GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Guns, grilled cheese and bacon are just a few things that could help you catch a glimpse of Bigfoot, according to congressional candidate Denver Riggleman.Riggleman’s interest in the legendary cryptid took center stage in Virginia over the weekend when his opponent, Democrat Leslie Cockburn, seized on past social...
From a shouting match on "The View" to surveys that show the word has lost its Cold War stigma for millennials, socialism has been having a moment since New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a socialist, took down a longtime Democrat last month in the party’s primary...
Most local governments and school districts in Virginia have a top administrator responsible for day-to-day management.Whether the job is called a manager, administrator, superintendent or something else, candidates are hired by the governing board and charged with both implementing and informing the board’s policies.The positions are extremely important and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...