State Government

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned
7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

VA Same-Sex Couples Embrace State Marriage Recognition

Attorney General Mark Herring Plaintiffs Carol Schall and Mary Townley Celebrate the Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is already having an impact.

The 4th Circuit issued its mandate early Monday afternoon, and same-sex couples began lining up at local courthouses to get married.

One of the couples who successfully sued to overturn the state Constitution’s marriage provision renewed the vows that they had first taken in another state. 

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Legal at 1:00 p.m.
12:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Same Sex Marriages in Virginia Begin Today

The U-S Supreme Court has cleared the way for immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by turning away appeals from Virginia and four other states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

The justices made their ruling without comment.

Now, the Richmond-based federal appeals court say its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect this afternoon at 1:00.

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Virginia U.S. Senate Race
8:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Much Discussion as the Gillespie and Warner Race Heats Up

Credit Associated Press

It’s roughly a month before Virginians must decide whether to rehire Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner, or choose someone new. During a forum where seniors had an opportunity to interact with Warner's leading opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, the questions weren't focused on retirement and senior care. Instead, they addressed hot-button issues such as immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, and strengthening the military. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:47 am
Mon September 29, 2014

VaNews for 09.29.14

A Hanover County supervisor is upset because students are seeing a film in which Muslims say U-S actions abroad were among the causes of the 9-11 attacks...and growing numbers of state employees in Virginia are on public assistance while working full time.

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
3:55 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Commission to Ensure Integrity & Public Confidence in State Government

Commission Members in Richmond

Citing the embarrassment that Virginia is still suffering from recent events—which referred to the convictions of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife on federal corruption charges—Governor McAuliffe has signed an executive order creating the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.

The commission is tasked with making recommendations that do not just pertain to gift-giving, but also how judges are appointed, and legislative district lines are drawn.

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