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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - William J. Howell
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would have prevented him from asking for political donations from companies seeking loans or grants from a state economic development fund.
House Republicans say they remain resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.
An anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform is applauding House Speaker William J. Howell for his opposition to Medicaid expansion, praise that comes a year after the group advocated for new leadership in the House of Delegates.
GOP leaders on Tuesday flatly denied ever discussing the possibility of tax relief in exchange for reconsidering their opposition to a Medicaid expansion proposal supported by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who claimed last week that House Republicans had already rebuffed such a proposal a month ago.
New ads funded by groups on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid appear to be narrowly aimed at one person: House Speaker William J. Howell.
As they sent over their $96 billion spending plan to a vacant chamber Tuesday evening, House Republicans accused Democrats of abdicating their responsibility to pass a timely budget, after the Senate had left town at the end of the first day of a special session convened this week to hammer out a deal.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has plenty of allies in his efforts to expand Medicaid eligibility in Virginia, including the state's hospitals, insurance companies, several business organizations, liberal advocacy groups, and even some Republican state senators.
A special election will be held Feb. 25 for the Virginia House of Delegates seat vacated by Lynwood Lewis.
Having collected less than 50 percent of the vote in the Virginia governor's race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe can hardly claim a mandate and now faces the tough task of filling in the details of a vague political agenda in the face of a strong Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic Party for which he has spent most of his life working in various unelected roles.
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.
Listen up, Maryland public schools — state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot has a bone to pick with you.
Democrats persuaded reluctant Republicans to vote for their second attempt at a Senate redistricting map, approving the map on Thursday after extensive closed-door efforts to draw a plan they hope wont be vetoed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
House Republicans and Senate Democrats in Virginia's General Assembly on Tuesday will submit their respective plans to redraw the lines of the state's political districts.
President Obama isn't alone in his desire to meddle with individual health care options. This week, Virginia lawmakers are expected to vote on legislation putting Richmond in charge of one more aspect of insurance coverage in the commonwealth. It's part of a national trend of politicians thinking the public is incapable of making intelligent decisions without government. Such ideas need to be rejected regardless of whether they are being pushed by Democrats or Republicans.
House Speaker William J. Howell said Virginia's elected officials should be focused on "working hard to restore the public's trust."
"This legislation was a key part of the General Assembly's efforts to strengthen and improve Virginia's ethics, transparency and disclosure laws," Howell said.