Government & Politics

Virginia Public Access Project
9:29 am
Mon June 24, 2013

VaNews for 06.24.13

Even if Virginia Democrats win the Lieutenant Governor’s race this year that won’t be enough to give them control of the state Senate unless they also win at least one other contest.

Both parties are gearing up for a possible special Senate election in Tidewater....and the state legislative building in Richmond is a surprisingly dangerous place. Those stories have been among the most read this past week at the Virginia Public Access Projects’ VaNews link.

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Abortion Facilities Regulations
4:45 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Planned Parenthood Initiates "Gynotician" Campaign

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Planned Parenthood and abortion-rights advocates may have lost the battle over the implementation of new Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities, but now the organization is targeting the gubernatorial campaign of the man they say is responsible for those new laws. 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is now the recipient of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC’s “Gynotician of the Year Award.”

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Strong Kids, Strong Virginia
4:40 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Every Child Matters Campaign

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Child advocates are calling out statewide candidates and demanding they take a stand on children's issues and make them a MAJOR part of their campaigns.

The  “Strong Kids, Strong Virginia” initiative was launched after a recent Mason-Dixon survey found that the gubernatorial candidates' views on the matter are murkier than those of current and former governors.

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Meeting Policy Goals
4:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Reviewing Tax Breaks

A panel of state lawmakers has begun a serious review of Virginia’s tax credits, exemptions, deductions, and similar “preferences.” 

The evaluation comes after the Joint Audit and Legislative Review Commission found that the tax breaks did not always perform as intended, were often inefficient, and cost the state billions of dollars in revenues.

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A Monticello Tradition
2:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 1947 President Truman Speaks at Monticello
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It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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