VA House speaker: McAuliffe has Medicaid problem

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

HOUSE CALL: House Speaker William Howell and fellow Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated chamber remain staunchly opposed to Medicaid expansion.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Plans to expand Medicaid in Virginia may not be dead on arrival at the General Assembly, but they’re struggling for life support.
“It’s such a big new entitlement at a time when we need to be looking hard at the cost of entitlements,” House Speaker William Howell told [...]

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Attorney: McAuliffe is ‘100 percent divested’ of GreenTech

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

HE'S OUT: Terry McAuliffe retains no financial interest in GreenTech Automotive, according to the attorney overseeing the governor's personal holdings.

Part 74 of 74 in the series Terry McAuliffe – Carmogul

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has “100 percent divested” himself of GreenTech Automotive, the electric car company he pointed to as evidence of his business savvy during his successful run for Virginia’s top office.
Thomas Richardson, a Washington, D.C., attorney who [...]

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For ACLU VA head, oversight, transparency are key in police militarization discussion

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

POLICE TRANSPARENCY: The ACLU of Virginia's executive director says transparency and oversight are key in the DoD 1033 program, among other police duties.

There aren’t too many requirements for local law enforcement agencies in Virginia to acquire excess military equipment — and once they do, they don’t always disclose what they have.

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Feds roll FBI fender bender back to DC court

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

REVERSE ORDER: An FBI worker's case involving a District of Columbia traffic accident flirted with federal court before heading back through usual channels.

Three days after Watchdog.org reported an FBI employee’s traffic ticket was headed to federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice made a legal U-turn.

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Stifling free speech? California looks to ban Confederate flag

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Alabama, California, First Amendment, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, National, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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California is looking to bar the “Stars and Bars.”

A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to ban California from displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state’s Legislature passed the bill nearly unanimously last week.

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Welcome to Franklin, Va., population 8,638 — and one mine-resistant vehicle

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

SMALL TOWN, BIG GUNS: The city of Franklin, Virginia, is home to about 8,000 people, farms, and a mine-resistant vehicle. / Photo by Franklin City Association during Christmas Open House, 2009.

Not too far from the Hampton Roads region and the North Carolina border, the quiet, 8.75-square mile city of Franklin, Va., is home to farmlands, 8,582 people — and one military-grade, mine-resistant vehicle.

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