Stimpson accuses Virginia GOP of helping Howell

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

SKEPTIC: Former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson is challenging House Speaker Bill Howell in the Republican primary, charging that lawmakers are misusing public-private partnerships.

Delegate Bill Howell’s primary opponent is accusing the Republican Party of taking sides by mailing a glossy “survey” for the House speaker.

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Virginia lawmakers try to keep budget process transparent with ‘Pelosi’ bills

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It may be tougher for sneaky state lawmakers to tuck things into the budget bill after this year.

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Virginia bill would bar ‘backdoor energy tax’

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Warning that an Obama administration “Clean Power Plan” would sharply increase Virginians’ electric rates, Republican lawmakers want to put themselves between the Environmental Protection Agency and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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School choice scholarships pick up steam in Virginia

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Economy, Education Blog, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia has long received poor marks for its approach to school choice. Those marks, however, could be ready to trend upward.

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Bills would standardize college credits, improve transparency

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Two bills could streamline credit acceptance and make college data more transparent at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.

House Bill 1336, introduced by Delegate Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, calls for the State Commission on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to come up with a consistent standard for granting undergraduate course credits. The bill would not go into effect until July 2016.

“The reason for the bill is simple,” Landes said. “I have heard from parents and students that they do not understand why (Advanced Placement) course credits are not standard across the board for every college and university in Virginia.”

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Virginia lawmakers roll over for Mark Herring

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Commentary, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Instead of challenging Attorney General Mark Herring’s edict that illegal immigrants are entitled to in-state college tuition, self-professed conservatives at the General Assembly look for ways to reimburse the schools.
That’s how legislative sausage gets made, and why Richmond is behaving more like Washington, D.C., these days.
House Bill […]

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