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Sunday News: Warning from Government Ethics Office on Trump Nominees; “What...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, January 8. Ethics office warns that Trump, GOP are...

House Republicans: The Judges of Their Own Drunkenness?

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When I learned earlier this week that House Republicans were set to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) by removing almost all of its independent...

Wednesday News: GOP Follows Trump’s “Disastrous Example” on Ethics, “Shoots Self”...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, January 4. Also check out Rep. Bobby Scott speaking...

Tuesday News: BADlatte et al Gut Ethics Office; Trump Tweets About...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, January 3. Warming crushes global records again in 2016...

Classic Journalistic Ethics #FAIL: Loudoun Tribune Op-Ed Masquerading as “Interview” with...

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Just when you think that "journalism," such as it is these days, can't sink any lower, you get garbage like Not so Black and...

Wherein I Rebut Bob Gibson on the “Virginia Way,” Ethics (or...

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Bob Gibson - a former Virginia political reporter, radio host, head of the Sorensen Institute and now Senior Researcher at the Academy for Civic...

After McDonnells’ Corruption Case, It’s Most Certainly Not – Repeat, NOT!...

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The award for the most absurd Virginia-politics-related quote(s) yesterday goes to...drum roll please...State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), who clocks in with this beauty: “I think...

Bob McDonnell and the New Cycle of Corruption

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By David T.S. Jonas, former economic policy aide to Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and served as policy director to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Commission on Integrity...

Dominion Power Play Not Playing Well Across Virginia

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Dominion's bill to shield its books from public scrutiny until 2020, with help from the many legislators it has purchased, is not getting a very good reception across the Commonwealth.  Here's a sampling of the THUMBS-DOWN reviews:

AP/Staunton News Leader:

Sen. Frank Wagner is the chief sponsor of legislation that would weaken state oversight of Dominion Virginia Power's rate setting. The move could help the utility giant's bottom line and its shareholders, of which Wagner is one.[...] As a regulated monopoly, Dominion has a strong interest in staying on good terms with state lawmakers. The utility is the biggest corporate donor to state political campaigns and is the most generous gift-giver to state lawmakers. [...] most lawmakers who own the company's stock did vote for the legislation.

Jeff Shapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch:  

Kevin Sullivan’s Been Campaigning for Joe Morrissey’s Seat

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There's actually been a Democrat campaigning for Delegate Joe Morrissey's seat in the 74th District since July. Meet Kevin Sullivan from James City County, a proud union man and former Political Coordinator for Teamsters Joint Council 83, Labor Liaison for Attorney-General Mark Herring, and President of the Charles City Ruritan.

This is Kevin at the annual Mathews Democratic Crab Steam last August, so that's the pounding in the background. He has been pounding the pavement because he wants to represent the interests of blue collar workers in Richmond.

There are not enough people in government who have punched a time clock or carried their lunch in a bag or lived paycheck to paycheck. That's what I want becoming a legislator. I want to represent regular people.

His platform emphasizes Medicaid expansion, education, worker protection, and legislative ethics. He has pledged not to accept the state health coverage provided to Delegates until the Medicaid coverage gap is closed. Educational innovation, technical training opportunities, the cost of higher education, and student loan debt concern him. As a worker's voice in the legislature, he wants to focus on Workman's Compensation and worker misclassification. Saying there is too much "big money" in politics, he is trying to fund his campaign with small donations. In the legislature he would work to limit contributions and gifts to state officials.

At the time we met, Sullivan wanted the opportunity to face Morrissey in a primary. We'll see if that comes to pass.