Federal Government

The majority of Virginia Republicans in Congress are backing an effort they say will protect religious institutions and businesses from having to abide by the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

State legislators meet in a special session Monday to discuss how they will redraw congressional boundaries after two courts ruled the current map is unconstitutional, but lawmakers are likely to divide along partisan lines.

Under a federal court order, Virginia’s legislature has until September first to come up with a new map that eliminates racial gerrymandering – drawing strangely shaped districts that minimize the influence African Americans can have in electing candidates to Congress. Dale Eisman is with the watchdog group Common Cause.

The Associated Press

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says Congress has failed to adapt to the new digitized economy, and he’s pushing to provide a safety net for millennials. 

Senator Warner helped found Nextel and it made him a millionaire. That elite status has allowed him to rent houses in Europe. But now the rest of us can do that too through websites like AirBnB. Warner thinks that's great.

“This model has been out there for 20 years at the high end. This is really simply democratizing the ability to rent out your home for a much broader market.”

Carbon vs. Mercury: EPA's Clean Power Plan

Aug 7, 2015
(AP Photo/John Locher)

President Obama recently unveiled a new rule to combat climate change by forcing state’s like Virginia to cut their carbon pollution. But this summer the Supreme Court shot down a new EPA rule aimed at limiting mercury pollution, which has conservatives calling for the new rule to be halted.


It’s been about two weeks, since former Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb announced on his website that he’s running for president.

Presidential nominees used to be picked after countless votes by party leaders at smoke filled political conventions. Supporters of one candidate or another would twist arms and trade, say, a cabinet position for the support of an entire state’s votes.