Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

General Assembly: New Amendments

When Governor McDonnell gave his final State of the Commonwealth address, he once again asked for a change in the state Constitution to allow automatic restoration of rights to felons.

But  those who are closely monitoring the current General Assembly session with hopes of this or other big constitutional changes… may be in for a bit of a disappointment.

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Government & Politics
7:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Childhood Education Still a Contentious Issue

In an address on school choice, or voucher programs, Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lashed out at President Obama and others. 

Cantor - the number two House Republican - has been touring city schools from his Richmond district to as far away as Denver. He says to alleviate poverty the government should get out of the way of low income families who want to send their kids to charter schools.

“But right now school choice is under attack.”

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Bill to Create State Ethics Commission
11:38 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Bipartisan Ethics Reform

Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Delegates have announced a bipartisan package of reforms to Virginia’s ethics and disclosure laws.

Loopholes in current state policies came to light last year following news reports of gifts given to Governor McDonnell and his family by Star Scientific’s former CEO, Jonnie Williams.

The proposal aims to correct those deficiencies without an absolute ban on giving or receiving.  

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Another Recount Likely
7:45 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Virginia Special Election Results

When Democrat Onzlee Ware of the 11th District of the Virginia House of Delegates announced his retirement it opened the door for a republican sweep of western Virginia but a democrat won in yesterday’s special election. Sam Rasoul defeated former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson with 70-percent of the vote. The 11th District remains the only one west of Richmond represented by a democrat.

In a special election that could change control of the state senate a recount is likely.

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Government & Politics
9:05 am
Mon January 6, 2014

VaNews for 1.6.14

Amazon.com finds a way to make itself even more noticeable…and Virginia counties may soon have a new weapon to use against tall grass. 

Those stories are among the most clicked over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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