News

Puckett’s Resignation Flips Control Of State Senate

Puckett’s Resignation Flips Control Of State Senate

Photo: WINA

The abrupt resignation of Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett of Russell County, which took effect Monday, means the chamber where he’s served since 1998, will flip back to Republican control. To the dismay of Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly Democrats, the state senate will have 20 Republicans, 19 Democrats and a vacancy that won’t get filled until there’s a special election. Puckett issued a statement late Monday saying his resignation will make it easier for his daughter, Martha Puckett Ketron, to become a juvenile court judge. He also says he has never been officially offered a job by the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and media reports that suggest he’s resigning to get a job with that agency are incorrect. Republican Richard Black of Loudoun County hopes the new GOP majority in the state senate can now endorse a budget that does not contain an expansion of the Medicaid program. Black and other Republicans say a senate version of the Virginia budget that contains no provisions for Medicaid expansion should help to end a stalemate that’s threatened a July 1st shutdown of state government. Geoff Skelley of UVA’s Center for Politics tells us Democrats are riled up and many of them are furious at Puckett. Skelley also believes it will be difficult for Democrats to hold onto Puckett’s seat in a future special election. Democrats took control of the State Senate on January 28th.

Latest Stories

in Sports

Super Bowl: From humble beginnings to king of sports

12thma

From modest beginnings of cheap tickets and empty seats to $4.5 million for a 30-second TV ad, the Super Bowl is the undisputed king of U.S. sporting events.

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

janetjustin

A look back at some of the biggest headlines to ever come out of Hollywood.

in Local Sports, Sports, UVA Sports

No. 2 Virginia Hosts No. 4 Duke in ACC Showdown on Saturday

VSabre for web~1240x800 copy

The Hoos host Duke as they try to remain undefeated.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties

$500 Reward For Information On Beaverdam Market Robbery

Beaverdam Robber2

A reward has been put out for the man who robbed a Fluvanna County convenience store and attacked its clerk…

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

UVA President Sullivan Addresses Improving Campus Safety

Sullivan Teresa

UVA will consider plans to create a research institute on violence and offer new campus safety courses.