This wasn’t a pretty year in Washington and Virginia lawmakers are as upset about it as voters.
Ask any lawmaker and they understand why Congress hit new lows in public approval during 2013. But there’s bipartisan agreement on at least one thing in Washington. Virginia Republican Scott Rigell agrees it was a frustrating year.
He served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor for eight years and as a state lawmaker for even longer—and now Bill Bolling is saying goodbye to public office. In Part 1 of our retrospective series on the statewide officeholders, Bolling discusses his preparation for life in the private sector and the legacy he leaves behind.
Bolling says he wanted to be Governor but does not regret his decision to NOT challenge Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the GOP nomination. He WILL, however, miss the people, service, and working at the State Capitol.
New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime. Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.
About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.
More than 20-thousand vehicles in Virginia now bear the state’s “Don’t Tread on Me” specialty license plate....and thousands of children in the state have been exempted from the compulsory education law because of their parents’ religious beliefs.