Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
State News
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
State News
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

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

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

Virginia Unveils Statewide Workplace Safety Rules in Absence of Federal Guidelines
State News
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 Governor to Announce Removal of Lee Statue
State News
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
State News
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

Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
State News
Governors Brace for 'New Normal' as They Take Steps to Kick-Start Economies
2020-04-16 14:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Ahead of an expected White House announcement on the easing of restrictions meant to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, governors across the nation are preparing for a "new normal" that will be quite different from the... Read More

Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions
State News
Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions

BALTIMORE — While Northeast states have announced a pact to figure out when and how to lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Maryland continues to coordinate its response to the pandemic with its southern neighbors in... Read More

DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
State News
DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
2020-03-24 12:54:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year, and all restaurants must end dine-in service, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Northam announced the new measures as the number... Read More

Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
State News
Virginia's House of Delegates Votes Itself Out of District Line Drawing Business
2020-03-10 15:53:46
by Dan McCue

The Virginia House of Delegates has voted to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to largely strip itself of the power to draw new political maps next year, instead placing responsibility in the hands of an independent commission.... Read More

75% of Virginia Voters Still Undecided on Presidential Candidate
Opinion Polls
75% of Virginia Voters Still Undecided on Presidential Candidate
2020-02-18 20:49:58
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders are all currently among Virginians’ top choices when it comes to the Democratic presidential nomination, but few voters have made a final choice, a Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday... Read More

Virginia Senate Panel Says No to Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban
State News
Virginia Senate Panel Says No to Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The final and most controversial of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control bills that would have stopped the sale of assault weapons and banned people from having 12-round magazines has been tabled for the year. The... Read More

Virginia Cities Will Be Allowed to Move Confederate Monuments Under New Law
State News
Virginia Cities Will Be Allowed to Move Confederate Monuments Under New Law

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia state Delegate Jay Jones has to see the statue of a Confederate soldier every day on his way to his law office in Norfolk. “Every time I drive past it … my heart breaks a little... Read More

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections

RICHMOND, Va. — Advocates for people who identify as LGBTQ cheered Thursday as Virginia’s General Assembly passed comprehensive legislation protecting them from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces. “This is a historic day and bright moment for the whole... Read More

States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
Litigation
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
2020-02-06 21:55:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the... Read More

Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
In The News
Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
2020-02-06 18:47:17
by Dan McCue

A Virginia senate panel has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would create a bipartisan commission to draw the Commonwealth's political map following the 2020 census. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 13-1 to approve the... Read More

Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
In The News
Absence of Reliable Transportation Funding Costing Virginia Motorists Billions
2020-02-03 17:00:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Virginia motorists lose 9.5 billion annually on roadways that are rough, congested and lacking in some desirable safety features, according to a new report by TRIP, a nonpartisan research organization focusing on transportation issues. The nonprofit says the... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully
State News
Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully

RICHMOND, Va — Thousands of mostly white men — many decked out in camouflage and armed with assault-style rifles — packed Richmond’s streets Monday, circling the gun-free Capitol Square, where thousands more waved signs and listened to speeches, all wanting... Read More

Virginia Votes to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, But There’s Still a Fight Ahead
Civil Rights
Virginia Votes to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, But There’s Still a Fight Ahead

RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly five decades after legislatures began ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, Virginia became the key 38th state to do so Wednesday — giving it the three-fourths support needed to make it part of the U.S. Constitution. But... Read More

Virginia Delegate Files Proposal to Establish Nonpartisan Redistricting Proposal
State News
Virginia Delegate Files Proposal to Establish Nonpartisan Redistricting Proposal
2020-01-15 16:31:53
by Dan McCue

Virginia Delegate Marcia Price has introduced legislation to create an independent redistricting commission to draw new legislative lines after the 2020 census. Delegate Price, whose district includes parts of the cities of Hampton and Newport News, said during a press... Read More

Panel Calls for Virginia to Purge 'Explicitly Racist' Laws and 'Segregationist Policies'
State News
Panel Calls for Virginia to Purge 'Explicitly Racist' Laws and 'Segregationist Policies'
2019-12-06 15:17:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Virginia commission tasked with researching racist laws adopted in the state's past recommended Thursday that scores of them be officially repealed, including measures that prevented black voters from casting ballots and prohibited interracial marriage. "The devastating long-term... Read More

Democrats Take Control of Virginia General Assembly in Historic Election
Elections
Democrats Take Control of Virginia General Assembly in Historic Election

NORFOLK, Va. — Democrats won decisive majorities in the House of Delegates and state Senate in an historical election that sets Virginia on a new course. That put Democrats in control of the General Assembly and governor’s office for the... Read More

Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
Elections
Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
2019-11-01 17:06:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, November 5, voters in two states will cast their vote for governor, while in four states, the makeup of the legislature will be determined -- noteworthy all on their own because they will have a significant... Read More

Select Committee Unanimously Endorses Proposals to Improve Life on Capitol Hill
Elections
Select Committee Unanimously Endorses Proposals to Improve Life on Capitol Hill
2019-08-02 19:52:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Before leaving Washington to work in their home districts, members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously endorsed a second round of bipartisan proposals to improve life on Capitol Hill. “This committee is committed... Read More

400th Jamestown Anniversary Comes at Significant Moment for Democratic Governments
State News
400th Jamestown Anniversary Comes at Significant Moment for Democratic Governments

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Just a few miles from where it all began, politicians, civil servants, journalists, academics and citizens will gather at the College of William and Mary to consider the future of representative democracy in the United States... Read More

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