By MARKUS SCHMIDT , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
Democratic leaders this morning criticized what they say are Republican efforts to rig elections by passing legislation that would make it more difficult for Virginians to vote. “In the beginning of this legislative session we saw bipartisan, common-sense bills that would address some of these problems that we faced last November,” said Del. Mark D. Sickles, D-Fairfax, chairman of the Democratic caucus. “But we’re on a path to leave this legislative session by the end of this week having created more obstacles and making voting more difficult for hundreds of thousands of qualified Virginia voters while achieving zero reforms,” Sickles said.
VaNews February 19, 2013
By TODD ALLEN WILSON, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
Members of the House of Delegates Democratic Caucus said they plan to push for Medicaid expansion and a state-run health care exchange in the upcoming General Assembly session despite Gov. Bob McDonnell's reluctance. House Democratic Caucus chairman Mark Sickles of Fairfax said at a press conference Thursday complying with these two provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act "should be at the top of the agenda" during the upcoming session.
VaNews December 21, 2012