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Beyer is Back In the 8th; Wittman Wins Primary in 1st.

There is a familiar name winning the Democratic Virginia’s 8th District, and Republicans voted to return a veteran congressman in the 1st. Former Virginia Lt. Governor Don Beyer won a seven-way Democratic Congressional primary yesterday, virtually assuring he will replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran in the heavily Democratic 8th Congressional District. With 46% of the vote, Beyer had far more than his closest challenger, State Delegate Patrick Hope, who had 18 percent.

Virginia Senate to Return Thursday to Deal with Budget Crunch

Following the resignation of Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett, all 20 Republicans, with the help of Democratic Senator Chuck Colgan have recalled the Senate to the State Capitol this Thursday to pass a budget and put it into conference with the House of Delegates. The GOP is expected to retake control of the Senate Thursday evening and advance a budget free of Medicaid expansion.

Democratic Senator Resigns, Shifting Balance in Virginia Budget Dispute

Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett will resign June 9, effective immediately, giving control of the evenly divided Senate chamber, at least temporarily, to the GOP and threatening Democrats' hopes to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Republicans reportedly have offered Puckett a spot on the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission staff and given assurances that his daughter will be confirmed as a juvenile circuit court judge.

Warner Calls for Private Input on Vets Fix

Senator Mark Warner along with a bipartisan group of nine other Senators are calling on President Obama to take advantage of private sector help to fix the Veterans Administration scheduling system. Warner says private sector partners could deliver an action plan in 30-45 days. Warner took similar action five years ago when he partnered with the Northern Virginia technology community, which  helped on a pro bono basis to tackle problems at Arlington National Cemetery.

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