While the General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year to toughen Virginia’s ethics laws, a gubernatorial panel insists that those reforms are only the beginning. At its June meeting, the Governor's Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government held a wide-ranging discussion about what to target next for reform.
The commission also expressed interest in delving into Virginia’s one-term limit on governors, merit-based judicial selection, and independent redistricting.
Reactions vary to a Democratic lawsuit challenging Virginia’s voter photo ID law—based primarily on which side of the political spectrum the stakeholders fall.
Democrats argue that this is another attempt to disenfranchise minority and other voters, while the GOP and the law’s chief sponsor say it's designed to protect the integrity of the voting system. But political observers are wondering how this lawsuit will progress—and what's the best course of action for the state’s Democratic Attorney General.
There were some electoral upsets yesterday as Virginia voters in 48 localities cast their ballots in state and local primaries. Among the most contested were 18 elections to nominate candidates for the General Assembly—including challenges to nine incumbent Senators and Delegates.
Among the Republicans, Chesapeake Senator John Cosgrove and Augusta Senator Emmett Hanger handily won. But long-time Chesterfield Senator Steve Martin was defeated by Amanda Chase.
Democratic Senator Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg prevailed over Delegate Joe Preston.