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Bill Howell wants to make sure you don't forget the Kilgore/Pucket Scandal

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Today, Speaker Bill Howell went to great lengths to remind Virginians about the federal investigation into Republican Delegate Terry Kilgore over whether he bought a Senate majority by offering Senator Phillip Puckett a job in return for resigning his seat. 
 
The Speaker's bizarre letter (in which he admits that the Governor's appointments are proper) is most interesting because it chronicles a first in Virginia politics: A conservative Republican admitting that the Obama administration's judgment is more valuable than his own. 

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Bill Howell wants to make sure you don't forget the Kilgore/Puckett Scandal

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Today, Speaker Bill Howell went to great lengths to remind Virginians about the federal investigation into Republican Delegate Terry Kilgore over whether he bought a Senate majority by offering Senator Phillip Puckett a job in return for resigning his seat. 
 
The Speaker's bizarre letter (in which he admits that the Governor's appointments are proper) is most interesting because it chronicles a first in Virginia politics: A conservative Republican admitting that the Obama administration's judgment is more valuable than his own. 

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Shocking No One, Do-Nothing Republican Leadership Does Nothing for 400,000 Uninsured Virginians

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Despite hopes across the Commonwealth for a special session miracle, House Republicans proved that they were never serious about coming to the table and finding a way to insure 400,000 Virginians. Rather than work towards a compromise, Speaker Howell and nearly all House Republicans chose partisan posturing to kill the only bill under consideration, wasting time and taxpayer dollars.

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CNU Poll: Virginians Calling on House Republicans to Close the Coverage Gap

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new poll from Christopher Newport University shows that Virginia voters have taken a keen interest in the fight to expand Medicaid. A definitive majority across the Commonwealth support the idea of Medicaid expansion, begging the question – how can Republican leadership double-down on refusing to expand access to healthcare for 400,000 uninsured Virginians?

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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Myths and Facts for Speaker Howell

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Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates have been hiding behind fake excuses and baseless claims to avoid doing the right thing for 400,000 uninsured Virginians. It makes no sense -- why would Speaker Howell and House leadership fight so hard to block affordable healthcare for hard-working Virginians?
 
It's true that everyone's talking about Medicaid expansion these days. Maybe in all the hubub, Speaker Howell just got a little confused about he rights and wrongs of Medicaid expansion. Here's a helpful cheat sheet that might help House leadership actually come to the table to discuss closing the coverage gap.

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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Still No Plan from House Leadership

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With special session only days away, Virginians are still waiting for Speaker Howell and the rest of House Republican leadership to show that they're even willing to consider a plan to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap. Republican leaders have yet to put forward legislation to ensure that 400,000 Virginians have access to the healthcare they deserve – but they have wasted thousands of taxpayer dollars on political posturing.

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Virginia Democrats' Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

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RICHMOND – Linda Brooks, Chair of the Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus, released the following statement on the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

"Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important pieces of legislation our country has ever passed – the Violence Against Women Act. This law lends crucial support to law enforcement, survivors and those providing support services, regardless of race, creed or sexuality. While we have made progress in stemming the tide of abuse over the last two decades, there is still much more to be done to ensure that violence has no place in any relationship.

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Everyone’s Asking: What Are House Republicans Going to Do About Closing the Coverage Gap?

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House Republican leadership has called the entire legislature back to Richmond for a special session on Medicaid expansion next week. At a cost to taxpayers of $25,500 per day, the Speaker wouldn't bring everyone back without seriously negotiating a plan to close the coverage gap and provide healthcare to 400,000 uninsured Virginians... right? 

Unfortunately House Republicans have indicated they're more willing to squander taxpayer dollars then actually come to the table and compromise on a solution.

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How Congressman Scott Rigell Really Votes When It Comes To Women’s Rights

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Anticipating the U.S. Senate’s vote today on the Paycheck Fairness Act, we are reminded that the same bill was blocked from consideration by Congressman Scott Rigell in the House. 

Not only does Scott Rigell vote against pay equity between men and women, he also wants to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care. Rigell cosponsored legislation that limits funding for abortions to only victims of “forcible rape”. He even voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Rigell is out of touch and is trying to impose his radical agenda on Virginia’s women.

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Kilgore Nepotism Has No Place in Virginia Politics

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Yesterday, a columnist at the Roanoke Times echoed what many Virginians are saying: Terry Kilgore needs to step down from his position on the Tobacco Commission, now.

It seems that Republicans can hardly go a day without a scandal, and Virginians are fed up with Kilgore's shady dealings that further taint the Commonwealth’s ethical landscape. His desperate clinging to power amid a grand jury investigation and public outcry over his family’s preferential treatment only further proves he is unfit to lead.

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