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

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Virginia house advances bill for transportation funding

The General Assembly on Tuesday advanced bills that would infuse more money into Virginia's transportation system, while the Senate failed to approve a measure passed in the House that would make it easier to fire teachers. Published February 14, 2012

Delegate Robert G. Marshall holds a book as he reads to the House during debate on a bill defining life at the moment of conception during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia House vote states life starts at conception

The Virginia House of Delegates approved legislation Tuesday that would define life as beginning at conception, setting up a potential clash in the state Senate and another high-stakes battle over a measure that has been beaten back elsewhere in the country in recent years. Published February 14, 2012

Virginia House clerk G. Paul Nardo (left) listens Monday to Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan (second from right) as she speaks with House Speaker William J. Howell (third from right) at the Capitol in Richmond. The Republican party has enjoyed a banner first half of the General Assembly session, pushing through far-reaching legislation. (Associated Press)

With assembly control, GOP pushing through its agenda

In his State of the Commonwealth address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell advised Republicans: Don't be arrogant. Don't overreach. During the first half of the General Assembly session, he's largely heeded his own advice. Published February 13, 2012


Va. Senate approves property rights constitutional amendment

The Virginia Senate on Monday signed off on a major priority of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, approving a constitutional amendment stipulating that private property can only be taken for public use. Published February 13, 2012

** FILE ** Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Repeal of Va. one-gun-a-month law on way to McDonnell's desk

The Virginia Senate on Monday passed the House bill that repeals the state's longstanding law limiting handgun purchases to one per month, sending the legislation to the desk of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said he would sign it. Published February 13, 2012

Delegate Robert G. Marshall holds a book as he reads to the House during debate on a bill defining life at the moment of conception during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

'Personhood' bill advances in Va. House

The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a so-called "personhood" measure defining life as beginning at conception, perhaps the most far-reaching proposed measure on abortion introduced thus far during the 2012 General Assembly session. Published February 13, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

In Virginia legislature, transit measures not in express lane

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's pledge for big solutions this year to Virginia's perpetual transportation problems has stalled in the House and Senate, with both chambers advancing significantly watered-down versions of his agenda despite Republicans' stronghold on the General Assembly. Published February 12, 2012

Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo, Fairfax Republican (Associated Press)

Va. Democrats, Republicans: No, we can't just get along

Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly are trading accusations that each is focusing too much on divisive and controversial issues, with both sides saying the other is overplaying GOP-led legislation on abortion, gun control and voting rights thus far during the 2012 session. Published February 11, 2012

** FILE ** D.C. Lottery Director Buddy Roogow (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Md., Va. lotteries scratch out sales gains

Increasing lottery sales are helping states around the country — including Maryland and Virginia — to partially compensate for the sluggish economy. Published February 9, 2012

Delegate David B. Albo, Fairfax Republican (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Va. House passes 'Castle Doctrine' bill

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday signed off on a measure that codifies a version of the state's common-law "castle doctrine" granting civil immunity to those using deadly force against intruders. Published February 9, 2012

Va. Senate signs off on 'conscience clause' bill

The Virginia Senate approved a measure Thursday that would prohibit child-placing agencies in the state from being forced to place adoption or foster children if it violates their religious beliefs. Published February 9, 2012

Provision to remove Va. from Potomac River commission axed

A provision that would withdraw Virginia from a long-standing, multistate compact devoted to cleaning and maintaining the Potomac River has been stripped from a bill working its way through the House of Delegates. Published February 8, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

McDonnell's agenda takes hit in Senate

Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2012 transportation agenda took a major stumble Wednesday as several of his top priorities were stripped from a Senate omnibus bill, which also includes a measure to index the state's gasoline tax to inflation that his office has not openly embraced. Published February 8, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Feb. 7, 2012, at his Colorado caucus night rally in Denver. (Associated Press)

Obama edges ahead of Romney in Va. in new poll

President Obama has moved ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia for the first time in Quinnipiac University's polling, according to a survey released Wednesday. Published February 8, 2012

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

McDonnell urges OK for tax credits for school choice

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell headlined a rally in Capitol Square on Tuesday to advocate for a crucial element of his 2012 education agenda: a voucherlike program granting tax credits to companies that provide scholarships to low-income children. Published February 7, 2012

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

Va. Uranium tops in 2011 gifts to state lawmakers

Virginia Uranium, which is pushing to mine a 119 million-pound deposit in southside Pittsyvania County, gave more than $120,000 in gifts and trips last year to state lawmakers — tops in Virginia — according to figures released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Published February 7, 2012

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (Associated Press)

Va. Senate votes to repeal one-gun-a-month law

The Virginia Senate on Monday voted to repeal the state's long-standing law limiting handgun purchases to one a month, delivering a major victory to gun rights and Second Amendment advocates. Published February 6, 2012