GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Del. Greg Habeeb to leave the legislature

BY: - July 27, 2018

Republican Del. Greg Habeeb announced he will give up his spot in the state legislature, forcing a special election for his Roanoke-area district. “It has been my honor to serve you, but I passionately believe in our founders’ vision of a citizen legislature where regular people step up, take their turn at bat and then […]

Federal appeals court vacates Mountain Valley Pipeline approvals

BY: - July 27, 2018

In a significant victory for environmental groups and other opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has vacated approvals that allowed the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, which is currently under construction, to cross the Jefferson National Forest near the Virginia-West Virginia border. In response to […]

Richmond’s yearly reminder that hosting the Redskins is a bad deal and other headlines

BY: - July 27, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The Redskins returned to summer training camp in Richmond, prompting a fresh round of agonizing about how terrible the agreement with the team has been for the city. Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council Members marked the occasion by reiterating they would rather […]

State lawmakers again urge Northam to act on pipelines

BY: - July 27, 2018

With a crucial meeting of the State Water Control Board looming next month on water-quality reviews for a pair of contentious natural gas pipelines, Democratic state lawmakers again urged Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday to halt the projects and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where they will cross Virginia waterways. “We […]

Blocked by-law proposals at Virginia’s largest electric cooperative prompt complaint to state regulators

BY: - July 27, 2018

Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia’s largest co-op, have filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission in an effort to force a vote on more transparency at the organization, which provides electricity to more than 160,000 member owners in parts of 22 Virginia counties. Behind the petition —which seeks an injunction from regulators at […]

Report: Virginia’s Medicaid work requirement could mean thousands lose coverage

BY: - July 26, 2018

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond-based, nonpartisan research organization, estimates that thousands of Virginians would lose coverage if the state successfully implements a work requirement as part of Medicaid expansion. The General Assembly passed Medicaid expansion during its last session after four years of failed attempts. To earn Republican support, the legislature added […]

Virginia businesses that rely on foreign workers wrestle with uncertainty over federal cap

BY: - July 26, 2018

Graham and Rollins in Hampton is one of the state’s oldest remaining crab houses, but its owner, Johnny Graham, says finding workers to do the tough, seasonal job of actually picking the sweet meat out of the sharp, crusty shells has gotten harder and harder. “You can imagine what a nasty, monotonous, crab-smelling job this […]

COMMENTARY

Give thanks for President Trump

BY: - July 26, 2018

Raise your hand if you ever talked about the emoluments clause in our Constitution until about 18 months ago. Most Americans never heard of it before Donald Trump became president. Many Americans, in fact, knew nothing at all about the Constitution beyond the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, though they generally ignored that […]

State picks firm to help guide offshore wind development

BY: - July 25, 2018

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has picked a London-based renewable energy consulting firm to help position Virginia to become a hub for the “offshore wind supply chain and service industry,” Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced. BVG Associates will “build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations to further enhance the commonwealth’s […]

Only one more state needs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Will it be Virginia?

BY: - July 25, 2018

In May, Illinois became the 37th state to sign off on the federal Equal Rights Amendment, leaving the decades-long effort to guarantee men and women equal stature in the U.S. Constitution just one state shy of ratification. Now advocates are looking to Virginia as the most likely candidate to tip the effort over the edge. […]

UVA Center for Politics: These Virginia congressional races could be Democratic victories

BY: - July 24, 2018

The University of Virginia Center for Politics says the odds that chambers of Congress will be split between parties after the November election are getting better. Democrats now have a slightly better than 50-50 chance of winning a majority in the U.S. House, analyst Kyle Kondik wrote in a newsletter this week. And although Democrats […]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline gets permission to begin North Carolina construction

BY: - July 24, 2018

The 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the more than $6 billion natural gas project led by Dominion Energy, won approval to begin full construction in North Carolina today. The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission comes amid a federal court challenge that seeks to halt construction of the hotly contested pipeline following a ruling by […]