Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Attorney General Candidates Debate

Mark Herring & Mark Obenshain

The federal government shutdown provided fuel for the Democratic candidate for Attorney General to take shots at his Republican rival during their second debate.  

But while GOP Senator Mark Obenshain did not distance himself from the group which Democratic Senator Mark Herring says is behind the shutdown, the Republican painted his opponent as a figurehead who lacks vision and understanding of the office of Attorney General. 

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Government & Politics
8:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

VaNews for 09.30.13

The drive across Afton Mountain on Interstate-64 can be one of the most dangerous in Virginia when the weather turns nasty. But it may soon become a little less risky. And there’s been a  dustup over chickens in Spotsylvania County. Stories about both were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.  

 

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Government & Politics
4:36 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Richmond Pastors on Same-Sex Marriage

A coalition of Richmond-area pastors says Richmond's City Council is overstepping its authority by considering an ordinance that would grant benefits to spouses of city workers in same-sex marriages. 

The pastors say the state Constitution is clear in its definition of a marriage being between one man and one woman—which is also as the New Testament defines it.

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Virginia Politics
4:36 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Grandees of Government

While it is known as the home of freedom-loving Founding Fathers, Virginia has also had a history of undemocratic institutions and tendencies.  That was the controversial topic of a book launch and discussion hosted by the Library of Virginia.

Author and historian Brent Tarter discovered primary sources with those ideas throughout the 400 years of the Commonwealth’s history.

Tarter found that from the start, state leaders embraced a hierarchical society and political institutions that excluded people—hence, the book’s title.

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Government & Politics
4:42 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A State Agency Under Federal Investigation

The State Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services is officially under investigation by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights over the state's Auxiliary Grant program, which funds services mostly for people with disabilities and physical or mental impairments. At issue is whether or not the program's policies are discriminatory and place unnecessary restrictions on where individuals may live in order to receive the grant funds.

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