GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, stands in the chamber. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

U.S. Supreme Court will hear Virginia redistricting case

BY: - November 13, 2018

The United States Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Virginia Republicans challenging a lower court’s decision that found 11 state House of Delegates districts were racially gerrymandered. It was not immediately clear how the decision might affect the process of redrawing the districts by a court appointed special master, which was planned to be […]

Voter registration through the DMV can be an imperfect process, one voter learns

BY: - November 13, 2018

When Emily McClure relocated to Virginia from Alabama, she was excited to vote in a state she considered purple. “I feel like my vote would matter more here,” she said. “I was excited to go to the polls and have my voice heard a little bit.” McClure found someone to watch her kids and went […]

Landlords and tenant advocates agree on broad strokes of eviction diversion program

BY: - November 13, 2018

Months of talks between landlord groups and tenant advocates have yielded a broad agreement to test an eviction diversion program in a bid to tamp down highest-in-the-nation eviction rates in Virginia cities, though exactly how far it will go is still under discussion. As currently contemplated, the program would give tenants facing an eviction lawsuit […]

Election season isn’t over for all Virginians

BY: - November 12, 2018

Midterms are over for Virginia voters, but there will be at least one more election before the end of the year for some. With Republican Del. Ben Cline’s win in the 6th Congressional District and state Sen. Jennifer Wexton’s win in the 10th, there are openings in the General Assembly, which reconvenes Jan. 9. Speaker […]

Tim Kaine and Ralph Northam won in 14 Republican-held state House and Senate districts

BY: - November 12, 2018

Virginia Democrats’ continued post-Trump electoral gains suggest Republicans face an uphill battle in next year’s General Assembly races as they campaign to maintain their razor-thin majorities in the state House and Senate. For two years running, Democrats’ top-of-the-ticket statewide candidates — Gov. Ralph Northam in 2017 and Sen. Tim Kaine on Tuesday – won a […]

A ‘game changer?’ Proposed Medicaid benefit would cover housing services

BY: - November 12, 2018

As Virginia barrels toward massive changes to its Medicaid program — from expansion to the proposed work requirements — one new benefit hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as others but could make a big difference for groups that provide housing services. Tucked into the 1115 demonstration waiver the state needs to launch the work requirements […]

Air board delays Buckingham compressor station permit decision

BY: - November 9, 2018

After two days of meetings this week, the State Air Pollution Control Board has delayed until December a decision on a permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County that’s part of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The board’s decision today followed a day of public comment, where a few hundred people voiced their opinion […]

Virginia Mercury

Republicans postpone Medicaid work requirement application, cite concerns over exemptions

BY: - November 9, 2018

The Department for Medical Assistance Services had been aiming to submit its Medicaid work requirement waiver to the federal government by Nov. 4, as they were directed to do in the state budget. But the deadline came and went, and no request reached the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, […]

A court order to keep polls open later on Election Day wasn’t followed, Republicans say

BY: - November 8, 2018

After a day of mishaps that slowed voters down by hours in Chesterfield County, a court order that was supposed to extend polling hours wasn’t carried out, Republicans say. “Election officials refused to let voters in despite a judge’s injunction,” a post on the Chesterfield County Republican Committee’s Facebook said on election night. “The registrar […]

State board will decide permit for Buckingham compressor station, focus of Virginia’s biggest environmental justice debate

BY: - November 8, 2018

Ella Rose doesn’t expect to see much of a familiar “friend” if and when the compressor station comes to her corner of Buckingham County. “I sit here in my living room, and I watch the deer and the turkeys and the wildlife walk through my backyard almost every day,” said Rose, 74, a native of […]

Legislative panel punts on medical-aid-in-dying proposal; recommends bills aimed at improving health care in jails

BY: - November 8, 2018

A group of lawmakers shot down proposals to allow medical-aid-in-dying, also known as physician-assisted suicide, in Virginia on Wednesday in a review of a series of legislative recommendations on health care. Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, requested that the Joint Commission on Health Care study the medical-aid-in-dying debate, in which a patient with less than six […]

It wasn’t just candidates on Tuesday’s ballots: The fate of local bonds, meals taxes and alcohol measures

BY: - November 7, 2018

Virginians voted to pass two constitutional amendments related to property tax relief in this year’s election, a decision that will affect the whole state. But there were also some notable local ballot measures that asked voters to decide on funding for traffic improvements in some of Northern Virginia’s fastest-growing areas and imposing local meals taxes […]