Sunday, April 7, 2013
Virginia's legislature passed an amendment prohibiting some insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.
This week, Virginia’s legislature approved a measure by Gov. Bob McDonnell that prohibits certain health insurance companies from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. The exceptions to the insurance coverage rule are in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. While the new Virginia legislation isn’t as restrictive of abortions as recent legislation passed in North Dakota and Alabama, critics are concerned about the financial effect the legislation may have on a woman’s decision. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) said, “Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol.” The Virginia Society for Human Life, an anti-abortion group, …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Vienna-area Sen. Janet Howell calls compromise — expected to raise $880 million a year for roads and mass transit —"truly the best we're going to get."
Sunday, February 24
By Stephen Nielsen, Capital News Service A divided Virginia Senate on Saturday passed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature issue of the 2013 legislative session – a bill to overhaul the state’s system for funding transportation. Just hours before the session’s end, the Senate voted 25-15 for House Bill 2313, which will raise about $880 million a year more for roads and mass transit by increasing sales taxes while lowering the fuels tax. The debate over how to increase revenue continued right up to the vote. Sen. Charles "Chuck" Colgan-D of Manassas Park, Manassas and parts of Prince William County, voted in favor of the bill. “This isn’t any bill. This is the only bill,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg. He said it’s …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Proposed map would shuffle more Republican voters into Democrat's district.
A Republican effort to redistrict Virginia's state senate appears to directly target Dist. 29 Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William). The changes, introduced as an amendment to a larger bill late Monday, are awaiting House approval, but Democrats — who called the move an attempt to gain control of the evenly-split senate — are gearing up for a fight. The new district map would shift Dale City voters to District 37, replacing them in Colgan's district with voters in Bristow, Gainesville, Lake Ridge and Occuquan — strengthening GOP numbers in what was a toss-up district. For a map of districts under the proposed Republican plan, see this interactive from the Virginia Public Access Project. Delegate Luke Torian (D-Prince William) issued a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The candidate for U.S. Senate and former Virginia governor answer questions in Dulles at AOL today. Democrat Tim Kaine will visit AOL May 17.
George Allen, a Republican candidate for the open Virginia U.S. Senate seat, will appear at the AOL Dulles campus today at 1:30 p.m. to speak with AOL employees and other guests. Patch will be covering the forum and inviting a few readers from each Patch to attend in person. If you'd like to attend the event, send an email to email@example.com with your name, address and telephone number. What Would You Like to Ask George Allen? Tell Us in the Comments! Patch editors will be questioning Allen at the event, and we'd like to know what we should ask. George Allen is a former Virginia governor and former U.S. senator. What are the most important issues to you in the election? What would you like to ask George Allen? Tim Kaine, former …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Charles "Chuck" Colgan was sworn into the VA senate today for the 10th time. Colgan often boasts he's the only senator to hail from Manassas Park.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sen. Chuck Colgan, Sr. (D-29) declared winner of the Virginia senate seat, beating out newcomer Tom Gordy.
The Washington Post declared Sen. Chuck Colgan, Sr. (D-29) the winner of the Virginia senate seat, beating Republican Tom Gordy. Colgan won Manassas Park and Manassas City early in the evening. As of midnight Tuesday, all but one of the 47 voting precincts had reported final numbers, and it was clear Colgan had just won his 10th term, securing 55.10 percent of the total votes to Gordy's 44.72 percent. In Manassas City, Colgan had 2,712 votes to Gordy's 2,549 votes. Colgan thanked all his friends and family who worked on his campaign. "Thank you for being our friend; we are honored to be in your presence," he told a crowd gathered at his victory party at the Colgan Air hangar at the Manassas Regional Airport Tuesday evening. Colgan said …