GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Virginia has issued 5,600 nonbinary driver’s licenses and IDs since 2020

BY: - September 28, 2022

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles has issued approximately 5,600 driver’s licenses and other forms of ID with a nonbinary gender designation since a 2020 law allowed people to choose that option rather than male or female. The number includes “driver’s licenses, identification cards, driver privilege cards and identification privilege cards,” said Jessica Cowardin, a spokesperson […]

Key U.S. Senate panel advances bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would update an 1887 elections law and clarify how electoral votes are certified, with the hopes of averting another attempt to overturn a presidential election. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, put forth the bill, known as […]

Federal proposal requiring Mountain Valley Pipeline completion halted

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — A permitting reform proposal by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that would have required completion of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline was halted Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer removed the measure from a catchall spending package late in the afternoon after Manchin released a statement calling on him to do so. […]

Miyares joins AGs in letter criticizing credit card tracking of gun purchases

BY: - September 27, 2022

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares joined a group of attorneys general in criticizing a handful of financial institutions for a new policy that would track and monitor firearm purchases. At the center of the coalition’s ire is recent action taken by the International Organization for Standardization —  a worldwide federation of national standards bodies — that […]

Two former election officials file federal lawsuits against Nottoway County

BY: - September 26, 2022

Nottoway County’s former election registrar and one of her assistants have filed separate federal lawsuits claiming they were wrongfully fired from the elections office last year and should be reinstated to their old jobs. The pair of suits, which both name several county boards and local officials as defendants, were filed last week by Angela […]

As early voting starts, Youngkin’s elections commissioner calls system ‘dependable’

BY: - September 26, 2022

As a woman in a purple blazer lined up to cast a ballot on the first day of early voting in Chesterfield County, one election worker nudged another and said: “She’s the boss.” It took less than 10 minutes for Susan Beals, Virginia’s new commissioner of elections, to vote early in Chesterfield, the Richmond-area suburb […]

Virginia rule on legislators leaving districts could add more intrigue to 2023 elections

BY: - September 22, 2022

After past redistricting cycles, the number of Virginia General Assembly members having to switch districts was kept to a minimum because legislators were allowed to draw careful lines around each other’s homes to avoid doing damage to incumbents. That wasn’t the case last year, when experts appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia effectively reset […]

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob […]

Virginia General Assembly won’t move to new office building for 2023 session

BY: - September 21, 2022

Supply chain problems will delay the Virginia General Assembly’s planned move to a new 14-story-tall office building being built in downtown Richmond, state officials announced Wednesday. The legislature will continue conducting much of its work out of the nearby Pocahontas Building through at least the 2023 legislative session, according to the Department of General Services, […]

Va. Rep. Good joins GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to commit to bringing legislation to the floor that would make it a felony to perform gender-affirming care on transgender youth, should the GOP take control of the U.S. House following the November midterm elections. “How on earth can this be happening in America? […]

Virginia prison agency discriminated against female employee in tampon case, jury rules

BY: - September 20, 2022

A jury found Monday that the Virginia Department of Corrections discriminated against a former employee who was fired after a body scanner detected a tampon she was wearing and officials suspected she was carrying contraband into the prison.  The jury, which heard the case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, […]

COMMENTARY

Miyares plays ‘election integrity’ politics to romance the MAGA base

BY: - September 20, 2022

Politicians will play politics. And there’s nothing wrong with that, generally. The problem comes when the malignant notion takes hold that an overwhelmingly clean, fair process of administering elections is fair game for a partisan disinformation campaign to subvert public faith in the process and impose a corrupt system under one-party control. The MAGA wing […]