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Medicaid enrollment starts today with new expansion rules

BY: - November 1, 2018

Punctuating years of political combat, today marks the beginning of Medicaid enrollment under the new expansion rules, vastly broadening eligibility in a program that was previously one of the least generous in the country. The new rules, passed by the General Assembly in a special session earlier this year, allows those with an annual income […]

Have misassigned voters in Virginia been fixed?

BY: - November 1, 2018

Voters assigned to the wrong district could have made the difference in some House of Delegates races last year that were decided by razor-thin margins, allowing Republicans to hang onto control of the chamber. To avoid a repeat in this year’s congressional races, several of which are projected to be tight, state elections officials have […]

COMMENTARY

Your right to know: Why a judge’s decision exempting the judiciary from FOIA matters

BY: - October 31, 2018

A judge in Richmond decided earlier this month that Virginia’s judiciary was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The ruling was the culmination of a more than three-year tug-of-war between an Eastern Shore sculptor and the court system’s administrators. Dr. William Turner has long believed that circuit court judges have been improperly using […]

Only five percent of Virginians who always vote are under 30. Why?

BY: - October 31, 2018

Of registered voters in Virginia who always vote, less than five percent are under 30 years old, according to an analysis of state voter data by the Virginia Public Access Project. Likewise, people under 30 make up a disproportionate share — 45 percent — of registered voters who never vote, the analysis found. The numbers […]

Riggleman and Brat get mentions in Trump’s error-laden Twitter endorsements

BY: - October 30, 2018

Around 11 p.m. Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to update followers on his endorsements in several tight congressional races across the country. Among them was a second endorsement for U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, who is running against Democrat Abigail Spanberger in the Richmond area’s 7th District; and a tweet in support of […]

Dominion's power station in Chesterfield in Sept 2017.

Virginia’s proposed carbon rule gets lower emissions cap, adds environmental justice component

BY: - October 30, 2018

Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board approved a handful of changes Monday to a sweeping proposed carbon rule that would cap the allowable amount of emissions from power plants starting in 2020 and enter into a multi-state market-based program to reduce emissions. If approved — which could be next year after another round of public […]

‘Little kingdoms:’ Administration of social services in Virginia rests largely in the hands of localities. What happens when they can’t fix themselves?

BY: - October 29, 2018

In August, Sherry Flanagan stood before Virginia’s Board of Social Services and made a plea. “I encourage you all to help Pittsylvania County,” said Flanagan, then-director of the county’s Department of Social Services. “We are outside of the realm of what we can do.” A social media battle had been raging in the southern county that […]

Virginia’s Democratic congressional hopefuls court Latino voters

BY: - October 29, 2018

In a radio ad released last week, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine sings the praises of fellow Democratic candidate, Jennifer Wexton — in Spanish. “We need Jennifer Wexton in Congress,” he says, before Wexton, a state senator, jumps in, thanking him for his support. She goes on to highlight her platforms, including creating better jobs and […]

After years of racking up violations, state shuts down Richmond assisted living facility

BY: - October 26, 2018

The Department of Social Services has started relocating residents of Jones & Jones Assisted Living in Richmond after shutting down one of the facility’s two buildings, NBC12 reports. Jones & Jones has been open for decades and racked up hundreds of violations from DSS, but has remained opened, even after the owner had her license […]

The state estimates it can cut 1,200 regulations between two departments

BY: - October 26, 2018

Two state agencies serving as a pilot for a push to slash state regulations have almost 5,000 discretionary regulations on the books. More than 1,200 of them have been identified for elimination by 2021. A bill passed during the last General Assembly session, is aimed at getting the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and […]

Amid push to expand gambling in Virginia, Lottery could manage sports betting, director says

BY: - October 26, 2018

If Virginia allows more gaming — sports betting and casinos, to be exact — where does that leave the Virginia Lottery? It’s too soon to know, Kevin Hall, executive director of the Virginia Lottery, told state senators during a finance committee meeting Thursday. “We are closely watching the conversation as it unfolds,” he said. “I […]

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In four months, the Lottery has found 16 incidents of possible fraud among winners

BY: - October 25, 2018

In the first four months of tracking whether lottery winners are connected to stores that sell winning tickets, officials are investigating 16 suspicious instances out of 6,955 winners. Winnings forms — which people must fill out if they win $600 or more — now ask if winners own, work at or are related to someone […]