Michael Pope

Virginia Public Radio Reporter

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.

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Lawmakers who were unsuccessful in accomplishing gun control during the General Assembly are shifting their focus to local governments across Virginia.

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Since the election of President Trump in 2016, efforts to crack down on predatory lending in Washington have all but ended. That’s causing a fair amount of concern among people who oppose high interest rates.

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For many years, Virginia had a reputation for avoiding debt. But recent years have seen the commonwealth taking on increasing amounts of debt.

Virginia gets a lot of money from the federal government, so much that it’s often seen as being overly reliant on Uncle Sam. But there’s one part of the state’s budget where the federal government plays a minimal role.

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Much has been made of the role that campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association has on elected leaders in Washington. Money is flowing on both sides of the gun debate, however.