Government & Politics

Government & Politics
3:03 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Ethics Reform

Both state lawmakers and Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe say ethics reform will be a priority in January when McAuliffe takes office and the General Assembly convenes.

But at least one lawmaker is warning that his colleagues should tread lightly and put a great deal of thought into their proposals … because the issue is more of a minefield than people realize.

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December 17th
5:02 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Recount Set for AG Race

Richmond Circuit Court

A Richmond Court has heard preliminary arguments that set the stage for the recount in the Virginia Attorney General's race, which was decided by the closest statewide margin in modern Virginia history.  

The proceedings took much of the day because attorneys for Senator Mark Obenshain, who called for the recount, asked the court to outline specific guidelines.

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Environmental Protection Agency
4:34 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Regulations on the Coal Industry

Proponents of coal are warning the shifting energy economy in the southwestern part of Virginia could ripple across the rest of the commonwealth.

The Obama Administration is placing strict new regulations on the coal industry. Southwestern Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says his constituents are feeling the impact already.

“It’s devastating on the district. It will affect the rest of the state as well, but not nearly as much as it will in my district in deep southwest Virginia.”

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Fairfax Electoral Board
4:27 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Officials Examine Possible Voting Irregularities

Credit Stock Image: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images via NPR

Some members of the State Board of Elections have again raised the issue of potential vote-counting irregularities in Fairfax County, but this time a major focus was on which provisional ballots should have been counted. 

While the entire Fairfax Electoral Board was unable to attend today’s state meeting to explain, one member traveled to Richmond to begin a discussion about what happened. 

 

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Risk of Corruption Theories
2:04 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Campaign Finance Disclosure

The Supreme Court is now weighing a case that could put an end to limits on individual campaign contributions. 

Backers of the idea argue that as long as the donation is disclosed, the risk of corruption is minimal, but another view has emerged from the University of Virginia Law School.

By law, individuals can give no more than $48,600 per election cycle to federal candidates, but businessman Shawn McKutcheon objects.  He says it’s his First Amendment right to give as much as he wants to as many candidates as he likes. 

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