GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

‘We have had the airing of the grievances’; Va. Redistricting Commission moves on to Congressional maps

BY: - October 11, 2021

Members of the Virginia Redistricting Commission said Monday they’ll move on to redrawing the state’s 11 congressional districts after efforts to reach a compromise on General Assembly maps ended in a stalemate last week. Monday’s meeting was nonetheless dominated by grousing from both Democrats and Republicans about the commission’s implosion Friday, where three Democratic members […]

COMMENTARY

A nightmare before Christmas: Unresolved, Senate debt limit posturing risks a financial crash

BY: - October 11, 2021

The myopic partisan brinksmanship that is the predominant pursuit of Congress these days reached a seeming impasse last week over a critical vote to raise the federal debt limit before our elected elites did what they do best: kick the can down the road. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered the Democrats, who hold […]

A year into legal sales, medical marijuana patients see high prices and long waits

BY: - October 11, 2021

As Virginia’s medical marijuana industry closes out its first year of sales, some patients are complaining about long waits to register with the state and high prices once they get into dispensaries. “A month’s supply costs me between $600 and $700 — and that’s not covered by insurance,” says Tamara Netzel, a former schoolteacher from […]

Va. Redistricting Commission implodes as Republicans reject compromise and Democrats walk out

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Virginia Redistricting Commission’s first-ever attempt to draw fair political maps collapsed in spectacular fashion Friday, when frustrated Democrats walked out of a meeting after Republicans rebuffed their suggestions for reaching a compromise. The commission, which has been holding regular meetings for more than a month, never came close to reaching an agreement on final […]

GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

Misinformation abounds as U.S. House panel questions Arizona election ‘audit’

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Thursday’s congressional hearing about a controversial ballot review in Arizona to demonstrate the persistent misinformation about the validity of last year’s presidential election. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, asked his colleague, Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, if he accepts the findings of the GOP-led review of ballots in Maricopa […]

COMMENTARY

A major Second Amendment case before the Supreme Court could topple gun restrictions

BY: - October 8, 2021

By Eric Ruben, Southern Methodist University The stakes in one of the most significant Second Amendment cases in U.S. history are high. The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expected by mid-2022, could declare a New York state restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public places unconstitutional. Such […]

Youngkin, McAuliffe spar over election audits

BY: - October 8, 2021

After calling for an audit of voting machines as part of his “election integrity” pitch, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin now says he’s only expressing support for Virginia’s existing audit procedures. Though Youngkin has tried to cast doubt on whether his opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also supports those routine audits, it was McAuliffe himself […]

Black and low-income Virginians are disproportionately affected by nursing home understaffing

BY: - October 7, 2021

For nearly two decades, Virginia’s General Assembly has failed to land on a legislative solution for understaffing in nursing homes. Setting requirements for facilities could be one of the most effective ways of addressing the problem, according to a new report presented to lawmakers this week. The move would set legislators against the nursing home […]

State still deciding whether to reopen circle around remains of Lee Monument

BY: - October 6, 2021

It’s been a month since crews removed a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, but the grassy traffic circle that had become a rallying point for protesters last year and a magnet for tourists remains off limits to the public. State officials say they haven’t yet decided when or if they […]

‘Things don’t look that bad’: Princeton experts offer roadmap for a Va. redistricting compromise

BY: - October 5, 2021

The Virginia Redistricting Commission’s recent meetings have taken on a gloomy tone, with many predicting it’s all but certain to fail and leave it to the Supreme Court of Virginia to redraw the state’s political maps. But experts at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which is grading redistricting proposals from numerous states based on criteria like […]

Hospitals battling the COVID-19 surge sought state help for weeks. They haven’t gotten it.

BY: - October 5, 2021

In mid-August, as the delta variant was surging across Virginia, hospitals reached out to Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration for help. “This rise in infections is once again placing significant stress on general hospitals and nursing facilities within the commonwealth,” wrote Sean Connaughton, president of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, in a letter to Health […]