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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.