GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Virginia Republican state Sen. Bill Carrico has a long-running reputation as a fiscal and social conservative with little tolerance for vice or tax increases.So why did the former state trooper from Grayson County carry legislation this year to open the door for casino gambling in Bristol and for counties...
A second allegation of sexual assault. Widespread calls for resignation. A threat of immediate impeachment from a member of his own party that was later withdrawn.Just nine days ago, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax thought he might be the next governor after a racist photo was discovered on Gov. Ralph...
Bipartisan legislation that will give almost $1 billion back to Virginia taxpayers over the next two years is advancing.Democrats said they supported the measures because they contains provisions that are similar to a Democratic delegate's tax plan that never made it in front of a legislative committee.Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax,...
Governing boards of public colleges and universities may soon have to hold public comment sessions before raising tuition.A bill from Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, unanimously passed the Senate this week. Petersen has introduced the bill during the last two sessions, but it got stuck in the Senate Finance Committee.Over...
In the middle of a packed committee room in late January, Kara Murdock sat patiently, resting her swollen arm on her leg.She waited for over an hour while a House Commerce and Labor subcommittee rushed through its lengthy, late-in-the-day agenda so she could tell lawmakers about that arm: That...
As lawmakers scrambled to finalize budget bills and reporters chased the latest revelations surrounding racist yearbook photos and blackface (today's chapter: Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment), hundreds of abortion opponents rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, hoping to return the conversation to last week's outrage...
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, issued a testy statement Thursday after The Virginian-Pilot reported that Norment oversaw production of the 1968 Virginia Military Institute yearbook, "The Bomb," which included blackface photos and racial slurs."With 114 editions of The Bomb available online dating back to 1885, I am...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News ServiceDespite controversies around the Capitol, Virginia legislators and lobbyists met on the basketball court to raise money for cancer research, with two notable absences: Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.Both had participated in last year’s fundraising event that raised nearly $35,000 for research...
Lawmakers responded with a common refrain as roving packs of reporters chased them through the corridors of the Capitol this week seeking comment on the rolling scandal that’s now grown to engulf the state’s top three elected officials: We’re focused on the legislative work the people sent us here to...
Virginia is closer than ever to figuring out how to fix the process of drawing voting maps, but some Democrats are backing away from the bill that would do it.House Democrats have serious concerns about the redistricting reform bill that passed  their chamber, saying it doesn’t keep legislators far...