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Session Wrap-Up: Ethics and Mental Health Reform

03/11/2014 | News |

Now that the General Assembly has adjourned, there’s time to reflect on what the legislature did and didn’t accomplish this past session. Last week, I reviewed some of my own legislation, and in a future email, I’ll spend some time on the issue that is forcing us into special session—Medicaid Expansion—and offer my thoughts on meaningful reforms we can and should undertake to expand access to care in Virginia without signing on to the expansion of Obamacare here...

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Legislative Victories

03/07/2014 | News |

Tomorrow, the General Assembly will adjourn—and, thanks to Obamacare, it will adjourn without adopting a budget.

More on that in a few days. For now, I want to tell you about some important legislation I was able to get through this year on issues like human trafficking, synthetic drugs, and property rights. All of these measures passed with broad bipartisan support.

Emerging Drugs

The narcotics landscape has changed drastically in recent years with the rise...

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Budget Cheat Sheet

02/16/2014 | News |

Earlier today, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee met to adopt the preliminary budgets of the respective chambers, setting out their plans for the expenditure of nearly $100 billion over the next two years. There are many votes and negotiations to follow, and the final budget may look decidedly different from either of these two documents on a number of key points, but the money committees' actions today lay out a road map for the...

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Democrats Back Job-killing Wage Policy

02/11/2014 | News |

What a difference one vote makes.

A new Lieutenant Governor—that’s all that was needed for Democrats to reorganize the Senate, and now they’re taking full advantage. The changes are striking, and to see that, you need look no farther than the  committee vote on legislation raising the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour, $2 above the federal minimum wage.

The vote in the Commerce & Labor Committee yesterday was 10-6. The AFL-CIO, SEUI, the United Food and Commercial...

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Medicaid (Obamacare) Expansion by Another Name

02/07/2014 | News |

Medicaid expansion is back, only now it goes by another name. With entrenched positions established on Medicaid expansion, some legislators are floating an alternative plan involving premium assistance run through the new federally-facilitated exchange, a plan termed “Marketplace Virginia.” It would probably help to unpack a bit.

Typically, states manage Medicaid coverage directly, but there is another option, called “premium assistance,” in which Medicaid funds...

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Thank you

12/20/2013 | News |

Dear Friends,

I want to start by saluting and thanking the volunteers, staff members and election officials for their dedicated efforts and their commitment to our electoral process especially for their efforts preparing for and administering the recount this week.

Following the 2005 race for Attorney General, none of us thought that less than ten years later we would be going through a recount that would start with an even narrower margin – the closest...

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Recount

11/27/2013 | News |

This morning, we will be asking for a recount in the Attorney General’s race. While we certainly would have preferred for the result to be settled on November 5, over the last few weeks we have seen a fluctuating margin that currently sits at 165 votes separating us out of more than 2.2 million votes cast. It’s the closest race in Virginia history, and as we have seen in other races around the country with margins this slim, this result could easily change when...

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Our Latest Ad: “Truth”

10/22/2013 | News |

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