Briefs

Virginia legislators reintroduce bill to penalize ‘cyber flashing’

BY: - January 13, 2022

A bipartisan group of women legislators are again pushing for a state law against unwanted nude images sent by text and over computer screens. In a Thursday news conference, Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler, D-Virginia Beach, announced she was bringing back a bill that would penalize sexually explicit pictures sent to anyone without their request or consent. […]

Northam speech meets criticism from new House speaker and more Virginia headlines

BY: - January 13, 2022

• Gov. Ralph Northam’s final State of the Commonwealth speech featured calls for unity and a harshly critical tweet from the new Republican House speaker.—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • Former Virginia lawmaker Joseph Yost was charged with embezzlement in connection to his work with the Giles County Historical Society.—Roanoke Times • Incoming Lt. Gov. Winsome […]

AG: Virginia Beach police forged DNA evidence presented in court

BY: - January 12, 2022

Police in Virginia Beach forged forensic science reports used in criminal interrogations at least five times, according to Attorney General Mark Herring, who announced Wednesday that the department had agreed to end the practice following an investigation by his Office of Civil Rights. In a news release, Herring’s office said the forgeries were discovered in […]

A parking garage field hospital in Fredericksburg and more Va headlines

BY: - January 12, 2022

• Virginia’s 2022 General Assembly session starts today, with newly empowered Republicans looking to change course after two years of full Democratic control.—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • Democrat Jackie Glass easily won Tuesday’s special election for a Norfolk House of Delegates seat.—Virginian-Pilot • Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg is opening a field hospital in its parking garage to […]

Herring says Youngkin can’t pull Virginia out of carbon market by executive action

BY: - January 11, 2022

An official advisory opinion from outgoing Democratic Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin cannot withdraw the state from a regional carbon market solely through executive action.  “The Constitution of Virginia does not grant the governor the power to suspend laws, and in fact, it requires the opposite that ‘the governor shall […]

Past congressional reps’ slaveholding record and more Virginia headlines

BY: - January 11, 2022

• In an interview with VPM, Gov. Ralph Northam says he would’ve won if he had been allowed to run for re-election and critiqued Democrats’ 2021 messaging.—VPM • “A staffing crisis has gone from bad to worse at Virginia’s only state mental hospital for children and adolescents.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Rep. Ben Cline has COVID-19.—Roanoke Times • A federal judge […]

Dominion asks permission to withdraw proposed increase in carbon market costs 

BY: - January 11, 2022

Dominion Energy is asking regulators for permission to withdraw an application to raise the costs to Virginia ratepayers for the state’s participation in a regional carbon market, citing “uncertainty” due to Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s pledge to pull Virginia out of the program.  By halting any future cost increases, “customers will benefit to the extent they […]

Youngkin names John Littel as Virginia’s next secretary of Health and Human Resources

BY: - January 10, 2022

Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin appointed John Littel, an executive for the health care company Magellan, as Virginia’s next secretary of health and human resources. The selection, announced in a news release on Monday, comes as the state battles record high numbers of coronavirus cases and an increasingly beleaguered health care system. Littel will replace interim Health […]

Northam term draws to a close and more Virginia headlines

BY: - January 10, 2022

• Three years after the blackface scandal nearly ended his career, Gov. Ralph Northam is leaving office as what some describe as “the most consequential Virginia governor of the modern era.”—Washington Post • Northam pardoned a man convicted in a decades-old Portsmouth murder case.—Virginian-Pilot • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced cabinet picks for secretary of transportation and secretary of […]

Youngkin and Miyares announce plans to challenge federal vaccine mandates

BY: - January 7, 2022

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin and incoming Attorney General Jason Miyares will “challenge” vaccine mandates passed down by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other federal agencies. The plans, announced in a Friday news release, come as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on whether the mandates should go into effect even […]

Virginia can’t undo Equal Rights Amendment approval, outgoing AG says

BY: - January 7, 2022

Departing Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia can’t undo its 2020 ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment, the stalled gender-equality measure that inspired a major activist push at the statehouse. It’s unclear how eager Republicans might be to reverse the Virginia General Assembly’s vote, because the amendment still hasn’t been recognized at the federal […]

Northam draws criticism for response to I-95 shutdown and more Virginia headlines

BY: - January 7, 2022

• Amid questions over how the state handled the snowy shutdown of Interstate 95, Gov. Ralph Northam drew criticism for telling a radio interviewer: “I am getting sick and tired of people talking about what went wrong.”—Washington Post • Rep. Elaine Luria is running for re-election in the redrawn 2nd Congressional District. She isn’t required […]