GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Groups say racially-charged Northam administration report misrepresents tax credit program

BY: - September 13, 2021

Land conservation groups angered by the Northam administration’s portrayal of a popular tax credit program as inequitable say that instead of diverting its funding to more targeted grant programs, the General Assembly and the governor need to channel more money to conservation broadly.  “We agree we should fully fund the grant programs, and the land […]

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 11, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people. He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where 40 people were killed after […]

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Campaign funds can be used for child care, Virginia AG says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Attorney General Mark Herring says political candidates in Virginia can use campaign funds to pay campaign-related child care expenses, an opinion that puts the state in alignment with federal election rules but has little immediate impact due to the state’s anything-goes campaign finance system. “Virginia’s campaign finance statutes allow for the use of campaign funds […]

COMMENTARY

Hey incumbents, the General Assembly will survive without you

BY: - September 10, 2021

George Barker may have thought he was in the clear. The state senator from Northern Virginia was the chief sponsor of his chamber’s bill to hold a voter referendum last year to start a redistricting commission. Citizens approved the plan by a large margin. Surely the Fairfax County Democrat, in the Senate since 2008, would find smooth […]

Incumbent protection remains flashpoint as Virginia senator tries to draw his own district lines

BY: - September 9, 2021

Stopping legislators from drawing their own districts was the main rallying cry behind the new Virginia Redistricting Commission voters approved last year. But one legislator is trying to do just that in full public view from his perch on the commission. A week after noting a consultant-drawn draft map would push him out of his […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly aggressive […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

With Confederates vanquished, what’s next for Richmond’s Monument Avenue?

BY: - September 8, 2021

Onlookers cheered as crews lifted a bronze likeness of Robert E. Lee off a 40-foot-tall, state-owned pedestal Wednesday. Officials say they plan to move what had been the country’s largest remaining Confederate statue into temporary storage. From there, its fate is TBD, as are plans for Monument Avenue as a whole — a boulevard built […]

Experts expect legal battle over COVID-related workers’ compensation in Virginia

BY: - September 7, 2021

Employees who experienced severe cases of COVID-19 could face an uphill battle when it comes to claiming workers’ compensation benefits. Attorneys on both sides of the cases — those representing workers and those representing employers and their insurance carriers — expect legal challenges, which they attribute to recently passed laws expanding access to workers’ compensation […]

Virginia’s Redistricting Commission has its first draft maps. They look… normal?

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Virginia Redistricting Commission got its first look at draft General Assembly maps Thursday as consultants delivered proposals for part of Northern Virginia with districts that look far more normally shaped than the ones that exist now. A pair of consultants drew their proposed House of Delegates and Senate districts from scratch, following the guidance […]

Va. Supreme Court clears way for removal of Lee monument in Richmond

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Supreme Court of Virginia cleared the way Thursday for Gov. Ralph Northam to remove the Lee Monument in Richmond, one of the largest Confederate memorials in the state. In two opinions issued Thursday, the Court denied challenges by a small group of neighbors and an heir to the family that initially granted the land […]

Hampton Roads hospitals spar over impact of hospital-owned insurance plans

BY: - September 2, 2021

A new report presented to state legislators this week warns against the potential drawbacks of vertically integrated health carriers — hospital systems that also own their own insurance plans. The white paper, authored by consultants for Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, is the latest effort to sway lawmakers in a long-running battle between Chesapeake and Sentara, […]