GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Bromides come and go in politics. Conventional wisdom tends to persevere until it’s no longer either conventional or wise.But there’s one truism in Virginia politics that, with one exception over the past five decades, has been validated repeatedly: you don’t want to be running for governor representing the...
It was more than 12 years ago, and it sure feels like a different era in American politics.Stung years earlier during his unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination by a despicable, racist and false whisper campaign during the South Carolina primary, John McCain wasn't having it in 2008 when...
Members of the House of Delegates expect it to pass.In the Senate, they give it “slightly better than 50-50 odds.”And Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he’s “certainly open to it.”Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in Virginia are set to get their first serious hearings when the General Assembly convenes...
Virginia received more than two dozen applications for mobile sports betting permits from companies interested in a piece of the state's growing gambling market.But the Virginia Lottery is refusing to name the companies that applied, citing a public-records exemption the agency claims allows it to withhold information related to...
WASHINGTON — They’ve won their campaigns. Now, newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives are spending their first days in the nation’s capital, learning how to perform their new jobs.The orientation session for those incoming House freshmen began on Thursday and stretches into next week, covering their...
On Twitter, former GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock has deemed some conspiracy theories about a stolen election “tin foil hat stuff.”Soon-to-be former GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman agrees. And he’s concerned other Republicans may be validating untruths by staying silent.“If you see things that are false, or you see things that...
Immediately following the 2016 election of Donald Trump, I wrote a column titled “Why Trump won’t stop the clean energy revolution.”If you were to read it now, you would yawn. What seemed bold back then now feels like forecasting the inevitable. Of course coal has not come back....
A plywood barricade blocking the entrance to the Virginia Capitol --- a stark reminder of the civil unrest the roiled Richmond after George Floyd’s death --- came down this week after more than five months.“It has been some time since we have experienced violent protests at Capitol Square,” Department...
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states.It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths.But putting wider mask...
Virginia lawmakers finalized a sprawling package of criminal justice reform bills this week as they gaveled out of a special legislative session that stretched nearly 12 weeks.Prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the widespread outrage that followed, the hundreds of pages of legislation they adopted...