two four-year terms on the court and was the court's first African-American chief justice. He was suceeded Jan. 31 by Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser. UPDATE: 12:31 p.m.: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) have issued statements mourning Hassell's passing....

By Anita Kumar  | February 9, 2011; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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New commercial transportation tax, less school construction money proposed in Alexandria

Alexandria City Manager James K. Hartmann proposed a $553.4 million budget Tuesday night to the City Council that includes a transportation add-on tax for commercial properties but no new fees, taxes or service reductions for residents.

By Christy Goodman  | February 8, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Budget, Christy Goodman, Transportation  
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Pr. William wants Congress to subpoena illegal immigration information from DHS

Prince William County supervisors are requesting that Congress subpoena information from the Department of Homeland Security on the whereabouts of the criminal illegal immigrants the county has turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By Jennifer Buske  | February 8, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Corey Stewart, Immigration, Jennifer Buske, Prince William  
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Virginia House passes several bills fighting illegal immigration

"My thoughts are I regret that this is what it's come to," said Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William) who sponsored the most controversial measure based on Prince William County's policy. "I regret that the federal government has been so derelict in their duty that they have not enforced the laws of our land."

By Fredrick Kunkle  | February 8, 2011; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, Immigration  
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Arlington county manager's fiscal 2012 budget proposes no cuts in services

Arlington County's proposed fiscal 2012 budget doesn't restore previously cut services, but it avoids further cuts, officials said Tuesday.

By Christy Goodman  | February 8, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Arlington County  
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What do Va. commuters need?

Robert Thomson reports on the Dr. Gridlock blog that TRIP, a research and advocacy group sponsored by insurance companies, transportation businesses, labor unions and others interested in building the transportation system, released a list today showing transportation projects it says Virginia needs to prosper.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 8, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Transportation  | Tags:  BRAC, base realignment and closure, transportation, virginia transportation  
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UPDATED: Virginia lieutenant governor breaks rare Senate tie

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has broken a rare 20 to 20 tie in the Virginia Senate, casting his vote with a bill that would alter the state's schedule for reviewing its two-year budget.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 8, 2011; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Bolling, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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UPDATED: Virginia Senate passes bills to crack down on texting while driving

The Virginia senate has passed two measures in an attempt to crack down on cell phone use in the car.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 8, 2011; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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McDonnell, other Virginia officials snag football tickets, conference lodging and other swag

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) got free airfare from his alma mater to attend a football game at the University of Notre Dame last year, a trip to the National Governors Association meeting from the chairman of the board of footwear company Crocs Inc., and a painting of George Washington from the Virginia National Guard Foundation.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 8, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell praises Allen, but is not ready to endorse in Senate race

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Tuesday morning that he has "tremendous respect and admiration" for former senator George Allen, who announced last month he is running for his old job, but that he has not made a decision on whom he will endorse. McDonnell complimented Allen's tenure as governor and senator on his monthly call-in show on WNIS in Norfolk but said he was concentrating on the 2011 legislative races in Virginia and would not weigh in yet on the 2012 Senate race....

By Anita Kumar  | February 8, 2011; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Corey Stewart, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, Robert F. McDonnell, U.S. Senate  
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Va. Senate approves resolution to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

The state Senate has approved a resolution that would make Virginia the 36th state in the country to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the amendment to guarantee women equal protection under the law that was first approved by Congress in 1972.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 7, 2011; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House and Senate pass McDonnell's higher education package

The House of Delegates and the Senate have easily passed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's higher education bill, which is designed to be the first step toward the governor's goal of awarding 100,000 new associate and bachelor's degrees over the next 15 years through financial aid, grants to virtual schools, and other programs.

By Anita Kumar  | February 7, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Republican will run for Senate seat in Southwest

Small-business owner Adam Light announced Monday that he is running for the Republican nomination for the seat held by Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) in southwest Virginia. Republicans are looking to win back control of the Senate in November. Pucket's seat -- which has trended Republican in recent years -- will be one of their top targets. "Despite decades of promises, the 38th District continues to struggle. Our opportunities are fewer and our debts are greater," Light said. "It's time to take a new direction. But it's not a new path; it's one we've walked before. It is the path of our founders." Light, 40, vowed to apply the principles of limited government, free markets and local control to Virginia's government. He was accompanied at a news conference at Southwest Virginia Community College by U.S. Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, whose district includes the area, Republican party volunteers and tea party...

By Anita Kumar  | February 7, 2011; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, State Senate  
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Strong bipartisan majority in Senate adopts governor's transportation plan

The Democratic-led Virginia Senate handed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) a major victory Monday as the chamber passed a bill to accelerate about $3 billion in debt financing to fund road and transit projects around the state.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 7, 2011; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, Transportation  
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Republican State Leadership Committee taps Jankowski as president

As The Fix reported Monday morning, the Republican State Leadership Committee announced that Chris Jankowski would be assuming the position of president. Jankowski is well known in Richmond circles as a lobbyist. He previously served as executive director of the RSLC's Redistricting Majority Program. The committee leads GOP efforts in non-federal races, and it turned in a huge performance in 2010 that will give it lots of control over redistricting. Read the press release. Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman and general chairman of Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2009 campaign, remains chairman of the RSLC....

By Anita Kumar  | February 7, 2011; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House includes $410,000 in budget for autism program despite chairman's opposition

The Virginia House of Delegates included $410,000 in its budget released Sunday for a program that would require businesses to provide insurance coverage for children with autism. Speaker Bill Howell (R), House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R) and House Appropriations Committee staff directed the money be put in the budget even though Del. Lacey E. Putney (I-Bedford), chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was opposed. And Putney, who voted against the autism bill Wednesday, said he was not told of the budget move beforehand. "Do you think I know everything in the budget, honey?" he asked. "I don't know what's in a $78 billion budget...I don't know."...

By Anita Kumar  | February 7, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate, William Howell  
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O'Malley taps Va. official to lead Juvenile Services

John Wagner reports on the Maryland Politics blog that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has tapped a Virginia corrections official to lead the state's embattled Department of Juvenile Services.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 7, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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House votes to ban synthetic marijuana

Virginia took another step toward snuffing out the legal sale of synthetic marijuana in the state when the House of Delegates voted 98-0 on Monday to prohibit the substance known as "spice" or K2. Law enforcement officials expressed alarm after the substance, which consists of dried herbs sprayed with psychoactive chemicals, began appearing as "herbal incense" in head shops, tobacco shops, convenience stores, gas stations and other venues around the commonwealth in the past few years....

By Fredrick Kunkle  | February 7, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, State Senate  
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Nye, Perriello to reappear at Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson dinner

Defeated congressmen Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello will join their former collegues Reps. Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Bobby Scott at the Virginia Democrats' annual black-tie Jefferson-Jackson dinner later this month.

By Anita Kumar  | February 7, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Gerald E. Connolly, Glenn Nye, James P. Moran Jr., James Webb, Mark Warner, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Terry McAuliffe, Timothy M. Kaine, Tom Perriello  
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