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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: General Assembly 2008

Va. legislators accepted more than $250,000 in gifts last year

Lobbyists, companies and trade associations last year gave Virginia legislators trips, meals and tickets to University of Virginia and Redskins football games, NASCAR races and Wolf Trap concerts, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-partisan tracker of money in politics. In all, the 140 members of the General Assembly accepted hundreds of gifts worth about $250,000 in 2009, according to data released this morning. Many of the gifts were offered during last year's 45-day legislative session, when donors often lobby lawmakers after treating them to dinners, receptions and goody bags. Overall, the value of the gifts was down 25 percent compared to 2008. That's because many of the legislators were new and because of the sharp downturn in the economy....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 10, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , General Assembly 2009 , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate  
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Kaine Appoints Melvin To Bench

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) appointed retiring delegate Kenneth R. Melvin (D-Portsmouth) to fill a vacancy on the Portsmouth Circuit Court. "With this appointment, Ken will have another opportunity to build upon his record of dedicated service to the Commonwealth," Kaine said. "I have known and admired Ken for the keen analytical abilities and reasoned judgment he brought to legislative debates. I look forward to his continued service." Melvin, one of the longest-serving members of the House Courts of Justice Committee, is credited with defending civil rights and supporting the disadvantaged. He was elected in 1985 to represent parts of Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Norfolk....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 8, 2009; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008  
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Speaker Named Leader of Legislative Group

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) has been named the national chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council for 2009. The group represents a network of 2,000 state legislators "committed to the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of limited government, free enterprise, federalism and individual liberty,'' according to a press release. "Exploring and learning from what other states are doing and recognizing the need to change, adapt, innovate and improve lie at the very heart of what ALEC is all about,'' Howell said. "It's what has made ALEC such a powerful force against the status quo and for a more free and prosperous future." Howell, first elected a delegate in 1987, has led the 100-member chamber since 2003....

By Anita Kumar  |  December 10, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kaine Sets Special Election

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) has set Jan. 6 as the date for voters to go to the polls to elect a replacement for Del. Terrie Lynne Suit (R-Virginia Beach) who resigned to become a lobbyist. "It is important that we have a delegate in place when the session begins on January 14th," Kaine said. "Holding the special election on January 6th will allow the new delegate to participate in the legislative session and to represent the interests of citizens of the district." State law prohibits special elections 30 days after a general election. The last date to file to run for the seat is Dec. 8. The 81st House District includes parts of the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake . Suit resigned to run Williams Mullen's Hampton Roads lobbying operation. Her last day was Oct. 12. Her 1999 election led to Virginia's first-ever Republican majority in the House....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 22, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Business Group Rates Legislators

In its annual review of the General Assembly, the business coalition Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education penalized each legislator for failing to pass a transportation plan during this summer's failed special session. Virginia FREE's 24-page report opens with a statement on the partisan bickering that left the General Assembly unable to pass a plan to provide money for roads and transit. "We have not only a shortage of transportation dollars, but also a shortage of courage and leadership needed to elevate good governance above short-term partisan gain," it says. The group rates legislators using their voting records on key bills and business lobbyist evaluations. Republicans scored on an average rating of 59; Democrats scored an average rating of 46. Delegates scored an average rating of 53; senators scored an average rating of 52....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 11, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats Register Voters At Gas Stations Today

The Virginia Campaign for Change, an offshoot of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign funded by the Democratic National Committee, will register voters at gas stations across the state today. State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris will participate in the events, which will take place in Arlington, Charlottesville and Richmond. "Motorists who are fed up with sky-high oil company profits made on the backs of consumers paying higher prices at the pump will have the opportunity to register to vote -- and help Barack Obama put in place a new energy policy that will give relief to middle class families and break our addiction to foreign oil,'' according to a press release. Obama has talked about providing families with a $1,000 middle-class tax cut and spending $150 billion in renewable and other clean sources of energy. Details of the events are below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 4, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Where Was Doug Wilder? (Updated), Anita Kumar , July 21, 2008
Few Words, But The Blame Continues, Tim Craig , July 9, 2008
House Republicans and Democrats Get Testy, Anita Kumar , June 26, 2008
Mark Warner Opposes Higher Gas Tax, Tim Craig , June 24, 2008
Janis Continues to Criticize Kaine, Anita Kumar , June 23, 2008
Special Session Bill List Continues to Grow, washingtonpost.com editors , June 23, 2008
Special Session Begins Monday, Anita Kumar , June 20, 2008
Convention Recap, Tim Craig , June 15, 2008
New Leader for Kaine's PAC, Anita Kumar , June 11, 2008
Walter Curt Heads Up GOP Fundraising, Tim Craig , June 9, 2008
Frederick Wins Party Chairmanship, Anita Kumar , May 31, 2008
Happy Birthday, Bob and Bill, Anita Kumar , May 30, 2008
McDonnell, Bolling Honor Dead Soldiers, Anita Kumar , May 22, 2008
Del. Frederick's Wife Defends Her Husband, Anita Kumar , May 12, 2008
McClellan Switches to Obama, Anita Kumar , May 7, 2008
Delegate Runs for Richmond Mayor, Anita Kumar , April 17, 2008
Virginia Notebook: Transportation Blues, Tim Craig , March 13, 2008
Tempers Flare in the Final Days of Session, Anita Kumar , March 6, 2008
Marshall Gloats - Just a Little, Anita Kumar , February 29, 2008
Kaine Has to Make Quick Decision on Bills, Anita Kumar , February 29, 2008
House Holds 4-minute Session, Anita Kumar , February 9, 2008
Lingamfelter Helps Break Partisan Impasse, Anita Kumar , February 9, 2008
Lingamfelter, Moran Have Testy Exchange, Anita Kumar , February 7, 2008
Armstrong's Chief of Staff Resigns, Anita Kumar , February 7, 2008
Del. Hugo Named to House Leadership, Anita Kumar , February 7, 2008
Gilmore Blames Warner for Payday Loan Problems, Anita Kumar , February 5, 2008
2009 Election Starts Early for House, Anita Kumar , February 5, 2008
A Gift from Del. Robert Marshall: Priceless, Anita Kumar , February 4, 2008
House GOP Defeats Democratic Proposal, Anita Kumar , February 4, 2008
U.S. House Members Stop by Virginia House, Anita Kumar , February 4, 2008
Half of Senate Democrats Set to Endorse Obama, Tim Craig , February 4, 2008
Lawmakers Boo "Young Liberals", Tim Craig , February 1, 2008
Delegates and Senators for McCain, Tim Craig , January 31, 2008
Tim Hugo on Run For Congress: "We'll See", Tim Craig , January 31, 2008
Kaine Talks About 2010 Job Prospects, Tim Craig , January 31, 2008
Edwards Proposes "Gun Show Loophole" Compromise, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 28, 2008
House Democrats Will Try to Fight Back, Anita Kumar , January 25, 2008
This Week's Winners and Losers, Steve Fehr , January 25, 2008
Dueling Banjos, Tim Craig , January 24, 2008
GOP Chairman Ready to Take on Frederick, Tim Craig , January 23, 2008
House Squabbling, Part 2, Anita Kumar , January 22, 2008
Winners & Losers, Tim Craig , January 18, 2008
Howell First Woman Conferee From Senate, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 17, 2008
Democrats Collect Money From Tobacco Giants, Tim Craig , January 17, 2008
A Rough Road Ahead, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 16, 2008
Bolling Endorses Party Registration, Tim Craig , January 15, 2008
Ken Plum, Mr. Speaker, Tim Craig , January 14, 2008
Speaker Draws Ire for Committee Assignments, Anita Kumar , January 10, 2008
Senate Gets Tough on Raising Money, Tim Craig , January 9, 2008
Kaine Seeks Nonpartisan Redistricting, Tim Craig , January 9, 2008
Text of Kaine Speech, Steve Fehr , January 9, 2008
McDonnell Unveils Legislative Agenda, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 8, 2008
Bolling Wants Abuser Fees Repealed, Anita Kumar , January 3, 2008
Kaine To Spend New Year's Day in Iowa, Anita Kumar , December 31, 2007
Pollard to Run for House, Anita Kumar , December 28, 2007
Norment No Longer Supports $1 Car Fee, Tim Craig , December 17, 2007
Tom and Jeannemarie go to Big Apple, Anita Kumar , December 12, 2007
Christmas Came Early for Ralph Northam, Tim Craig , December 11, 2007
House Republicans Give Democrats Seat at Table, Tim Craig , December 11, 2007
Winners and Losers, Anita Kumar , December 7, 2007
Are You Ready to Talk Gas Tax Increase?, Tim Craig , December 6, 2007
Putney Named House Appropriations Leader, Anita Kumar , December 6, 2007
Pollard Likely to Run for State House, Tim Craig , December 5, 2007
New Senate Democratic Leaders, Tim Craig , December 5, 2007
Kaine Still Collecting Big Checks From Donors, Tim Craig , November 29, 2007
Senator May Give Up His Seat, Anita Kumar , November 26, 2007
Cuccinelli Named Official Winner, Anita Kumar , November 26, 2007
Stosch Replaced as Senate GOP Leader, Anita Kumar , November 26, 2007
A Confident Stosch Hopes to Lead Again, Anita Kumar , November 20, 2007
Delegate O'Bannon Responds to Blackburn, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Radio Discussion on Virginia Politics, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Conservatives Step up Pressure to Oust Howell, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Moran's Money, Anita Kumar , November 15, 2007
Virginia Notebook: Election Answers, Tim Craig , November 14, 2007
Bob Marshall Takes Aim at Speaker Howell, Tim Craig , November 12, 2007
Corey Stewart Won't Run for Congress, Tim Craig , November 12, 2007
Werkheiser 'Watching' Albo for '09, Tim Craig , November 8, 2007
John Warner Reacts to Election, Tim Craig , November 7, 2007
Albo vs. the Write-Ins, Anita Kumar , November 7, 2007
Hager, Bush Spend Election Night Together, Anita Kumar , November 5, 2007
John Warner Isn't Sharing Campaign Wealth, Tim Craig , November 5, 2007
Republicans are MIA?, Anita Kumar , November 2, 2007
Mayor Bloomberg to Endorse Sen. Davis, Anita Kumar , October 31, 2007
Democrats Send Colgan Some Help, Anita Kumar , October 29, 2007
Democratic Senator Lends a Helping Hand, Anita Kumar , October 26, 2007
O'Brien Gets Last-minute Donation, Anita Kumar , October 24, 2007
Democrats throw a party, Anita Kumar , October 18, 2007
Conservative Republican gives to Democrats, Anita Kumar , October 18, 2007
Voters like Kaine, Warner but not Assembly, Tim Craig , October 17, 2007
Who is Tim Kaine's Half-Million Dollar Man?, Tim Craig , October 16, 2007
Wash Post Polling Director Discusses Va Poll, Tim Craig , October 15, 2007
Republicans Accuse Kaine of Playing Politics, Anita Kumar , October 15, 2007
Poll Shows Voters Frustrated With Traffic, Tim Craig , October 15, 2007
Lt. Gov. Bolling Ramps Up Campaigning, Anita Kumar , October 12, 2007
Dems Want GOP to Pledge Education Support, Anita Kumar , October 5, 2007
Democrats Unveil Proposal for Senior Services, Anita Kumar , September 28, 2007
Fight Brewing Over Budget Shortfall, Anita Kumar , September 20, 2007
Del. Kirk Cox Hit by Car; Jody Wagner 'Thankful', Tim Craig , September 17, 2007
 
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