Va. Gov McAuliffe sets priorities before lawmakers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Days after taking office, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked lawmakers to help him "show the partisans in Washington" that Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.

But in a Monday evening speech to the General Assembly, the new Democratic governor also pressed lawmakers to take up one of the most contentious issues of the state's 2014 legislative session: expanding Medicaid.

McAuliffe says the state can't afford to forgo $2.1 billion a year in federal funds by not expanding the Medicaid under the federal health care law to about 400,000 Virginians.

Republicans have rejected overtures to expand Medicaid, saying it needs reform.

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