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NEW GALLUP POLL: Medicaid expansion, state exchanges linked to faster reduction in uninsured rate

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Gallup released a new poll yesterday that highlighted the growing number of insured in states that closed the health care coverage gap. Among those that haven't expanded?

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DPVA Chair Mayor Jones' Statement on Seventh Anniversary of Virginia Tech Tragedy

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DPVA Chair Mayor Dwight Jones released the following statement in remembrance of the 7th anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy:

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House Republicans Reject Reality: Lose Half a Billion for VA

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This week, the Senate passed a budget that funds Virginia's core priorities, gives state employees including teachers a 2% raise, helps f

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Ed's Events: March Edition

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RICHMOND -- As Senator Mark Warner travels the Commonwealth speaking to constituents about real issues facing Virginia, it has been 84 days since the launch of Ed Gillespie's campaign and he's yet to hold an event open to press. While he's found plenty of time to talk to right-wing reporters and pundits, we have found no evidence that Ed allowed Virginia reporters into a single campaign event in March.

“As a seasoned spokesman, Ed Gillespie has never been one to shy from the cameras. However, now that he's the candidate, he's in hiding," said DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. "It's time Ed Gillespie show his face and answer questions on some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth today, including where he stands on closing the coverage gap, helping unemployed Virginians, protecting health care choices for Virginia women, and other important issues."

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House Republicans Admit Refusal to Compromise on Closing the Coverage Gap

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Today, after the Senate Finance Committee presented their budget, which brings back $2 billion per year in federal funds to provide healthcare for up to 400,000 Virginians and creates 33,000 jobs, provides funding for first responders, and invests in a 2% pay raise for state employees, House Republicans admitted that they will not come to the table to even consider a budget that closes the coverage gap.

In response to the Senate Finance Committee's action today, House Republicans stated, "this is the fourth iteration of Medicaid expansion proposed since the General Assembly began in January" and then added, "The Senate's most recent proposal is an unworkable plan" signaling their refusal to even talk about the prospect of closing the coverage gap. And for the second time in less than two weeks, threw out another budget without even giving it the time of day.

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Party of Intolerance

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RICHMOND --Earlier this week Delegate Tag Greason was the latest Virginia Republican to make insensitive and out of touch comments when he told a constituent she was "intellectually lazy" after she urged him to close the coverage gap for 400,000 uninsured Virginians.

This comes just weeks after Senator Steve Martin referred to mothers as "hosts" and Senator Frank Ruff likened closing the coverage gap to a "tar baby." 

Instead of condemning this divisive and offensive rhetoric as unacceptable, the Republican Party of Virginia has shown that they have no plans to move beyond the GOP of yesterday, as they announced that conservative blogger Shaun Kenney has been tapped to be their new Executive Director.

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Concerned Citizens Delivered Speaker Howell a $5 Million Choice

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RICHMOND -- Today, in a letter addressed to Speaker Howell, concerned citizens of the Commonwealth gave the Virginia House Republicans a five-million dollar choice; "either spend $5 million a day to insure 400,000 Virginians, and create 30,000 jobs, or use this as a down payment to the Tea Party extremists that are holding Virginia's budget hostage."

"The Virginia House Republicans recent erratic behavior where they hastily rejected the Governor's budget without giving it even partial consideration is not only unfair to the 400,000 uninsured Virginians seeking a close to the coverage gap but unfair to the Commonwealth," said DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. "It's our hope that Speaker Howell, Delegate Cox, Delegate Jones and their colleagues observe the discussion happening today in Senate Finance and that they learn what it means to govern for the people in their districts.

"It's time for House Republicans to come to the table and work with their colleagues in the other chamber on a solution to pass a budget that closes the coverage gap for 400,000 working Virginians."

Text of the letter below

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Political Theatrics in Mr. Jefferson's Capitol

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Here in Richmond we've seen our share of political theater over the last few months from the Virginia House Republicans; legislators growing Stanley Cup style beards, flamboyant floor speeches that do nothing more than say 'no' to insuring 400,000 uninsured Virginians, and the latest, ceremonially walking their budget over to Senate chambers with a child like sign they placed on the chamber door that read 'Gone Home.'

"Instead of coming up with their own plan to insure hundreds of thousands of Virginians over the last few few months, House Republicans have wasted time spinning their wheels thinking of ways to turn this very serious conversation into a joke," said DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. "As legislators, it is their job to serve their districts and this type of childhood antics have no place in the General Assembly.

"It's time for Virginia House Republicans put an end to the games and get to work; hundreds of thousands of Virginians depend on it.  This type of behavior begs the question: How can they even think of passing what they misrepresent as a 'clean budget' if they can't even come to work clean shaven?"

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NEW DPVA WEB VIDEO: Supporting the Individual Mandate: A Bipartisan Stance?

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RICHMOND, VA – This week, Ed Gillespie’s campaign sent out a fundraising email stating that he was “a vocal opponent” of the Affordable Care Act “sounding the alarm about its mandates” even before it came into law. Yet in his memoir published in 2006, he recommended gaining compliance for the mandate through the U.S. tax code. He then went on CSPAN to reiterate that point. Ultimately, he was paid $300,000 to be the spokesman for a coalition that made the individual mandate the centerpiece of its health reform plan.

This made us wonder, who else supported the individual mandate during the debate about health reform?

We put together a new video to help jog Ed's memory.

“As a career partisan and Washington lobbyist, Ed may be comfortable abandoning his previous positions, but he's going have a hard time explaining his hypocrisy on the individual mandate to Virginians," said DPVA spokeswoman Ashley Bauman. "Gillespie cannot dodge questions about his purported beliefs forever."

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And the List Goes On . . .

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RICHMOND - When the VA House GOP decided to blindly reject the Governor's budget on Monday in appropriations, they didn't just reject a teacher pay raise of 2%, or a $17 million investment for public safety, including first responders, they also rejected an $8.9 million investment in mental health and the $200 million per year that would be directed to the mental health system if we close the health care coverage gap.

"Virginia House Republicans have completely failed some of Virginia's most vulnerable citizens by refusing to accept the largest investment in mental health in Virginia history," said DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. "Instead of taking a substantial amount of time on Monday to really dig into the Governor's budget and find areas where they could agree - House Republicans took a scorched earth approach and killed it three hours later.

"It's clear - House Republicans have chosen to embrace their extreme Tea Party ideology while abandoning the people of their districts most in need."

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