Government & Politics

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

LGBT Rights: Church-Based Discrimination

Sep 10, 2015
AP Photo by Matt Rourke

When the Supreme Court affirmed the right of same sex couples to marry, some people assumed the gay community was home free, with all the legal protections it might need.  In fact, Virginia’s ACLU says otherwise.

When the Kiwanis Club rallied for its annual 5K run in the parking lot of a church in Charlottesville, participants were told they could not come back next year.  A rumor circulated that the church didn’t want gay athletes in the neighborhood.  That was a distressing moment for Kenny Ball – an avid runner.

Federal Budget Storm Still Brewing

Sep 8, 2015
AP Photo/J. David Ake

Lawmakers were away from Washington all of August, but there was little reason for them to take that extended vacation. They only have until the end of September to fund the government or else the government will shut down.

Remember sequestration? That's those indiscriminate budget cuts that ripped across the military and most every federal agency a few years ago. Two years ago lawmakers were able to get sequestration off the books by reaching a bipartisan budget deal, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner bemoans that those talks aren’t taking place now.

Virginia Commonwealth University's new policy on student-faculty romance is being questioned by some in the university community.

And Arlington County has been a magnet for millennials,  but now they're starting families and that makes Arlington less attractive for many of them.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News link on

A state task force of local general registrars has crunched the numbers and discovered what they already suspected: Their workload has grown significantly over the past two decades.  The trend has occurred, in part, due to a substantially greater number of voters, elections, and even new laws in the Commonwealth.

  New regulations covering information distributed at rest stops in Virginia may land the state in court...and GPS tracking of school buses has come to the Richmond area. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on