Federal Government

Government & Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Predicting US Energy Policy in GOP Senate

What would the nation’s energy policy look like if Republicans capture the Senate this fall? Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo caught up with Virginia lawmakers and energy analysts to find out the potential impact on the commonwealth. 

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Citizen Cabinet Sends a Message
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Voice of the People

United States Capitol Building, The National Mall, Washington, DC
Credit Jeffrey Zeldman, Creative Commons

Tired of government gridlock? A new group called Voice of the People is launching a Citizen Cabinet. It’s a standing online panel that uses technology to give people a direct link to Congress.

The Citizen Cabinet is still in the pilot states—with only three states initially participating—Virginia is listed as a purple swing state…Oklahoma is conservative red…and Maryland is liberal blue.

Organizers are trying to recruit about 500 households in Virginia, comprising a representative sample, demographically balanced to match census data.

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Grading our Congress
7:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

How Do Virginia Lawmakers Rate?

Virginia lawmakers are asking you to put them back in office on November fourth but how effective have they been? A look at the bills passed this session. 

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Health & Medicine
5:51 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Virginia's First Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Credit US Department of Justice

 It’s been 45 years since the Vietnam War ended, but American veterans are still dealing with the effects of Agent Orange, a mixture of toxic chemicals used in the deforestation of the fields upon which thousands of American military personnel fought against a communist opposition.

During the war, the government insisted the herbicide was harmless, today, veterans know all too well that is not the case.

Virginia’s first “Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting” is taking place in Lynchburg.

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The People's Debate
1:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Warner & Gillespie Face Off

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, squared off  in their final debate of the campaign season. 

Although the two men are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Warner, the Virginia General Assembly and ethics questions surrounding the resignation of former state Senator Phillip Puckett were drawn into the debate. 

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