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New community college system chancellor and more Va. headlines

By: - March 18, 2022

• The State Board for Community Colleges named a new chancellor Thursday, defying Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s call to restart the hiring process to give his administration input.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • North Carolina officials are investigating the voter registration of former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who registered to vote in Virginia one year after registering to vote […]

Few superintendents have come forward to support Youngkin ed policies and more Va. headlines

By: - March 17, 2022

• Republicans have been arguing some of the state’s school superintendents aren’t all that upset with Gov. Glenn Youngkin. But few have come forward to publicly back the governor’s education policies.—Washington Post • Some political analysts say Virginia lawmakers’ growing affinity for Twitter fights might be inhibiting their ability to work together on policy.—Virginian-Pilot • […]

Less strict COVID workplace rules and more Va. headlines

By: - March 16, 2022

• A federal appeals court told a lower court to decide whether Democratic activist Paul Goldman has standing to sue to try force House of Delegates elections this year on the state’s newly redrawn legislative map.—Associated Press • Gov. Glenn Youngkin is rolling out new, less strict COVID-19 rules for private workplaces.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • At least nine U.S. […]

Youngkin calls superintendent letter misleading and more Va. headlines

By: - March 15, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is accusing a school superintendents group of misleading people by implying all 133 Virginia superintendents took a united stance against Youngkin’s education policies. “I believe this letter does not represent 133 superintendents,” the governor said.—WJLA • Youngkin’s push for privately run “lab schools” is up in the air as legislators continue to […]

General Assembly adjourns without budget and more Va. headlines

By: - March 14, 2022

• The General Assembly adjourned sine die, with a special overtime session coming up to finish work on the budget and dozens of other issues.—Washington Post • Thirty reasons why the 2022 session mattered.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore says the delegation from Southwest Virginia “really flexed its muscle this year.”—Cardinal News • Before leaving, lawmakers […]

Va. lawmakers lift ban on police use of facial recognition software and other headlines

By: - March 11, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin dismissed calls from Democrats to use an emergency declaration to prevent price-gouging by gas stations. He instead urged Democrats to get on board with his call to cut gas taxes.—WRIC • Virginia lawmakers voted to lift a ban on police use of facial recognition technology less than a year after it took effect.—Associated […]

More police officers are being decertified under new reform law and more Va. headlines

By: - March 10, 2022

More Virginia police officers are being decertified since a new reform law took effect a year ago. The most common offense was lying.—Associated Press Alexandria’s city council scrapped a proclamation honoring abortion providers after backlash from conservatives.—Washington Post A Norfolk-based Navy destroyer has been sidelined after its commander refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.—Virginian-Pilot Reps. […]

Budget negotiations could extend session and more Va. headlines

By: - March 9, 2022

• A year after registering to vote in 2020 at a North Carolina mobile home he didn’t live in, former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows voted early in Virginia’s 2021 election for governor.—New York Times • It’s unclear if budget negotiators will reach a deal in time for the General Assembly to adjourn this weekend or […]

Malware attack spurs cybersecurity dollars and more Va. headlines

By: - March 8, 2022

• Rep. Bob Good endorsed Jarome Bell, a far-right candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District who has called for the executions of anyone convicted of voter fraud and recently posted “the whole fake Russia war is about being gay.”—Washington Post • Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker announced she’s running to keep the job, despite […]

“Equity” becomes a flashpoint and more Va. headlines

By: - March 7, 2022

• The word “equity” has become a flashpoint in Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to purge the state’s education system of concepts he contends are racially divisive.—Washington Post • Youngkin denounced “cancel culture” in a speech to a conservative legal group at UVA, saying “the greatest threat to our democracy comes from a growing tendency to loathe rather […]

Youngkin lawyers move to dismiss case against mask opt-out law and more Va. headlines

By: - March 4, 2022

• Ahead of a court hearing over Virginia’s masks-optional policy for schools, lawyers for Gov. Glenn Youngkin are arguing parents of students with disabilities are “speculative” and mask mandates aren’t the only way to protect the vulnerable.—Prince William Times • Roanoke police implied a city councilman erased data on his government-issued iPad after investigators seized […]

A deadly two months for Southwest Virginia and more Va. headlines

By: - March 3, 2022

• U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, who revealed his own case of long COVID “feels like all my nerves have had like five cups of coffee,” is introducing legislation to fund more research into the lasting effects of the virus.—Washington Post • In Southwest Virginia, the first two months of 2022 have been the deadliest phase of the […]