Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to suspend part of the Voting Rights Act, Virginia's General Assembly had already passed some revisions to state election law.
Although the Commonwealth IS one of the states that the Act had mandated for Justice Department pre-clearance, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli believes at least some of the bills passed earlier this year are necessary.
Lawmakers passed them with a goal of ensuring the integrity of elections.
Stories about one of Virginia’s first and most important internet news services and a decision about how camping spaces are reserved in Virginia state parks were among the most clicked reports over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.
VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.
More bills that have become state law as of July 1st include a series of changes in education policies that were key parts of the Governor's legislative agenda during this year's General Assembly session.
While the reforms were initially met with mixed reviews, many past and present education leaders on both sides of the political aisle now say that without them, some students could fall behind.
Seventy nine people from 38 countries became U.S. citizens today, during the annual swearing in at the home of Thomas Jefferson. The event drew more than 3,000 people – in part because the featured speaker was a Grammy-winning rock star.
It was an exciting day for people who had waited years to become citizens, with some extra sparkle thanks to rock star and speaker Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa and became a citizen in 1980.
The speaker at this year's ceremony for new citizens at Monticello was rock star and local hero Dave Matthews. In an exclusive interview, he told WVTF's Sandy Hausman that he came to this country from South Africa as a kid, but was happy to become a citizen himself in 1980.