General Assembly

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.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Delegate Bill Howell’s primary opponent is accusing the Republican Party of taking sides by mailing a glossy “survey” for the House speaker.
Susan Stimpson’s campaign charges that party officials crossed the line from constituent outreach to outright campaigning by using their bulk mail permit to post the piece […]

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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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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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Lawmaker: Education Savings Accounts are ‘win-win’

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Arizona, Education, Florida, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

PARENT POWER: Delegate Dave LaRock says Education Savings Accounts would give families school-choice options without shortchanging local funding.

Virginia school-choice advocates are trying to get their foot in the door with personalized Education Savings Accounts.

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Sex and the single delegate: Time to go, Joe

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Commentary, Virginia  /  No Comments

ETHICS, ANYONE?: A newly unsealed indictment puts more pressure on the General Assembly to oust sex offender Delegate Joe Morrissey.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. – From Gov. Terry McAuliffe on down, elected officials like to talk a good game about ethics. So what is to be done about Delegate Joe Morrissey?
The scandal-scarred Democrat-turned-independent who knocked up his teenage receptionist is back at the General Assembly after briefly resigning his House seat. […]

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