The Virginia Senate on Wednesday countered the House with a bigger transportation package, a move that earned both praise and searing criticism.Read More →
RICHMOND – Two GOP candidates for lieutenant governor assailed Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s tie-breaking vote on Monday that stalled a Republican-backed voter-ID proposal.
But on Tuesday, Bolling reversed course and cast the deciding vote to approve a photo-ID bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg.
“Well, blow me down!!!” a surprised, and pleased, Obenshain tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
Snubbing their national party’s position, Virginia Democrats killed a charter-school bill in the state Senate and threaten to quash similar reform measures.Read More →
Part 3 of 4 in the series Election 2011
By Peter J. Smith | Old Dominion Watchdog
ALEXANDRIA — Republicans and Democrats are waging the 2011 election cycle’s most expensive state political battle in one of the poorest Virginia districts in a fight for control of the state Senate.
In the tight battle for the 20th District in Southside [...]
Watchblog: Gov preps cuts, still claims surplus; vacation time means sunny days for st. employees; Bachmann out
McDonnell heralded in August a $544.8 million surplus for FY 2011, but has now provoked questions about why he is asking state agencies to cut their budgets by six percent. Reasons: falling sales tax revenue, possibility of a double dip recession, and the more than $18.5 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Which the Commonwealth intercepted $600 million [...]Read More →