Government & Politics

Government & Politics
7:59 am
Mon February 3, 2014

VaNews for 2.3.14

A bill that would have Virginia make more frequent use of the electric chair has stalled in the Senate and a Northern Virginia school board member has hit it big on Twitter. 

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org .

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Same Sex Marriage
4:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Religious Leaders call for Attorney General's Impeachment

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

A coalition of faith-based groups says its members have been betrayed by Attorney General Mark Herring, who they say has gone against the will of the people by fighting to overturn Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters just eight years ago.

The groups want Herring to be impeached, step down, or assign a special attorney to represent the state in the related court case.

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Government & Politics
7:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Lawmakers Respond to President Obama's Economic Plan

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There was a lot in President Obama’s State of the Union address that would impact the commonwealth, but he's already meeting resistance from Virginia Republicans. 

There were two starkly contrasting visions of government on display at the Capitol last evening. The president wants the government to help spur job creation, while Republicans say the government ought to get out of the way.

Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says the president’s call to expand the role of government in the economy is misguided.

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Government & Politics
7:42 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VA Republicans Respond to State of the Union Address

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In his State of the Union address President Obama said he’s prepared to bypass Congress when necessary, which made Virginia Republicans bristle. 

The president laid out an ambitious agenda. He wants to expand educational opportunities, spur investments in infrastructure, and take more steps to address climate change. If House Republicans oppose his agenda the president says he’s prepared to go around them as much as possible through using executive orders. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran applauds that tone.

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Government & Politics
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Democrats Plan Senate Control

The certification of the election of former Delegate Lynwood Lewis to the Virginia Senate ultimately gives Democrats control over that chamber.

Although its partisan split is now 20-20, Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam presides over the Senate, giving his caucus the tie-breaking vote to pass whatever rules it chooses. Today's  order of business was all about Democrats subtly making a statement about control.

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