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2017 Virginia Political Forum
The 2017 Virginia Political Forum program was co-moderated by 88.9 WCVE News Director Craig Carper and State Capitol Correspondent Saraya Wintersmith. Political experts reflected on the election and what it means for the Virginia General Assembly session in January; any effect that the presidential election had on the Virginia voter; and the big issues that the General Assembly will be tackling in the January session.

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WCVE is your news source for the 2018 Virginia General Assembly, beginning January 10, 2018.
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General Assembly Updates | Weekdays at 7:45 a.m.
Plus additional legislative reporting throughout NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered newscasts on 88.9 WCVE.


  • General Assembly Updates: Weekdays at 6:58 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
  • Virginia Senate Live 2018: Mon-Thurs beginning at Noon | Fridays beginning at 11:00 a.m. on WCVW PBS
  • Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address: January 10 at 7:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
  • Governor’s Inauguration: January 13 at Noon on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
  • Governor’s Address to the Joint Assembly: January 15 at 7:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS

General Assembly ‘17 Archives:

New Law Keeps Violent Felons from Automatic First Offender Status

One of the news laws now in effect aims to keep violent felons from avoiding the full weight of the domestic violence prosecution through first-offender status. 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith reports the Delegate who sponsored the legislation is a freshman.

Virginia Delegate Mike Mullin (D-93) says before becoming a legislator, he noticed a loophole in Virginia law in his work as criminal prosecutor.

Bill Creates Opportunities for Local Needle Exchange Programs

One of the new laws going into effect allows Virginia’s Health Commissioner to establish local and regional harm reduction programs. 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith reports the bill opens the way for needle-exchanges to combat drug use in Virginia.

73rd District Republican Delegate John O'Bannon sponsored the bill that authorizes the health commissioner to start harm reduction programs during declared public health emergencies.

House Rejects Medicaid Expansion -- Again

The House of Delegates has rejected Governor Terry McAuliffe’s most recent effort to draw down federal funding from the Affordable Care Act to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

Republican Delegate John O’Bannon of Henrico says Virginia has done all it can afford to do to expand the health care safety net. “Current Medicaid is 22% of the General Fund, growing at 9-10% a year, it’s still growing and it’s already crowding out other essential services like transportation and public safety,” said O’Bannon.


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