GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Paid sick leave, workers’ compensation, and transparency for nursing homes are some of the biggest pandemic priorities House Democrats say they plan to tackle during a special session of the General Assembly scheduled to begin next week.Some of the proposals, endorsed by the caucus’ 55-member majority, aim to fix...
Anyone expecting to tune in for quick results on election night should probably start thinking about it as election week, according to Virginia officials who are trying to reshape public expectations in what's expected to be a highly unusual presidential year.That doesn’t mean there won’t be blowout races that...
On July 15, Cara Burton, the director of the Eastern Shore Public Library, took an hour-long ferry to Tangier Island to find out why people there feel as if they shouldn’t count.Burton chairs a committee urging residents of Accomack and Northampton counties to complete the 2020 census, which is...
At a virtual Alexandria City Council meeting in June, a state legislator explained why he signed onto a new state law giving local officials the authority to ban guns in some public spaces.Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, recounted how Richmond-area gun enthusiasts made a point of walking around Alexandria’s Old...
President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action on his own after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in...
WASHINGTON — The top official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended the deployment of federal officers to counter protesters in Portland, Oregon, saying it was comparable to protecting the U.S. Capitol from attack.“That’s all we’re trying to do in Portland — protecting a federal facility, a...
Members of Virginia’s Parole Board repeatedly ignored state law and several of its own policies in its decision to grant parole to a man who had served 40 years of a life term, according to a report by the state Inspector General.In a scathing, six-page report released by Republican...
The Fairfax County registar posted this image on social media warning would-be voters about erronous absentee ballot applications sent by a nonprofit group. (Image via Fairfax County Office of Elections)
A misunderstanding of Virginia's independent cities and counties apparently led a nonprofit voter registration group to mail 587,638 absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters that asked them to send the ballot back to the wrong election office.The Center for Voter Information said the mishap was an honest mistake mainly...
Senate Democrats unveiled police reform legislation Thursday they hope to adopt during a special session of the General Assembly later this month.Endorsed by the caucus’ 21-member majority, the 33-page bill proposes a range of new policies from the creation of statewide standards for police officers to a ban on...
A few months ago, COVID-19 was turning nursing homes in Virginia into charnel houses, including one in Henrico that had one of the highest known death counts in America at the time. Virginians were frantic to know which extended care facilities were reporting outbreaks.Using a ridiculously contorted interpretation of...