GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

VIRGINIA BEACH — Karen Havekost was in Virginia Beach’s Municipal Building 2 when a shooter opened fire in May.“I walked out of the bathroom and saw the gunman on the other end of the hallway,” she says in a political ad released at the end of September. “I saw...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Republican Congressman Manley Caldwell Butler was a freshman in the U.S. House when he found himself at the center of impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon.The Roanoke lawyer had eked out a win in his congressional election in 1972 with just over 50 percent of the...
Imagine the political climate the commonwealth would’ve faced had Gov. Ralph Northam acceded to the harsh voices demanding his resignation, following the discovery months ago of a racist photo on his decades-old yearbook page.We could’ve had hearings in the General Assembly over rape allegations against Justin Fairfax, who would’ve...
Roughly half of the students in college in Virginia in 2017 qualified for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though many didn’t use the program, according to newly released data from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.SCHEV used information from financial aid paperwork and statistics from the...
From Maine to Virginia, carbon capping may be coming — this time for cars.On Tuesday, the Transportation and Climate Initiative, an effort by 12 states and Washington, D.C. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, released a draft framework for a “cap and invest” system that would bring the...
VIRGINIA BEACH — In the stands on a Friday night at his son’s high school football game across the Chesapeake Bay from the Eastern Shore-based House of Delegates district he represents, Rob Bloxom isn’t especially worried about the looming election.Bloxom’s been told -- jokingly, he says -- that he...
A U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling Monday upholding Virginia laws mandating an ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period prior to receiving an abortion, but striking down portions of a law mandating hospital-style building standards in clinics."The Court recognizes that the waiting period following the ultrasound adds a logistical...
Gov. Ralph Northam began the year as a massive liability for Democrats, nearly all of whom called for his resignation following the discovery of a racist photo in his medical school yearbook.With a pivotal General Assembly election just over a month away, he’s looking less and less like a...
By Patricia Cason / Capital News Service Same-sex couples have made up 1 of every 26 marriages in Virginia since such unions were legalized in the commonwealth in 2014. In a half-dozen localities — ranging from cities such as Richmond and Norfolk to rural communities like Buena Vista — same-sex...
A survey of Virginia voters released by University of Mary Washington on Thursday shows four top Democratic presidential candidates with double-digit leads over President Donald Trump: The survey, conducted Sept. 3–15 for UMW by Research America Inc., found former Vice President Joe Biden had a 55 percent to 37 percent...