Former Va. governors, presumptive nominees won't bar super PAC money from U.S. Senate race
State And Local Government
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Another poll shows Allen leading Kaine by a similar margin.
The edge in Virginia's U.S. Senate election this November continues to seesaw between each party's expected nominee. An NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday shows Democrat Tim Kaine with a nine-point lead over Republican George Allen, 48 percent to 39 percent, in the expected matchup this November to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D). Just last week the Roanoke College Poll showed Allen leading Kaine by eight points, 45 percent to 37 percent. Kaine was in Huntington on Feb. 26 to open the Virginia Democrats' coordiniated campaign headquarters on North Kings Highway. Despite two separate polls showing each candidate with a wide margin, strategists from both parties believe the race to be relatively even, The Washington Post reported Monday…
Friday, February 17, 2012
Rep. Jim Moran asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to oppose the measures in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Jim Moran joined other Virginia Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to ask Gov. Bob McDonnell to voice opposition to a package of bills in Congress that Connolly says would cut millions of dollars of federal funding for public transit in Virginia. Moran, along with Reps. Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott, sent a letter to McDonnell Wednesday, criticizing a package of transportation-related bills in Congress scheduled to come up for a vote this week. The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act would approve $260 billion in federal transportation programs over the next five years. Two attached bills would require federal workers to pay more for their retirement and attempt to promote oil shale production, according…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Del. Scott Surovell, Sen. Adam Ebbin join various other Virginia Democrats to stump for President across 2012 battleground state
Mount Vernon Democrats Del. Scott Surovell and Sen. Adam Ebbin were appointed to the Obama reelecton campaign's 'Virginia Truth Team' on Monday and will join Rep. Jim Moran, Rep. Gerry Connolly, and a host of other Democrats to aid in spreading Obama's campaign message and responding to attacks from his opponents. After narrowly carrying Virginia in 2008, the Obama campaign expects a tough race this year, especially after Republicans took control of the General Assembly last year. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is also often mentioned as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney. "President Obama’s record should speak for itself," Surovell said in a press release. "[B]etween the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, preventing a …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Virginia Senate candidate and former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine makes rare criticism of Obama policy
Former Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) lined up behind many of his fellow Catholics, condemning the Obama administration's new policy to force religious institutions to offer contraceptives to its employees, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. In a recorded radio interview for the "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" program on WHRV in Hampton Roads, Va., Kaine said he disagreed with the policy. Here's part of the program's transcript Kaine's campaign provided to The Washington Post: “I think the White House made a good decision in including a mandate for contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance policy, but I think they made a bad decision in not allowing a broad enough religious employer exemption. ... This is something that’s been …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Two of Del. Surovell's bills passed the House of Delegates.
Week Four of the General Assembly saw two of my bills pass and many controversial proposals starting to hit the floor of the House of Delegates. I had two pieces of legislation that passed the House of Delegates unanimously. Both bills clarify the Code of Virginia on technical issues. I have several other bills that are working their way through committee. I also saw some progress on transportation – at least on the procedural side. The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) decides how transportation money is spent in Virginia. The regional commissioners represent districts that were based on 1930’s congressional districts. Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond have 65% of the state’s population but only 33% of the regional …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Supervisor John Cook, Del. Ken Plum against reducing school department that serves 40,000 residents
While the Fairfax County Public Schools' proposed $2.4 billion budget touts faculty expansion and teacher compensation, it leaves out its plan to cut the staff of the county's adult and community education program, then forcing them to reapply for half as many positions. Last week, Adult and Community Education (ACE) staff received notice that 50 percent of their jobs will be eliminated. Only a hint of reorganization is mentioned in the proposed budget, which is open to resident comment in a public hearing Monday night. A reorganization chart is expected to be released Thursday, several employees of the department told Patch. FCPS Superintendent Jack Dale presented the proposed budget to the school board Jan. 12. "In an effort to provide …
Sen. Puller discusses legislation pertaining to health costs, veterans.
By Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller Some of the bills that have been introduced and regularly died in the Senate in past years are now passing through committees and are likely to pass the Senate and House to become law with the change in Senate leadership resulting in the election of 20 Republican and 20 Democratic senators. The Republicans assumed leadership with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling being able to break tie votes except on the budget, selection of judges and Constitutional issues. For example, the law that allows an individual to purchase one handgun a month that passed in 1993 when Governor Douglas Wilder was Governor is now being repealed. Gun/home defense bills - New legislation to repeal and allow more than one handgun purchase per month …