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Republicans Nominate Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for VA Supreme Court

A week after Governor Terry McAuliffe nominated Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush to Virginia’s Supreme Court, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have nominated a different candidate.

Nearly 20 members of the Fairfax Delegation from both parties signed a letter in support of Roush, including the Republican Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee Delegate Dave Albo.

Now Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for the same seat.

McAuliffe Unveils FAMIS Enrollment Program to Commemorate Medicaid Anniversary

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday (7/30) a new back to school enrollment plan for FAMIS a federal assistance program for underprivileged families.

The plan coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan announced last fall set a goal of enrolling 35,000 additional children in the FAMIS program by the end of 2016. Since then 17,000 have signed up.

The Governor used the opportunity to once again call on the General Assembly to expand Medicaid.

Wason Survey Says 2016 Presidential Candidates Will Have To Build New Virginia Coalition

As Virginia emerges as a key battleground state in the Presidential election, the Wason Center says it will take more than just loyal Democrats or Republicans to turn the tide. 

The Wason Center for Public Policy says candidates will have to build a coaltion from seven distinct voter groups.

Quentin Kid, Director, says the Democrats will have to build a new coaltion to repeat their wins in 2008 and 2012.

House and Senate Republican Leaders Reject Compromise on Redistricting

Virginia’s Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have declined Governor McAuliffe’s request to meet to forge a compromise on court ordered redistricting of some of Virginia’s congressional maps.

The Republican leaders say the meeting is premature as they have requested an extension to the September 1st deadline set by a federal court to redraw the maps.

Governor McAuliffe has called a special session of the General Assembly for August 17th to redraw Virginia’s 3rd congressional district.

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Trailing Republicans in VA

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton narrowly trailing leading Republican candidates in several key swing states including Virginia.

The poll of nearly 1,200 voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado shows Clinton is losing ground to Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker vs. a similar poll conducted 3 months ago where she held 7-8 point leads over the same candidates. In Virginia she remains mostly within the margin of error. In Colorado and Iowa she trails the same candidates by 5-8 points.

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