Government & Politics

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Two Virginia Republican in Congress are members of a new group called the Freedom Caucus. The conservative hardliners are proving to be thorns in the sides of Republican Party leaders in Washington.

Dave Brat shocked the political world when he ousted Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary contest. When Cantor left Washington the former professor was swept into office and given two days to study a 1700 page spending bill…

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A Virginia lawmaker believes a simple ride in a nontraditional taxi could put your personal information in jeopardy. Now that delegate is pushing for legislation to further limit the information that companies such as Uber and Lyft can collect and store about passengers.  

Virginia lawmakers are redoubling their efforts to attain federal recognition for six Virginia Native American tribes. They’re more optimistic now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs granted federal recognition to the Pamunkey Tribe.

 “All is not well—Rosy Surplus Numbers Don't Erase Damage from Budget Cuts.” That's the title of the latest report by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.

And the organization's president says as candidates campaign for election to the entire General Assembly this November, it's imperative that voters have a conversation with them about the state's long-term budget problems.

Members of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council are conducting a meticulous review of the many exemptions to Virginia’s open-government laws.  The exemptions prevent the public from having access to certain government records and meetings—usually on both the state and local levels. 

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