The following are articles from newspapers, blogs, and other news sources throughout the Commonwealth and the country featuring members of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.
Senator Jill H. Vogel (Fauquier) has introduced SB 626 to create a bipartisan commission to conduct Virginia's redistricting processes. The legislation would establish a seven-member temporary commission to prepare districts for the House of Delegates, the Senate, and Congress every ten years.
Sen. Vogel headlined a press conference advocating the legislation on January 25. The following are media hits from that press conference:
As the General Assembly ended its first full work week of 2010, some patterns have emerged. A flood of legislation has been submitted, but that is nothing new. Partisan maneuvering has gone on; but that, too, is expected. And we have heard from our newly elected Governor. That, however, only happens once every four years.
Solutions for Economic Growth and Business Friendly Initiatives
Balancing the State Budget through Focused Spending Cuts
As the second week of session winds down, I’d like to update you on what’s shaping up to be an interesting, if challenging, session.
As many of you are aware, there has been a long standing effort to move regulation of the menhaden fishery from the General Assembly to V.M.R.C. This movement has resurfaced this year and both of us have received a considerable amount of correspondence regarding this issue. Since this is an issue that has its roots in the Northern Neck, we wanted to jointly respond and share our unified bipartisan position with our constituents.
Born in Elk Park, North Carolina, August 22, 1935; educated at East Carolina University (B.S.); University of Virginia (M.Ed.); retired educator; married Margie White Blevins; member: Centerville Baptist Church. Member of House of Delegates: 1998-2001; Member of Senate: 2001-.
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With the 2010 General Assembly session upon us, I thought that it would be beneficial to provide you with a brief update on the overarching theme of the session, the budget. With a $4.2 billion dollar shortfall to make up, the budget will be at the forefront of all debate. Prior to his departure, Governor Tim Kaine introduced his budget that includes the caboose bill amending the FY 2010 budget and the new biennial budget for FYs 2011-2012.
Wednesday night's State of the Commonwealth address was filled mostly with accolades and expressions of thanks. Very little policy was discussed. Accolades included our reputation as a very well run state. We are proud of these recognitions and they are many. We have led and kept our economy stronger then most states throughout the years with sound fiscal policy. Presently, the jobless rate and inflation outpacing income are the greater problems. Accordingly, we need to focus on that which creates jobs and leaves money in taxpayers’ pockets for paying the household bills.