Posts Tagged General Assembly 2018

A “Gentle” House of Delegates Tradition Gives Way

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Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, the first transgender delegate, takes her oath of office during opening ceremonies of the 2018 session of the Virginia House of Delegates at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
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Lawmakers in Richmond are dealing with a number of firsts walking the hallways, including the first lesbian first Asian-American woman lawmakers.

 

The House of Delegates is a place that loves its traditions. Like referring to the gentleman from Roanoke or the gentlewoman from Prince William. But Republicans are abandoning that tradition now that they are facing the first transgender delegate.

Michael Pope reports.

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With a New Governor at the Helm, Can the General Assembly Work in a Bipartisan Manner?

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Governor Ralph Northam gestures during his first State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the General Assembly. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The British classic rock band known as the Who famously belted out “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss.” As Michael Pope reports, Republicans say that sentiment could have been written about the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

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Northam Asks Lawmakers To Pass Progressive Agenda In Address

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Gov. Ralph Northam, bottom center, waves to the gallery prior to delivering his State of the Commonwealth address as Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, top left, House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, top center, and State Sen. Stephen Newman, R-Bedford, applaud before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia’s new governor is at work in Richmond this week, trying to accomplish something that eluded his predecessor. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Lawmakers Debate Legislation to Remove Utility Rate Freeze

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Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roaonke) is sponsoring a bill that would lift a utility rate freeze in Virginia — something he calls “the most corrupt utility law ever passed in Virginia history.” (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Lawmakers are talking energy regulation, although they’re not agreeing on much. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Virginia Senate Deals Blow to Progressive Gun Agenda

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Michelle Person, of Poquoson Va., holds a shirt along with other demonstrators remembering the victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech during a anti-gun violence rally at the Capitol in Richmond. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

A progressive agenda on gun control hit a Republican wall at the state capitol Monday. But new Governor Ralph Northam says he won’t stop pushing for laws to prevent gun violence. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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The Doctor is In the House, Ralph Northam Takes Oath of Office

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Governor-elect Ralph Northam and his wife, Pam, arrive at the south portico before Northam took the oath of office during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Doctor Ralph Northam now has a new title, Governor Ralph Northam. In his inaugural speech, he talked about the lessons he learned from his parents on the Eastern Shore as well as his time as a pediatric neurologist. Michael Pope reports.

Among the inaugural parade were staff and patients from the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, where Northam provided care for 25 years. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Women’s Equity Movement Extends To Hygiene Product Legislation

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Two female lawmakers are introducing legislation as part of a growing movement to help women achieve equity.

It’s called menstrual equity. It’s a growing movement that’s prompting legislation in Washington and in state capitals across the country, including several this year in Richmond.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Democratic Voters Appeal Judge’s Decision In Fredericksburg Area Race

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The Virginia House of Delegates in session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last week a federal judge in Alexandria denied a request from Fredericksburg voters to throw out the results of an election where dozens of voters were given the wrong ballot.

Now, as Michael Pope reports, those voters are appealing the case.

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Virginia Women’s Coalition Calls for No Cost Birth Control

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The Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition unveiled its 2018 legislative agenda Monday.

It includes paid family leave, equal pay, and no cost birth control. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Why Medicaid Expansion Could Hinge On A Drawing By Lot

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Four years ago, Terry McAuliffe was elected on, partly, a platform of expanding Medicaid. So far, he has been unable to deliver on that promise. But Democrats are hoping his last budget will plant the seeds for that to happen after he’s no longer in office. Michael Pope reports.

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Unless Court Intervenes, House of Delegates Control to Be Determined Next Week

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Last week, election officials called off a random drawing to determine the winner of a House race in Newport News. Now, as Michael Pope reports, the tie-breaker is back on.

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Random Draw Put on Hold as Democrats File Challenge to Recount

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The contested ballot at the heart of a dramatic recount in Virginia’s 94th House of Delegates race. (Credit: City of Newport News / The Virginian Pilot via AP)

Plans to break a tie in a Virginia House of Delegates race with a random drawing have been put on hold. Democrat Shelly Simonds is challenging the recount results that gave her opponent, Republican David Yancey, one extra vote. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Look Back at the Last Time Virginia’s House of Delegates Was Tied

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Election officials had planned to break a tie in a Virginia House race by choosing a winner at random today. But, it’s been postponed after the Democrat announced plans to challenge results in court. That means control of the House of Delegates is still up in the air, with one potential outcome being a 50-50 tie. If that result comes to pass, Michael Pope reports that it wouldn’t be a first for Virginia.

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Power Sharing In The General Assembly? It’s Happened Before

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With Democrats and Republicans so evenly split in the House of Delegates, members may be forced into a power-sharing agreement. Virginia’s previous experience with power sharing had mixed results. Michael Pope reports.

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A Monumental Recount in the 94th District Has Taken Another Turn

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Election officials in Newport News, Va., examine ballots that a computer failed to scan during a recount for a House of Delegates race on Tuesday. The recount initially gave the race to Democrat Shelly Simonds by a one-vote margin, but a three judge panel certified a ballot in favor of Republican incumbent David Yancey that had been thrown out. The race is now tied. (Credit: AP Photo / Ben Finley)

All eyes are on the 94th District in Newport News, where a roller-coaster recount has wound up as a tied race. At stake is control of Virginia’s legislature. Mallory Noe-Payne has an earlier response from Governor-Elect Ralph Northam.

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Governor McAuliffe Unveils Budget, Push for Medicaid

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, listens to Gov.-elect, Ralph Northam, center, as Pam Northam, left, looks on during a news conference in the Governors mansion. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Lawmakers in Richmond today they got their first glimpse of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session when the outgoing Governor unveiled his final budget proposal for the state. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and has this report.

Governor McAuliffe also wants to give health insurance to Virginia’s poor. The Governor has unsuccessfully pushed to expand Medicaid for four years, but is hoping this year will be different.

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With General Assembly Looming, Lawmakers Expected to Discuss Virginia’s Coal Ash Ponds

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A drain pipe sticks out of a coal ash retention pond at Dominion Power’s Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries, Va. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber, File)

One issue that’s on the agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session is dealing with decades of pollution, a problem that could potentially divide Democrats. Michael Pope has details.

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Women Win Big in Virginia’s Elections

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Danica Roem is among the many candidates who won historic elections in Virginia Tuesday. (Credit: Getty Images / The Washington Post)

Although half of Americans are female, only about a quarter of state lawmakers are. Arizona and Vermont have the most women in office: 40%. And while Virginia is nowhere close to that, women did win big election night. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Democratic Candidates Propose Single Payer Healthcare

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Supporters of single-payer health care rally in California. A slate of local Democratic lawmakers are proposing something similar here in Virginia. (Credit: AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

The healthcare debate may have simmered down in Congress, but it’s heating up in Virginia. This week, Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates rolled out a proposal for a single payer healthcare system. But Republicans in office quickly shot it down. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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