GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Billy Baldwin has owned his restaurant along Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront strip for 16 years.He’s added entertainment to attract wandering tourists and offers deals like $2 tacos to draw people in.Still, there are some years Baldwin says he takes a loss because of Virginia's liquor ratio requirement, which requires that...
A new poll from Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy shows most Virginians support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the creation of an independent redistricting commission and legalizing casinos.The poll asked 841 registered voters about several issues that will likely be ironed out...
Northern Virginia may have won half of Amazon’s HQ2, but Hampton Roads and the Richmond region made their own pitches to the corporate giant, touting cheap labor and housing prices and site plans that included corporate rallies at a new baseball stadium and massive transportation improvements like light rail lines.The...
A group of lawmakers made a series of recommendations Tuesday aimed at tackling a variety of problems within Virginia’s mental health system, which is marred by overcrowded hospitals and jails full of people with serious mental illness.Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, chairman of the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services...
Can Gov. Ralph Northam's decision to yank two members off the State Air Pollution Control Board as it weighs a permit for the compressor station Dominion Energy plans for Buckingham County be seen as anything other than what it appears to be: a clumsy attempt to tip the scale...
Gov. Ralph Northam established the Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety Tuesday, a group of state officials that will work to reduce the rising number of deaths on Virginia's roads.“Nearly every crash is preventable and it’s important that we focus on altering the behaviors that threaten the safety of...
Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission endorsed a package of anti-sex-trafficking legislation Monday that would open victim-restitution funds to former prostitutes, create “John schools” for people caught buying sex and make it illegal to charge for “masturbatory services,” as one local sheriff recently described them.The commission, made up...
Under fire from environmentalists, Gov. Ralph Northam said earlier this week he wouldn’t seat two new appointees to the State Air Pollution Control Board until after a critical vote next month on a pipeline compressor station.So what exactly does “seat” mean?The semantics, it turns out, could be important, because...
A redistricting reform advocacy group has again drafted a constitutional amendment to create an independent redistricting commission that would take responsibility for drawing the boundaries of Virginia's legislative districts out of the hands of the General Assembly.Some observers think the latest campaign is coming at an opportune moment:...
A proposed eviction-diversion program is facing strong opposition from the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, whose representative called it “incredibly expensive window dressing.”The remarks came Wednesday during a meeting of a sub-committee of the Virginia Housing Commission, which has spent the last six months reviewing potential...