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Republican Representative Barbara Comstock Gives Away Trump Donations to Her Campaign

Virginia’s Tenth District Representative has given away money donated to her campaign by Donald Trump, saying he is a bad role model.

First-term Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has taken the $3,000 dollars donated to her re-election campaign by Donald Trump and given it to recuperation centers for wounded veterans.

Comstock represents a key swing district that includes a diverse electorate and won her first seat in 2014 in a heavily-contested and expensive contest.

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Block State Funds for Planned Parenthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill today (3/30) that would have banned state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Currently Planned Parenthood gets no state or federal funding for abortion services.

Brian Coy, Spokesman for Governor Terry McAuliffe, says the bill would have prohibited these dollars from being spent on other services the clinics provide that many women rely on unrelated to abortion.

Giffords and Kelly Push for Gun Control in Virginia

More than a dozen advocates are launching a new state-wide effort to bring more gun control laws to the commonwealth.

At the State Capitol, Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly announced the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense.

Captain Kelly says the group he co-founded with his wife - Americans for Responsible Solutions - will provide most of the coalition’s funding.

The couple is also lending their support to start similar gun control groups in Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Delaware.

 

State Senator Don McEachin Set To Announce Run for Congress in the 4th District

State Senator Don McEachin is set to announce he will run for Congress in Virginia’s redrawn 4th district.

Senator McEachin, a Democrat from Henrico, turned in his paperwork and petitions yesterday (3/14) with 3,000 signatures, three times the required number, and will make his formal announcement today.

The UVA law school graduate is an attorney in private practice and has served in the General Assembly for 16 years.

General Assembly Doubles Funding for Bay Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says cleanup efforts received a significant boost in funding from this year’s General Assembly, and is on track for a complete restoration by 2025.

The General Assembly approved almost $62 million to help farmers with better practices. Peggy Sanner, Attorney for Chesapeake Bay Foundation says that’s double last year’s allocation.

There is $59 million to improve wastewater treatment plants. Hanover will get $157,000, Richmond $3.5 million and Hopewell $35 million over the next three years.

Harrington Approves Of Assembly's Sexual Assault Bills

The mother of Morgan Harrington says bills passed this year by the General Assembly to fight sexual assault will save girls from sexual victimization when they take effect.

The bills will integrate dating violence and sexual assault prevention into family life education in schools, require the retention of physical evidence from rape cases and provide better training for law enforcement officers who investigate the cases.

Gil Harrington’s daughter Morgan was just 20 when she was raped and murdered.

McAuliffe Vetos Coal Tax Credit

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill to renew existing coal tax credits that supporters say support jobs in Southside and Southwest Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe invited the press into his office at the state capitol as he vetoed the bill in front of the cameras, saying the coal tax credit doesn’t work. McAuliffe says he has the votes to ensure the legislature cannot override this veto.

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