Voting

VA Lawmakers React to Voting Rights Decision

Jun 25, 2013

Virginia lawmakers are trying to figure out how Congress should respond to the Supreme Court's decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights abuses in Virginia was a part of the reason Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The state had been dominated by racist politicians who sought to disenfranchise minorities.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says some officials in the state still try to put up barriers on Election Day.

Photo Credit: Every Child Matters

Child advocates are calling out statewide candidates and demanding they take a stand on children's issues and make them a MAJOR part of their campaigns.

The  “Strong Kids, Strong Virginia” initiative was launched after a recent Mason-Dixon survey found that the gubernatorial candidates' views on the matter are murkier than those of current and former governors.

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

Jun 18, 2013
Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

Painting themselves as the "mainstream ticket," the Democratic nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General say Virginians have a clear contrast between them and the Republican nominees, which the Democrats have dubbed “the Tea Party ticket.” And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, as a show of solidarity, the defeated primary candidates announced that they’re now committing themselves to getting their former opponents elected. 

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Tuesday is primary election day, with two statewide offices and also 18 House of Delegates and local races on the ballot.  The statewide election is a high-stakes one, where voters will choose the Democratic nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general.  But if history is any indicator, the candidates can expect a low voter turnout.

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