Government & Politics

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

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 It’s an adage of American voting behavior that, the older you are… the more likely you are to vote.  Student activists in Virginia are trying to change that, but it isn’t easy. 

Julia Billingsly, is Director of Virginia 21 at Virginia Tech, a non-profit, non-partisan group active at all 13 public, 4-year colleges in Virginia.

For months, she’s been asking everyone on campus, who will listen.  And she kept at it until the very last day before the deadline to register, the very last hours in fact, she was in the Squires Student Center.

 As we’ve been hearing this week -- Tuesday’s state-wide elections will determine Virginia’s lawmakers for the next two years. Also at stake: which party will control Virginia’s State Senate.  But just what is the effect of who controls the state senate? 

Virginia’s Governor is a Democrat, and it’s legislature is controlled completely by Republicans. But, if Democrats win just one extra seat on Tuesday.. that could change.

Study or Skip? College Students on 10th District Senate Seat

Oct 21, 2015

With two weeks left before election day... candidates for Richmond’s contested 10th district Senate seat Tuesday night. It's a critical seat, but behind every student who follows local elections, there are a couple more who don't. 

The auditorium was almost full with students who clearly care about politics.

In the running: Democrat Dan Gecker, Republican Glen Sturtevant, Marleen Durfee, an independent and Carl Loser, a libertarian.

"These are the people who determine are laws, determine how high our college tuition is and things like that."   

It was 25 years ago this month that the former East Germany and West Germany became one country.  It was something most people thought would never happen: Until it did.  

And a formerly communist country dissolved its government and joined the democracy next door.

This month, a series of lectures, exhibits and East German Films at Virginia Tech will explore one of the most astounding political shifts in history. 

Virginia Voter Registration

Oct 12, 2015

Virginia residents are running out of time to register to vote in the November 3rd general election.

Tuesday, October 13, is the voter registration deadline.

Eligible Virginians can register to vote online, here.

The online system also can be used to check registration status and update voter information.

It does require DMV identification. Residents can also register to vote in person at their local voter registration office by 5 p.m. October 13th

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