The GOP narrowly controls both the House and Senate in Virginia. Northam hopes to work across the aisle to achieve Democratic priorities including the expansion of Medicaid and additional regulation of firearms.
Outgoing Governor Terry McAuliffe is backing away from a bill to move Richmond’s state-owned Robert E. Lee monument.
Jeff Schapiro joins WCVE's Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include the increase in Democrats and women in the General Assembly, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final State of the Commonwealth Address, and Gov. Elect Ralph Northam’s new majority woman cabinet.
The General Assembly is back today (1/10) with new rules and a new Speaker of the House.
“My words are simply inadequate to express the honor I feel today standing before you as speaker of the House. I will simply say thank you,” said Delegate Kirk Cox.
The unanimous election of Delegate Cox to speakership followed a contentious election season in which House Republicans lost a two-thirds majority.
The Trump administration has exempted the state of Florida from controversial plans for offshore drilling for oil and gas, and Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says what is good for Florida is good for Virginia.