By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Virginia legislative budget leaders had a quick response to a new health care plan proposed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate — please don’t do what you just did. The Republican co-chairmen of the Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight said Thursday that the Senate’s current proposal “fails to address the inequities in the federal funding allocation between states” for the Medicaid program that Virginia has operated in partnership with the federal government for a half-century.
By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Taking the stage as if for a State of the Commonwealth address, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell greeted members of the state Senate, House of Delegates and Supreme Court Thursday at Radford University. But unlike the commonwealth’s elected and appointed public officials, the politicos in the audience attend Virginia high schools. In front of about 800 students at the Virginia Boys State session, McDonnell urged the young men to live one day at a time and lead with empathy — lessons he said he learned from his public corruption scandal.
By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Fairfax Connection
Karrie Delaney knows a thing or two about Republican politics. Back in 2004, she was appointed to the West Melbourne City Council in Florida. The following year, according to public records in the Sunshine State, she registered as a Republican. But she lost the election that year after she voted higher taxes. Now she’s running as a Democrat against four-term incumbent Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67),
By JASON ZENGERLE, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The state is narrowly split between Democratic and Republican Parties that agree on virtually nothing. Are its scorched-earth politics what the rest of us have to look forward to?
By ROBERT MCCARTNEY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The Washington region’s business community overcame months of internal differences Thursday and agreed on a plan to fix Metro by giving it dedicated funding and restructuring its board so it functions more like that of a private company.
By NATALIE MILLER, Caroline Progress
This November, Virginia residents will elect their Delegates to represent them in the Virginia House of Delegates. Candidates from each party have come forward to announce their candidacy to represent portions of Hanover, Caroline, and Spotsylvania Counties; and the Town of Ashland in the 55th District. Incumbent Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler, Jr. announced last month that he will seek re-election...
Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor, has challenged Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, to 10 debates. Northam has yet to respond. Ten debates for a Virginia governor’s race would be unprecedented. In 2013, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli debated three times.
By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Saying it’s time to “set the historical record straight,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday that he has appointed a 10-member commission to study ways to add context to the city’s public memorials to the Confederacy on Monument Avenue, likely with new historical signage.
By ALDEN DUDLEY, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Until 1944, liquid natural gas (LNG) was stored in above-ground tank farms (bulk terminals) as on U.S. 460 in Blue Ridge and off Starkey Road in Roanoke (LNG now under ground). Cleveland had four LNG tanks above ground in October 20, 1944. One riveted seam leaked cold LNG that flowed down to a sewer with gas and exploded in the sewers at 2:30 p.m. The heat of the first tank fire exploded a second tank 30 minutes later and that exploded the third and fourth in a flash.
Dudley retired in 2003 as Chief of Staff at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Associate Dean at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. From 2003-2010, he was half-time Professor of Pathology at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The federal debate over overhauling the American health-care system is seeping into Virginia’s gubernatorial contest, with both candidates trading barbs over the bill unveiled by Senate leadership on Thursday.