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Mixed Reactions in Virginia to Supreme Court EPA Ruling

There were mixed reactions in Virginia to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that the EPA did not properly consider costs of implementing new mercury and air toxin standards for coal and oil fired power plants.

Benjamin Knotts, Deputy State Director of the Virginia chapter of the conservative tax policy group Americans for Prosperity says the EPA regulations factored into the closure of the Glen Lyn power plant and could have forced others to shut down.

Clinton Says it’s Past Time for Virginia to Expand Medicaid

Addressing Virginia Democrats annual fundraiser at the Patriot Center at George Mason University Friday evening (6/26), Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton said it is past time for the Commonwealth to expand its Medicaid program.

Clinton says expanding the safety net program would provide coverage to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who need it and could potentially save about $100 million dollars in the state budget.

Clinton Tells Virginia Dems GOP Has No New Ideas for Economic Prosperity

Addressing Virginia Democrats annual fundraiser at the Patriot Center at George Mason University Friday evening, Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton said the GOP has no new ideas for bringing the economic recovery to all Americans.

Clinton says while Republicans believe they are the party of new ideas and fresh faces, on economic strategy, the GOP is looking backward and not forward.

Virginia GOP Will Choose Presidential Nominee By Primary, Governor By Convention

Virginia Republicans will select their Presidential nominee by primary on Super Tuesday, March 1st 2016, but will choose their candidate for Governor by a convention in 2017.

The Virginia GOP’s state central committee approved the presidential primary on a 42-39 vote at a meeting in Staunton Saturday (6/27).

Conservative candidates typically fair better in a nominating convention while establishment Republicans are preferred in primaries.

Virginia Officials React to SCOTUS Health Decision

Virginia officials had mixed reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling, upholding government subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.

Governor Terry McAuliffe praised the decision saying it will preserve health coverage for nearly 300,000 Virginians.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring agreed. In January he wrote and filed an amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act subsidies, 21 other states and D.C. signed on.

Virginia’s Backup Plans If Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare Subsidies

Governor Terry McAuliffe says the state has contingency plans if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state subsidies in the Affordable Care Act but has yet to say what those plans are.

The decision would affect millions of Americans in nearly two thirds of the states, like Virginia, who chose not to adopt a state based exchange. Nearly 300,000 Virginians are now receiving subsidies to participate in the federal exchange. Though they would lose their coverage should the court rule against those subsidies.

McAuliffe Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag from License Plates

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that he will ask Attorney General Mark Herring and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne to begin the process of removing the confederate battle flag from state issued license plates.

The debate in Virginia began in 1999. The state legislature passed a law that allowed members of the group, Sons of Confederate Veterans, to create a special license plate. The law attempted to prevent the battle flag from being part of the design, but a federal court ruled the emblem could be used.

McAuliffe Announces Additional Reforms to Rights Restoration Process

Yesterday (June 23) Governor Terry McAuliffe announced two key reforms to the rights restoration process for former felons who have served their time.

Governor McAuliffe will remove the requirement that individuals pay outstanding court costs before they can have their rights restored.

The state will also establish a process for those whose rights have been reinstated to have that fact designated on their criminal record.

McAuliffe says his administration has restored the rights of over 8,250 former felons to date, more than any other Governor.

McAuliffe Says European Trip Already Paying Dividends

Governor Terry McAuliffe says his 12-day trade mission to Europe has already proved fruitful and will continue to pay dividends in the coming months.

The Virginia trade contingent held over 70 meetings in 6 countries, netting some significant deals.

Lidl Foods, a discount grocery chain with over 10,000 stores in Europe will locate it’s U.S. Headquarters in Arlington and a production facility in Springfield totaling 700 new jobs. Elephant Insurance will bring 1,200 new jobs to the commonwealth.

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