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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is likely to sign some form of a transportation plan but decisions on other bills are less clear. “[H]e’s going to be confronted with criticism no matter which direction he’s gone,” political analyst Bob Holsworth says. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is likely to sign some form of a transportation plan but decisions on other bills are less clear. “[H]e’s going to be confronted with criticism no matter which direction he’s gone,” political analyst Bob Holsworth says. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he does not expect revenue to decline next year, although it could grow at a slower pace depending on what happens in Washington. He has told state lawmakers that Virginia could be significantly affected by the “fiscal cliff.” (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is surrounded by students, parents, educators and legislators at the Capitol as he announces his initiatives for the 2013 session in December. Among his ideas is assigning letters to grade schools’ performance. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's executive order directs that new voter-registration cards be sent to every active voter in the state. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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“When fully implemented,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote of the sequesters, “they could force Virginia and other states into recession.” (Associated Press)

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“When fully implemented,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote of the sequesters, “they could force Virginia and other states into recession.” (Associated Press)

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Gov. Bob McDonnell, center left, shakes hands with Bruce Allen, center right, general manager of the Washington Redskins NFL football team, alongside first lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones during a groundbreaking ceremony for the future site of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

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Gov. Bob McDonnell, center left, shakes hands with Bruce Allen, center right, general manager of the Washington Redskins NFL football team, alongside first lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones during a groundbreaking ceremony for the future site of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS “The floor substitute that passed with my support, by removing the fee, by removing the tolls, is one I am advocating every member of the General Assembly in the House to pass,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday in Richmond.

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“The floor substitute that passed with my support, by removing the fee, by removing the tolls, is one I am advocating every member of the General Assembly in the House to pass,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday in Richmond. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures “0” as he urges eliminating the state gasoline tax in favor of an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs on Jan 8. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed giving public schools a letter grade, a move that is seen as essential to generating parental and community support for improving schools. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures “0” as he urges eliminating the state gasoline tax in favor of an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs on Jan 8. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed giving public schools a letter grade, a move that is seen as essential to generating parental and community support for improving schools. (Associated Press)

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One of the major components of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform package is bill headed for the House floor after passing in committee. It directs the state Board of Education to develop a system to grade public schools on an A to F scale. (Associated Press)

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One of the major components of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform package is bill headed for the House floor after passing in committee. It directs the state Board of Education to develop a system to grade public schools on an A to F scale. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell opens the 2013 General Assembly session. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell opens the 2013 General Assembly session. (Associated Press)