Government & Politics

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

VA’s Gov. Praises SCOTUS Decision

Jun 25, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe is  praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold federal health care subsidies, and he’s renewing his push for Medicaid expansion.

 

VA to Stop Issuing Confederate License Plates

Jun 23, 2015

 Governor Terry McAuliffe wants the Confederate flag banished from all Virginia license plates.

He references the killings at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina…as well as a Supreme Court decision that states can limit the content of license plates.

Virginia vanity plates include one for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which features the battle flag in the logo.

VA Lawmakers Weigh in on War

Jun 23, 2015

  Virginia lawmakers are trying to force Congress to debate the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria, but congressional leaders don’t seem to want the debate. 

There’s no debate that the U-S is at war. The Obama administration has asked Congress to approve its war authorization plan, yet party leaders have refused to make it a priority.

“It’s time for us to have this debate.”

Governor McAuliffe with Integrity Commission Members

While the General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year to toughen Virginia’s ethics laws, a gubernatorial panel insists that those reforms are only the beginning.  At its June meeting, the Governor's Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government held a wide-ranging discussion about what to target next for reform. 

The commission also expressed interest in delving into Virginia’s one-term limit on governors, merit-based judicial selection, and independent redistricting.

Reactions vary to a Democratic lawsuit challenging Virginia’s voter photo ID law—based primarily on which side of the political spectrum the stakeholders fall.  

Democrats argue that this is another attempt to disenfranchise minority and other voters, while the GOP and the law’s chief sponsor say it's designed to protect the integrity of the voting system. But political observers are wondering how this lawsuit will progress—and what's the best course of action for the state’s Democratic Attorney General.

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