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06 May 2013

Legislative Issues Fueled Partisan Ill Will

An ominous “MLK Day plot.” A proposed overhaul of the Electoral College system. Voter ID legislation. Those are issues that fueled partisanship at the Virginia Capitol this year and turned the bad blood between Republicans and Democrats into one of the most talked-about topics of the General Assembly’s session.

06 May 2013

Transportation Creates Rift Among Lawmakers

No General Assembly session is without its ups and downs, quarrels and disputes. However, the 2013 session may have taken the trophy for the most sparring between Democrats and Republicans – especially when it came to transportation.

06 May 2013

Storify: Critics See an ‘MLK Day Plot’

When Senate Republicans rammed through a redistricting bill on Martin Luther King Day, critics started grumbling about an “MLK Day plot.”

22 Feb 2013

Opposition Grows to Transportation Compromise

Critics of the transportation funding compromise reached by legislative negotiators say the plan would place a huge burden on Virginia taxpayers.

20 Feb 2013

House, Senate Reach Transportation Compromise

Negotiators from both the House and Senate came to an agreement Wednesday on a transportation plan that, if passed, would be the first transportation funding overhaul in Virginia since 1986.

13 Feb 2013

Storify: An ‘MLK Day Plot’ on Redistricting?

CNS reporter Whitney Spicer curated the social media stream to produce this report about Republicans’ surprise passage of plan to redraw Senate districts on Martin Luther King Day.

12 Feb 2013

Senate Panel Amends Governor’s Transportation Bill

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding bill, opting to raise the gasoline tax instead of replacing the gas tax with a higher sales tax.

09 Feb 2013

Governor Urges Democrats to OK Roads Bill

Three days after Senate Democrats derailed his transportation funding plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell urged two key Democratic senators to support the House version of his proposal.

06 Feb 2013

Governor’s Transportation Plan Hits Roadblock

Gov. Bob McDonnell expressed his disgust after his transportation funding package was derailed by Senate Democrats late Tuesday.

31 Jan 2013

Governor Rejoices as Transportation Plan Moves Forward

Gov. Bob McDonnell has reason to celebrate after the House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a key part of the transportation plan that he hopes will define his term.

28 Jan 2013

Congressmen Asked to Oppose Tolls on I-95

A bipartisan group of 10 Virginia House members has sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, urging the federal legislators to join in opposing the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans to charge tolls on Interstate 95.

19 Jan 2013

Caroline Delegate Supports Transportation Plan

Delegate Bobby Orrock, R-Caroline, has announced his support for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan.

14 Jan 2013

School Safety Panel Will Be ‘Reasonable, Not Reactionary’

Members of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s School and Campus Safety Task Force vowed Monday that their recommendations on keeping Virginia’s schools safe would be based on fact and not emotion.

08 Jan 2013

Democrats Rap Cuccinelli Over Federal Law

Virginia Democrats slammed state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday for refusing to support reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act.