GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The Interior Department on Monday revoked a Trump administration policy that would have undercut a century-old law protecting migratory birds.The move strengthens federal regulators’ authority to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 1918 law that allows the government to prosecute polluters whose actions are responsible for the deaths...
Where should the proposed landfill be located?Who is the most qualified candidate to be the new school superintendent?How much did it cost to implement that program?Politic me would say in response to all three questions, “I really don’t know.”Impolitic me would say, “I really don’t care.”That is, I don’t...
A senior investigator in Virginia’s watchdog agency has filed a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully suspended from her job last week after giving General Assembly leaders documents dealing with her investigation into wrongdoing by the Virginia Parole Board. Jennifer Moschetti, an employee of the Office of the State Inspector General,...
Lawmakers plan to appoint six new judges to the Virginia Court of Appeals later this year as part of a plan to expand the court’s jurisdiction to all civil and criminal cases.The reform will end Virginia’s status as the only state in the country where there is no guaranteed...
“The check’s in the mail, I tell you!”Is there anyone who hasn’t either heard or used that line — probably both? It’s right up there with “the dog ate my homework” in the Lame Excuses Hall of Shame.Back in the day, eyes would roll, often accompanied by a dismissive...
The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill's passage for nearly an entire day.The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding...
The Republican Party of Virginia’s attempts to plan a party-run, statewide nominating contest during a global pandemic have been so choppy it’s still unclear if the May 8 drive-up convention at Liberty University will happen as planned.And it might only get more complicated from here.Legislation passed by the General...
St. Augustine — who famously longed for chastity and continence, but not just yet — would recognize a similar spiritual conundrum in Virginia senators on campaign finance reform.Sure thing. Just not right now.Last month, in the waning days of the 2021 General Assembly session, the Senate, on a voice...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to begin debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, after drafting a number of revisions that, among other changes, tweak the aid intended for state and local governments.The legislation approved in the House outlines $350 billion in direct aid to...
WASHINGTON — Deb Haaland has moved a step closer to becoming the first Native American to serve as a federal Cabinet secretary, with a Senate committee on Thursday advancing her nomination to lead the Department of the Interior.The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 11-9 to send her nomination...