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Lessons from a Hidden Tax Increase

10/28/2014 | News |

Virginians are about to experience a gasoline tax increase — one that has, until now, avoided public notice.

Last year, the Virginia General Assembly passed the first transportation overhaul since 1987. While I strongly support transportation improvements for the commonwealth, I did not vote for the transportation bill in part because of how it is funded.

Part of the plan is paid for by assuming that Congress would pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA),...

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“Four Pinocchios” for the Post on Photo ID

09/26/2014 | News |

We live in the age of the fact checkers. There’s PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and of course the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker.” But when the media itself gets it wrong, who will fact check the fact checkers?

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that over 450,000 voters lacked proper identification to cast ballots in Virginia. That’s a shocking number—so let’s take a look at it, Fact Checker style.

About 450,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper...

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Wait, What?

08/13/2014 | News |


Democrats are alleging massive voter fraud ... what, what?

Coming from the party that routinely denies any possibility of voter fraud, Richmond Democrats' new-found obsession with the issue is highly entertaining.

In the Democratic Party-run firehouse primary to choose the party's state senate nominee in the 16th District special election, Democrats -- free to adopt any voter identification standard they wished, or none at all -- opted for requirements...

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Herring Goes After Voter ID

08/05/2014 | News |

When Mark Herring and I faced off in last year’s election, one of his common refrains was that he would “take the politics out of the AG’s office.” And who could object to that? While every elected official brings his or her own convictions and ideas to bear, we rightly expect much of the Attorney General’s job to come down to properly interpreting and applying the law, and defending the state’s interests even when (as is inevitable) the Attorney General may...

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Removing Virginia’s Barriers to Ridesharing

07/06/2014 | News |

You can do a lot from your cellphone these days — but if you’re in Virginia, don’t bother trying to schedule your ride home with one. While ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are shaking up transportation options in other states, they’ve been put up on blocks in the commonwealth owing to outdated laws that stifle innovation and discourage competition.

Last month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles served Uber and Lyft with cease-and-desist...

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McAuliffe Brings Washington-Style Unilateral Executive Action to Virginia

06/20/2014 | News |

Outrageous. There’s no other word for Governor McAuliffe’s press conference today, in which he announced his intention to govern independently of the General Assembly, in contravention of the fundamental principle of the separation of power.

The Governor is free to negotiate with the General Assembly, to disagree with the General Assembly, even to lambaste the General Assembly. What he is not free to do is ignore the General Assembly. Under our constitution,...

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How the Unions Strike Gold on the Silver Line

04/18/2014 | News |

Last week, the contractor for the first phase of the Silver Line Metro extension certified that Phase One was complete. The Silver Line will eventually take riders deep into Loudoun County, beyond Washington Dulles International Airport.

What is painfully apparent to those who live in Northern Virginia, but may be missed by those in the rest of the commonwealth, is that the project is already seven months behind schedule despite the fact that this is the second...

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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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