GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The Virginia Lottery made nearly $650 million in the fiscal year that ended in June, all of which will be used for education funding.The amount breaks the agency's previous record of $606 million put toward education last year.The Lottery's profits came from $2.29 billion in sales, Lottery Director Kevin...
WASHINGTON -- As the Trump administration prepares to move two Agriculture Department research agencies and more than 500 jobs out of the nation’s capital region, many of the agencies’ employees appear ready to quit their jobs rather than leave their homes. Democratic lawmakers in Virginia have attempted, so far unsuccessfully,...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Tuesday night voted largely along partisan lines to approve a resolution that condemns President Trump’s “racist comments directed at Members of Congress.” The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with four Republicans and one independent joining their Democratic colleagues in publicly...
Capitol Police apologized after an officer physically compelled a 16-year-old student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in the Senate gallery during last week’s short-lived special session on gun legislation.Monica Hutchinson, a Henrico resident, said her son, Jae, was at the Capitol on a trip with 42 members...
While most of the inaugural meeting of Gov. Ralph Northam’s newly reconstituted Council on Environmental Justice flowed smoothly, one moment during the day revealed that tensions still linger from the last iteration of the body.After more than half a dozen residents of Cumberland and Powhatan counties turned out to...
Ever since Mountain Valley Pipeline first proposed to gouge a 303-mile long, 125-foot wide scar across the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, countless experts have warned of the uncontrollable erosion the project would provoke. These warnings have since proven to be well founded: We have witnessed sediment-laden water flowing off...
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans scrambled on Monday to decide how -- or whether -- to respond to President Trump’s continued tirade against four freshman Democratic congresswomen. Some Republicans openly slammed the president’s comments that the congresswomen “go back” to the countries they came from (although three of the four were...
Before the short special session on gun control earlier this week, hundreds of gun rights advocates poured into the city block around the capitol and legislative building. They wore shirts and hats with the National Rifle Association’s logo and sported bright orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers. Some showed up with...
The Virginia Board of Elections allowed another candidate on the ballot as a party nominee despite a mix-up with his nomination paperwork.Clinton Jenkins, a Democrat challenging Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, won a party nomination process but the local party chair responsible for submitting the paperwork to the state used...
WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are warning that a looming court decision could upend the Affordable Care Act and leave millions of Americans without health insurance.The case -- argued Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana -- has put the fate of the...