GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Gigi Grogan was named after Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a Catholic pediatrician who refused an abortion despite the threat pregnancy posed to her life. Molla died in 1962, a week after her child was born.Grogan, a student at Virginia Tech and leader of the college’s Students for Life chapter,...
The morning of Wednesday’s veto session felt a lot like opening a time capsule. That is, if the time capsule was buried just a month ago and pretty much nothing had changed since then.Nevertheless, after weeks of relative silence, the scandals that consumed the state’s executive branch roared back...
WASHINGTON — Freshman Democrat Elaine Luria, 2nd District, is at odds with a senior member of her party over the role commanders should play in handling military sexual assault cases.“We trust our commanders to take our sons and daughters into war,” said Luria, a former commander in the U.S....
A new guidance document banning conversion therapy on minors by licensed psychologists is just a month away from becoming effective.Virginia's Board of Psychology recently concluded a 30-day public comment period that generated more than 500 comments on the proposed guidance. The majority were in favor of banning the practice...
WASHINGTON — Most Americans have no idea who Cheryl LaFleur is. The wonkish attorney, a Massachusetts native and electricity expert, has spent nearly a decade as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a federal agency that regulates the transmission of oil, electricity and natural gas pipelines, among other...
Editor's note: First in an occasional series explaining Virginia's policy debates.A news release that Gov. Ralph Northam issued in late March couldn't have come as much of a surprise to anyone. It mirrored another from last year, in which he explained why he vetoed a string of health care...
After five years, Cody Sigmon is leaving his job as a teacher to become a behind-the-scenes IT employee at Ohio University.Sigmon, 27, a middle school teacher in Chesterfield, helped organize thousands of educators across the state for several months, culminating in a January march on the Capitol to advocate...
Virginia farmers haven’t had much to smile about recently. Trade wars sent crop prices plummeting. Dairy farms closed at a rate of more than one a week. The weather has sucked.But legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor last month offers a rare recent win...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is finalizing regulations to reduce the carbon pollution from Virginia power plants by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.The Department of Environmental Quality estimates the move will cost consumers only about a dollar per month while accelerating the transition to clean energy. (Virginia's State...
Hundreds of members of the Virginia Education Association — the state's de facto teacher's union — briefly marched around downtown Richmond Friday.The group was led by a red school bus bearing a banner that said "Fund Our Future," and was calling attention to new national data that shows Virginia's...