GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

In a final, exasperated call to her landlord about a leaky roof that sent a steady stream of rain water dripping into her bedroom, Winter Whittaker threatened to take him to court.“You’re going to fix what you’re supposed to fix,” she said in the call, which she recorded.Dean Parsons,...
WASHINGTON — A congressional investigation is examining whether top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, former employees of a legal and lobbying outfit with long Richmond ties, violated ethics rules by working on behalf of their former clients. Lawmakers have asked for documents and an EPA inspector general investigation into whether...
For the first time in decades, Virginia lawmakers have agreed to increase the minimum number of counselors required in schools.But they also decided not to fully fund those positions in the state budget.“July 1, 2019, there will be a new law in Virginia that improves the school counselor-to-student ratio...
WASHINGTON  — Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is nowhere near ready to move on from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.Warner assailed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Donald Trump for their public declarations that Special...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the war between President Donald Trump's administration and House Democrats.The committee voted 24-16 along party lines to approve a resolution recommending that the full U.S. House find Barr in...
GATE CITY — Many Americans are closely following the emerging race between President Donald Trump and a large field of Democratic challengers, but when Del. Todd Pillion told a group of Republicans that this election “is easily the most important that we’ve seen in a generation,” he wasn’t talking...
The Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council will study a bill that would require universities to share the terms and conditions of donations from private entities.Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 2386 to create firm rules on when donors to public colleges and universities can be anonymous; what...
Sen. Jennifer McClellan's new political action committee isn't for a gubernatorial run — at least not yet.The Richmond Democrat launched Virginia United this week with the goal of helping capture the General Assembly.She announced Tuesday morning in a news release that the PAC has already raised $50,000 to support...
Someone arrested the day before Thanksgiving could be looking at a five-night stay in jail before getting a chance to go before a local judge for a bail hearing, and Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald Lemons says that delay has never felt right to him.“It seems to...
New York investment bank Goldman Sachs was once memorably called "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money," by Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi.In Virginia, many would argue we have long had our own bloodsucking cephalopod...