While it is known as the home of freedom-loving Founding Fathers, Virginia has also had a history of undemocratic institutions and tendencies. That was the controversial topic of a book launch and discussion hosted by the Library of Virginia.
Author and historian Brent Tarter discovered primary sources with those ideas throughout the 400 years of the Commonwealth’s history.
Tarter found that from the start, state leaders embraced a hierarchical society and political institutions that excluded people—hence, the book’s title.
State leaders say they do not have a contingency plan if the Virginia Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling that tolls are taxes and not user fees.
A group of Hampton Roads residents won a victory earlier this year over whether or not they are being unfairly tolled to pay for construction of a second Midtown Tunnel and maintenance of other tunnels.
Those who support VDOT's position say that if residents within that region win this lawsuit, citizens throughout the entire state will lose.
Virginia's gubernatorial candidates don't agree on much and when invited to various forums, they speak at different times.
But during a candidates' visit to the Virginia Commonwealth University class of former Governor Douglas Wilder, they both agreed on a matter that has been a sticking point for current Governor Bob McDonnell.