GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

I have nothing particularly new, trenchant or poignant to say on our great, intractable gun debate, the latest slew of firearm massacres or our bigoted president's dangerous rhetoric.My past thoughts on the numbing frequency of mass shootings and guns are here, here and here. And I haven't made a...
WASHINGTON -- In the wake of two devastating mass shootings over the weekend, Virginia Democrats are imploring the U.S. Senate to vote on sweeping gun control legislation the U.S. House passed in February. After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which killed at least 29 people and injured many...
After twin mass shootings left at least 30 dead in 24 hours, President Donald Trump disappointed gun safety activists by focusing his response on “the perils of the internet and social media.” But over the course of remarks Tuesday morning, he did renew his administration’s calls for so-called red flag...
Virginia got a slap on the wrist this week and may be subject to financial penalties after the federal government found that the state had one of the highest rates of error in the nation in calculating its food-assistance payments.According to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of...
Without mentioning his name, the speakers who delivered remarks before President Donald Trump at the 400th anniversary events in Jamestown Tuesday appeared to be making strenuous rhetorical effort at preemption.Though he wouldn't take the stage with Trump, Gov. Ralph Northam that morning said modern Virginia "represents the best of...
Police removed a Democratic state delegate from a commemoration of the General Assembly's 400th anniversary after he interrupted a speech by President Donald Trump to protest the administration's immigration policies.“Mr. President, you can’t send us back; Virginia is our home,” said Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, shouting as he waved a...
Police removed a Democratic state delegate from a commemoration of the General Assembly's 400th anniversary after he interrupted a speech by President Donald Trump to protest the administration's immigration policies.“Mr. President, you can’t send us back; Virginia is our home,” said Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, shouting as he waved a...
The Virginia Board of Education is considering a recommendation that would lay out minimum funding requirements for a state budget item used to help at-risk students, a move intended to put pressure on the General Assembly to increase education spending.The board is going through its regular process of amending...
At the time, it seemed like a real nadir.Our first African-American president was being dogged by a nasty conspiracy theory with explicit racist and xenophobic overtones suggesting he wasn't born where he said he was despite releasing his official long-form birth certificate.Half of the nearly 2,500 readers who responded...
For Kim Bobo, co-executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the issue is simple."How can we call ourselves a civilized society and not allow people to take a few days of paid sick time for themselves or their kids?" she said.The Richmond-based, nonprofit organization is working...