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Topic - A. Donald Mceachin
Buoyed by the results of last year's elections, Virginia gun control advocates and Democratic lawmakers say they are hopeful they can enact new measures restricting gun ownership by criminals and the mentally ill.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has already apologized publicly for the gift scandal that's engulfed his final year in office, but he did it directly to the General Assembly as one of his last acts while in office.
Virginia Democrats renewed their demands Monday that Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli resign after the Republican gubernatorial candidate belatedly disclosed about $13,000 worth of gifts on Friday that he claimed he forgot to note in four years' worth of economic disclosure reports.
Call it an $85 billion game of chicken.
Senate Democratic caucus Chairman A. Donald McEachin has dropped his lawsuit challenging the authority of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to break ties on organizing the Senate.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says he is becoming "increasingly concerned" with the lack of "substantive ideas" put forth by state Senate Democrats as legislators in both General Assembly chambers prepare to release their respective budget proposals Sunday.
A Richmond judge has denied a Democratic state senator's bid to block Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling from casting tiebreaking votes in the General Assembly's Upper Chamber — clearing the way for, theoretically, complete GOP dominance on Capitol Square.
A Richmond Circuit Court judge expects to rule next week after hearing over an hour of arguments Friday on a complaint seeking to block Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's power to vote on certain matters in the state Senate.
Virginia Democratic Caucus Chairman A. Donald McEachin filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to stop Republicans from using Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote to organize the General Assembly's upper chamber.
Democrats in Virginia's Senate said Monday that they will file a lawsuit to determine whether the state's Republican lieutenant governor has the privilege of casting tiebreaking votes on organizational matters — an authority crucial to GOP plans to exercise a majority in the evenly split chamber next year.
A lawsuit filed over congressional redistricting in Virginia suggests likely partisan sniping in the state's upcoming General Assembly session, with Democrats already contesting Republican claims to a Senate majority.
The Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond on Friday to fill judicial vacancies from trial courts to the state Supreme Court that have sat empty for months, but with no solution in sight to a lingering impasse over congressional redistricting.
RICHMOND — Two Republican state senators lost to conservative challengers, while three Republican incumbents survived in yesterday's legislative primaries.
State Sen. Benjamin J. Lambert III's political future and legacy could be determined more by one decision he made in 2006 than any other move he made during the past three decades representing Richmond in the General Assembly.
"I think judicial discretion is the last thing we want in this. I think we need to be as specific with the court as we possibly can. I don't think the judges want any part of this," he said.
If not for Mr. Lambert's Republican endorsement last year, Mr. McEachin said he doubts he would have challenged him.