Government & Politics

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

Export Import Bank Debate Divides GOP

Jul 7, 2015

There’s a little known bank run by the federal government that just expired. It supports billions of dollars in economic activity across the commonwealth.

You likely haven’t heard of the Export Import Bank, but it’s been at the center of a fierce debate dividing tea party conservatives and more moderate Republicans. David Brat was swept into office after defeating former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the G-O-P primary. Brat likens the bank to the federal lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which came running to Congress for a bailout during the economic downturn in 2008.

Anne Marie Morgan

A wide array of new state laws take effect July 1st, and among them are a statute that will ultimately extend health insurance coverage to many more children with autism spectrum disorder.  The mandatory benefit covers diagnosis and treatment—and applies to ALL insurers except plans offered by self-insured companies and smaller businesses.

Lawmakers added a mandated insurance benefit for autism spectrum disorder in 2011. But the new law’s sponsor, Delegate Tag Greason, says that only covers children who are ages two through six.

KOMU News, Creative Commons

In a landmark 5 to 4 decision today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality for all 50 states. 


The ruling protects the marriages of nearly 2,000 Virginia couples who have married since marriage equality came to Virginia in October, thousands more who have had their marriages recognized, and dozens of children who have been adopted or had both their parents placed on their birth certificate.


Hundreds of people traveled to Roanoke yesterday from all corners of the commonwealth to rally on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Shelby County vs. Holder Decision. The 2013 case declared two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional – paving the way for states and localities to implement changes to their voting laws.

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.