Government & Politics

Government & Politics
7:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Cantor Agrees - Government could Help Foster Innovation in Start-Ups

Government needs to foster a climate of creativity and technological innovation so that entrepreneurial ideas and start-ups can flourish. That’s the conclusion of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who met Monday with members of a Richmond start-up and tech community that promotes creativity and collaboration.

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Speaking Out
3:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capitol Square as Public Forum

The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state's Capitol Square.  The organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.

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Public Health Issues
4:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Access to Vital Records

Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.

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Government & Politics
6:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

2014 Muzzle Awards Bring Attention to Attacks on Free Expression

Credit TJCenter.org

It’s that time of year again, when the Thomas Jefferson Center in Charlottesville hands out Muzzle Awards to people and institutions that have attacked free expression.  

It’s been a challenging year at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, with attacks coming from all sides.  Since 9/11, in fact, Director Josh Wheeler says lots of places are trashing the First Amendment.

“These attacks on the press start at the White House and go down to the statehouse and down to the school house.”

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Government & Politics
6:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Marketplace Virginia Gains Support to Curtail "Churning"

Credit The Commonwealth Institute

While Virginia's General Assembly remains stalemated over Medicaid expansion in the state budget, one organization is providing an additional perspective on how families are impacted if the program is not expanded.  The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis is backing the new Senate budget with its private health insurance marketplace—in part, because it would help curtail a phenomenon known as "churning." 

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