McAuliffe Begins Second Year as Virginia Governor with Revamped Priorities (Washington Post)

Washington Post Stephen J. Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political scientist, sees a healthy balance between sparring and cooperation.

“To me, what’s been striking about the Medicaid expansion debate is that it didn’t stand in the way of significant agreement on the budget once the Medicaid issue was resolved,” he said. “One of the things with the president and Congress, once the key issues are resolved, there’s always a lot of bad blood that prevents cooperation on a lot of [other] issues. This is one of the ways where Richmond still is a little less dysfunctional than Washington.”

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