GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

AMHERST — In an overflowing meeting room, speakers repeatedly invoked the Virginia-born Founding Fathers who saw fit to enshrine firearms in the U.S. Constitution.One man said the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — which he suggested could be a “coup” — shows the need for an armed...
Attorney General Mark Herring has invited state lawmakers to a "Cannabis Summit" next month that will feature policymakers from states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana and academics who study cannabis-related issues.The Dec. 11 event hosted by a top Democratic official suggests cannabis reform will be a more serious...
By Adam Hamza/ Capital News Service Pete Buttigieg has raised more money in individual donations from the commonwealth than any other candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has received nearly $950,000 from Virginians, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. That puts him ahead...
With Republicans in control of the General Assembly, LGBTQ rights advocates trying to pass stronger anti-discrimination laws in Virginia knew they had to think small.After Election Day, that's all over.In an interview, James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, said his group is widening its policy agenda in preparation...
Over the weekend, deposed Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates chose Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, to lead them through their next two years in the minority.Of the two leaders reportedly under consideration (Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, also made a bid), Gilbert was the more conservative choice. He continued to...
The Virginia State Board of Elections is recommending that the state create a 45-day early voting window for the 2020 elections, a significant expansion of the seven-day window the General Assembly authorized earlier this year.Virginia has gradually widened its election laws to give voters more leeway to cast absentee...
Monday was the first day members of the General Assembly could file legislation for the 2020 session, and while getting a bill in early doesn't make it any more likely to pass, it does offer some early insight into what's been on lawmakers' minds during the off season.That's particularly...
WASHINGTON — More than half of the nation’s aircraft carriers are not currently ready for deployment, as the massive ships sit off the Virginia coastline in various states of repair or testing. The U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers, more than any other nation. Six of them are currently docked...
Two reports involving guns were released in the past week – one on possible firearms legislation in Richmond, the other studying the horror of the massacre at the Virginia Beach municipal complex this spring.After reading both, call me bewildered. The lack of recommendations from the former, and the absence of...
Has Virginia’s new Democratic legislative majority painted itself into a corner on redistricting? Can Democrats resist the temptation to derail a long-sought nonpartisan reapportionment commission already well on the road to becoming real? Back when they were the minority party (just two weeks ago), Democrats criticized majority Republicans for muscling...