Not everyone is giving an “A” to the idea of assigning letter grades to public schools in Virginia and if you’re interested in buying a Tesla off the showroom floor you’ll have to go out of state to do it. It’s illegal in the Commonwealth. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.
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Before Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, converge on Richmond this weekend for their Jefferson-Jackson dinner, another caucus will take place.
The members say that as the Latino presence expands in Virginia, it's imperative for them to be politically involved—especially as lawmakers make decisions specific to their communities with or without their input.
There’s mixed reaction in Virginia regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of federal recognition of all legal marriages. In a statement, the Attorney General's office says it will defend the Virginia Constitution, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. But, that position is pitted against another legal juggernaut, the ACLU, which is applauding the decision and says it will fight to pave the way for same-sex marriages within the state.
Lawmakers in the region are having mixed reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Many Republicans had muted responses to the Court s landmark decision. Not Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a statement saying he s disappointed and troubled by the ruling.
Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, provides background and context to this week's landmark Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.
Seaman is the author of two journal articles on the Voting Rights Act, including "An Uncertain Future for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Need for a Revised Bailout System," which was published in the Saint Louis University Public Law Review in 2010.