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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: State Senate

Ticer endorses Arlington school board member to replace her in senate

Retiring state Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) has endorsed Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey to replace her in November, according to Garvey's campaign.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | March 7, 2011; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, State Senate  
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McDonnell vows to gain a seat on Metro Board despite legislature's inaction

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he will continue to work to get a seat on the Metro Board of Directors after the General Assembly's failure to include language to that effect in the state budget that was passed unanimously Sunday night. House negotiators had tried to put a provision in the budget that would give Virginia's governor the power to appoint a board member, but their Senate counterparts balked. "I have been extremely clear with the leaders in Northern Virginia that it is absolutely wrong for Virginia to pay $50 million a year and have no seat at the table,'' McDonnell told reporters. "The federal government has two seats. Maryland has got a seat. D.C.'s got a seat. Virginia has got none ... I'm going to continue to pursue that. One way or another, we are going to have a Virginia seat on that board and I'm fully committed to...

By Anita Kumar  | March 1, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Budget deal drops requirement that Cuccinelli track staff time

Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) will face no legislative requirement that he keep track of his staff's time.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | March 1, 2011; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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McDonnell talks to Obama at the White House

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell missed a National Governors Association dinner at the White House with President Obama Sunday night because the General Assembly adjourned its annual legislative session a day late. Instead, McDonnell (R) left for Washington immediately after adjournment Sunday night in time to join other governors for a meeting with Obama at the White House Monday morning and then lunch with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). McDonnell said he expected to spend the day talking about immigration, offshore drilling, health care and budgets. "I think there are honestly some difference of opinion between Republican and Democratic governors on maybe the health care approach and so forth, but there is universal concern about unfunded federal mandates on state government,'' McDonnell told reporters before he left for Washington. "Unfunded federal mandates that undermine flexibility for governors to make individual choices for their states."...

By Anita Kumar  | February 28, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Virginia lawmakers reflect on legislative session

"This year will be remembered as a bag of mixed results. Certainly, the abortion issue came to the fore and was handled in a poor manner. . .It will leave a bad taste in the mouths of many as far as this session is concerned. My caucus will grow wiser from having seen this done."--Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) "I think you got a got a transportation plan, a higher ed bill, and no tax increase, I think that's a great year, a great accomplishment."--Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax)

By Fredrick Kunkle  | February 28, 2011; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Fredrick Kunkle, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Legislators act on thousands of bills during session

Virginia lawmakers considered 2,692 bills during their 47-day session, which ended one day late Sunday. They passed 1,599 of them and killed hundreds of others. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has 30 days from adjournment to consider most bills, though some had to be considered in just a week of being sent to him if more than seven days remained of the session. He has already signed 15 bills. Legislators will return to Richmond April 6 to act on the governor's amendments and vetoes. Check out our round-up of how major legislation fared here....

By Anita Kumar  | February 28, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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State legislators will return Sunday to complete budget, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 26, 2011
General Assembly will extend its regular session, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 26, 2011
Senator discovers asbestos in his legislative office, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2011
Leading Northern Va. senator announces retirement, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2011
Bolling, Cuccinelli play key roles in Senate abortion vote, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2011
Virginia Senate puts off major abortion vote to Thursday, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
House, Senate extend budget deadline to midnight Thursday, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
All in the family: Senate honors Redskin who calls member aunt , Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
Virginia state Senate girds for major abortion debate, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
Attaboy! Va. legislators fix dropped 'at' in driving law, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 18, 2011
Longtime Alexandria state senator to retire at end of 2011, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 17, 2011
Senate panel kills bill to end Virginia's HPV vaccine mandate, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 17, 2011
Virginia House kills effort to curb Cuccinelli's subpoena powers, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 16, 2011
Former chief justice Leroy Hassell lies in state in Virginia Capitol, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 11, 2011
Virginia House, Senate adopt competing budget plans, Rosalind S. Helderman and Fredrick Kunkle , February 10, 2011
UPDATED: Virginia lieutenant governor breaks rare Senate tie , Rosalind S. Helderman , February 8, 2011
Republican will run for Senate seat in Southwest, Anita Kumar , February 7, 2011
House votes to ban synthetic marijuana, Fredrick Kunkle , February 7, 2011
As economy improves, Va. predicts healthier revenue rebound, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 4, 2011
Is ABC bill hibernating -- or is it dead?, Fredrick Kunkle , February 2, 2011
Va. Senate to take harder line on tax credit proposals, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 1, 2011
Tea party groups endorse liquor privatization, Anita Kumar , January 31, 2011
Virginia General Assembly sets primary elections for Aug. 23, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 28, 2011
Colgan sides with Republicans on parliamentary dispute, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 26, 2011
Debate over state grants to charities continues, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 26, 2011
Legislators want to limit future debt, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 25, 2011
House approves bill to end HPV vaccine mandate, Rosalind S. Helderman and Fredrick Kunkle , January 21, 2011
Va. Senate Republicans outline legislative agenda, Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar , January 18, 2011
Norquist urges legislators not to raises taxes, Anita Kumar , January 18, 2011
Odd allies join forces on Va. mortgage bills, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 17, 2011
Key Democrat says he's likely to vote for McDonnell road bonds, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 14, 2011
McDonnell rolls out more support for transportation plan, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 13, 2011
Democrats respond to McDonnell's State of the Commonwealth Address, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 12, 2011
McDonnell's State of the Commonwealth Address, Anita Kumar , January 12, 2011
Two longtime senators say they are 'probably not' running again, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 12, 2011
Alexandria council member considers Va. Senate run, Christy Goodman , January 10, 2011
McAuliffe active in Tuesday special elections, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 7, 2011
NoVa Republicans propose plan to fund transportation , Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 6, 2011
McDonnell still quietly working on new liquor plan, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 4, 2011
Key Democrat to miss session start due to surgery, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 4, 2011
What you read: Top 15 blog posts of 2010, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 30, 2010
Democrats accuse Republicans of playing 'games' on transportation, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , December 17, 2010
Va. teachers group lobbies state to help fund pay increase, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 8, 2010
Saslaw on Pittsylvania race: 'Upsets can happen', Rosalind S. Helderman , December 1, 2010
McDonnell overestimates money from ABC privatization proposal, legislative review says, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , November 23, 2010
Va. General Assembly races kick off early, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 22, 2010
McDonnell requests monthly calls with legislators, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 16, 2010
Va. revenue grows over past year, still lags behind forecast , Rosalind S. Helderman , November 12, 2010
Four candidates and counting for Hurt's Senate seat, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 9, 2010
Today in Tommy Norment's Voice Mail: Nov. 1 edition , Rosalind S. Helderman , November 1, 2010
Deeds on McDonnell's liquor plan: "It's ludicrous", Rosalind S. Helderman , October 21, 2010
McDonnell meets with economic advisers, Anita Kumar , October 20, 2010
Today in Tommy Norment's Voice Mail: Oct. 18 edition, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 18, 2010
McDonnell political committee ends September with $1.28 million, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 15, 2010
Senator asks state auditors to doublecheck McDonnell's ABC plan, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 22, 2010
Va. Senate, House holding separate redistricting hearings, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 15, 2010
A burned page from Virginia's liquor past, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 1, 2010
Altria the top-spending lobbyist for the year?, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 30, 2010
McDonnell defends state budget, surplus, Anita Kumar , August 26, 2010
Senator McEachin for governor in 2013?, Anita Kumar , August 26, 2010
New coalition forms to push for liquor privatization, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 13, 2010
Va. ends year with budget surplus, McDonnell confirms, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 13, 2010
It's Democrats' turn for Homestead fundraiser, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 6, 2010
ABC stores plan should be hashed out in public, Dems say, Rosalind S. Helderman , June 8, 2010
Saslaw: Democratic offense against Malek a 'mistake', Rosalind S. Helderman , June 7, 2010
Va. Democratic Party presses concerns about Malek, Rosalind S. Helderman , June 7, 2010
Identity theives buy pot with Sen. Saslaw's credit card, Rosalind S. Helderman , May 21, 2010
McDonnell proposes to reinstate business tax break, Rosalind S. Helderman , April 13, 2010
Maternity units to close at two local Virginia hospitals, Rosalind S. Helderman , April 1, 2010
McDonnell signs bills in NoVa to create jobs , Anita Kumar , March 30, 2010
House, Senate pass Virginia's two-year spending plan, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , March 14, 2010
Cuccinelli stands by advice to colleges on gay policies, Rosalind S. Helderman , March 12, 2010
Strong majority backs Virginia Senate budget, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2010
House microchip bill dies with a whimper in Senate, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2010
Senate rejects most of McDonnell job package in budget, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 22, 2010
Planned Parenthood license plates bill clears Va. Senate, By Rosalind S. Helderman , February 16, 2010
Va. Senate votes to allow guns in restaurants, By Rosalind S. Helderman , February 16, 2010
Senate committee rejects death penalty expansion, Anita Kumar , February 15, 2010
McDonnell lays out specifics on budget, behind closed doors, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 11, 2010
Cuccinelli to appear with Cavuto on FOX Business, Anita Kumar , February 3, 2010
Virginia Senate dices options on budget, none pretty, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 2, 2010
Pressure on all sides for Virginia's budget writers, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 2, 2010
McDonnell privately asks Democrats for time on budget, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 29, 2010
McDonnell: No decisions yet on school funding factor, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 26, 2010
Senate Democrats praise McDonnell's State of the Union honor, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 22, 2010
McDonnell to meet with General Assembly leaders, Anita Kumar , January 18, 2010
Virginia Democrats unveil ethics legislation, Anita Kumar , January 18, 2010
Senate Democrats expand power on key committees, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 18, 2010
Tea Party floods capitol square, with message to both parties, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 18, 2010
Democrats reshuffle committees in Virginia Senate, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 15, 2010
McDonnell will name health secretary today, Anita Kumar , January 15, 2010
Key Virginia senator says Democrats have votes to block Sledd, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 14, 2010
Democrats claim Cuccinelli's seat in Virginia Senate, Christopher Dean Hopkins , January 12, 2010
Checklist for the 37th state Senate voter, Derek Kravitz , January 12, 2010
Legislators rush to raise money, Anita Kumar , January 11, 2010
1,100 votes so far in 37th Senate race, Derek Kravitz , January 10, 2010
Winners & Losers of 2009, Anita Kumar , January 1, 2010
Brink, Colgan: Patrons of Kaine's lost causes, Anita Kumar , December 28, 2009
Recession may have dampened but did not halt lobbying expenses, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 16, 2009
Rest stops to reopen, McDonnell pledges, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 8, 2009
McWaters wins GOP nomination in Va Beach, Anita Kumar , December 5, 2009
McWaters's momentum in Va Beach senate race, Anita Kumar , December 3, 2009
Republicans nominate Hunt in 37th senate district, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 1, 2009
Kaine formally calls special elections, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 30, 2009
GOP to hold firehouse primaries for both open Senate seats, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 26, 2009
Deeds sits out Senate Democratic caucus, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 23, 2009
Republican PAC asks Marsden to resign House seat, Anita Kumar , November 23, 2009
McDonnell phones Senate Dems, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 20, 2009
Special election for Cuccinelli's seat set for Jan. 12, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 20, 2009
Marsden candidacy now official, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 19, 2009
New maps show extent of McDonnell's win, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 19, 2009
All eyes turn to Fairfax's 37th district, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 17, 2009
UPDATED: Senate special elections shape up, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 11, 2009
 
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