Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

VA Lawmakers Weigh in on War

  Virginia lawmakers are trying to force Congress to debate the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria, but congressional leaders don’t seem to want the debate. 

There’s no debate that the U-S is at war. The Obama administration has asked Congress to approve its war authorization plan, yet party leaders have refused to make it a priority.

“It’s time for us to have this debate.”

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Government & Politics
4:40 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Leaders Consider Integrity in State Government

Credit Governor McAuliffe with Integrity Commission Members

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.

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Law & Crime
2:43 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Democrats Sue Over Voter ID Law

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.

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Electoral Upsets
11:10 am
Wed June 10, 2015

June Primary Results

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.  

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What's At Stake
9:50 am
Tue June 9, 2015

National Defense Authorization Act

Senate Democratic leaders are hoping to filibuster a bill this week that's vital to Virginia's servicemen and women and the state's defense industry.

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