Joined by other Republican House members, House Speaker William J. Howell (at podium), of Stafford, points to a chart during a Republican caucus news conference on Wednesday held to rebut criticism that broad-based concerns took a back seat in the General Assembly to "socially conservative issues." (Associated Press)

Joined by other Republican House members, House Speaker William J. Howell (at podium), of Stafford, points to a chart during a Republican caucus news conference on Wednesday held to rebut criticism that broad-based concerns took a back seat in the General Assembly to "socially conservative issues." (Associated Press)