Government & Politics

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

There's a petition in Henrico County to remove of the name one of Virginia's most famous segregationists from a public school...and the Virginia half of the city of Bristol says it can't afford to help the Tennessee half with some civic promotion efforts. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

In Virginia you can have photographic evidence of cars illegally passing school buses but still not be able to prosecute the drivers...and a bill to introduced in the General Assembly would allow some convicted drug offenders to clear their records.

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

Politicians in Richmond are already gearing up for 2017 elections -- Delegate Rob Bell announced Thursday afternoon that he’s running for Virginia Attorney General.  

Delegate Bell, a republican from Albermarle County, ran for his party’s nomination in 2013 but lost to Republican Senator Mark Obenshain -- Obenshain then went on to lose the general election to Democrat Mark Herring. Herring will be in the office until 2017.

Associated Press

Virginia’s congressional delegation is wrestling with how the federal government can help states combat the heroin epidemic spreading across the east coast.

More than 25,000 people across the nation die from heroin or other opioids annually. In the commonwealth last year, more people died from opioids than from car wrecks. That’s partly why Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is trying to make it easier for people to get the drug Naloxone, also called Narcan. 

Government Shutdown Threats Continue

Nov 16, 2015

  If you thought the threat of a government shutdown was taken off the table, think again. Virginia may once again get caught in the crosshairs of a partisan battle in Washington. 

Before Speaker Boehner retired he worked with President Obama to reach a two year budget agreement. That agreement is the blueprint, but it didn’t come with any dollar bills attached to it. Now that lawmakers have less than a month to actually fund the government, conservatives are trying to use the bill to undo the president’s initiatives, like the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.