It’s a tie!

This week the nation is looking at Virginia while following the 2016 presidential polls:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are nearly tied, according to the Christopher Newport University poll. Bush is edging Clinton, 48-46. ow.ly/MbHvU

In D.C., the nation looks to Virginia’s equal right’s history in a historic Supreme Court case:

The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage expected in June will decide the fate of marriage across the nation, including Virginia where gay marriage has been legal since October ow.ly/MbHt6

Both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are tied after Tuesday’s hearing at the Supreme Court ow.ly/MhGzW

Batter Up!

It’s baseball season! Baseball parks and stadiums are beginning to fill up as the weather heats up across the country so spectators can enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes. Batting averages aren’t just for baseball though. Here’s a list of the batting averages of members from the 2015 General Assembly.

Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg: 1.000  (Garrett sponsored seven bills and all of them passed)

Del. Thomas A. Greason, R-Lansdowne: 0.917  (11 of his 12 bills passed)

Del. Edward T. Scott, R-Culpepper: 0.889  (Scott passed eight of his nine bills)

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-Williamsburg: 0.833  (Passed 20 of his 24 bills—more than any other lawmaker)

Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna and Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk: 0.833  (Both passed 10 of 12 bills each sponsored)

Sen. Emmett Hanger Jr., R-Mount Solon: 0.739  (Passed 17 out of 23 bills)

Sen. John Cosgrove Jr., R-Chesapeake: 0.727  (Cosgrove passed 16 of his 22 bills)

Sen. Ken Alexander, D-Norfolk: 0.667  (Passed 10 of 15 bills)

Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg: 0.000  (None of the 14 bills Mason introduced passed)

Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico: 0.000  (None of the 10 bills Morrissey sponsored passed)

Overall Senate batting average: 0.434  (344 bills of 793 introduced by the Senate passed both the Senate and the House)

Overall House of Delegates batting average: 0.404  (455 bills of 1,125 filed by the House passed both the Senate and the House)

None of the bills passed by the General Assembly have become a law. Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed 17 bills and recommended amendments to 68 bills.

Feuds, Friendships and Progress for Parties This Week

Democratic Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe praises GOP lawmakers in Virginia, causing the Democrats to worry http://ow.ly/LoHSg

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine promotes vocational work for minorities with La Cocina VA http://ow.ly/LoHVU

Both Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined six southern Republicans in seeking legislation for royalties for oil and gas found off state shores http://ow.ly/LoHYy

Virginia House member Barbara Comstock switched from Democrat to Republican http://ow.ly/LoI3j

Former Republican Governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore considers running for President in 2016 election http://ow.ly/LoI6l

All About McAuliffe

It’s been a busy week for Governor Terry McAuliffe. There were a lot of ups and downs…but mostly downs.

Governor McAuliffe was seen courting Indiana businesses this week amid controversial religious freedom bill allowing gays to be discriminated ow.ly/L5rJh

He also signed the “Right To Try” bill for the terminally ill, making Virginia the11th state to allow it. ow.ly/L5rvI

The Governor made two amendments to license plate reader bill provoking an angry response from legislators ow.ly/L2956

McAuliffe defended aggressively lobbying investor visa applications despite appearance of political favoritism ow.ly/L28YJ

Governor Terry McAuliffee said this week he will also suggest 53 changes to ethics bill and will veto “The Tebow Bill” ow.ly/KYPHu