Government & Politics

The People's Debate
1:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Warner & Gillespie Face Off

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, squared off  in their final debate of the campaign season. 

Although the two men are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Warner, the Virginia General Assembly and ethics questions surrounding the resignation of former state Senator Phillip Puckett were drawn into the debate. 

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Several Transformations
12:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Tobacco Commission Considers Southwest Medical School Again

When critics question how effectively the Virginia Tobacco Commission is using hundreds of millions of dollars the state received from the National Tobacco Settlement there's one project that always seems to come up.

It started five years ago as a $25-million grant to establish a medical school in Bristol. Since then the only two things that have been consistent about the plan are the absence of any apparent progress and the Tobacco Commission's continuing support.

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:08 am
Mon October 13, 2014

VaNews for 10.13.14

Danville City Council must decide whether the Confederate flag will continue to fly over the site of the final cabinet meeting of the Confederacy...and gun rights activists are angry after the sheriff of Stafford County moved to prevent the open carrying of firearms at a National Night Out event. 

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

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Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Redrawing Virginia's Congressional Map

Accused of unconstitutional gerrymandering, Virginia's General Assembly was told last week by a federal district court in Richmond that it must redraw its Congressional map next year because too many black voters are “packed” into one majority-minority district. 

But state lawmakers could actually avoid a contentious debate and not address the issue at all during their next session.

 

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Are Politics At Play?
3:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tobacco Commission's Effectiveness Questioned By GOP Member

Its official name is the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, but people just call it the Tobacco Commission.

Since 2000 it's spent more than a billion dollars on grants intended to do what its name implies – revitalize parts of Virginia devastated by the fall of the tobacco economy. 

The Commission has drawn the attention of many critics along the way.

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