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Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls
In The States
Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls
2021-09-17 21:12:41
by Dan McCue

Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election began Friday morning, the start of a 45-day period in which those registered to do so can cast ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the House of Delegates and in local races.... Read More

Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee Removed in Virginia Capital
In The States
Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee Removed in Virginia Capital
2021-09-08 20:33:39
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of General Robert E. Lee that has held a prominent place in the former Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, for 131 years was taken down Wednesday morning. Disputes over whether the statue is a symbol... Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
Law
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
2021-09-02 20:34:36
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns. The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, cited... Read More

Port of Virginia, Dominion Energy Reach Deal to Propel Offshore Wind Industry
Energy
Port of Virginia, Dominion Energy Reach Deal to Propel Offshore Wind Industry
2021-08-26 15:55:20
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - The Port of Virginia says it will lease a portion of its Portsmouth Marine Terminal to Dominion Energy in a bid to accelerate construction of the largest commercial offshore wind farm in the United States, and ensure... Read More

Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
Education
Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
2021-08-12 19:16:45
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in all indoor settings in the state's K-12 schools. The move comes after a handful of school districts in recent days... Read More

Virginia to Honor Asian American Pacific Islanders With Historical Markers
In The States
Virginia to Honor Asian American Pacific Islanders With Historical Markers
2021-08-03 14:46:26
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND -- The state of Virginia will erect five new state historical highway markers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander history in the Commonwealth, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. The markers were submitted by Virginia students through the inaugural AAPI Heritage... Read More

Half of Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals Forced to Close to New Patients Due to Overcrowding
Mental Health
Half of Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals Forced to Close to New Patients Due to Overcrowding
2021-08-03 14:31:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has struggled for years with patient overcrowding in state mental health hospitals. Then, on July 9, five out of the eight state psychiatric hospitals were forced to temporarily close to new... Read More

Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
In The States
Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
2021-07-16 21:17:07
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to provide universal broadband to its residents by 2024. “It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat... Read More

Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
In The States
Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
2021-07-11 12:08:24
by Dan McCue

While states across the country have been grappling with a delay in the reporting of U.S. Census Bureau data as they contemplate drawing new election district maps, the pandemic-caused slowing of the information could impact Virginia House of Delegates races... Read More

GOP Candidate's Private Equity Resume Draws Scrutiny in Va.
In The States
GOP Candidate's Private Equity Resume Draws Scrutiny in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Newly retired, Judy Pavlick was among hundreds of seniors who enjoyed the low cost-of-living and friendly atmosphere at Plaza Del Rey, a sprawling mobile home park in Sunnyvale, California. Then the Carlyle Group acquired the property... Read More

Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
In The States
Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
2021-06-09 18:19:03
by Brock Blasdell

Jack Ciattarelli, a moderate Republican from New Jersey, and Terry McAuliffe, an establishment Democrat from Virginia, both had strong victories in last night's gubernatorial primaries against their respective party’s political competition. Now in the last stretch of a race to... Read More

New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
Elections
New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
2021-06-05 16:15:34
by TWN Staff

New Jersey and Virginia will both hold statewide primaries on June 8.  New Jersey will hold primaries for governor, state Senate, and state House. Virginia will hold Democratic primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.  In addition, both parties... Read More

Virginia Republicans to Select Statewide Nominees Saturday
In The News
Virginia Republicans to Select Statewide Nominees Saturday
2021-05-08 19:56:16
by Dan McCue

Republicans will gather at 39 sites around Virginia Saturday to choose a slate of statewide candidates, with no choice, of course, being more important than that of governor. In a year in which the battle for the future of the... Read More

Virginia Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults
In The States
Virginia Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults
2021-04-16 18:41:46
by TWN Staff

RICHMOND -- The Commonwealth of Virginia is expanding eligibility to get a COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 16 or older, beginning Sunday. The expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program— approximately half of all... Read More

Spanberger Calls on IRS to Extend Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
Taxes
Spanberger Calls on IRS to Extend Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
2021-03-15 20:41:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to immediately extend the 2020 tax filing deadline an additional three months — to July 15, 2021. Central Virginia taxpayers currently have until Thursday, April 15, 2021... Read More

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

Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
2021-01-22 16:42:28
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia General Assembly bill introduced last week to abolish the death penalty has the added backing of the governor in a state that has led the nation in the number of convicts given capital punishment. At... Read More

Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
State News
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
State News
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
State News
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

Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows
State News
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

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

Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
State News
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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
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

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