Government & Politics

An in-depth look at the issues and policies of our government from the local, state and national levels.

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The news that federal officials are scrutinizing campaign contributions to Governor Terry McAuliffe sets up another potential showdown between federal prosecutors and high-ranking elected officials in Virginia. It’s latest in a series of investigations in recent years. But  investigations don’t always lead to charges.

Multiple news outlets are reporting this morning that the Justice Department is scrutinizing Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

GOP Files Suit Over Restoring Voting Rights

May 23, 2016

Republicans in the General Assembly are not just speaking out against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s plan to restore voting rights to 200,000 former felons. They’re taking their case to court, filing a lawsuit in the Virginia Supreme Court.

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Car-title lenders in Virginia may have dodged a bullet earlier this year when the Virginia General Assembly passed on reforming their industry. But the industry now faces a new threat from Washington. Michael Pope continues our coverage, with the latest on the new federal rule that could dramatically undermine predatory lending.

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Now that the presidential election cycle is heating up, so is the job market for people who work in political organizations. 

It’s an industry that reached its all-time high in October 2008, when political organizations had a combined total of twenty thousand employees. That includes advocacy groups, political parties and candidate campaigns. Florida has the most employees in this industry, followed by D.C. and Ohio. Virginia is way down at number ten. 

“I think we have this impression that Virginia has a bigger political consulting establishment than it does."