Sunday, April 7, 2013
Virginia's legislature passed an amendment prohibiting some insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.
This week, Virginia’s legislature approved a measure by Gov. Bob McDonnell that prohibits certain health insurance companies from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. The exceptions to the insurance coverage rule are in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. While the new Virginia legislation isn’t as restrictive of abortions as recent legislation passed in North Dakota and Alabama, critics are concerned about the financial effect the legislation may have on a woman’s decision. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) said, “Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol.” The Virginia Society for Human Life, an anti-abortion group, …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Proposal would allow localities to impose a 1 percent income tax without voter approval.
Friday, February 8
The Virginia State Senate has passed a bill that would enable Virginia localities to create a local income tax to fund improvements to transportation infrastructure. Under the legislation, SB 1313, which is now awaiting review in the House of Delegates, local governments would be allowed to establish an income tax of up to 1 percent without approval from voters. The bill would affect the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. Current Virginia law dictates a jurisdiction’s residents must approve a local income tax in a referendum. The majority of Virginia localities rely on road maintenance from the state, with the exception of some areas…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Proposed map would shuffle more Republican voters into Democrat's district.
A Republican effort to redistrict Virginia's state senate appears to directly target Dist. 29 Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William). The changes, introduced as an amendment to a larger bill late Monday, are awaiting House approval, but Democrats — who called the move an attempt to gain control of the evenly-split senate — are gearing up for a fight. The new district map would shift Dale City voters to District 37, replacing them in Colgan's district with voters in Bristow, Gainesville, Lake Ridge and Occuquan — strengthening GOP numbers in what was a toss-up district. For a map of districts under the proposed Republican plan, see this interactive from the Virginia Public Access Project. Delegate Luke Torian (D-Prince William) issued a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The candidate for U.S. Senate and former Virginia governor answer questions in Dulles at AOL today. Democrat Tim Kaine will visit AOL May 17.
George Allen, a Republican candidate for the open Virginia U.S. Senate seat, will appear at the AOL Dulles campus today at 1:30 p.m. to speak with AOL employees and other guests. Patch will be covering the forum and inviting a few readers from each Patch to attend in person. If you'd like to attend the event, send an email to email@example.com with your name, address and telephone number. What Would You Like to Ask George Allen? Tell Us in the Comments! Patch editors will be questioning Allen at the event, and we'd like to know what we should ask. George Allen is a former Virginia governor and former U.S. senator. What are the most important issues to you in the election? What would you like to ask George Allen? Tim Kaine, former …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Candidates share insight into backgrounds, policy and beliefs.
Two Republican candidates for the 36th Senate sounded off in a forum Tuesday. Jeff Frederick and Tito Muñoz are on the ticket for a heavily democratic 36th Senate district, held by current Senator Toddy Puller (D) since 1999. The new 36th district contains portions of Fairfax County and a large section of eastern Prince William County as well as a small part of Stafford County. In a forum hosted by the Young Republicans of Prince William at Daks Grill, Frederick and Muñoz, had the opportunity to speak to their beliefs, backgrounds and platforms in front of an audience of their peers before taking questions from the audience. For Tito Muñoz, known to many as “Tito the Builder” as dubbed by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, this is his …