GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the longest-serving member of the court's liberal minority, died Friday night after a struggle with pancreatic cancer, touching off both tributes and a war of words about filling her seat in a fraught election year.Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both...
By Anya Sczerzenie/ Capital News Service  A poll released this week by the Virginia Commonwealth University L. Douglas Wilder School of Government shows presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner leading by double-digit margins in the commonwealth. The Richmond-based university conducted a telephone poll of just over 800 adults from...
By Sam Wang, Aaron Barden and Jason RhodeThis year, Virginia once again has the chance to act as history-maker. Amendment 1 on the statewide ballot will create a hybrid, bipartisan redistricting commission that meaningfully includes citizens for the first time. We are proud to endorse Amendment 1 because never...
Advocates and a handful of Virginia lawmakers have been calling for paid sick days since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But any chance of guaranteeing paid quarantine leave for workers died Wednesday in a Senate committee, where legislators voted 14-1 to table a bill mandating employers to provide...
Virginia's State Corporation Commission agreed to extend an existing moratorium on utility disconnections until Oct. 5.But regulators warned it would be the last time they granted an extension on the shutoff ban, which has already been renewed twice since the SCC first imposed it on March 16 — just...
With no clear end in sight to the Virginia General Assembly’s ongoing special session, Gov. Ralph Northam is again asking the State Corporation Commission to extend an existing moratorium on utility disconnections.The current ban is set to expire on Wednesday. But in a letter sent earlier this week, Northam...
WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity.Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer and associate counsel to Bush, said DeJoy should not...
By Sam Fowler/ Capital News Service An effort to require Virginia school districts provide in-person classes to students with poor internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic is most likely dead. House Bill 5009, introduced by Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, would require public schools to offer in-person classes to elementary, middle and high...
Virginia isn’t doing an adequate job of lending out money to help small businesses, according to a new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that found tens of millions of dollars have sat unused in recent years.In a presentation to legislators Monday morning, JLARC staff said...
Virginia’s coal tax credits, some of the state’s largest economic incentives, “generate negligible economic benefits” and “no longer appear relevant” in a world where natural gas is rapidly displacing coal, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission told legislators Monday morning ahead of the release of a new report...