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  • Some Virginia lawmakers turn an $18,000 salary into a $55,000 pension

    Some Virginia lawmakers turn an $18,000 salary into a $55,000 pension
    Earlier this summer, Bob Brink paused for a memory from his first days in the General Assembly
  • Virginia Politics: A Shad Plank lookahead to 2015

     Virginia Politics: A Shad Plank lookahead to 2015
    That was some roller coaster in politics, 2014 was. A sure-bet Senate election turned squeaker. A dance on the edge of a fiscal cliff over the state budget. A special session on the Medicaid expansion standoff that ended up … a standoff. Then...

    Lawyer: No charges in Puckett investigation

    RICHMOND - Federal authorities won't mount a case against former state Sen. Phil Puckett over his resignation and has closed its investigation, Puckett's attorney said Friday. Thomas J. Bondurant Jr. said in a news release that the U.S. Attorney for the...

    Puckett's departure deconstructed: Senator resigning killed McAuliffe's secret Medicaid plan

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had run out of options to pull off his marquee campaign promise to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Even a risky plan to circumvent the legislature had fallen apart. That's when the...

    Citizens have spoken

    Cooler heads know better than to jump to sweeping conclusions about the state of the nation immediately after an election. Elections seem to be more useful as a reminder that American voters will make up their minds based on what's important to them,...