Government & Politics

The U.S. vs. ISIS
7:40 am
Thu September 18, 2014

VA Lawmakers Vote to Help Syrians Fight Islamic State


The majority of Virginia lawmakers voted to start arming moderate Syrian rebels. 

A bipartisan group of eight Virginia lawmakers voted in favor of President Obama’s plan to start arming and training moderate rebels in Syria. Even so, many did so with reservations. On the House floor Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly told his colleagues what he wasn’t voting for.

“But I want to add in caution that this action should not be interpreted as granting Congressional authorization for the broader use of military force to combat the growing threat posed by ISIL.” 

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Government & Politics
5:39 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Judicial Candidates Go Before State Lawmakers

If you've ever observed a "hanging judge," you may have wondered if that person has a sense of compassion and what qualified the former lawyer to preside over cases that change lives. During this week’s Special General Assembly Session, state lawmakers plan to cast votes to fill 36 judicial vacancies.  Today, the candidates who may be elected or re-elected as judges displayed their softer sides before the lawmakers who ultimately decide whether they're worthy.

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Combatting ISIS
5:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Sen. Kaine Introduces Limited Authorization of Ground Troops

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine has introduced legislation to limit President Obama’s use of military force against the Islamic State.


The president isn’t asking Congress to give him the authority to strike the Islamic State, and Senator Kaine says that’s a problem. His bill grants the president the authority to strike ISIS but it limits it to just one year. Kaine says another problem is lawmakers in both parties seem to want to avoid voting on whether to go to war or not.  

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Government & Politics
4:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Officials Address Problems at Salem VA Town Hall Meeting

Psychologist Dr. Phil Lehman takes questions, Salem VA Medical Center leaders sit at the table - pictured are Dr. Miguel LaPuz and Dr. Anne Hutchins.

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to examine the policies and procedures in place that have seemingly failed thousands of veterans seeking healthcare, VA Medical Centers nationwide have been holding town meetings to hear from those directly affected by the system. The concerns raised at the VA Medical Center in Salem this week echoed those heard nationwide. 

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Government & Politics
4:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Agreement on Budget Cuts

Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders have struck a deal to cut the state budget to cover an unexpected $2.4-billion revenue shortfall. 

The agreement taps the state’s Rainy Day Fund, while closing a $346-million  gap this fiscal year, and $536-million the next. The Governor stressed the bipartisan nature of the accord—flanked by GOP state lawmakers and the Democratic co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

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