Government & Politics

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Super Tuesday: How to Vote

Feb 29, 2016

Tuesday is an election day -- Virginians’ turn to get their say in who should be the Republican or Democratic nominee for President.

Grab a photo ID -- a license, passport, or employee badge will all work -- and head to your polling place sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“As long as you’re in line at 7 p.m. you are going to be able to vote, so please do!”  

Liz Howard is the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Elections. She says the first question voters will get is whether they’d like a Republican ballot, or Democratic one.

Virginia Public Access Project

Norfolk's airport is among the largest in the country to have no access by public transportation...and Virginia is on the brink of becoming the first state to license online fantasy sports games.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access  Project's VaNews on

Super Tuesday in Virginia

Feb 29, 2016

Virginia is one of a dozen ‘Super Tuesday’ states voting in their Republican contests tomorrow.  On the Democratic side, we’re one of eleven. And if you’re wondering if your vote counts in such a big election, here’s why it does.  

Virginia Tech Political Science Professor, Caitlin Jewitt is writing a book about the Presidential primaries. She says in this year’s election, Virginians are positioned to see their votes have a real impact on who gets their parties’ nominations.

Virginia has a state bird… a state tree… but what about a state snake? Lawmakers this year have made a bit of a surprising pick -- the Eastern Garter Snake.  

The Virginia herpetological society has tried to convince lawmakers to adopt a state snake before -- something like the Timber Rattlesnake, or the King Snake -- but the idea never got much traction.

Dancing the Budget Tango

Feb 22, 2016

Even before the fight erupted over whether to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama and Republicans in Congress were squaring off on the nation’s spending priorities. Republicans from the region are proving a thorn in the president’s side on the final budget he sent to Congress