Virginia

Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill
In The States
Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill
2021-02-22 21:22:27
by TWN Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in the Commonwealth. The legislation now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia... Read More

Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
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Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15
2021-02-05 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15. “Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” he said during... Read More

Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
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Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
2021-01-20 17:18:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a... Read More

Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
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Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
2021-01-04 14:36:25
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. – This week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam allocated an additional $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund to meet demand for the program and fulfill pending grant applications.  This new funding... Read More

2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear
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2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An unusually broad field of candidates are vying for the governor's seat in Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. Only New Jersey and Virginia are set to elect governors this... Read More

Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall
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Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall
2020-12-21 18:49:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years was removed from the building Monday morning. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had requested the removal and a state commission... Read More

McAuliffe Makes it Official, He's Running Again for Virginia Governor
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McAuliffe Makes it Official, He's Running Again for Virginia Governor
2020-12-09 18:57:40
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia’s former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a widely anticipated move official Wednesday, announcing he's once again running to lead the Commonwealth. The governor's race in Virginia is expected to be one the marquee political contests of... Read More

Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
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Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
2020-12-08 16:48:55
by Tom Ramstack

Members of two Virginia churches are trying again in a lawsuit filed on Friday to challenge the governor’s restrictions intended to control the spread of coronavirus. The lawsuit says the restrictions Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced in mid-November “discourage the... Read More

Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
Marijuana
Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue
2020-11-17 20:19:26
by Dan McCue

Richmond, Va. - Virginia could reap more than $300 million in tax revenue a year if lawmakers were to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the Commonwealth's legislative watchdog. In a new report, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says... Read More

Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
Tourism
Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
2020-11-17 16:53:45
by Sara Wilkerson

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program.  The tourism body revised its traditional marketing program, creating the... Read More

Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
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Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers
2020-11-12 21:20:46
by Sean Trambley

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These... Read More

Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
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Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
2020-11-04 17:44:46
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Voters last night approved an amendment to the state constitution that will create a bipartisan redistricting commission, putting an end, once and for all, to years of court battles over partisan gerrymandering. With 98% of election... Read More

VA-07: Nick Freitas (R)
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VA-07: Nick Freitas (R)
2020-10-31 01:03:45
by TWN Staff

About Freitas: Nick Freitas has been married to Tina Freitas since 1999. They have three children, Lillyana, Luke and Alexandria. His mother was a president of a Republican Women’s organization, and he has been walking precincts for Republican candidates since... Read More

VA-07: Abigail Spanberger (D)
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VA-07: Abigail Spanberger (D)
2020-10-31 00:58:51
by TWN Staff

About Spanberger : Abigail Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Spanberger then joined the CIA as a case officer. She traveled... Read More

VA-05: Cameron Webb (D)
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VA-05: Cameron Webb (D)
2020-10-31 00:57:41
by TWN Staff

About Webb: Growing up in Spotsylvania, Va., Webb's mother, a public-school speech therapist, and father, an HR manager with the DEA, taught their son to take an active role in his community and serve others. After graduating from the University... Read More

VA-05: Bob Good (R)
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VA-05: Bob Good (R)
2020-10-31 00:56:36
by TWN Staff

About Good: Born in Pennsylvania then moving to New Jersey, Bob Good’s family relocated to Lynchburg, Va., when he was nine years old and his father decided to attend seminary.  One of four boys, Good attended high school at Liberty... Read More

VA-02: Scott Taylor (R)
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VA-02: Scott Taylor (R)
2020-10-31 00:53:56
by TWN Staff

About Taylor: Scott Taylor was raised by his mother, a single parent, in a small town on the Eastern Shore. Taylor began working on a farm at 11 years old and soon after was introduced to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters... Read More

VA-02: Elaine Luria (D)
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VA-02: Elaine Luria (D)
2020-10-31 00:49:47
by TWN Staff

About Luria: Elaine Luria served her country in uniform for 20 years. When her peers were heading off to college, she joined the U.S. Navy at 17. Luria served for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer... Read More

Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
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Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
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Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration Deadline
2020-10-14 17:43:11
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state’s online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable. The deadline to register to... Read More

FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake
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FBI Agent: Plot Suspects Talked of ‘Taking Out’ Virginia’s Governor, Leaving Whitmer on Lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified... Read More

Religious Groups Sue Virginia Over Law Protecting Gay Rights
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Religious Groups Sue Virginia Over Law Protecting Gay Rights
2020-10-05 15:10:53
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - Religious groups and a wedding photographer are suing the state of Virginia over a new law that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender persons. The law is directed primarily against discrimination in employment, housing and public... Read More

Rapper Kanye West Kicked Off Virginia Ballot by Court Order
2020 Elections
Rapper Kanye West Kicked Off Virginia Ballot by Court Order
2020-09-04 21:33:01
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND -- Rap star Kanye West was booted off Virginia’s ballot this week by a judge who accused him of using deceptive tactics to qualify as a candidate for president. Last week, Virginia’s Board of Elections determined West qualified to... Read More

Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
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Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
2020-07-16 15:35:03
by Reece Nations

RICHMOND, Va. – Due to the lack of federal workplace guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday emergency occupational safety standards to be implemented statewide. The rules, instituted via an executive order, mandate... Read More

Virginia Primaries: GOP Taps Taylor for Rematch With Luria; Democrats Back Webb Vs. Good
2020 Elections
Virginia Primaries: GOP Taps Taylor for Rematch With Luria; Democrats Back Webb Vs. Good

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor won a three-way GOP primary Tuesday in Virginia’s 2nd District, securing a chance at a rematch against freshman Rep. Elaine Luria in a district on both parties’ radar. And in the competitive Democratic... Read More

Virginia Native Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Juneteenth Will Be a State Holiday
In The States
Virginia Native Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Juneteenth Will Be a State Holiday

NORFOLK, Va. — Juneteenth, the day commemorating slavery’s end in the United States — which falls on Friday this year — will be a paid holiday for Virginia state employees, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Joining Northam in Richmond for... Read More

Virginia Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue
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Virginia Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior... Read More

Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
Voting
Virginia Voters Sue to Block Widespread Absentee Voting
2020-05-26 14:34:21
by Tom Ramstack

A group of Virginia voters is suing their state over a plan for wider use of absentee ballots during the primary election next month as coronavirus restrictions continue. Their lawsuit is one of more than a dozen pending nationwide that... Read More

More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
State News
More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
2020-05-07 14:59:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - As state governments weigh their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, religious groups across America have voiced concerns that lockdown measures could infringe on their constitutional rights. Last month, police broke up a gathering of 16 people at Lighthouse... Read More

Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
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Virginia Could Begin Long Walk Down Road to Post-Pandemic Normalcy in Mid-May
2020-05-05 21:34:44
by Dan McCue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that while the coronavirus remains a serious problem, enough appears to be going right that the time has come to consider reopening the state's economy. During a briefing with reporters, Northam said the number... Read More

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