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

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

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