Government & Politics

Holding Lawmakers Accountable
7:38 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Coalition Aims to Keep General Assembly Transparent

There's a new coalition in town, and it aims to police the General Assembly and its policies so that citizens are always in the know. “Transparency Virginia” introduced itself to the public this week, and says it has a non-confrontational yet aggressive agenda to promote best practices in public accountability. 

Virginia Coalition for Open Government's Megan Rhyne says the legislative process isn't as open to the public as it should be. It's why Transparency Virginia was formed and will focus on three areas this year.

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Author Interview
2:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fictionalized Politics Close to Home

A Blacksburg writer is out with a new novel of political intrigue set very close to home. Like many of his previous books, Michael Abraham’s latest gets its title from an actual town. This one is called “Orange,  Virginia.” 

Michael Abraham writes fiction, non-fiction and political essays.  This time the Blacksburg native has done a combination of all three.

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General Assembly
8:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Lawmakers Debate How to Handle Joe Morrissey's Re-election

The 2015 General Assembly convened on Wednesday with an undercurrent of drama.  Ostracized by his former party leaders and denounced by others, newly re-elected Democrat-turned-Independent Delegate Joe Morrissey left his jail cell and returned to his legislative office.  Morrissey acknowledges that many colleagues don't want him there after his misdemeanor conviction.  But the embattled delegate says his constituents DO want him there -and he's preparing to fight for that. 

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General Assembly
7:34 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Joe Morrissey Wins Special Election to Fill His Own Seat

Voters in Virginia’s 74th district apparently weren’t bothered by democratic delegate Joe Morrissey’s questionable past in office – including a recent alleged sex scandal involving his 17-year-old receptionist – because last night, he was re-elected in a special election to fill his own seat. 

Despite his sentence and a past of controversial moments as delegate, Morrissey reclaimed his seat in last night’s special election. Just hours after his resignation took effect, the lawmaker won 42 percent of the vote.

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Combating Campus Sexual Assaults
7:23 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Bill Addresses Campus Sexual Assault

Lynchburg prosecutor Michael Doucette at the podium and Gil Harrintgon to his right.
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

Campus police would be required to notify their local commonwealth’s attorney within 48 hours of starting a sexual assault investigation under a bill that’s been introduced at the General Assembly.  Several measures have been proposed since November, when Rolling Stone magazine published allegations of rape at the University of Virginia.  This bill was first introduced several years ago to make public college campuses safer and help victims obtain essential support. 

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