Senator Colgan Dissed By Fellow Dems On Abortion Vote

February 11, 2014 | 7 comments

On a 22-18 bipartisan vote today, the Senate of Virginia defeated a bill that would have removed language protecting taxpayers from funding abortion from Virginia’s law regarding Obamacare. The bill, SB 618, was patroned by Senator Mamie Locke (D-2, Read more>

The Pols Are Out And So Are Their Grades: American Conservative Union Releases Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

May 16, 2013 | 2 comments

The General Assembly wrapped up its 2013 business, officially, April 3, at the conclusion of the “Veto” session. Since then, a flurry of scorecards have been released by several organizations, including the Family Foundation’s late last week. Usually released… Read more>

Quote Of The Day: Norment Nails It (About Himself)

February 23, 2013 | 2 comments

Seconds ago, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) on the floor, during debate on the tax-increase-and-spend-transportation bill: Anyone who knows me knows I’m a simple man. I’m a simpleton. A little while later, he and 24 other senators joined 60… Read more>

Budget-Making Transparency Bill May See Light Of Day, Finally

February 8, 2013 | 3 comments

Persistence is one of the most important ingredients in the legislative process. Defeat of a bill cannot deter a lawmaker, nor even people who support the idea. Some laws languished as remains in the sausage grinder for years before they… Read more>

Breaking News: Lt. Governor Bolling Demands Apology From Senate Dems Who Slammed Capitol And State Police In Floor Speeches Today

March 5, 2012 | 1 comment

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has just released audio of his answer to a question at a news conference today, where he let loose on Senate Democrats who criticized Virginia State and Capitol Police for their handling of Saturday afternoon’s Capitol… Read more>

Primary Thoughts

August 25, 2011 | 2 comments

New Gang Of Five In Virginia Senate?

February 15, 2010 | No comments

Is there a new Senate “Gang of Five”? J. Scott Leake thinks so. Mr. Leake should know. He was a top insider to the leadership of the “moderate” Republicans who held sway during the years of GOP control of that chamber.… Read more>

Questions And Answers Regarding The Virginia Senate

February 5, 2010 | 1 comment

After all the reporting we’ve done this week on SB 504, Senator Ralph Smith’s (R-22, Roanoke) coerced abortion bill, and the Senate’s mischief with it, the in-box has been flooded and the phone lines burned up with questions. We are grateful for your… Read more>

The Virginia Budget: More Reform Ideas Now

December 30, 2009 | No comments

Speaking of Virginia’s budget process and Governor-elect Bob McDonnell’s idea to reform the process whereby the lame duck, outgoing governor proposes the next two-year budget, more is needed to be done. For one, zero-based budgeting. Even Creigh Deeds supports… Read more>

You Had To Be There . . .

February 24, 2009 | 2 comments

We’ve received a few questions about yesterday’s vote in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on HB 2314, the chaplain prayer bill. The most asked question is simple: What was the actual vote on the bill? Unfortunately, because of the game played in committee,… Read more>