Government & Politics

Citizen Cabinet Sends a Message
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Voice of the People

United States Capitol Building, The National Mall, Washington, DC
Credit Jeffrey Zeldman, Creative Commons

Tired of government gridlock? A new group called Voice of the People is launching a Citizen Cabinet. It’s a standing online panel that uses technology to give people a direct link to Congress.

The Citizen Cabinet is still in the pilot states—with only three states initially participating—Virginia is listed as a purple swing state…Oklahoma is conservative red…and Maryland is liberal blue.

Organizers are trying to recruit about 500 households in Virginia, comprising a representative sample, demographically balanced to match census data.

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:34 am
Mon October 27, 2014

VaNews for 10.27.14

Privacy advocates are unhappy that five Hampton Roads police departments are collecting–and sometimes sharing – information about telephone calls made in the area.

The board that oversees a pair of historic Richmond theaters got an October surprise in the form of a hefty property tax bill on the publicly owned buildings. 

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on 

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Government & Politics
8:01 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Forum Features Three Candidates Vying for Cantor's Vacant Seat

Dave Brat and Jack Trammell

In a recent forum, candidates for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District presented differing views on the Affordable Care Act, federal spending, and immigration. 


Republican Dave Brat, Democrat Jack Trammell and Libertarian James Carr attended a forum held by the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce Thursday at Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond.

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Grading our Congress
7:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

How Do Virginia Lawmakers Rate?

Virginia lawmakers are asking you to put them back in office on November fourth but how effective have they been? A look at the bills passed this session. 

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Government & Politics
6:52 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Legislative Effectiveness Project

The midterm elections are around the corner, and while constituents across Virginia are getting an earful about the candidates from campaign ads, two professors from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee have developed a systematic way to gauge just how effective each member of the House of Representatives truly is. It's called the Legislative Effectiveness Project. 

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