A Virginia Republican lawmaker who voted to expand Medicaid lost his seat to a primary challenger.
Del. Bob Thomas lost to Paul Milde Tuesday in a GOP primary.
Former Stafford County supervisor Paul Milde, who is challenging Del. Robert M. Thomas Jr. in Tuesday’s Republican primary, has a criminal record that hasn’t stopped voters from electing him three times in the past.
But it has emerged as an issue in the hotly contested race between Milde and Thomas in the 28th District, which includes parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.
Two Republicans with extensive public service experience face off again for the party’s nomination for the 28th District House seat.
Over the last several weeks, Del. Bob Thomas and his challenger Paul Milde, have engaged in attacks against each other in campaign literature distributed to voters in the district, which covers parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.
Del. Bob Thomas said Wednesday he will not participate in a proposed debate with former Stafford County Supervisor Paul Milde, who is challenging him for the Republican nomination for the 28th District House seat.
Fredericksburg's School Board plans to reach out to Del. Bob Thomas, R-Stafford, to change the Virginia State Code so the school division can start class before Labor Day.
After the Virginia General Assembly expanded Medicaid, tea party activists in conservative Hanover County gave their roadside billboards a refresh.
“THE PEACE BETRAYAL!,” reads the headline on a bright-yellow sign next to a corn field near Mechanicsville, the first of several displays in the works meant to sound the alarm over Republican Del. Chris Peace’s vote for Medicaid expansion.
A proposal to expand Medicaid with work requirements for able-bodied recipients is the “conservative Christian” thing to do. That’s what Republican Del. Bob Thomas said he’s heard from some constituents after explaining to them the House’s plan to extend government-backed health insurance to about 300,000 low-income Virginians.
There could be some serious moves to compromise in the background of Wednesday’s largely ceremonial kickoff for the General Assembly special session.
The usual practice is for all the members of the House of Delegates and state Senate to take an hour or so to pass procedural motions and then head home, since the real work of ending a budget impasse generally comes down to a handful of senior lawmakers.
After winning the 28th House District by only 73 votes, Republican Del. Bob Thomas of Fredericksburg dove head first into the 2018 legislative session, saying communication with his colleagues was key to navigating his first year in the General Assembly.
Apparently, he's a good communicator. The House and Senate approved five of Thomas' bills - tops among first-year delegates:
Bill Howell felt peaceful as he lay on a hospital bed the night after an emergency surgery.
With a Bible passage in mind, he believed he would be fine in life or death.
“I had no fear of not making it,” said Howell, 74, who retired as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates last year. “But I knew if I did [make it], there was a reason.”