GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country. The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania —...
Democratic presidential contenders have less than one week left to file their paperwork to qualify for the Virginia 2020 primary ballot.By 5 p.m. Thursday, any candidate who wants to compete in Virginia has to file 5,000 petition signatures from qualified voters, with at least 200 signatures from each of...
With thousands of bills expected to be drafted for the 2020 legislative session, not every idea can get its own headline. But we’ll use this space to highlight some of the more interesting or unexpected proposals that show up in the General Assembly’s online system each week. Bringing back parole SJ9:...
Gov. Ralph Northam asked state lawmakers Thursday to repeal 98 racist, Jim Crow-era laws that are still on the books in Virginia — legislation that charted the state’s policy of Massive Resistance to school desegregation, mandated segregated public transportation and blocked minorities from voting.The legislation was identified by a...
In 1991, a federal court in Virginia found that in King and Queen County, local landfill siting “had a disproportionate impact on black residents.” Three years later, a General Assembly-commissioned study concluded that statewide, minorities bore “a disproportionate share of any burdens or risks” related to living next to...
At first, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., tried to dismiss scrutiny of his unusual campaign spending habits as a “witch hunt.” But after federal prosecutors gathered evidence showing Hunter and his family members had taken $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal golf outings, vacations, meals, video games and...
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are laying out their framework for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Democrats signaled that they intend to accuse Trump of abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of...
The irony is lost on them, apparently.For years, as they successfully argued to block new gun restrictions in the GOP-controlled General Assembly, gun rights groups talked about the horrific injustice that would be perpetrated on "law-abiding" gun owners by the passage of any new gun law, including the onerous...
It might've been his Thanksgiving-themed quip about the impeachment report being a "half-baked bird." Maybe it was his movie analogy, suggesting Democrats have reached the "Empire Strikes Back" phase of their efforts to oust President Donald Trump, but the rebels will win in the end.Whatever it was that Rep....
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is failing to ensure that all military families have access to safe, quality housing, according to a new government watchdog report.The U.S. Department of Defense oversees private-sector developers who build, renovate, manage and maintain military housing. But it doesn’t collect data about military housing conditions reliably...