Government & Politics

Government & Politics
7:08 am
Mon September 9, 2013

VaNews for 09.09.13

A mystery drone is seen above Alexandria and Virginia’s race for governor takes another weird turn.

Those stories were among the most frequently clicked this past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at  vpap.org.

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Government & Politics
11:11 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Immigration Reform Rally Calls on Rep. Cantor

Virginia Organizing Members Meet with Congressman Eric Cantor's legislative director to talk about immigration.
Credit Virginia Organizing

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is being heavily lobbied by two sets of constituents who are at opposite ends of a polarizing debate.

One wants him to push for a vote next month on comprehensive immigration reform, while the other wants him to be steadfast, refuse to capitulate, and push to reinforce U.S. borders.

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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
10:47 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Sen. Kaine Speaks Out on Syria

Chairman Menendez presides over a hearing with Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on the situation in Syria.
Credit U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine has cast a vote supporting President Obama’s request to use military force in Syria.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent hours this week weighing classified intelligence about the Syrian regime while also discussing ways to tweak a new compromise authorization measure putting limits on the president’s initial request. Kaine says it’s in America’s interest to support the international ban on chemical weapons.

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Tax Credit Program
6:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

VA Tax Credit Supports Private School Scholarships

A new program is rolling out that provides tax credits for scholarship donations to private schools in Virginia.

Passed by the 2012 Virginia General Assembly Session, The Education Improvements Scholarships Tax Credit Program has significant support from non-public, faith-based schools.
 

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Government & Politics
4:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Virginia's Civil Rights History

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial at Capitol Square

While the nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, a Virginia historian looks at the Commonwealth’s role in the civil rights movement and where it stands today.  

Virginia may be best known for its Massive Resistance against school integration as the civil rights movement progressed.  The Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball says King and some other civil rights leaders confronted racism with events like the March on Washington and bus boycotts. 

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