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  • Rep. Nathan Deal, Georgia Republican (AP Photo/Gainsville Times, Tom Reed)

    EDITORIAL: Nobody wants toll lanes

    It takes a certain kind of genius to come up with the most unpopular idea in all of politics. A few years ago, Virginia's then-Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, developed a scheme to lease part of Interstate 95 to an Australian company so it could impose a tax on the commonwealth's drivers for the next 75 years. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican, is prepared to give final approval to this misguided high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane proposal. Before he does so, he ought to talk to his Georgia counterpart.

  • Illustration: Pillow talk by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    MCNAMARA: Attack of the ugly throw pillow

    This week, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced his plan to eliminate state regulations governing three occupations, including hair braiding and interior design. A reasonable person can have only one reaction to this news: surprise and shock that the Virginia state government was regulating hair braiders and interior designers in the first place. But Virginia does regulate these occupations, and it is hardly alone: Nationwide, we are in the midst of an unprecedented sea of occupational-licensing requirements. In the 1950s, only about 1 in 20 Americans needed to get special permission from the government to do his job. Today that number is about 1 in 3.

  • Illustration: State balance by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    DONATELLI: Republican states balancing their budgets

    At a time when Washington continues to struggle to trim deficits that approach $1.5 trillion annually, Republican-led states, along with a few Democratic officials, continue to take the tough steps necessary to balance their state

  • Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell shakes hands with Delegate Vivian E. Watts, Annandale Democrat, after signing sex trafficking legislation into law on Tuesday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    McDonnell signs law to fight human trafficking

    Sex traffickers in Virginia can now be prosecuted even if their victims dont testify against them under a new law signed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Tuesday.

  • After FEMA snub, McDonnell offers surplus to Va. tornado victims

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is putting an anticipated $600,000 year-end surplus toward disaster relief in areas of the state hurt by severe weather and tornadoes last month.

  • German national Jens Soering was convicted in Bedford County, Va., of killing his girlfriend's parents in 1985. (Associated Press)

    McDonnell rejects latest appeal from Soering

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has turned down Jens Soering yet again — this time denying the convicted killer's request that he be recommended for parole.

  • **FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

    Tight-lipped McDonnell set to unveil 'major economic development'

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is scheduled to make what his office describes as a "major economic development announcement" in Staunton, Va., on Monday, adding to what has been a series of positive business developments in the state this month.

  • Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell used a line-item veto Tuesday  to cut 25 percent of the state's  funding to public broadcasting. (Associated Press)

    McDonnell line-item veto cuts PBS funds

    Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has used a powerful executive tool to further his goal of phasing out state funding for public broadcasting.

  • A proposed below-ground Metrorail station at Washington Dulles International Airport would be located at the end of the corridor leading from daily parking garages 1 and 2. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Dulles Metro station appealed

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Monday put his political weight behind the effort to get the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board to reconsider its decision to build the more expensive of two Dulles Metrorail station options, calling the move a "stunning" blow to the collaborative process.

  • McDonnell declares Va. state of emergency

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell declared a state of emergency Sunday after the powerful, weekend thunderstorms

  • **FILE** Robert F. McDonnell

    McDonnell vetoes Va. redistricting plan

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed a redistricting plan approved by the General Assembly last week, citing "significant concerns" that the Democrat-controlled Senate plan splits too many towns, cities and counties, allows too much deviation in districts' population and shows evidence of partisan gerrymandering.

  • Virginia: March revenues exceed projections

    Virginia's March revenue collections increased by 12.4 percent over March 2010 figures, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced Thursday.

  • Republican House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox was present when the House of Delegates took up his party's redistricting plan. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    Redistricting differences reflected in two plans

    A day after the House of Delegates passed a redistricting map by wide margins, the state Senate on Thursday advanced along party lines a map heavily criticized by Republicans in the minority.

  • Va. veto session produces mixed results for McDonnell

    Virginia legislators handed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell a mixed bag in a marathon legislative session that wrapped late Wednesday night.

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