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  • From left, House Speaker William J. Howell, House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, and Delegates R. Steven Landes and Timothy D. Hugo, all Republicans, discuss the state Senate's proposed state budget in Richmond on Tuesday. (associated press)

    Va. Senate approves Medicaid expansion, but budget stands no chance in House

    The Virginia Senate sent a dead-on-arrival two-year budget to the House of Delegates on Tuesday with a provision to effectively expand Medicaid coverage in Virginia, even as a new poll shows Democrats might not have the groundswell of support on the issue that they're claiming.


  • Virginia Senate passes ethics bill limiting gifts

    Lawmakers approved new gift limits and disclosure policies for public officials Monday in what they said is an effort to restore public confidence following a gift scandal that resulted in federal corruption charges being filed against former Gov. Bob McDonnell.


  • Democrats were pleased that a proposal to redraw state Senate districts died. House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, Charlottesville Democrat, (left) shakes hands with House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, after Mr. Howell declared the redistricting bill was improper and should not be considered. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

    Redrawing Va. state Senate districts dropped

    Virginia's Republican House speaker on Wednesday ruled against a measure muscled through by Senate Republicans to redraw all 40 state Senate districts, defusing a partisan dispute that had threatened to stymie progress on major legislation.


  • Divided Va. Senate panel OKs transport funds bill

    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation-funding package won a Senate committee’s endorsement Thursday despite the reservations of some of his fellow Republicans and outright opposition from Democrats.


  • Va. Senate Dems: Health care special session needed

    Democratic leaders in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday once again urged Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to call a special session to discuss how the state will address the federal health care overhaul.


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

    Democrats urge McDonnell to settle Virginia’s health care issue

    Democratic leaders in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday again urged Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to call a special session to discuss how the state will address the federal health care overhaul.


  • McDonnell holds off on state health care exchange

    Local leaders appear at odds on how to proceed with implementing health insurance exchanges as part of President Obama's health care overhaul. A deadline looms next week for officials to send outlines of their proposals to the federal government.


  • Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William Democrat and a budget conferee, signed the conference report but has not said whether he will vote for the bill on the floor Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Two-day showdown ends tortuous Va. budget standoff

    Gov. Bob McDonnell met privately Tuesday with Charles J. Colgan, the longtime Democratic senator who had the power to break a 38-day impasse over the state's two-year $85 billion budget. He had a simple question. What do you want from me? Mr. McDonnell asked.


  • House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (left), a Republican, Sen. Charles J. Colgan, a Democrat, and independent Delegate Lacey E. Putney (right) confer Wednesday before Mr. Colgan changed his vote to approve the budget bill. (Associated Press)

    Democrat's surprise vote gives Virginia a budget

    The Virginia Senate, with little warning and no debate, abruptly reversed course and approved a two-year, $85 billion budget bill Wednesday afternoon by a 21-19 vote — a day after Democrats in the chamber blocked one for the third time this year.


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