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Topic - Quentin Kidd
As the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia last fall, Terry McAuliffe was asked about the ethics of using Obamacare as a negotiating tactic during the federal budget impasse at the time. "These things should never be used as bargaining chips for our budget," he said.
A proposal to expand Medicaid to up to 400,000 low-income residents is losing support in Virginia, poll results released Thursday suggest.
A new poll shows Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner with a wide lead over Republican challengers for his U.S. Senate seat from Virginia.
National Republicans are pouring money into the campaign of Republican attorney general candidate Mark D. Obenshain, attempting to salvage at least one of the top three statewide offices they swept four years ago in Virginia.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II will formally accept the Republican nomination for governor Saturday, but he'll stand alone at the top of the GOP with neither the man he hopes to succeed nor his onetime rival for the nomination in Richmond to help him unify the party.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's major amendments to bills passed by the General Assembly this year are likely to survive a one-day veto session Wednesday in which lawmakers reconvene in Richmond to consider the governor's legislative changes, political analysts say.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell appeared last month to have brokered a landmark, legacy-making bipartisan compromise on transportation funding. But just three weeks later, the $880 million plan is facing withering attacks from Republicans, criticism from a regional transportation body and even questions about whether parts of the bill might be unconstitutional.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell kicked off the 2013 General Assembly session Wednesday by outlining transportation and education proposals that he hopes will round out his legacy in his final year in office, but it remains to be seen whether the more conservative members of his party will push social issues to the forefront as they did last 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.
"Democrats are losing the debate on expanding Medicaid in Virginia," says Quentin Kidd, director of Christopher Newport's Wason Center for Public Policy. "This is mostly because they are not convincing independents that it will work."
"Democrats are losing the debate on expanding Medicaid in Virginia," said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center. "This is mostly because they are not convincing independents that it's a good idea. But, significantly, even in the usually friendly territory of Northern Virginia, the debate is not going their way."