State Government

Study or Skip? College Students on 10th District Senate Seat

Oct 21, 2015

With two weeks left before election day... candidates for Richmond’s contested 10th district Senate seat Tuesday night. It's a critical seat, but behind every student who follows local elections, there are a couple more who don't. 

The auditorium was almost full with students who clearly care about politics.

In the running: Democrat Dan Gecker, Republican Glen Sturtevant, Marleen Durfee, an independent and Carl Loser, a libertarian.

"These are the people who determine are laws, determine how high our college tuition is and things like that."   

Why Virginia Loses Jobs

Oct 20, 2015
Watchdog.org

Governor Terry McAuliffe predicts Virginia will have 1.5 million job openings in the next decade -- fueled by the retirement of 900,000 baby boomers.  He hopes to see 600,000 new positions but says it isn't always easy to attract new business to the Commonwealth.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to be known as the man who generates jobs, but he admits Virginia is not always an easy sell.  He recently asked the CEO of Canon to build its global research and development center here and was told …

Virginia Voter Registration

Oct 12, 2015

Virginia residents are running out of time to register to vote in the November 3rd general election.

Tuesday, October 13, is the voter registration deadline.

Eligible Virginians can register to vote online, here.

The online system also can be used to check registration status and update voter information.

It does require DMV identification. Residents can also register to vote in person at their local voter registration office by 5 p.m. October 13th

In one month, Virginians will head to the polls to elect all 140 members of the House of Delegates and state Senate.  But according to a recent Christopher Newport University survey, only 34% of voters say they have followed news about the General Assembly candidates—even though partisan control of the closely divided Senate is at stake.  Although some of the seats are fiercely contested, a lack of competition throughout the state may be part of the problem.

New JLARC Report: Education Funding Declines

Sep 22, 2015
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State spending on public education in Virginia has declined by 7 percent in the last decade… according to a new report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

When adjusted for inflation, spending fell from $10,927 per pupil in 2005 to $10,148 last year.  But the state’s school divisions say their resources were stretched—while under a mandate to increase student achievement.

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