GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Virginia's political scandals reflect a troubled history and intersect racism, gender and sexual violence — issues some of us navigate daily.Journalist and professor Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted Friday night that "observers are wringing hands over the 'racist v rapist' dilemma facing ," a reference to the troubling trifecta of scandals embroiling Gov. Ralph Northam,...
Advocates who want to change the way Virginia draws its voting maps have called in bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger to push the state's reform efforts over the finish line.The former California governor was one of the first in the country to implement major redistricting reform. OneVirginia2021, which has pushed for change for...
Gov. Ralph Northam, determined to stay in office and make amends after admitting to wearing blackface, announced Tuesday he’s restored voting rights to nearly 11,000 felons since he took office.The move wouldn’t be especially newsworthy in normal times. His predecessor, Terry McAuliffe, streamlined the process and restored rights to...
Former Del. Joe Morrissey, who famously served a portion of his last session in the General Assembly while on work release from jail, has begun canvassing for support in Richmond as he mulls a second run for Senate against Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg."It would be a true statement that I've...
Speaking in broad strokes, the House and Senate ended up on the same page when it comes to the big push for casino gambling. Order up a study, think about it and hold off on any final decision until next year.But the agreement, it turns out, ends there.Among the...
By Kaytlin Nickens/Capital News ServiceOutlining a “dark and shameful chapter of American history,” state legislators have unanimously passed resolutions to “acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching” in Virginia, where more than 80 people — mostly African-American men — were killed by mobs in the decades...
Gov. Ralph Northam is in full-fledged image rehabilitation mode, appearing in a nationally televised interview on CBS Sunday night and pledging himself to racial reconciliation in the wake of the furor over a racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday night that...
Lawmakers want to spend more money on the Department of Elections, which lacks adequate staff and technology to perform some of its duties, according to a report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.The study found that the department uses a computer system that tends to crash on important...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News Service  Redemption was a word used repeatedly Monday as five black leaders from across Virginia urged state legislators to rescind statements calling for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation following his blackface photo scandal. On the steps of the Capitol, former Richmond City Council Member Henry “Chuck” Richardson...
Paulette Trimmer was excited when her 18-year-old son's counselor asked her to sit in on a therapy session. She was proud. She thought it was a good sign."I didn't have a clue that I was going into a den of wolves," she told the Virginia Board of Counseling on...