Government & Politics

Legislative Update
9:41 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mental Health

Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly. 

The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun. 

Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis. 

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Government & Politics
7:59 am
Mon February 3, 2014

VaNews for 2.3.14

A bill that would have Virginia make more frequent use of the electric chair has stalled in the Senate and a Northern Virginia school board member has hit it big on Twitter. 

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org .

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Differing Views on Empowerment
4:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Disputing Political Priorities

Credit NPR

The vision President Obama laid out in his state of the union address this week is being met with suspicion by Virginia Republicans.

But Democrats  in the Commonwealth say his agenda would spur job creation.

The president has a lot of allies in the Democratic controlled Senate. But Republicans control the U-S House. That means they hold the gavels and control the agenda in the lower chamber.  So many in the G-O-P were offended to hear the president say he's planning to bypass House Republicans and use executive orders whenever possible to get his agenda through.

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Same Sex Marriage
4:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Religious Leaders call for Attorney General's Impeachment

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

A coalition of faith-based groups says its members have been betrayed by Attorney General Mark Herring, who they say has gone against the will of the people by fighting to overturn Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters just eight years ago.

The groups want Herring to be impeached, step down, or assign a special attorney to represent the state in the related court case.

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Government & Politics
7:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Lawmakers Respond to President Obama's Economic Plan

Credit npr.org

There was a lot in President Obama’s State of the Union address that would impact the commonwealth, but he's already meeting resistance from Virginia Republicans. 

There were two starkly contrasting visions of government on display at the Capitol last evening. The president wants the government to help spur job creation, while Republicans say the government ought to get out of the way.

Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says the president’s call to expand the role of government in the economy is misguided.

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