Government & Politics

Government & Politics
8:23 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wolf Retirement Could Lead to Bitter Political Feud

The retirement announcement by seventeen term incumbent Congressman Frank Wolf has campaign analysts predicting a bloody Republican primary and then general election fight in Northern Virginia.

A fairly safe Republican House seat just became the commonwealth’s second battleground district. Wolf has served the tenth district in Congress since 1980, and was able to keep his seat even as President Obama won the district in two thousand eight.

Kyle Kondik is a campaign analyst with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

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Government & Politics
12:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Two Year Budget Proposal

Governor McDonnell has rolled out his final two-year state budget, which includes additional funds for major core services and other priorities.

The $95.9 billion budget also injects new cash into the Rainy Day Fund and adds millions of dollars to public and higher education. 

The Governor says he used caution in forecasting revenues—due to the disproportionate impact on the state of potential changes in federal fiscal policies.

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Government & Politics
6:29 am
Mon December 16, 2013

VaNews for 12.16.13

A monument to important women in Virginia history is drawing attention because of one who won’t be included....and as bills flood into Richmond for the upcoming General Assembly session one delegate is making it his business to stop some of them at the door. 

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

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Government & Politics
8:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Hoping to Help Ease Sequester

Credit wvec.com

Lawmakers in Virginia helped the House clear a bill easing sequestration for the next two years.

Lawmakers in both parties say the bill falls woefully short of what the nation needs. Still, with Congress divided 332 lawmakers held their noses and supported the legislation. While conservative groups oppose the deal, Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith says it’s better than leaving sequestration in place for the next two years.

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Memorializing the Former Leader
12:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

W&L Politics Professor Shares Thoughts on Mandela

Tyler Dickovick, Washington & Lee

World leaders gathered today for Nelson Mandela’s mass memorial---  and a Washington and Lee professor has followed the events in South Africa with particular interest.

Tyler Dickovick specializes in African politics, and has done significant research on the former president’s role in erasing justice and inequality.  Dickovick says Mandela’s story has significant meaning in the classroom for any student of politics or social sciences.

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