GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

By Kelly Booth Over the past four years, voter registration has grown more in Virginia localities that tend to vote Democratic than in localities that usually go Republican. That could spell trouble for the GOP heading into November’s elections. Between August 2015 and August 2019, voter registration increased 9% in the...
State elections officials have asked deployed service members and other overseas voters to submit their absentee ballots three weeks before Election Day in case the United States leaves an international postal agreement.“It may be that mail won’t get delivered from these locations,” said Chris Piper, elections commissioner. “That obviously...
In a surprise executive order Tuesday morning, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a sweeping directive committing Virginia to making its electric grid 100 percent carbon free by 2050.“Virginia’s policy structures have historically focused on the traditional power sector model of large, centralized power stations and conventional transmission and distribution infrastructure,”...
Southwestern Virginia lawmakers are taking another swing at creating new economic growth in a part of the commonwealth that has lagged far behind Northern Virginia, metro Richmond and Hampton Roads in job creation.They were in Abingdon last week to announce InvestSWVA, a public-private partnership that Will Payne, the project...
Virginia lawmakers appeared to take serious notice of the proliferation of gray market “skill games” for the first time Monday after the Virginia Lottery reported they could lose as much as $140 million this year to competition from the new devices.The games look and function like slot machines, advertising...
At this point, most people have either gotten stuck with a surprise medical bill they thought would be covered by their health insurance or know someone who has.And during a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on the issue before the State Corporation Commission on Thursday, Judge Mark Christie made clear he falls...
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Democrats edged closer to Thursday to launching formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 along party lines to adopt a resolution laying out procedures for an impeachment investigation in the committee. The vote came after two hours of heated debate over...
FRANKLIN — In the old mill town of Franklin, the streets smell of gasoline and fast food, peanuts by the millions and wood — mostly wood.To some, it’s the smell of money, an indicator of the industry that keeps the local economy going. To others, it’s a reminder of...
The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a closely-watched dispute over fundraising foundations established by public universities and whether they should be subject to freedom of information laws that govern the schools themselves.The case hails from George Mason University, where a student group called Transparent GMU sued...
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the nation's coast, including Virginia, despite pushback from many Republicans.The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, barring drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are...