State Government

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s controversial executive order restoring rights to nonviolent felons may be having some unintended consequences in the court system.

Much of the attention on the governor’s executive order has focused on the right to vote. But another right that’s restored is the right to serve on a jury. That’s already prompted two criminal defense attorneys to make inquiries about whether any potential jurors have criminal records, possibly adding former felons to juries because they might be more sympathetic.

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When members of the General Assembly convened in January, they were considering more than a dozen bills aimed at cracking down on the car-title lending industry. All of those efforts were scrapped, though, when lawmakers decided against passing legislation and instead asked the state regulator to take action. Now new campaign finance numbers that show what was happening behind the scenes.

Car Title Lenders & Secret Documents

May 12, 2016
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Regulators at the State Corporation Commission are siding with car-title lenders against open government, denying a request for information from the Center for Public Integrity. But  open government advocates are taking their case all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Virginia Gubernatorial Hopefuls Gearing up for 2017

May 3, 2016
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Are you already tired of the presidential campaign? If Election 2016 has become tiresome, go ahead and start getting ready for Election 2017. That’s right, next year is an election year too — one that’s already taking shape. 

Ethics Questions: Reconsidering the Rules on Gifts

Apr 25, 2016
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The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? 

The case against former Governor Bob McDonnell was that he took things in exchange for official actions, a prosecution that will be heard before the United States Supreme Court this week. That’s why Carl Tobias at the University of Richmond Law School says tightening up on rules about gifts no-brainer.