Thursday, February 28, 2013
Medicaid expansion would provide for more than 400,000 Virginians to have health care and provide some 30,000 jobs.
The Virginia State Senate passed a transportation plan after Governor Robert McDonnell agreed to sign off on a Medicaid expansion conference committee to come up “with a concept to ensure that significant reforms are attained prior to any potential expansion of Medicaid.” The committee will be made up of five members of the House of Delegates who serve on the House Appropriations Committee and five members of the Senate Finance Committee as well as the Secretaries of Finance and Health and Human Resources. At least three members of the House and three of the Senate members on the Committee must vote to approve the recommendations. The two secretaries will be ex-officio, non-voting members. Medicaid expansion would provide for more than …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
An update from Virginia State Senator Linda "Toddy" Puller.
The Virginia General Assembly convened in Richmond last Wednesday. So far one of the major issues is whether or not to lift the moratorium on mining uranium. The bill before us is one that would go forward to set up regulations should the ban be lifted. Many people have contacted me regarding this issue sharing studies and concerns pro and con. Another issue gaining a lot of attention is Governor Robert McDonnell’s reappointment of Helen Dragas to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. Her reappointment must be confirmed by the General Assembly. After meeting with Ms. Dragas and considering the damage that has been done to our stellar, flagship public university, I have decided that I cannot vote for her confirmation and have …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sen. Toddy Puller can thank the voters in Fairfax County who gave her an almost 3-1 edge over challenger Jeff Frederick, which was more than enough to give her the victory Tuesday night.
If Fairfax County voters didn't have a say in the senate race between incumbent Toddy Puller and challenger Jeff Frederick, the district would have a new leader. But thanks to Fairfax County's 3-1 edge for Puller, she overpowered the GOP's Frederick with 15,558 votes to Frederick's 12,531. The 15,370 Prince William County voters who cast a ballot Tuesday night gave Frederick a slight edge, with 50.66 percent of the votes. Puller received 49.11 percent of the votes. Puller also lost in Stafford County, which often leans to the right on Election Day. Puller ran unopposed in 2007, when 20.83 percent of voters cast a ballot. On Tuesday night, voter turnout reached 25 percent, with 28,131 of the 112,481 registered voters hitting the polls. The …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Beth El Hebrew Congregation hosted a candidates' brunch.
Candidates in three state senate races fielded questions from constituents at a candidates’ brunch at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria on Sunday. The brunch was hosted by the Brotherhood of Beth El Congregation. 36th District candidates Jeff Frederick and Sen. Toddy Puller, 39th District candidates Miller Baker and Sen. George Barker, and 31st District candidate Barbara Favola. Favola’s opponent, Caren Merrick, was not present. Immigration, transportation, HOT lanes, and BRAC were discussed at length. “We haven’t done anything significant for transportation funding since 1986,” said Sen. Puller. “We did get the formula changed a little bit for Northern Virginia. It’s just outrageous what we have not done for our citizens as far as…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Mark Warner and former Governor Kaine announced their endorsement of Senator Puller for reelection
Sen. Jim Webb and Sen. Mark Warner, as well as former Gov. Tim Kaine announced their endorsement of state Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller for re-election this week. Puller is running against Republican challenger Jeff Frederick for the 36th District seat. Webb said in a press release: “Toddy Puller is an exceptional public servant. Thanks to her hard work and skill, Toddy has helped tackle some of the toughest challenges facing Northern Virginia—improving the Route 1 corridor, strengthening public education and safeguarding our quality of life. As her friend for many years, I know Toddy to be a fierce advocate for Virginia’s veterans and military families. She’s earned our trust.” “I have known Toddy Puller for more than 20 years and she is …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Supporters of Senator Toddy Puller came out to a house party hosted at a private home in Dumfries Thursday night.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Incumbent State Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller (D) will go head-to-head with Republican candidate Jeff Frederick at the first of four appearances in the Northern Virginia area before the Nov. 8 election for the 36th District Senate seat.
Incumbent State Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller (D) will meet up with her GOP rival, candidate Jeff Frederick, this week at two venues, in the first of a series of joint appearances before they meet on the ballot on Nov. 8. The two are vying for the state's 36th District Senate seat. On his campaign Web site, Frederick takes out after Puller, stating in a headline: "Puller Refuses Debates With Frederick." In a letter to Frederick, which he published on his site, Puller explains that the two are already set to meet in four joint appearances and that she expects there to be other opportunities to discuss the issues leading up to the Nov. 8 election. Frederick said that constituents within the 36th District, which includes a wide swath of Route 1, …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jeff Frederick will now take on incumbent Toddy Puller in the November General Election.
In a sweeping victory, Jeff Frederick won the Republican primary for the 36th Senate seat Tuesday night, despite intermittent earthquakes throughout the day. Frederick announced to a crowd of supporters in Dumfries that he received the call that he won the primary Tuesday night. Frederick held the lead early when precincts began reporting votes after polls closed at 7 p.m. In Prince William County, Frederick gained 76.80 percent, or 2,626 votes, of the unofficial tally, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website. Challenger Tito Muñoz brought in 793 votes from the county, or 23.19 percent of the vote. Nearly six percent of voters in Prince William County turned out for the primary election, a low turnout, but something that…
Monday, August 22, 2011
VA Sen. Toddy Puller's Saturday Mount Vernon-area campaign canvass
Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine joined state Senator Toddy Puller for her canvass kickoff on Saturday outside the home of Paul Siegel. Puller, a Democrat, is the incumbent running for re-election for her state Senate seat in the 36th District. Joining Kaine was state Delegate Scott Surovell, who is running for re-election in the 44th District Delegate campaign, and Dan Storck, who is running for Fairfax County School Board re-election for the Mt. Vernon District.