GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

It was a big day for Virginians prone to bouts of cussing and spitting.A House of Delegates committee advanced legislation repealing the crimes of swearing and “expectorating” in public to a vote before the full chamber.Both are currently Class 4 misdemeanors punishable by a fine of not more than...
As a Virginia Senate committee debated how to craft a policy allowing police to take guns away from people deemed dangerous, one Republican made an ominous warning about what could happen if the state starts sending officers up "Ruby Ridge Drive" to bang on the door."When they don't answer...
It was an offhand question, for sure. But during an early morning briefing by the Virginia Department of Corrections, Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, recalled eating the food served to inmates at Red Onion State Prison during a site visit to the Southwestern Virginia supermax facility several years ago.How much,...
WASHINGTON — Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy. U.S. House Democrats and Trump’s lawyers sparred for hours Tuesday over the parameters for the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, offering a preview of their substantive arguments...
Yes, Monday's massive gun rally, which closed streets and saw thousands of heavily armed people playing soldier on the streets of Richmond, ended without violence.Yes, many of those who attended are undoubtedly law-abiding people sincere in their fervor about the Second Amendment.Yes, the crowd shouldn't be construed as solely...
On July 8, as rush hour clogged the roads of Alexandria, a slow-moving southbound storm caused a deluge of rain to fall over the city.And fall. And fall. And fall.All throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, precipitation and flood records were shattered.By the end of a single hour, 3.44...
A Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday voted down a proposal to ban political donations from state-regulated utility monopolies like Dominion Energy.The legislation died in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on a 5-10 vote as four Democrats joined six Republicans in opposition.The vote was the first test of...
A suite of LGBT-friendly legislation cleared the Virginia Senate on Tuesday.Lawmakers voted to:ban health professionals like counselors and psychologists from performing conversion therapy on anyone under age 18, create uniform policies for transgender students attending public schools, make it easier for transgender people to change the gender on...
Virginia may have just had its last Lee-Jackson day.On Tuesday, the state Senate voted 22-18 to pass a bill getting rid of the holiday honoring two Confederate generals and replacing it with a new state holiday on Election Day.The Democratic-sponsored legislation had dual aims: Getting rid of an official...
The pro-gun masses had their day at the Virginia Capitol Monday. But mathematical reality quickly set in Tuesday morning as a Democratic-led House of Delegates panel easily dispatched nearly a dozen Republican-sponsored gun bills.The proposals would have made it easier to carry guns in places of worship, allowed concealed...