Government & Politics

Government & Politics
1:35 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

New Lawmakers Learn the Ropes in Washington

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Earlier this month Virginia voters sent three new politicians to represent them in Washington. For most, their terms won’t start until January, but they’ve been busy learning how to be a member of one of the most exclusive bodies on earth.
 

Elections are exhausting, but for the victors the grueling schedule doesn’t stop on Election Day. They have mere days to spend time with their families, catch up on sleep and thank big donors before being whisked to Washington to learn the ways of the town they just ran against.

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Policy Recommendations
4:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Lawmakers Tackle Flooding Issues

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State lawmakers concerned about the effects of rising seas on the Tidewater region and recurrent flooding elsewhere across Virginia have rolled out a package of policy recommendations to begin tackling the problem. 

The proposals aim to improve comprehensive planning efforts, standardize the state’s flood-zone maps, and better protect property-owners.

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Immigration Shutdown
4:50 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Immigration Debate Heating Up in Congress

Capitol Dome, Washington D.C.
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President Obama's executive order on immigration is sparking a heated debate in Congress that could lead to a government shutdown. 

 

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Data Security
4:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Securing Student Data

JCOTS Chair Tom Rust

As Target, Home Depot, the U.S. Post Office and other entities find it difficult to protect consumer information, Virginia lawmakers are wondering how public schools will guard student data as they transition into electronic instruction, testing, and information storage. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science aims to close the gaps in state laws and policies that might inadvertently allow the use of student data for unauthorized purposes.

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Barricades Cleared from Protest Site
4:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

VT Professor Offers Inside Look At Hong Kong

Hong Kong
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As authorities in Hong Kong continue removing student occupiers from ‘protest camps,’ a Virginia Tech Professor remembers her experience teaching at Hong Kong University.

Sara Jordan, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech's  Center for Public Administration & Policy, discusses the city’s fascinating transition after its 1997 return to China by the British.

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