Government & Politics

Government & Politics
5:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

What is Freedom?

A study by the George Mason University Mercatus  Center ranks Virginia 8th among the 50 states in overall freedom. 

Analysts examined a wide range of public policies and categories to create an index that measures both personal and economic freedoms. 

The authors admit that views vary about what constitutes freedom, so they posted the raw data online to enable other analyses.  Co-author and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason Sorens is from the University of Buffalo.  He ranks Virginia 6th in economic freedom.

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Government & Politics
4:50 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

A Tribute to Virginia's Women

Credit Women's Monument Commission

A monument to honor the achievements of Virginia’s women will be erected on Capitol Square once the funds are raised from private sources. 

The monument is said to be the first of its kind in the nation… and will join the legendary statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other historic icons on the grounds of the State Capitol. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

VaNews for 04.22.13

Times have changed at one of Virginia’s oldest political events and the academic background of a Richmond school board member is under scrutiny.

Those were two of the most frequently read newspaper stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Lawmakers React
9:24 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Gun Control Defeat

Virginia’s senators say they aren’t giving up on efforts to pass stricter federal gun laws even as they were dealt a major setback last week.

After the amendment to put in place near universal background checks failed last week… families from Newton, Connecticut huddled together…hugging each other as tears streamed down their faces. Erica Lafferty’s mom is Dawn Hochsprung- the principal who was gunned down protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Gun Control Legislation
5:02 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

National Campus Safety Center

Virginia Senator Mark Warner marked the anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy with a speech on the senate floor.

He said the gun control legislation debated in the Senate includes his proposal to set up a National Campus Safety Center—to make colleges and university campuses safer nationwide.

Warner says the Center would provide colleges, universities and non-profit organizations with one-stop resources for research, grants and planning and training initiatives.


 

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