Category Archives: General Assembly

McDonnell: No truce on social issues

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) does not think elected officials ought to shy away from debates over polarizing social issues just because the conversations might be uncomfortable. In a wide-ranging interview, Gov. McDonnell said he disagrees with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ … Continue reading

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STATE BUDGET WRITERS STRIKE A DEAL

Virginia lawmakers have reached an agreement on amendments to the state’s two-year, $80 billion budget, setting up a floor vote Sunday, a day after the legislature was to adjourn. The deal came at 1:10 a.m., and after negotiations took a … Continue reading

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Capitol Police Urge Caution Ahead of Session

The chief of the Virginia Capitol Police is sending a letter to all 140 state legislators, urging them to be cautious as the 2011 session begins this week. A law enforcement source tells me the Capitol Police do not believe … Continue reading

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Eleven for 2011

As the year draws to a close, we’re looking ahead to 2011, and the big stories that will drive Virginia politics. Here’s my list, in no particular order:

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Harrington: Familial DNA Could Catch Morgan’s Killer

Dan Harrington believes landmark DNA technology could help investigators connect the dots in the search for his daughter’s murderer. “With luck and science we hope that the person who killed our daughter will be brought to justice,” Harrington told members … Continue reading

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State Revenue Up for October

State tax collections surged ahead 3.7% in the month of October, compared to the same period in 2009, but revenues are still lagging behind predictions. Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) office released the numbers Friday. After adjustment for the state’s accelerated … Continue reading

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A New Majority (Leader)

With House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith’s election to Congress last week in the Republican tsunami, the search for someone to take his place in Richmond is underway. Smart money says Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) is a shoo-in for the … Continue reading

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