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Health Care | Virginia

Fact Check: Virginia State Sen. Bryce Reeves Claims to ‘Champion’ Low-Cost Insurance, but His Plan Would Boost Premiums

By Cole Driver on May 7, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves is running Facebook ads claiming he “championed” higher-quality and lower-priced health care legislation, but an analysis showed that his bills would have increased premiums and slashed protections for pre-existing conditions.

Accountability | Virginia

Records Reveal State Senator Who Lied About Swearing at Officer Also Misled About Driving Lexus

By Chad Smith on May 1, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase admitted this week she lied about her encounter with a police officer at the Capitol. Records suggest she was also misleading about several other aspects of the run-in, including the kind of car she was driving.

Accountability | Virginia

Virginia Del. Glenn Davis Got 93% of Contributions from Special Interests

By Cole Driver on April 25, 2019.

Virginia state Del. Glenn Davis reported hauling in $14,400 in fundraising contributions between January and March, but less than 7 percent of that came from individuals. The rest came from PACs, businesses and lobbying firms, deepening Davis’ reliance on special-interest money for his re-election campaign.

Accountability | Virginia

State Sen. Amanda Chase Says Police Report About Her Profane Exchange with Officer was ‘Partisan’ Hit

By Chad Smith on April 25, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase refuted a Capitol Police report that described an incident in which she profanely castigated an officer over parking last month, suggesting — with no evidence — that it was written with partisan motives.

Accountability | Virginia

State Senator Reported Just 1 Contribution from a Human Being, and He’s Not Even a Constituent

By Chad Smith on April 17, 2019.

A Virginia state senator hauled in more than $44,000 for his re-election efforts in the first quarter of this year, but he reported that only $200 of that — less than 0.5 percent — came from a real, live human being.

Accountability | Virginia

State Senator Attended Fundraiser in Genie Costume That Said ‘Rub Me’ on Lamp Protruding from Crotch

By Cole Driver on April 5, 2019.

Before he was elected to the Virginia state Senate, William R. DeSteph Jr., who is running for re-election in November, attended a Halloween fundraiser for a youth charity dressed as a genie in a lamp, with a large, protruding spout from his crotch like an erect penis. The lamp read, “Rub Me!”

Accountability | Virginia

Virginia GOP State Senator Led ROTC Group That Flew Confederate Flag

By Cole Driver on February 11, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves, who has voted against allowing the removal of Confederate monuments, was a leader in an ROTC company in college that flew the Confederate flag, making him the latest politician in the Old Dominion to face new questions about the South’s racist past.

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