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    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.

  • Va. House Republicans reaffirm Medicaid opposition

    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.

  • Anti-tax group praises Va. House speaker

    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.

  • Virginia Secretary of Finance Ric Brown, center at podium, speaks during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Committee held a public hearing on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget proposal. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    GOP denies McAuliffe offered 'deal' for Medicaid support

    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.

  • Medicaid ads target Virginia House speaker

    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.

  • Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William Howell, R-Stafford, gestures during a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Howell was joined by most of the Republican House caucus as they talked about the current budget standoff.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia GOP bashes Democrats' absence

    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.

  • No signs of compromise on Va. Medicaid expansion

    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.

  • Feb. 25 set for Va. House special election

    A special election will be held Feb. 25 for the Virginia House of Delegates seat vacated by Lynwood Lewis.

  • Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy, announces his transition team Wednesday at the Capitol in Richmond. Any spending plans he has will have to be approved by a Republican-weighted General Assembly with its own agenda. (associated press)

    Terry McAuliffe's vague campaign promises face cold realities in Virginia

    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.

  • 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.

  • Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot

    IN OTHER WORDS: More fun in sun urged for schoolchildren

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  • State Senate passes 2nd redistricting proposal

    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.

  • Parties to present Va. redistricting plans to House, Senate

    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.

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, says using money from the state's multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement to fund alternative-energy projects in southern Virginia makes sense. Under his plan, $100 million would be used for research and development grants.

    EDITORIAL: Obamacare Jr.

    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.

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