GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

For Virginia to get all the federal money possible for a host of programs covering health, housing, transportation and schools, among other areas, every possible resident will need to be counted in the 2020 census.It's a hard task, given that the Census Bureau has been underfunded on the federal...
Forty-one percent of Virginia voters ages 18-35 voted in last year's midterm elections, a 21 percentage point jump from the 2014 midterms.NextGen, a national progressive organization that works on voter outreach and registration, said in an analysis of the recently released voter file it registered more than 20,000 young...
A new African-American Advisory Board means Gov. Ralph Northam will have plenty of guidance from African Americans in the state, but the board itself won't be able to do much else.The board will have 26 members: Five ex-officio members that are also part of the governor’s cabinet and 21...
Wednesday’s vote to implement a regional gas tax along the Interstate 81 corridor resolves a longstanding debate over how to pay for safety upgrades to a much-criticized, highly traveled roadway.It also leaves the Richmond area as the only major metro area in the state without a dedicated source to...
Lawmakers met for more than eight hours yesterday. The Republican majority didn’t have the votes to overturn any of Northam’s vetoes, but they did consider a hefty package of legislative recommendations, delivering several significant policy breakthroughs that had Northam declaring it a successful session by day's end.Suspended drivers licenses: With...
Gigi Grogan was named after Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a Catholic pediatrician who refused an abortion despite the threat pregnancy posed to her life. Molla died in 1962, a week after her child was born.Grogan, a student at Virginia Tech and leader of the college’s Students for Life chapter,...
Editor's note: First in an occasional series explaining Virginia's policy debates.A news release that Gov. Ralph Northam issued in late March couldn't have come as much of a surprise to anyone. It mirrored another from last year, in which he explained why he vetoed a string of health care...
Virginia farmers haven’t had much to smile about recently. Trade wars sent crop prices plummeting. Dairy farms closed at a rate of more than one a week. The weather has sucked.But legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor last month offers a rare recent win...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is finalizing regulations to reduce the carbon pollution from Virginia power plants by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.The Department of Environmental Quality estimates the move will cost consumers only about a dollar per month while accelerating the transition to clean energy. (Virginia's State...
Defying calls for his resignation in the wake of his blackface scandal, Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to dedicate the remainder of his term to issues of racial equity. And his legislative amendments and vetoes, due Tuesday at midnight, gave him a concrete opportunity to turn words into action.Some lawmakers...