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Saraya Wintersmith has spent the last two years covering Virginia's General Assembly for WCVE. When the Commonwealth's legislature is not in session, she splits her time covering government affairs and the Richmond Metro beat. 

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Articles by Saraya Wintersmith

Senate Majority Leader Shifts Tone on Medicaid Expansion

After two Senate Republicans indicated they're willing to support certain Medicaid expansion proposals, the leader of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus is also indicating a shifted stance. Saraya Wintersmith reports Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment is now willing to talk about ways to make a more fiscally responsible proposal.

More Information On "Safe Virginia Task Force"

Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are out with more information about their "Safe Virginia Task Force." It's a response to the House's Speaker Kirk Cox's formation of a special committee on school safety.

There was little discussion of guns or gun violence during the legislative session. On a conference call Tuesday, Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said the issue should be a part of Virginia's school safety talks, "The conversation on school safety is incomplete without discussing gun violence, this safe Virginia initiative will."

Virginia's Junior U.S. Senator Kaine Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

Virginia's junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is kicking off his official re-election campaign. He spoke with reporters in Richmond Monday afternoon. Even though it's his 10th time launching a campaign, a smiling and bright-eyed Senator Tim Kaine says he still has some of that nervous, excited energy, "If you don't have a little jitters, you should probably be doing something else." Kaine, who is seeking his second Senate term, is scheduled to hold a rally at the Maggie Walker Governor's school tonight.