Government & Politics

An in-depth look at the issues and policies of our government from the local, state and national levels.

Former Gov. McDonnell's Appeal: What's at Stake

Apr 26, 2016
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Just a few years ago, Bob McDonnell was a rising star in Republican politics. Now his fate is before the United States Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case that destroyed his political career and ripped his marriage apart. 

McDonnell’s lawyers say sure the governor took gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman who wanted favors from the government. But, they say, the businessman didn’t get what he wanted. And more to the point, if justices let the decision stand it will criminalize everyday political behavior. 

Ethics Questions: Reconsidering the Rules on Gifts

Apr 25, 2016
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The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? 

The case against former Governor Bob McDonnell was that he took things in exchange for official actions, a prosecution that will be heard before the United States Supreme Court this week. That’s why Carl Tobias at the University of Richmond Law School says tightening up on rules about gifts no-brainer.

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Lawyers involved in the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell have been busy with a flurry of legal briefs back and forth as the date for oral arguments approaches at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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It's tax time. Have you filed your tax return yet? If you have, you're part of a system that funds most state government functions in Virginia. According to data from the Census Bureau, Virginia relies more on income taxes for its state revenue than almost any other state. 

Deadline Looms for VA's Legislation

Apr 8, 2016
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It's crunch time for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is facing a deadline this weekend. By Monday morning, he'll have to have finished considering all the laws passed by the General Assembly this year.

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