State general fund revenue collections increased by 7.8 percent in March compared to the same month last year, but year-to-date growth is flat through three quarters of the fiscal year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration reported today.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner begins his re-election bid with clear advantage over likely Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, according to a new statewide poll released this morning.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s first veto is a rejection of firearms legislation that he tried unsuccessfully to amend during the General Assembly session.
Two Democratic state legislators will hold a town hall-style meeting on the General Assembly’s Medicaid expansion debate on Wednesday in Roanoke.
Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam is the latest local government official to wade into the debate over Medicaid expansion, urging state Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, to support a plan to accept federal funding to extend health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Virginians.
Virginia’s general fund tax collections declined by 3.4 percent in February compared to the same month last year and year-to-date growth continues to lag behind the state’s official revenue forecast, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration announced today.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that would allow either house of Congress to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failing to "take care that the laws are faithfully executed."
Republicans in the House of Delegates said Tuesday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Senate Democrats should agree to hold a special legislative session on Medicaid expansion and sever the issue from negotiations on a new state budget.
The House of Delegates today passed legislation that would allow Virginia businesses to temporarily cut workers’ hours as an alternative to layoffs and permit workers to receive unemployment compensation to partially replace lost wages.
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, opened a congressional hearing today with an unsparing critique of President Barack Obama's use of executive power, accusing the president of "picking and choosing which laws to enforce."
A bill designed to protect the rights of public school students to voluntarily pray and participate in religious activities on school grounds barely cleared a House of Delegates committee this morning, moving it one step closer to passage in the General Assembly.
A bill to repeal a controversial licensing tax on hybrid vehicles is heading to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk.
Gov. Terry McAulliffe is recommended that the state reduce its general fund revenue forecast by $140 million over the next 17 months, citing slower-than-expected tax collections through the first seven months of the current fiscal year.
A Senate committee this morning formally shelved legislation that would make the electric chair the default method of execution in Virginia.
RICHMOND — The House of Delegates has passed legislation that would allow Sunday hunting on private property in Virginia, a major victory for advocates who have tried for years to end the state’s ban.
On the day of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Southwest Virginia legislators and coal industry advocates gathered in Richmond to blast the administration’s proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., was endorsed for re-election by his Republican predecessor Monday, while the field of potential GOP challengers thinned.
Ed Gillespie announced his candidacy Thursday for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner. But the former lobbyist, White House adviser and Republican National Committee chairman hasn't quite cleared the field for the GOP nomination, which will be decided at a June convention in Roanoke.
Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, figured in a lively debate at today’s Energy and Power Subcommittee markup of a bill introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), the Electric Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826).
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, met with President Obama today to discuss surveillance programs.
For Sam Rasoul, the transition from candidate to delegate happened overnight.
The speaker of the House of Delegates is betting that Republican Octavia Johnson can flip the Roanoke-based 11th District seat to the GOP in next week's special election.
In the aftermath of Target's highly-publicized data breach, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., wants the Senate Banking Committee to examine whether businesses and financial service providers are doing enough to protect consumer data from identity theft.
Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, has introduced legislation to implement key mental health reforms that were recommended to Gov. Bob McDonnell following the death of state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe today tapped former state Del. Brian Moran to serve as secretary of public safety in his administration, four years after they waged a bitter fight for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
All three Republican congressmen who represent parts of Southwest Virginia supported the bipartisan, two-year budget deal passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said today that the budget agreement struck by House and Senate negotiators will boost Virginia's economy by averting another round of automatic defense cuts and removing the prospect of another federal government shutdown.
Political newcomer Keith Wheaton has suspended his short-lived campaign for the House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by retiring Roanoke Democrat Onzlee Ware.
Republican Mark Obenshain formally filed for a recount of the Nov. 5 election for attorney general today, initiating a court-supervised process for deciding the closest statewide election in modern Virginia history.
A Roanoke organization for African-American professionals will host a forum next week for the candidates seeking the 11th District House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by retiring Democrat Onzlee Ware.
Roanoke Republicans have formally set a firehouse primary for Dec. 10 to nominate a candidate for the special election for the 11th District House of Delegates seat.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., issued the following statement today after Senate Democrats exercised the so-called "nuclear option," forcing through a rules change that eliminates filibusters for most presidential nominations nominations.
Roanoke City Councilman David Trinkle will formally announce his candidacy for the 11th District House of Delegates seat this morning, putting him in a crowded contest for the seat being vacated by Roanoke Democrat Onzlee Ware.
Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge County, didn't like the tax-fattened transportation funding bill that was passed by the General Assembly earlier this year and signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Four Democrats have announced plans to run for the House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by Onzlee Ware, including two who formally jumped into the race over the weekend.
Democrat Keith Wheaton announced his candidacy for the 11th District House of Delegates seat over the weekend, while teacher and community activist Jeff Artis decided against getting in the race.
Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson has announced her candidacy for the House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by Democrat Onzlee Ware. The story is here.
Another Democrat is showing interest in the House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by Onzlee Ware of Roanoke.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe named a 53-member, bipartisan transition committee today and tapped some well-known names from the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia.
On the day that he disclosed plans to resign from the House of Delegates, Roanoke Democrat Onzlee Ware is getting praised by leaders and lawmakers on the other side of the aisle. Gov. Bob McDonnell, House Speaker Bill Howell and Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, issued statements this afternoon saluting Ware.
Two Roanoke Democrats are already gearing up to run for the House of Delegate seat held by Onzlee Ware, and a third may very well get into the race.
Roanoke Del. Onzlee Ware said this morning that he will resign from the House of Delegates and won't serve the sixth term that he was elected to last week. The Democrat said he is stepping down because of his mother's declining health.
An Ohio jury has convicted the mastermind of a fraudulent veterans charity that collected tens of millions of dollars from donors in several states, including Virginia.
Libertarian Robert Sarvis was the strongest third-party candidate in a Virginia governor's race since William Story of the Conservative Party in 1965. Story took 13.4 percent of the vote that year, denying Mills Godwin (then a Democrat) a majority. This year, Sarvis took 6.5 percent of the vote.
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Former vice presidential candidates Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin will make public appearances in the Roanoke Valley in the coming weeks.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office responded today to the Sabato Crystal Ball's report that Cuccinelli would have considered invoking a never-before-used section of the state constitution against Gov. Bob McDonnell if McDonnell had been indicted in the gifts scandal that has clouded his administration. Spokesman Brian Gottstein said in an email today that Cuccinelli's office merely reviewed its options in the event that the governor was indicted.
The post-election analysis of Larry Sabato and his team at the University of Virginia Center for Politics contains a juicy "what-if" tidbit.
Glenville (Glenny) Johnson, 74, of Salem, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at John M. Oakey & Son Chapel. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son, Salem, 540-389-5441.
Mary Elizabeth (Minnie) Simmons, 92, of Chesterfield County, departed this life Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Chippenham hospital, Richmond.
Raymond C. Rhodes (Rocky, Ray), of Roanoke, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at the age of 90. He was born in Dayton, on December 19, 1924, and was an "Irish Twin" of his sister, Pansy, born December 23, 1923. He was the son of Peter Reuben Rhodes and Lenna Wenger Rhodes. He grew up in Bridgewater during the Great Depression. He was predeceased by his lovely wife of 58 years, Hildred "Tillie" Smith Rhodes; his beautiful granddaughter, Brittney Tucker; and his sister, Pansy Hoover. He is survived by his brother, Leon Rhodes and wife, JoAnn; four children, Ronald Rhodes and wife, Dreama, Donna Ingram and husband, John, Linda Pharr and husband, Robert, and Nancy Tucker and husband Eddie; eight grandchildren, Andy Ingram and wife, Karri, Phillip Ingram (Alexis), Courtney Adkins and husband, Josh, Matthew Pharr (Megan), Michael Cox (Lindsay), Heather Cox, Randall Pharr, and Nicole Brown; and nine great-grandchildren, Abigale Adkins, Hunter Brown, Taylor Brown, Charleigh Ingram, Oliver Ingram, Quinn Ingram, Natalie Morris, Aaron Pharr, Miles Pharr, and one more Ingram on the way.
Geneva Mary Peterson Patton, of Roanoke, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Adam Patton, Sr.