GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Two renewable energy providers whose attempts to sign up Dominion Energy customers were halted by the utility in July won a victory Wednesday when the State Corporation Commission ordered the company to begin processing the enrollments immediately.The order is the first decision by the commission in an ongoing battle...
The same advocates. The same arguments. Many of the same pieces of legislation.Five hours of public testimony on gun safety legislation Tuesday tread familiar ground in a statehouse that’s been debating the issues in tightly-packed committee rooms for decades.A Falls Church City Council member pleaded with lawmakers to allow...
One of the more important data sets to have been released recently are the new 2030 and 2040 population projections from the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center’s Demographics Research Group. The Weldon Cooper Center is the commonwealth’s official demographer and their projections impact a whole host of state...
President Donald Trump's trade war with China threatens profits for Virginia's soybean farmers, a group that includes Gov. Ralph Northam, he said during a financial update to lawmakers.Northam, speaking at a presentation to the Joint Money Committee, owns and leases about 50 acres of farm land on the Eastern...
A researcher at Boston University told a state panel weighing gun legislation Monday that passing three new firearms laws in Virginia could lead to 124 fewer homicides a year – an estimate she said she considers conservative.Claire Boine, who co-authored a study on the most effective policies in reducing...
Even as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s scope of work has broadened to include such critical concerns as climate change and environmental justice, the agency has seen its funding cut and its programs hamstrung by outdated state regulations, a report by the Office of the Secretary of Natural...
There’s a great line in 2014’s "Godzilla" that I thought about during the last Democratic debate, as the candidates turned to health care. To set the scene, humanity’s had a pretty bad day, which is kind of standard in Godzilla movies.We just found out that earth was home to...
JAMES CITY COUNTY — From Sandy Bay Bridge, a stone’s throw from Jamestown, an eye cast in any direction lands inevitably upon water.During the summer in this part of James City County, where the county seal shows three sails floating atop a blue wave, the Jamestown-Scotland ferry crosses the...
Virginia’s top financial officer is sounding the alarm about an imminent recession -- a situation he says the state has been monitoring. The least we should expect is a significant slowing of growth, said Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s secretary of finance, but a recession in the next 12 to 18 months...
Six police officers were shot in Philadelphia on Wednesday. During the hours-long standoff, Virginia Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, took to Facebook to launch a fundraiser.“If you agree with me that the vastly increasing rate of gun violence should never be normalized, will you contribute to help Democrats flip the...