ELECTIONS AND VOTING

A Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday voted down a proposal to ban political donations from state-regulated utility monopolies like Dominion Energy.The legislation died in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on a 5-10 vote as four Democrats joined six Republicans in opposition.The vote was the first test of...
Virginia may have just had its last Lee-Jackson day.On Tuesday, the state Senate voted 22-18 to pass a bill getting rid of the holiday honoring two Confederate generals and replacing it with a new state holiday on Election Day.The Democratic-sponsored legislation had dual aims: Getting rid of an official...
Virginia's new Democratic majorities will have at least three different redistricting reform proposals to choose from in the 2020 session. But only one would take away the General Assembly's constitutional power to redraw the state's political maps next year.For years, Democrats have called for the creation of an independent...
Virginia General Assembly members would have to disclose who's giving them big checks right before they vote on new laws under a bill that passed out of a state Senate committee Tuesday.The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Salem, would require lawmakers to disclose donations over $1,000 during the...
By Kathay FengVoters should choose their representatives. This is the simple notion that forms the foundation of our democratic system.The philosophy is embedded in the United States’ Constitution’s opening three words, “We the People.” It inspired the 17th Amendment that declared that Americans should elect their senators directly....
The weekend before she’ll be officially elected the next speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Eileen Filler-Corn will host a sendoff fundraiser at a Fairfax bar with donation levels ranging from $50 to $5,000.When she gets to Richmond, Filler-Corn donors looking for face time with the House’s new...
WASHINGTON — Most Virginians favor stricter gun laws, although recent efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state General Assembly. That disconnect has likely been due in part to partisan gerrymandering, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think...
Julián Castro’s presidential campaign filed petition signatures to be on Virginia’s 2020 primary ballot, but it’s unclear if his paperwork will be counted.Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and Obama-era HUD secretary, was not included on the state’s initial list of candidates who filed by Thursday’s deadline.Virginia elections officials...
Democratic presidential contenders have less than one week left to file their paperwork to qualify for the Virginia 2020 primary ballot.By 5 p.m. Thursday, any candidate who wants to compete in Virginia has to file 5,000 petition signatures from qualified voters, with at least 200 signatures from each of...
By Bobby VassarIn Virginia, and across the country, the Democratic Party is currently wrangling over a consequential issue — and it’s not about impeachment or the 2020 presidential candidates. It’s what to do about gerrymandering.I have long believed in comprehensive redistricting reform in Virginia, and have admired the work...