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

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Paul Locke, chairman of the committee that wrote a National Academy of Sciences report on the safety of mining uranium in Virginia, says "there are still many unknowns" about the safety of lifting a ban on mining the radioactive material. (Associated Press)

Study: 'Steep hurdles' for uranium mining in Virginia

There are "steep hurdles to be mounted" for Virginia to safely mine uranium, according to a much-anticipated two-year study on the process, released Monday by the National Academy of Sciences. Published December 19, 2011

McDonnell releases two-year, $85B budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell released a two-year, $85 billion budget blueprint Monday that increases spending for K-12 and higher education as well as public pensions, while making targeted cuts in areas such as health care, social services and public broadcasting. Published December 19, 2011

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

McDonnell unveils two-year budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's message was clear ahead of the release Monday of his biennial budget: The state is crawling back from years of dwindling revenues and budget cuts, but is nowhere near out the woods heading into 2012. Published December 18, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Judge denies bid to block Bolling's tiebreaking vote

A Richmond judge has denied a Democratic state senator's bid to block Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling from casting tiebreaking votes in the General Assembly's Upper Chamber — clearing the way for, theoretically, complete GOP dominance on Capitol Square. Published December 16, 2011

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) and former Sen. George Allen, who also was governor of the commonwealth, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

New poll: Kaine up 5 over Allen

A poll released Thursday on the Senate race in Virginia has former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, leading Republican George Allen by 5 points, in what has thus far been largely a statistical dead heat between the two political heavyweights. Published December 15, 2011

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

McDonnell budget includes $2.2B for retirement system

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican, announced Thursday that his proposed budget will include $2.2 billion in employer contributions for state and employee teacher funds — the largest such figure in history. Published December 15, 2011

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

Va. agencies can ban adoptions by gays

Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in Virginia will not be required to provide services to gay individuals, a state panel ruled Wednesday after nearly a year of heated debate that attracted national interest from advocates on both sides of the issue. Published December 14, 2011

A gasoline pump fills up a vehicle. (Associated Press)**FILE**

Raising gas tax for inflation would have netted millions

An analysis by a nonprofit tax-policy institute says that Maryland and Virginia could have collected hundreds of millions of dollars per year since their last gas-tax increases if they had raised the tax regularly to account for inflation. Published December 14, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Delegate Lacey E. Putney (The Washington Times)

Report: Va. would not save with proposed pension plan

Despite a concerted push to overhaul Virginia's retirement system for public employees, a high-profile proposal to offer them an optional 401(k)-style plan would not save the state significant money over the next decade, according to a report released Monday. Published December 12, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Va. court to rule on scope of Lt. Gov. Bolling's authority

A Richmond Circuit Court judge expects to rule next week after hearing over an hour of arguments Friday on a complaint seeking to block Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's power to vote on certain matters in the state Senate. Published December 9, 2011

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

Cuccinelli: Metrorail could hit funding snag

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is betting against the General Assembly approving $150 million for the Dulles Metrorail project - a prospect that would throw a wrench into months of delicate negotiations among stakeholders who have finally reached a tentative accord on its financing. Published December 8, 2011

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Tim Kaine (right) and George Allen greet each other in the hallway before beginning the first debate of the 2012 Senate campaign at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. Both of the Senate candidates are former Virginia governors. Issues at the 90-minute debate included "personhood" and budgets. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kaine hits Allen over 'bullying' in first Virginia debate

Tim Kaine accused George Allen on Wednesday of employing divisive and "bullying" rhetoric against his opponents in the sharpest jab of a caustic first debate between the candidates for U.S. Senate from Virginia. Published December 7, 2011


It's Kaine vs. Allen ahead of Virginia primaries

Former Virginia governors and current U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen will square off Wednesday in the first debate of the 2012 campaign season, providing an early glimpse into what will be one of the most closely watched and expensive races in the country. Published December 6, 2011

Virginia assembly ambivalent on health exchange

Virginia legislators appear at odds over how — or even whether — to move forward with a state-run health insurance exchange mandated by President Obama's health care overhaul during the 2012 General Assembly session. Published December 5, 2011

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (Drew Angerer / The Washington Times)

Va. Democrats file lawsuit over Bolling's authority

Virginia Democratic Caucus Chairman A. Donald McEachin filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to stop Republicans from using Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote to organize the General Assembly's upper chamber. Published December 5, 2011

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

Cuccinelli's bid for Va. governor upsets Bolling and his backers

This year's annual gathering of Virginia Republicans at the posh Homestead resort was turned on its ear by Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II's bombshell announcement last week that he would seek the governorship in 2013. Published December 4, 2011