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Mar12

Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap. “House Republicans continue to play Washington-style, shutdown politics that is costing Virginia taxpayers’ money and leaving thousands of uninsured Virginians without access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan. “This obstructionism has already lost $355 million of our own Federal tax dollars this year, and we will continue to lose money until the House Republicans come to the table."

Mar12

If you thought the debate over healthcare expansion ended when the General Assembly adjourned last week, think again. Lawmakers will take it all back up again March 24, and they're using the break to hear from you. Republicans and Democrats say little has really changed since they left Saturday. They're still miles apart on healthcare expansion and the state budget but they say your voice could help break the stalemate.

"We need to get back to the people who would be directly affected by our decision," said 71st District Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D).

Mar8

As I write this column, the 2014 General Assembly is winding down its work in advance of our scheduled March 8 adjournment. Of course, the most important bill we have to address, the Biennial Budget, is still in conference committee. Once again, we appear to be headed for overtime. Unfortunately, this is not unusual.

Mar5

State lawmakers are moving forward with a precedent-setting change in school textbooks. The bill will require textbooks to note the body of water commonly known as the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea. The seemingly minor change is a sensitive topic for Korean-Americans.

“We as a commonwealth cannot and should not pick and choose whose history we will accurately portray,” said 71st District Delegate McClellan.

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On Monday, Governor McAuliffe unveiled the two-year budget covering July 2018 through June 2020. 

You can read the Governor's remarks at the joint money committees meeting here. You can read the Richmond Times-Dispatch's article on the budget here.

Last month we saw a Democratic wave election in which Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring were elected Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, respectively, and Democrats in the House of Delegates climbed from 34 to 49!   
 
Majority control in the House is still up in the air, as four races go to recount.  In HD-94, Democrat Shelly Simonds trails Republican David Yancy by only 10 votes!  In HD-40, Donte Tanner trails Republican Tim Hugo by 106 votes.  And in HD-28, where 147 voters were given the wrong ballot, Democrat Josh Cole trails Republican Bob Thomas by only 82 votes.  Locally, in HD-68, Republican Manoli Loupassi requested a recount after conceding to Democrat Dawn Adams twice.  Dawn leads by 336 votes.  
 
In local upsets, Courtney Lynch was elected to serve as the Brookland representative on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, flipping control of the Board to Democrats for the first time in decades.  In Chesterfield County, which voted for a Democratic Governor for the first time in over 50 years, Jenefer Hughes was elected to serve as Commissioner of the Revenue.
Tomorrow Virginians will go to the polls to vote for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Members of the House of Delegates, and a number of local offices.
 
Make sure that you are election ready by making a plan to vote today!
 
Polls will be open on tomorrow from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
 
Finally, bring proper photo ID with you to the polls. You can see a list of acceptable forms of photo ID here. If you don't have one of these forms of ID, or it has expired, you can apply a for free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card at your local registrar's office. 
To see more information on voting in the 9th Senate District, including a list of local registrar offices, visit the "Voting in the 9th District" page of my website.