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Localities Will Have To Give Back To State To Close Budget Gap

The City of Richmond will have to return almost $1.5 million in state aid due to declining revenues. The money will come from core programs like police, jail operations and help for troubled children and adolescents. The reason is a $2.4 billion gap in the state’s two-year budget and an agreement hammered out two months ago by the Governor and the General Assembly.

Virginia cities are hurt the most, but it will cost Henrico County about a million and Chesterfield County almost $800,000.  Education has been spared for now.

Kaine and Warner on Opposite Ends of Pipeline Debate

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, were divided yesterday on their support for building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Senator Tim Kaine opposed the authorization of the Keystone Pipeline. He says rising sea levels have a direct affect on Virginians specifically in Hampton Roads, by flooding roads, damaging homes and wrecking economic havoc on families and businesses.

McAuliffe Aims to Sign 160,000 Virginians for Obamacare

Governor Terry McAuliffe and his administration are working hard to encourage uninsured Virginians to sign up for health coverage during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The McAuliffe Administration hopes to sign up at least 160,000 of the half million Virginians eligible for coverage through the federal marketplace by February 15th.

Brat Sworn In

Dave Brat was sworn in last night (11/12) as Virginia’s newest congressman, replacing former 7th District Representative and U.S. House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor. Brat, a first time public office holder, defeated Cantor in the primary, attacking him for being out of touch with his district and soft on issues like immigration.

In Extremely Close Race, Warner Appears Poised to Return to Senate

In a shockingly close election, Mark Warner appears to be poised to return to the Senate, leading his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast and with over 99% of precincts reporting.

Just two months ago, Warner held a nearly 20-point lead over Gillespie. That narrowed significantly in recent weeks, though no one was expecting a margin this close.

Mr. Brat Goes to Washington

Republican Dave Brat, economics professor at Randolph Macon College, will go to Washington as the next Congressman from Virginia’s 7th district, having defeated fellow professor, Democrat Jack Trammell and several months ago doing what many thought was impossible, unseating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Brat defeated Trammell by over 20 point margins in two races yesterday, one to begin in January when the rest of the 2015 freshman class is sworn in and one to begin immediately filling the remainder of Cantor’s term during the lame duck session.

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