GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

By Imani Thaniel/ Capital News Service In addition to hitting the books this fall, more Virginia college students may hit the polls next month. Virginia Department of Elections data show that 10,923 students in Virginia have applied for absentee ballots this year. That’s more than double the number of absentee ballot applications...
CHRISTIANSBURG — The stark black-and-white sign stands out, even amid the campaign cavalcade of color that, along with the changing leaves, marks October in Virginia. It’s not the absence of the traditional red or blue that grabs the eye so much as the wording: “Elect Dr. Mark J. Matney —...
Virginia is closer to passing redistricting reform than ever. But anti-gerrymandering advocate Brian Cannon says both Democrats and Republicans are whispering that the idea is doomed if their opponents get power.“‘You know, if the other side takes over, your amendment's done.' They both kind of say that," Cannon said,...
People in Virginia who take out payday and title loans face interest rates as much as three times higher than borrowers in other states with stronger consumer protections, an analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts released this week concluded.“Virginia’s small-loan statutes have unusually weak consumer protections, compared with most other...
It took less than 10 minutes for Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal to come up Wednesday night in a debate between Republican state Sen. Glen Sturtevant and Democrat Ghazala Hashmi.Sturtevant, one of the most imperiled Republicans in the Virginia Senate whose suburban Richmond seat is seen as a prime...
It used to be that Jay Taylor smoked his first cigarette — a Marlboro Red — before getting out of bed in the morning. By the time most days were over, he would have smoked three packs.Taylor worked at UNOS, which manages organ transplants, so he knew that smoking...
Facing his first competitive re-election campaign in decades, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox found himself on unfamiliar terrain Wednesday night: a debate stage.At a candidate forum in Chesterfield County, Cox, R-Colonial Heights, faced off against Democratic challenger Sheila Bynum-Coleman, fielding questions on gun violence, climate change, the...
State regulators are seeking a cease-and-desist order against a Virginia-grown company that’s drawn nationwide scrutiny amid allegations it exploits immigrants by charging excessive fees to secure their release from detention centers.A filing Friday by the state Bureau of Insurance accuses Libre by Nexus, which was founded and operated out...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections. The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the...
By Rodney Robinson/ Capital News Service A competitive race in District 12 — which includes parts of Henrico and Hanover counties — has become the first Senate race in Virginia to spend over $1 million in broadcast TV ads. Democratic candidate Del. Debra Rodman is running against Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant,...