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Candidates kicking in to their own campaigns in key Senate races

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Candidates are kicking in to their own campaigns to build early fundraising stakes in key contests for control of the state Senate. Some hopefuls also are getting boosts from pre-existing campaign accounts or in donations from businesses with which they have professional ties, according to data posted by the Virginia Public Access Project.

VaNews April 21, 2015


No charges from state Sen. Puckett's resignation

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

The sudden resignation of a Democratic state senator whose decision to quit prompted potential job offers from powerful officials in both parties will not lead to any criminal charges, a federal prosecutor said Friday. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Timothy J. Heaphy sent a letter to various interested parties Friday saying his office was closing its investigation into former Sen. Phil Puckett.

VaNews December 15, 2014


E-mails show that Puckett job was in the works before he resigned from Va. Senate

By JENNA PORTNOY AND LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The head of the state tobacco commission warned that the panel would create the appearance of “manipulating” power in the Virginia Senate if it announced that it was hiring Sen. Phillip P. Puckett on the same day he gave up his seat, according to e-mails released Thursday. Tim Pfohl, interim executive director of the commission, said in a June 5 e-mail to Puckett, a Democrat from rural Russell County, that he had begged Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott) to delay making it known that Puckett was getting a top staff job with the commission.

VaNews June 27, 2014


Justice Department investigating circumstances around Puckett's resignation

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the circumstances surrounding the recent resignation of state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, including his alleged consideration for a job on the state tobacco commission and the pending judicial appointment of his daughter in Southwest Virginia.

VaNews June 19, 2014


Puckett: Resignation ‘Hardest political decision’ of my life

By PHILLIP KEENE | THE VOICE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Former Virginia Sen. Phillip Puckett told The Voice this week that reports that he made deals with Republicans or anyone else to resign his seat are just not true. “I don’t do anything without talking to the Lord about it or without consulting with my family. This was the hardest political decision I’ve ever made,” Puckett, a Democrat, said Tuesday in his first interview since resigning from the Senate on Monday.

VaNews June 16, 2014


Democratic senator Puckett resigns, adding to state budget turmoil

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, will announce Monday that he is resigning his state Senate seat, suddenly giving Republicans a 20-19 edge in the chamber and dealing a setback to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push to expand Medicaid. Puckett’s stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opens the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities. The resignation also may clear the way for the Senate to confirm Puckett's daughter for a full six-year term as a juvenile court judge in Southwest Virginia.

VaNews June 9, 2014


Va. lawmaker to resign, paving way for jobs for self, daughter

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Republicans appear to have outmaneuvered Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a state budget standoff by persuading a Democratic senator to resign his seat, at least temporarily giving the GOP control of the chamber and possibly dooming the governor’s push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) will announce his resignation Monday, effective immediately, paving the way to appoint his daughter to a judgeship and Puckett to the job of deputy director of the state tobacco commission, three people familiar with the plan said Sunday. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

VaNews June 9, 2014


Virginia Democrat Senator Phillip Puckett resigns

By KEVIN CASTLE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber. Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities, the Richmond Times Dispatch said in a report issued late Sunday.

VaNews June 9, 2014


Senator's resignation leaves Democrats scrambling

By JULIAN WALKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A Southwest Virginia state senator has resigned effective today, a decision that could have implications for the ongoing budget stalemate tied to Medicaid expansion. The resignation from Sen. Phillip Puckett of Russell County could also cost Democrats lasting control of the Senate if they can't retain one of their last rural footholds in the state.

VaNews June 9, 2014


Andrew’s Law patron hopes bill to be stronger in 2015

By BILL ARCHER, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

State Senator Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, said on Friday morning that he was not totally disappointed by the set-back this week that found his bill, SB 293, often referred to as “Andrew’s Law,” continued until the 2015 session. “We thought the $15 million potential impact of the bill was unrealistic,” Puckett said.

VaNews March 3, 2014