Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an unprovoked war in Ukraine. “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for […]
Should every school have a police officer?
Legislation that would require every public school in Virginia to have a full-time police officer on duty is expected to come before House and Senate committees this week. Sen. Bill DeSteph and Del. Karen Greenhalgh, both Republicans from Virginia Beach, filed matching bills in the Senate and House of Delegates that would require each school district […]
Northam presents final budget, flush with cash, to lawmakers
Gov. Ralph Northam presented legislative budget writers Thursday with his final fiscal blueprint for Virginia government that proposes tax cuts, state employee pay raises, stoking the state’s reserve savings and strengthening the public retirement fund. Robust tax collections augmented by federal pandemic economic relief funds created unprecedented operational surpluses, even during the social and financial […]
Domestic ship operators question offshore wind project’s use of foreign ship
A group of American ship operators filed a complaint this week against a foreign vessel working on Virginia’s new offshore wind development project — a move motivated by concern, it says, that the offshore wind industry might not stay true to its promise to buoy American workers. The Offshore Marine Service Association, a trade group, […]
Will Virginia delegates have to run again in 2022? A judge could decide soon.
Democrats and Republicans are once again battling for control of the Virginia House of Delegates. But Paul Goldman, a Democratic lawyer and onetime aide to former Gov. Doug Wilder, says Virginia’s political class is ignoring an inconvenient truth: Technically speaking, the 2021 House elections are invalid. Because the November elections are being held on an […]
Amid a crisis at state mental hospitals, calls for private providers to step up
As Virginia’s state-run mental hospitals struggle to navigate a long-brewing crisis in staffing and admissions, lawmakers and advocates are asking private hospitals to relieve more of the burden. For years, officials have warned that Virginia’s beleaguered psychiatric facilities were on the verge of collapse. But the system reached a tipping point earlier this month when […]