GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The Chesapeake Bay, clean energy and the Department of Environmental Quality are the big winners among environment and energy priorities in Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed 2020-22 budget. The proposal, unveiled by Northam in Virginia Beach Wednesday, would commit a 'historic' $733 million in new funding to a variety of environment...
Incoming Democratic majorities in Virginia agree on a lot when it comes to labor policy. They’ve pledged to raise the minimum wage, address paid family leave and ban employment discrimination against LGBT people.But one question has sharply divided the party and even drawn the attention of two leading Democratic...
WASHINGTON — Two freshman Virginia lawmakers in swing districts said Tuesday that they’re not among the U.S. House Democrats reportedly considering an effort to censure President Donald Trump rather than impeach him.“I’ve not been involved in any of those conversations, so I have nothing to comment on,” Rep. Abigail...
The Trump administration's proposal to overhaul federal food stamp rules could affect 4,500 Virginians, according to state officials who say they've already taken steps to prevent anyone from having to go hungry as a result.Stricter work requirements for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, are scheduled to take...
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president.  If ratified, the deal would replace the North American Free...
A pending assault weapon ban backed by Gov. Ralph Northam will include a provision allowing Virginians to keep firearms they already have, the governor's office said Monday.Banning the sale of military-style weaponry commonly used in mass shootings was a key element of the gun-control agenda Virginia Democrats successfully ran...
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for U.S. House Democrats laid out their best case for impeaching President Donald Trump on Monday, warning that his behavior continues to pose an “imminent threat” to national security.Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) directed committee leaders...
Black women in Virginia are three times more likely to die after giving birth than white women, a disparity Gov. Ralph Northam has said he wants to eliminate by 2025.To do that, Northam has come up with a $22 million, two-year plan he introduced Monday in a room of...
WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan reportedly asked his wife to carry the torch on his family’s signature cause: progressive health care reform. Rep. Debbie Dingell has made good on that promise during her three terms in Congress —...
A fundamental clash over gun rights and gun control looms a few weeks away and resolving it could test the operational structure of Virginia government and the rule of law.  Across the commonwealth, rural localities are declaring themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries” in response to last month’s election that gave Democrats...