Government & Politics

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

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. 

The majority of Virginia Republicans in Congress are backing an effort they say will protect religious institutions and businesses from having to abide by the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Legislative Shocker: Senators Quit Special Session

Aug 17, 2015
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State legislators will not be drawing a new map of Congressional districts, and a newly appointed judge may keep her seat on Virginia’s Supreme Court after a surprise move by Senate Democrats and one Republican.

Virginia Senate Votes to Adjourn Special Session

Aug 17, 2015

Governor McAuliffe called the General Assembly into special session to redraw the Commonwealth’s congressional district boundaries, but Republican lawmakers first used the opportunity to try to advance their own selection to the state Supreme Court. 

The day’s sessions turned into a tug-of-war between supporters of McAuliffe’s interim nominee, Justice Jane Marum Roush, and advocates of the GOP’s choice, state Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston. 

Virginia's growing craft beer culture is running into complications as the state tries to decide how to regulate the brewers...and Petersburg's sheriff is facing a lawsuit from a surprising source, the City of Petersburg. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews