GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

President Donald Trump's administration's proposed rollbacks to federal clean water regulations would strip some wetlands, as well as headwater streams, in Virginia of federal protections and leave them vulnerable to pollution and real estate development, a report says.The new rules would redefine which "waters of the U.S." are protected...
Tax season is approaching and there is a pressing issue that will affect whether or not Virginia taxpayers can quickly and easily file their taxes in the commonwealth: tax conformity. Only the Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Ralph Northam can address this issue, which will have a profound effect on...
House of Delegates Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, is calling on Attorney General Mark Herring to resign from his position now that Herring has said he will run for governor in 2021.Gilbert cited a 2013 Virginian-Pilot article in which Herring is quoted saying he would step down from his post as...
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to give teachers a 5 percent pay raise starting next July, an increase from a previously approved 3 percent raise.It would be the largest, single-year raise for educators in the state in more than 15 years, Northam said Tuesday while presenting parts of his proposed...
Virginia's foster care system is failing to meet the basic health and safety needs of the children under its care, according to state auditors, who released a scathing report Monday that found 98 cases in which basic safety protocols weren't met.In one, a child was placed in a home...
Today's much-anticipated meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which saw two members replaced by Gov. Ralph Northam as it weighed a crucial permit for a compressor station that is part of Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has been postponed because of the snow.The Virginia Department of Environmental...
Virginia's most politically contentious fishery — Omega Protein's Reedville menhaden reduction operation — is up for a Marine Stewardship Council certification, which recognizes sustainable fishing practices, but an environmental group argues that the recommendation is misplaced.Omega Protein harvests thousands of tons a year of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay,...
Two contentious Virginia pipeline projects hit more snags Friday, with Dominion Energy voluntarily agreeing to stop construction on its Atlantic Coast Pipeline after another permit was vacated and the separate Mountain Valley Pipeline smacked with a state lawsuit over environmental violations.Attorney General Mark Herring and the Department of Environmental...
A panel of federal judges in Richmond denied a second request to delay work on a remedial redistricting plan by the Republican majority in the House of Delegates.The case is pending a review by the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear an appeal last month.In a terse order published Friday...
Evidently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring hates robocalls just as much as you.Herring's office said in a news release Thursday that he has joined a group of 40 state attorneys general who are reviewing available technology "to stop or reduce annoying and dangerous robocalls."“Robocalls have become a daily occurrence...