Olympia Meola covers the governor and state legislature for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She joined the newspaper in 2005 and covered two local school systems and Henrico County government before joining the state politics team. She was also a member of the newsroom's first multimedia team. She appears in the political analysis video "View from Olympia" each week. She came to The Times-Dispatch from the Daily Progress in Charlottesville. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Olympia serves as vice president of the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association. You can reach her at (804) 649-6812 or e-mail omeola@TimesDispatch.com
Four Republican presidential candidates submitted petitions Thursday in time to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, said Wednesday that the House and Senate were "not very far apart" on payroll tax holiday extension talks when discussions broke up.
Gov. McDonnell unveiled a two-year, $84.9 billion spending plan that balances increases in transportation, higher education and the state's pension system.
Gov. McDonnell's two-year, $84.9 billion budget would infuse public schools with $438 million, provide a larger cushion for potential federal cuts and fatten the rainy day fund.
Last month it topped a record 900,000 in sign of sluggish economy.
13 state Senate contests topped $1 million.
Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to incrementally increase the portion of the state sales tax that is dedicated to transportation to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent over the next eight years, raising it first to 0.55 percent for the coming two-year budget.
Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to incrementally increase the portion of the state sales tax that is dedicated to transportation to .75 from .5 over the next eight years, starting with a hike to .55 percent for the upcoming two-year budget, to generate an estimated $110 million in new transportation funding for maintenance.
No injuries reported in incident early Sunday at Prince Edward County campus.
Allen amassing massive, and eclectic, endorsement collection
Mining uranium in Southside Virginia could support up to 1,000 jobs annually in one of the state's most economically depressed areas.
A new study of the socioeconomic impacts of uranium mining in Southside Virginia indicates that the operation could bring 1,000 jobs annually to one of the state’s most economically depressed areas with an economic impact of $135 million a year.
He wants to merge seven agencies into others and cut 23 boards and commissions to 11.
Those ideas, with others that the state estimates will save $2 million a year, are from McDonnell's government reform and restructuring commission.
Potential annual savings range from $77 million to $220 million
The football rivalry between U.Va. and Va. Tech has long pitted friends at different ends of the couch and is dividing Gov. Bob McDonnell's family.
Tuesday's conversation with members of the Governor's Advisory Council will inform the 2 year budget proposal that McDonnell will present to Dec. 19.
Economic advisers expect revenue growth, but counsel caution.
They question Bolling's authority to break a tie on organizing the chamber.
Democrats question whether ties on organizational matters can be broken by the Republican lieutenant governor in a chamber split 20-20.
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