GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Legislation explicitly stating that the use of FDA approved birth control will not be considered abortion under state code cleared a House of Delegates committee on health care for the first time on a party-line vote, with Republican members opposing.Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, said she’d proposed the legislation for...
By Lori HaasIn January of 1957, 12 sticks of dynamite were found at the Rev. Martin Luther King’s home in Montgomery, Alabama. The fuses had been lit, but were smoldered out.At the time, he was a 28-year-old Baptist minister and lead organizer of the Montgomery bus boycotts. Authorities later...
After a slow start, the General Assembly is beginning to take up energy bills.The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday signed off on a set of updates to the Commonwealth Energy Policy, as well as proposals to classify nuclear energy as clean energy and develop a strategic plan...
Our ongoing coverage of the gun rally at the Virginia Capitol today. View a gallery of photos from throughout the day here.3:48 p.m.Authorities said an estimated 22,000 people attended Monday’s gun rally, which ended without incident despite fears that far-right extremists were planning to hijack the event.They said approximately...
By the time you read this, thousands of people — maybe some intent on angry and perhaps violent confrontation— will be making their way to what was once the welcoming, parklike lawn of Virginia’s majestic hilltop Capitol.But on this Monday morning, they’ll find a barren and forbidding landscape ringed...
The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected a legal challenge seeking to overturn the Capitol Square gun ban Gov. Ralph Northam ordered in preparation for Monday's pro-gun rally.The Virginia Citizens Defense League, the lead organizer of Monday's event, had asked the Supreme Court to overturn a Richmond judge's decision...
Gun safety groups have called off their annual gathering on Capitol Square Monday, citing safety threats that have been "promoted and encouraged by gun extremists."The Virginia Center for Public Safety, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence had secured a permit for...
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced Friday that it wants to build a $350 million casino resort in South Richmond, the latest addition to a growing list of potential gaming projects Virginia lawmakers must consider as they weigh bills to legalize gambling.In a news release, the tribe said it is...
Republicans imposed a 24-hour-waiting period and mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in 2012 when they last controlled both branches of the General Assembly and the Executive Mansion.Now that Democrats have locked down their own trifecta, party leaders have filed an array bills to roll those and other restrictions...