GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News ServiceDespite controversies around the Capitol, Virginia legislators and lobbyists met on the basketball court to raise money for cancer research, with two notable absences: Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.Both had participated in last year’s fundraising event that raised nearly $35,000 for research...
Lawmakers responded with a common refrain as roving packs of reporters chased them through the corridors of the Capitol this week seeking comment on the rolling scandal that’s now grown to engulf the state’s top three elected officials: We’re focused on the legislative work the people sent us here to...
Virginia is closer than ever to figuring out how to fix the process of drawing voting maps, but some Democrats are backing away from the bill that would do it.House Democrats have serious concerns about the redistricting reform bill that passed  their chamber, saying it doesn’t keep legislators far...
As the House of Delegates prepares to consider adding a brand new agency with oversight over Virginia's Medicaid forecasting in response to an unexpected half-a-billion dollar bill, the department currently responsible for Medicaid expenses is trying to fix problems its own way.The Department of Medical Assistance Services has hired...
Adding to the political chaos that has gripped Virginia and thrust it into the national spotlight, Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday in which he admitted to wearing in blackface at a college party.Herring said that in 1980, when he was a 19-year-old undergraduate, he and his...
Virginia won’t enter the nine-state carbon emissions trading program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative until 2020 under regulations being finalized by the state, but debate about how much it might cost utility ratepayers is already heating up.Estimates range from little or no cost — or even...
After hours of back-and-forth testimony in both House and Senate committees, in which lawmakers and lobbyists alike argued over four bills dealing with balance billing, only one clawed its way out of the chaos and passed a chamber on Tuesday.The Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant,...
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in on the border security fight that threatens to shut down the government yet again.“We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith...
Virginia Democrats issued statements in response to an allegation that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman in 2004."The facts here are still being determined," the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said. "Every individual deserves the opportunity to be heard, and we respect anyone who comes forward to...
The unexpected half-a-billion dollar bill that landed on lawmakers' desks in November has inspired some senators to take a big step to stop it from happening again.Sen. Ryan McDougle, R-Hanover, submitted legislation this year that would create a brand new state agency with the sole responsibility of overseeing the...