GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

President Donald Trump's administration is currently considering changing how the federal poverty line is calculated, which could mean thousands in Virginia might lose access to medical and food assistance programs.The poverty level, currently $12,490 for a single adult, is adjusted every year to account for inflation, but the new...
Regulators from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality raised questions about whether the company seeking an air permit to build a massive gas plant in Charles City County met statutory requirements for informing the public of the project’s impacts, emails from the agency show. The permit for the 1,650-megawatt plant,...
Here we are, just a year and a half from the 2021 redistricting in the commonwealth, and Virginia finally has legitimate legislative and congressional maps following the politicized process in 2011.This resolution comes by way of a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week. A 5-4 majority of the...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House is slated to hold a hearing today on legislation that would establish a commission to consider reparations for the descendants of slaves.At least two Virginia lawmakers -- Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer -- are among the dozens of co-sponsors backing the legislation. The...
Bettors have responded enthusiastically to Virginia’s foray into expanded gambling, wagering $70.8 million last month at two new casinos opened by Colonial Downs.“I’d rather come down here instead of buying a scratch ticket,” said Clyde DeBoll, a 65-year-old retiree from Henrico as he entered the New Kent race track...
House Republicans are again asking Democrats to allow two women who said Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted them to testify in front of the General Assembly during a special session beginning July 9.Gov. Ralph Northam called lawmakers back to Richmond in the wake of a mass shooting in...
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Virginia’s ban on uranium mining after decades of wrangling over the issue.“Congress conspicuously chose to leave untouched the states’ historic authority over the regulation of mining activities on private lands within their borders,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch for the court. “We are...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out an appeal in a high-profile racial gerrymandering case that challenged Virginia’s redrawn legislative districts. The high court ruled 5-4 that Virginia’s Republican-led House of Delegates did not have legal standing to pursue the appeal, a decision that allowed the justices...
As state lawmakers prepare to reassemble in Richmond for a special session on gun control after the Virginia Beach shooting, this statistic will likely be repeated often: In Virginia, more than 1,000 people die due to gun violence every year.That equates to almost three people every day. Guns take...
Attorney General Mark Herring, who announced in December he plans to run for governor in 2021, said Saturday he backs decriminalizing marijuana and eventually legalizing adult recreational use.“Virginia’s policy of criminalizing minor marijuana possession is not working,” Herring wrote in an op-ed published in the Daily Press, citing rising...