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Progress Virginia Strongly Condemns Trump-Pence Administration Restrictions on Health Care, Birth...

Gag Rule Will Deny Virginia Women Basic Information About--and Bar Access To--Critical Reproductive Health Care Services

Video, Photos: Virginians Rally as Medicaid Expansion Efforts Appear to Enter...

See below for video and a few photos from Progress VA and Kenny Boddye of yesterday's rally for Medicaid expansion at the Virginia General...

Hundreds from Across Virginia Rally in Support of Medicaid Expansion

From Progress VA: Hundreds from Across Virginia Rally in Support of Medicaid Expansion Richmond, Virginia—Hundreds of Virginians from across the Commonwealth came to Richmond Thursday morning. They gathered...

Progress Virginia Condemns Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

More Republican outrages... Progress Virginia Condemns Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Richmond, Virginia--In an early morning meeting, members of a House Health Welfare and Institutions Subcommittee...

Richmond Fast-food Workers Strike, Prepare to Risk Arrest in Nationwide Fight...

From ProgressVA:   ‘We Won’t Back Down’ Richmond Fast-food Workers Strike, Prepare to Risk Arrest in Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption --- Tens of Thousands Hit Streets...

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From Progress VA: In advance of Donald J. Trump’s scheduled visit to Ashburn, Va this morning, Progress Virginia released a new web project documenting Trump’s...

Virginians in Lorton Call On Our Delegates To Close The Gap


The time has come for our Delegates in Richmond to come together and close our Commonwealth's current health care coverage gap for the 400,000 low-income Virginians who need Medicaid expansion to pass in Virginia!

Last night, health care advocates, Delegate Marcus Simon (D-53), Virginians who fall into the coverage gap and a coalition of health care and human service providers came together at the Lorton Community Action Center. From the facility's food pantry they called upon all Virginia representatives to work together on a budget compromise that expands badly needed health care to hundreds of thousands of working Virginians and their families who need it now.

Speakers included Virginians who fall into the coverage gap, Delegate Marcus Simon (D-Fairfax County), Don Owens, Chair of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Martha Wooten, Executive Director, and Dr. Basim Kahn, Medical Director, of Neighborhood Health, a community health center that serves Fairfax County and Alexandria. Please find all their amazing stories and calls to action after the jump.  

Gift Loopholes Big Enough For A McDonnell Sized Scandal


Yesterday afternoon, federal prosecutors indicted Bob and Maureen McDonnell on charges stemming from the Star Scientific gift scandal. These charges only underscore the need for real ethics reform in Richmond. This morning, ProgressVA Education Fund released a new report examining how effective proposed ethics reform legislation would be. The bottom line?

Thanks to massive loopholes, the leading ethics reform proposal (HB1211) would not have banned a single gift in 2012.

The need for real ethics reform legislation has only been amplified by former Governor McDonnell's gift scandal and yesterday's indictment. The House of Delegates will begin considering ethics reform bills this afternoon and the Senate will act soon. It's vital you contact your representatives now and tell them ethics reform that leaves out the reform is unacceptable.

Demand real ethics reform from your representatives now!

Key findings from ProgressVA Education Fund's report are listed below the fold.

ProgressVA names Speaker William Howell 2013 “Turkey of the Year”

ProgressVA today announced Speaker William Howell as the receipient of the organization's 2013 "Turkey of the Year" award, in recognition of his staunch opposition to expanding Medicaid to up to 400,000 low-income Virginians. A program expansion would primarily benefit the working poor, while saving Virginia money and creating jobs. Howell succeeds Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the third honoree.

"A program that can help our neighbors access health care while saving money and creating jobs for our state should be a no-brainer," said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. "Speaker Howell's bird-brained opposition to expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians, including the working poor and veterans, has earned him our 2013 Turkey of the Year award. Congratulations, or something."

Does your family talk more than turkey on Thanksgiving?

Turkey. Football. Food coma. Relatives poorly informed about politics. While Ken Cuccinelli probably isn't showing up to your Thanksgiving dinner this year (or maybe he is. We don't know your life), his right-wing talking points might. Everyone has friends and family members who love to debate politics even though they have no clue what they are talking about.

The amount of nonsense can be overwhelming, and their bumper sticker logic can be mind-boggling. But don't despair! We have everything you need to set the record straight on Obamacare. Mashed potatoes not included.

Check it out below the fold: