GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

It's primary day, and there are dozens of races across the state to pick official party candidates for the November elections, when all 140 seats in the General Assembly will be on the ballot, among other local races.Virginians need not be a member of party to vote in these...
Twenty-eight Virginia General Assembly members are urging a federal court to overturn a controversial permit granted by the State Air Pollution Control Board for a compressor station key to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the grounds that it would irreparably harm Buckingham County’s historic freedman’s community of Union Hill.“Placing...
VIRGINIA BEACH -- The day of the municipal building mass shooting, Republican Del. Barry Knight, who grew up in Virginia Beach and currently represents part of the city, was at a friend’s memorial service when the city manager contacted him to tell him six people had been killed.By the...
The smart money is on a fruitless stalemate during the special session Gov. Ralph Northam has called on gun violence in the wake of the shooting that killed 12 in a municipal building in Virginia Beach.Republican leaders, who cling to narrow majorities in the House of Delegates and Senate,...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a state-by-state breakdown of the projected effects of President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on goods imported from Mexico.Virginia, which had about $1.5 billion worth of Mexican imports in 2018, is way down on the list (consider that Texas had $107 billion) but the...
After the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, survivors and their families spent years advocating to reform and tighten the state’s gun laws.Their efforts gained little traction in the General Assembly, which has instead loosened restrictions, repealing a 1993 law that limited handgun purchases to one a month.It’s a...
FLOYD — Voters in Southwest Virginia’s open 4th House District will get a new delegate this fall, with a Republican contest that’s turned into a streetfight ahead of next week’s primary, and a Democratic candidate waiting in the wings.The winner of the Republican nomination, contested by third-generation candidate William...
Tina Freitas stood in a field wearing a jumbo-sized handgun on her hip as she ripped into her Republican primary opponent, Sen. Emmett Hanger, for voting against a bill this year that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.“In Virginia, we have what we call...
Things have gotten a little confusing in Hanover County's 97th House of Delegates District.There have been two different winners from two nomination processes for the Republican candidate in that House of Delegates seat. In November, all of the General Assembly's seats are up for a vote."Virginia’s process is something...
On Wednesday, Virginia Medicaid members came to the program's downtown Richmond headquarters to share their experiences with the state agency that manages their care.Many represented their kids, who have physical and developmental disabilities. Some represented brothers or mothers-in-law with health problems, and still others represented themselves.This year, the Department...