Government & Politics

Veteran Care
7:05 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Lawmakers Expedite Plans for Two New Veteran Care Centers

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox joined Governor McAuliffe and other lawmakers to unveil the plan.

A bipartisan agreement unveiled by state lawmakers and Governor McAuliffe will expedite the construction of two new veterans care centers in Virginia.  To set the plan into motion, the governor proposed amendments to recently passed legislation that would have released state funding only AFTER a U.S. Veterans Affairs grant was awarded -- but state officials say such a delay is unacceptable. 

The plan sets aside $66.7 million in state bonds to construct the centers.  McAuliffe said the federal funds requested by Virginia exceeded the amount allocated for the entire nation.  

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Privacy v. Security
7:29 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Civil Rights Advocates Concerned About Privacy Bill Amendments

Credit Vince LoPresti/Flickr via NPR

Lawmakers in Virginia passed a couple of bills earlier this year to protect personal privacy. But the governor has amended those measures, and civil rights advocates are furious.

When the general assembly approved a bill limiting the use of drones to spy on citizens, not a single lawmaker voted against it, and Claire Gastanaga, who heads the American Civil Liberties office in Richmond was pleased.

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Gun Debate
8:40 am
Thu April 9, 2015

State ACLU Sympathizes with Advocates on Vetoed Gun Permits Bill

Gun-rights advocates who vowed to keep addressing an issue which they say violates civil liberties may have some ammunition when state lawmakers return to Richmond for next week's Veto Session.  The state ACLU’s executive director is sympathizing with advocates who say LEGAL concealed-carry permit-holders are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement in neighboring states that do not recognize those permits.

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Government & Politics
8:34 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Reviving Politics...in Apps

Millenials are known for low voter turnouts and a general lack of interest in politics, but two entrepreneurs here in Virginia hope to disprove that perception and make it easier for young people to connect with elected officials. 

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Business & Industry
8:33 am
Tue April 7, 2015

US Secretary of Commerce and Senator Tim Kaine Talk Trade in Richmond

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and US Senator Tim Kaine tour the World Art Center after the roundtable discussion
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in his hometown of Richmond Monday to discuss trade opportunities and obstacles with local business leaders. They especially focused on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which supporters say would open up improved trade between the 12 nations that are involved in negotiations. 

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