Government & Politics

An in-depth look at the issues and policies of our government from the local, state and national levels.

Super Tuesday in Virginia

Feb 29, 2016

Virginia is one of a dozen ‘Super Tuesday’ states voting in their Republican contests tomorrow.  On the Democratic side, we’re one of eleven. And if you’re wondering if your vote counts in such a big election, here’s why it does.  

Virginia Tech Political Science Professor, Caitlin Jewitt is writing a book about the Presidential primaries. She says in this year’s election, Virginians are positioned to see their votes have a real impact on who gets their parties’ nominations.

http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com

Virginia has a state bird… a state tree… but what about a state snake? Lawmakers this year have made a bit of a surprising pick -- the Eastern Garter Snake.  

The Virginia herpetological society has tried to convince lawmakers to adopt a state snake before -- something like the Timber Rattlesnake, or the King Snake -- but the idea never got much traction.

Dancing the Budget Tango

Feb 22, 2016

Even before the fight erupted over whether to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama and Republicans in Congress were squaring off on the nation’s spending priorities. Republicans from the region are proving a thorn in the president’s side on the final budget he sent to Congress

Instagram: @MOCKCON2016

Washington and Lee University hosts one of the country’s most prestigious mock political conventions every presidential election year, and 2016’s begins today.

Washington and Lee University has been predicting the out-of-office party Presidential nominee with notable accuracy since 1908. In fact, they’ve only been wrong twice since 1948 - that year they chose Arthur Vandenberg over eventual nominee Thomas Dewey, and in 2008 they predicted Hillary Clinton would win the nomination over Barack Obama.

Virginia has a new economic development proposal for regions within the state…it’s an effort to take some of the decision-making out of the hands of lawmakers and place it back into the hands of  stakeholders.  But as Tommie McNeil reports, the concept called “Go Virginia”  is also getting some mixed reviews.

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