Op-Ed: More Voters than Residents, But Governor Vetoed Anyway
03/06/2017 | News |
Late last year, the Public Interest Legal Foundation presented what I took to be a surprising discovery. It reported that eight Virginia localities have more registered voters than voting age residents.
Voters should demand to know how that could be. After all, the national average of registered voters compared to voting age citizens is just shy of 80 percent — the total number of U.S. citizens 18 or older and those registered to vote. A registered voter rate of...Continued »
My pick for president is…
08/07/2015 | News |
I am honored to announce that I am joining Scott Walker’s team as his Virginia Campaign Chairman. After eight years with Barack Obama in the White House, the American economy is stagnant and burdensome regulations are crippling small businesses. The Obama-Clinton foreign policy doctrine has left our friends to fend for themselves, our enemies unchecked, and the world a more dangerous place. We simply can’t afford eight more years of irresponsible liberal...Continued »
Agriculture Under Attack
07/13/2015 | News |
I recently attended a regional meeting of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) where local county officials and legislators talked about the regional economy and about agriculture being the lifeblood of the Shenandoah Valley region. Augusta, Rockingham, Page and Shenandoah Counties are four of the top five agriculture-producing counties in the state. Agriculture is our number one industry in Virginia, and it's continued vitality is essential to the...Continued »
Boosting Transparency in Government
04/12/2015 | News |
The General Assembly passed legislation this year to increase transparency and accountability in government. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed it. This is unfortunate, and shows that McAuliffe isn't as serious about transparency and ethics reform as his rhetoric suggests.
Let's start with some background.
The attorney general is the commonwealth's top lawyer. He represents the governor, the General Assembly, state agencies and departments. He also is tasked with...Continued »
Governor’s Veto Doesn’t Make Sense for Taxpayers
04/01/2015 | News |
SB1059, a government transparency bill I carried during the 2015 General Assembly session, was one of seventeen bills vetoed by Governor McAuliffe earlier this week. The legislation would have enhanced transparency for the procurement of outside counsel through the Office of the Governor or the Attorney General. It also limits contingency fees paid by the Commonwealth, and, as the article below points out, those fees can be very costly for Virginia's taxpayers. ...Continued »
End of Session Update
03/04/2015 | News |
The 2015 edition of the Virginia General Assembly came to end a day earlier than expected, with the Senate and House both adjourning Sine Die late Friday evening. We had a very successful session, passing a balanced budget, strengthening ethics reforms, and passing legislation that will keep our college campuses safer. I would like to share with you some of the high points of the 44-day General Assembly session.
Last Thursday, both the House and...Continued »
Promoting a safer Virginia
02/27/2015 | News |
As the 2015 General Assembly session comes to an end, I want to applaud my colleagues for the historic passage today of SB 1188, my legislation which creates the first ever standalone sex trafficking statute in Virginia. The bill will now go to the Governor for review, and it is my hope that he will sign it.
SB 1188 is critical to protecting victims and giving law enforcement the necessary tools to combat the pervasive problem of sex trafficking. I especially...Continued »
Legislative Update: Session is Underway
01/22/2015 | News |
Greetings from Richmond! With week two of the 2015 General Assembly session underway, I would like to provide a quick recap of all that happened in week one. Although it was a short week, with session officially kicking off last Wednesday, we had a lot packed into a three-day period. As bills begin making their way through committees, the pace will pick up and the days will get longer. This year is what’s commonly referred to as a “short session,” being that...Continued »