GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Before the state’s top elected officials called on lawmakers to address what they called Virginia’s gun violence emergency over the summer, Attorney General Mark Herring decided not to reapply for a federal grant to pay for a long-running violence reduction program in the state.Instead, the Virginia Association of Chiefs...
A bipartisan panel of lawmakers reviewing proposals that would require Virginia businesses to give their employees paid sick and family leave adjourned for the year without offering a recommendation one way or the other.One bill proposed by six House Democrats would mandate that employers offer employees 24 hours of...
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Michael Bills, who helms a $1.5 billion hedge fund based in Charlottesville, said he was thinking like an investor when he decided to personally take on the state’s largest publicly regulated utility, Dominion Energy.He viewed Dominion and its influence over state lawmakers as bad for the environment...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats are leading efforts in Congress to stop the mass denial of student debt relief to millions of teachers, nurses, first responders and other public servants. They’re pressing the Trump administration to fix the problem, while the Education Department is blaming Congress for a loan forgiveness program...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Rep. Don McEachin is still recovering from an August medical procedure, and hasn’t returned to Capitol Hill since then, his office told the Mercury on Friday. McEachin, who represents the 4th District, is “currently recovering from a non-life threatening surgery,” his spokeswoman Ariana Valderrama said in...
By Paulette McElwainThe Supreme Court just demonstrated exactly how crucial the Nov. 5 election will be for the future of access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. The court announced it will review a Louisiana abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down by the...
Disgruntled Republican voters in a suburban Richmond district have created at least two political action committees to drum up write-in votes for Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, who lost his party's nomination earlier this year to Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt.One of the PACs, My Vote Matters Va, lists John...
Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012, cannabis-skeptical Republicans have controlled at least one chamber of the Virginia General Assembly.In a few months, that could change. If Democrats win full control of the statehouse next month by gaining four seats, Virginia would...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60. All four of Virginia's Republican congressmen joined six Democrats...
Virginia Beach Republican Del. Glenn Davis came up with a way to narrow an almost $300,000 fundraising difference between him and his opponent, Karen Mallard: claim a donation from the Democratic Party worth three-and-a-half times more than what his own party contributed in September.Last month, Davis reported a $44,000...