GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

After two days of meetings this week, the State Air Pollution Control Board has delayed until December a decision on a permit for a compressor station in Buckingham County that’s part of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline.The board’s decision today followed a day of public comment, where a few...
The Department for Medical Assistance Services had been aiming to submit its Medicaid work requirement waiver to the federal government by Nov. 4, as they were directed to do in the state budget.But the deadline came and went, and no request reached the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...
After a day of mishaps that slowed voters down by hours in Chesterfield County, a court order that was supposed to extend polling hours wasn't carried out, Republicans say."Election officials refused to let voters in despite a judge’s injunction," a post on the Chesterfield County Republican Committee's Facebook said...
Ella Rose doesn't expect to see much of a familiar "friend" if and when the compressor station comes to her corner of Buckingham County."I sit here in my living room, and I watch the deer and the turkeys and the wildlife walk through my backyard almost every day," said...
A group of lawmakers shot down proposals to allow medical-aid-in-dying, also known as physician-assisted suicide, in Virginia on Wednesday in a review of a series of legislative recommendations on health care.Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, requested that the Joint Commission on Health Care study the medical-aid-in-dying debate, in which a...
Virginians voted to pass two constitutional amendments related to property tax relief in this year's election, a decision that will affect the whole state.But there were also some notable local ballot measures that asked voters to decide on funding for traffic improvements in some of Northern Virginia's fastest-growing areas...
A surge of Democratic voters knocked three Republican congressional incumbents out of office Tuesday night, but their victories in two of the races were narrow as Republicans saw their own boost in turnout.An urban-rural divideAs expected, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine crushed Republican challenger Corey Stewart, who ran as a...
With final results still being tallied late Tuesday night, Democrats appeared poised to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.Virginia, with three clear Democratic seats gained, contributed to that takeover. When the dust settles, Democrats look to hold seven of Virginia's 11 House of Representatives seats and both...
Turnout in this year's midterm elections appears to be on track to be higher than expected, said Chris Piper, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections.The department doesn't collect data until the polls close at 7 p.m., but reports of longer-than-normal lines suggest there is a "large number of...
Virginia has started Election Day with only a few minor issues, elections officials reported at a briefing this morning.The most significant thus far was in Chesapeake, where about a dozen of the first voters at one polling place received the wrong ballot, said Chris Piper, commissioner of the Department of...