Government & Politics

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

United States Census Bureau

It's tax time. Have you filed your tax return yet? If you have, you're part of a system that funds most state government functions in Virginia. According to data from the Census Bureau, Virginia relies more on income taxes for its state revenue than almost any other state. 

Deadline Looms for VA's Legislation

Apr 8, 2016
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It's crunch time for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is facing a deadline this weekend. By Monday morning, he'll have to have finished considering all the laws passed by the General Assembly this year.

A Richmond judge has ruled a group of Virginia state senators in contempt of court -- for failing to turn over documents that could be helpful in an ongoing lawsuit.

Virginia Public Access Project

 One city in Virginia is taking a fresh look at how it regulates gardens...and the Commonwealth will soon have a thoroughbred racing season again, something it hasn't had since 2013. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on 

Virginia has become the first state to legalize daily fantasy sports -- the flipside? The state will also now regulate the quickly growing business.

Turns out, fantasy sports go way beyond football...

“There’s fantasy hockey, there’s fantasy bull riding, there’s fantasy bass fishing.”

Brendan Dwyer is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University -- he’s studied fantasy sports for almost a decade. Experts estimate one in 9 Americans play fantasy sports.

“There’s fantasy Congress! Fantasy movies, Oscars!”