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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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In a gesture of interparty collegiality, Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., James City Republican, kisses Sen. Janet Howell, Fairfax Democrat, before the interparty disagreements began on opening day.

GOP takes reins of Virginia Senate, but not without objection

Republicans, as they promised they would, took control of the Virginia Senate on Wednesday with the help of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote and over the objections of Democrats that the move was both unjust and unconstitutional. Published January 11, 2012

** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks at the crowd as he is introduced during a stop on his GOP presidential campaign in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

GOP candidates take step toward landing on Virginia ballot

There is a "strong likelihood" that part of Virginia's ballot access requirements will be ruled unconstitutional, a federal judge said Tuesday, handing a preliminary victory to Republican presidential candidates trying to get onto the state's March 6 primary ballot. Published January 10, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, is joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (left) and Attorney General, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II during a news conference Tuesday with House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol in Richmond. The 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly begins Wednesday with the Senate split 20-20 by political parties. (Associated Press)

Virginia Senate split likely to cause jams

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's legacy is on the line as the General Assembly convenes Wednesday to take up initiatives that would plug money into the state's retirement system, its schools and its crumbling infrastructure while considering Republican-backed measures to streamline government and strengthen personal property laws. Published January 10, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announces his education agenda Monday for the legislature at the Capitol in Richmond as (from left) Luca Rickey, Zane Childress and Caroline Saady listen. His No. 1 push will be to repeal the so-called Kings Dominion law that says schools cannot open until after Labor Day. (Associated Press)

Virginia governor highlights education initiatives

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's education initiatives for kindergarten though 12th grade are likely to draw some bipartisan support in the coming General Assembly session — but they also have given out-of-power Democrats a toehold for their new role as the effective minority party. Published January 9, 2012

Virginia Assembly will have pleas for more mental health funding

Virginia legislators will face no shortage of big-ticket budget battles when the General Assembly convenes Wednesday, with such perennially contested items as K-12 education and transportation topping the list. Yet the session is also expected to include an equally tough fight to increase mental health funding in Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan. Published January 8, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he announces his legislative agenda during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell nets record haul for GOP governors

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Republican Governors Association hauled in a record $44.7 million last year, far outpacing the Democratic Governors Association's $20 million in the latest chapter of Mr. McDonnell's rivalry with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Published January 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks Dec. 29, 2011, during a campaign stop at the City Hall in Coralville, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Three GOP candidates join Perry lawsuit in Va.

Three Republican presidential contenders — including Rick Santorum, fresh off a strong performance in Iowa — intervened in a lawsuit Wednesday in a eleventh-hour effort to get their names on Virginia's March 6 presidential primary ballot. Published January 5, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell rolls out 2012 energy initiatives

Gov. Bob McDonnell trickled out more pieces of his 2012 agenda on Thursday, laying out a wide array of measures designed to promote and develop Virginia's energy resources. Published January 5, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Virginia GOP party voter oath 'unenforceable,' McDonnell says

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling are urging the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee to rescind a "loyalty oath" that would require voters to sign a statement saying that they intend to support the party's nominee before they are allowed to vote in the March 6 primary. Published January 5, 2012

** FILE ** In this Jan. 4, 2012, file photo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (right) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (center) announce their legislative agenda in Richmond. (Associated Press)

McDonnell aims to lure biotech jobs to Virginia

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday he is seeking nearly $37 million in his biennial budget to lure businesses and jobs to the commonwealth, putting much of the focus on life sciences and biotechnology — sectors that are staples of the economy of neighboring Maryland. Published January 4, 2012

Delegate Robert G. Marshall (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Marshall eyes U.S. Senate run from Virginia

Delegate Robert G. Marshall is "actively interested" in launching a bid for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate this year, the Prince William Republican said Tuesday. Published January 3, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has made well known his opposition to the state's stringent ballot-access requirements, but has backpedaled from calling for a retroactive change in the law. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli attests he can defend ballot law he wanted changed

The office of Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II insisted Tuesday that the Virginia attorney general does not have a conflict of interest in a high-profile lawsuit over the state's ballot-access law despite his having openly criticized it. Published January 3, 2012

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

McDonnell's funds cut for Potomac panel challenged

A Virginia appointee to a multistate commission charged with cleaning and maintaining the Potomac River has released a scathing letter refuting the McDonnell administration's justification for cutting funds to the 71-year-old compact. Published January 2, 2012

Democratic Delegate David L. Englin. (Associated Press File)

Eyes turn to Virginia as state weighs voter ID law

Virginia legislators are preparing to take on the thorny subject of voter identification laws during the upcoming General Assembly session amid national controversy that includes the Justice Department's rejection of a state law on the matter for the first time in almost 20 years. Published January 2, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli backs away from call for fast fix to ballot law

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II backed away Sunday from a call to fix the state's ballot access law in time to change the ballot for the March 6 Republican presidential primary, while reaffirming his support to make a fix for future elections. Published January 1, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli backs emergency bill to widen Va. GOP primary field

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is urging the General Assembly to pass emergency legislation to allow more Republican candidates to qualify for the March 6 GOP presidential primary — the latest salvo in a controversy over ballot access that has erupted in the last week. Published December 31, 2011

Workman Rajinder Singh caulks concrete joints of the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station in Reston, which is the end of the line for Phase 1 construction of the Silver Line extension to Washington Dulles International Airport. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

McDonnell approves $150M for Dulles rail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has conditionally signed off on a funding agreement for the $2.8 billion Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail project, pledging to kick in $150 million in state funds as long as certain provisions are met. Published December 31, 2011

Gov. Bob McDonnell

McDonnell OKs abortion regulations

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday approved new regulations for abortion facilities that proponents argue will protect patient health but critics claim will shut down a majority of the state's abortion providers. Published December 29, 2011