GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Last week we dipped into recently released financial projections detailing how Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney proposes funding construction of what would be the state's largest coliseum.https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/08/09/richmond-considers-committing-millions-in-tax-revenue-to-build-the-states-largest-arena/It's a complicated plan that includes more than a billion dollars in spending, and, not surprisingly, generated a few questions. Here's what one reader...
Virginia’s psychiatric hospitals are dangerously full. Though considered safest when operating at 85 percent capacity, often nearly every single bed is taken.Yet at any given time, many of those patients have been deemed ready for discharge, but they remain in the hospital because they have nowhere else to go.In...
Richmond’s mayor promises taxpayers won’t be left holding the bag and the city’s financial advisers say it’ll fill public coffers, not drain them.But a proposal to build a 17,500-seat arena downtown is fueling deep skepticism in a city where residents have long complained about neglect of basic services like...
Del. Nicholas Freitas asserts state elections officials are picking on him. The bullies. They won’t give him a pass for his inattention to detail.The Culpeper Republican even took to his Facebook page last week, casting aspersions on two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointees on the state Board of Elections. Freitas was...
The total average cost of college in Virginia rose 2.1 percent for in-state undergrads this academic year, the lowest increase since 2000, an annual report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia found.SCHEV's annual tuition and fees report details increases in public college charges, including tuition, mandatory...
John O’Bannon, the lone Republican on the Board of Elections, made two failed motions Tuesday to give the Republican Party of Virginia another chance to get a nominee on the ballot in a House of Delegates race.O’Bannon first made a motion to allow Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, on the...
I have nothing particularly new, trenchant or poignant to say on our great, intractable gun debate, the latest slew of firearm massacres or our bigoted president's dangerous rhetoric.My past thoughts on the numbing frequency of mass shootings and guns are here, here and here. And I haven't made a...
WASHINGTON -- In the wake of two devastating mass shootings over the weekend, Virginia Democrats are imploring the U.S. Senate to vote on sweeping gun control legislation the U.S. House passed in February. After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which killed at least 29 people and injured many...
After twin mass shootings left at least 30 dead in 24 hours, President Donald Trump disappointed gun safety activists by focusing his response on “the perils of the internet and social media.” But over the course of remarks Tuesday morning, he did renew his administration’s calls for so-called red flag...
Virginia got a slap on the wrist this week and may be subject to financial penalties after the federal government found that the state had one of the highest rates of error in the nation in calculating its food-assistance payments.According to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of...