GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to choose when they die? The medical-aid-in-dying debate comes to Virginia

BY: - September 24, 2018

The fraught debate over medical aid in dying —or what some opponents refer to as physician-assisted suicide — has landed in Virginia. The state’s Joint Commission on Health Care just completed a report on the issue, at the request of Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, which is currently up for public comment until Oct. 15. And […]

Northam appoints first cabinet member to focus on coastal protection

BY: - September 22, 2018

A retired Navy admiral will serve as the state’s first special assistant to the governor for coastal adaptation and protection. Ann C. Phillips of Norfolk is tasked with finding a way to address the effects of sea-level rise and land subsidence along Virginia’s coast across state departments. Lawmakers in the eastern part of the state […]

COMMENTARY

Endless outrage is exhausting

BY: - September 21, 2018

These times are so uncertain There’s a yearning undefined And people filled with rage – Don Henley Reporters have always lived on outrage. They discover, or stumble upon, or hear about some egregious behavior that really gets their blood up and they go after it. Sometimes it’s a government official abusing his position or maybe […]

Virginia Mercury

‘We want to show that we can make it right:’ Elections board member wants to tackle issues in state audit

BY: - September 21, 2018

A member of the Board of Elections called on the department to do a better job maintaining its voter rolls in the board’s first meeting since a state audit found major problems across the department. The study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that the Department of Elections’ technology was often unreliable, […]

Can Virginia’s most vulnerable House Republican hang on to her seat?

BY: - September 21, 2018

Both candidates for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District are lawyers. Both are experienced politicians. And both are women, which is one reason why the race has become the most expensive and competitive in the state. U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Republican. is attempting to fend off  State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat, and represent the Northern Virginia […]

State Sen. Tommy Norment

Senate Republicans fume over Medicaid work requirement time frame

BY: and - September 20, 2018

Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services has completed a draft of the state’s Medicaid work requirement proposal, which is now open for public comment before it goes to the federal government for approval. But when they were briefed on the work requirement during a meeting Thursday, Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee gnashed their […]

Virginia Mercury

Human rights lawyer announces plan to challenge Sen. Dick Saslaw in a primary

BY: - September 20, 2018

The first Muslim woman elected to the Democratic National Committee will mount a primary challenge to Virginia’s most senior Democratic senator. Yasmine Taeb called herself a “real progressive” in a video announcing her candidacy. She took veiled shots at her opponent, Sen. Dick Saslaw, who has served 42 years in the General Assembly. “Unfortunately right […]

Virginians more supportive of Medicaid expansion than ever before, survey shows

BY: - September 20, 2018

A new statewide survey conducted by the University of Mary Washington shows that more Virginians support Medicaid expansion than ever before. The survey, based on telephone interviews with 801 Virginia adults, found that 76 percent support expansion, 18 percent oppose it and the remaining 6 percent are uncertain. The highest approval ratings were in Northern […]

Will thousands of new Medicaid enrollees inundate an already overloaded social services workforce?

BY: - September 20, 2018

Virginia’s 120 local social services departments are on the front lines when determining eligibility for benefit programs like Medicaid, and they’re trying to prepare for the wave of applicants they’ll likely see once Medicaid expansion hits the state in January. That could be a daunting task, though, as the state’s eligibility workers are already overworked and […]

Opponents take a page from Brat’s 2014 playbook in 7th District race

BY: - September 20, 2018

Editor’s note: Whether Democrats can retake the House of Representatives is the big storyline of this fall’s midterm election cycle. Four competitive Virginia House races for seats currently held by Republicans, profiled this week in a series in the Mercury, could play a key role come Election Day.  In a 2014 primary race against an […]

Virginia’s Bureau of Insurance recovers more than $3.4 million for consumers so far this year

BY: - September 19, 2018

The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance has recovered more than $3.4 million worth of benefits and savings so far this year through complaint investigations, managed care appeals and market conduct examinations, according to a news release. Two of the bureau’s divisions — Life and Health and Property and Casualty — recovered the money for […]

White supremacy, Bigfoot erotica attack lines take center stage as newcomers vie for vacant 5th District seat

BY: - September 19, 2018

Editor’s note: Whether Democrats can retake the House of Representatives is the big storyline of this fall’s midterm election cycle. Four competitive Virginia House races for seats currently held by Republicans, profiled this week in a series in the Mercury, could play a key role come Election Day.  In the aftermath of last year’s deadly […]