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Morrissey Removed From Committees

Speaker of the House Bill Howell has removed embattled Democratic-turned-independent Delegate Joe Morrissey from all of his committee assignments and says further disciplinary action will come soon.

Morrissey was sworn into office again Wednesday, now as an independent. He was shut out by his party following his conviction last month of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Speaker Howell said Morrissey’s actions required consequences.

McAuliffe Pushes for Economic Development and Some Long-Shot Democratic Priorities

Governor Terry McAuliffe delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address last night (1/14). He asked the General Assembly for help growing the economy and made appeals for several high priority Democratic causes with little Republican support.

Governor McAuliffe warns that defense cuts brought on by sequestration already hurting the Virginia economy will only get worse and that the state must grow new business opportunities in other areas, not dependent on federal spending.

State of the Commonwealth 2015 - Part 1

Earlier tonight (January 14, 2015), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. The Democratic governor's address in the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol was followed by a response from Republican leaders.

Listen to Part 2 here.

Listen to the Republican Response here.

State of the Commonwealth 2015 - Part 2

Earlier tonight (January 14, 2015), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. The Democratic governor's address in the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol was followed by a response from Republican leaders.

Listen to Part 1 here.

Listen to the Republican Response here.

State of the Commonwealth 2015 - Republican Response

Earlier tonight (January 14, 2015), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. The Democratic governor's address in the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol was followed by a response from Republican leaders.

Listen to State of the Commonwealth 2015 Part 1 here.

Morrissey Sworn In But His Fate Remains Unknown

On the first day of the General Assembly session as the legislature returns to discuss ethics reform post McDonnell trial, among other things, the House of Delegates is struggling to decide how to handle embattled Delegate Joe Morrissey.

Morrissey was sworn into office again today, now as an independent. He was shut out by his party following his conviction last month of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Senior members of both parties say they are exploring all of their options, including voting to have him removed from office, though they did not do so today. 

McAuliffe To Deliver First State Of The Commonwealth Address

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Governor will deliver his first State of the Commonwealth Address. It can be heard and seen on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS at 7:00 p.m. and will be posted on ideastations.org later this evening (January 14).

In addition to ethics reform, McAuliffe will discuss his strategy for job creation, closing the state’s $2.4 billion budget shortfall as well as several other top Democratic priorities.

General Assembly Convenes, Will Tackle Ethics Reform Amid Scandals

The General Assembly Convenes in Richmond today (1/14) for the start of the 2015 session. At the top of its to-do list is ethics reform in the wake of the McDonnell trial, as well as the conviction and re-election of Delegate Joe Morrissey.

Just over a week after former Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, the need for ethics reform is evident to the Republican controlled legislature and to Governor Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe Announces Equality Agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a series of legislative proposals yesterday he says will promote equal opportunity for everyone across the Commonwealth.

Governor McAuliffe says he will push for equal pay for equal work for women by raising the penalty that employers who have violated equal pay laws must pay from two to three times the lost wages of the employee.

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