GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is affecting kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

COMMENTARY

‘Tax the rich?’ Democrats’ plans will barely dent long slide away from progressive taxation

BY: - September 22, 2021

By Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley Demanding tax increases on the rich is back in fashion – both in the corridors of the House of Representatives and on the red carpet of the Met Gala. The House Ways and Means Committee outlined plans on Sept. 13, 2021, to move the top […]

Many state employees remain unvaccinated despite mandate

BY: - September 22, 2021

Last month, Gov. Ralph Northam gave state employees a choice: get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing for COVID-19. Many, it appears, have chosen testing. While comprehensive figures aren’t available yet, a survey of some of the largest state agencies reveals employee vaccination rates range from just over 50 percent at the Department of Corrections […]

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Virginia patients will soon have access to at-home abortion medication

BY: - September 20, 2021

Starting in October, Virginia patients will be able to access at-home abortion medication through telehealth visits. Both Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, which operate six clinics across the state, announced they’ll begin offering abortion medication through the mail after a virtual consultation with a provider. The service will be […]

Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators marched near the Capitol in Richmond Friday as part of the third annual March for Life. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

As Youngkin rejects Texas-style ban, GOP ticket steers clear of anti-abortion rally in Richmond

BY: and - September 18, 2021

If it didn’t count as a banned weapon, she would have brought her sledgehammer, anti-abortion activist Victoria Cobb told the March for Life crowd Friday from the steps of the Virginia Capitol.  The hammer, she said, is a symbol of what the pro-life movement hopes to do to former Gov. Terry McAulffe’s “brick wall” for […]

COMMENTARY

What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains.

BY: - September 17, 2021

By Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia For Americans wary of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, like the sweeping requirements President Joe Biden announced Sept. 9, it seems there are plenty of leaders offering ways to get exemptions — especially religious ones. No major organized religious group has officially discouraged the vaccine, and many, like the Catholic Church, […]

Biden administration announces ‘comprehensive’ plan to fix high drug prices

BY: - September 17, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its plan to address high drug prices as part of President Joe Biden’s push to take on anticompetitive practices across the economy. But while it addressed in detail abusive practices by drugmakers, it was a lot more superficial about the practices of much-larger corporations that serve […]

COMMENTARY

It’s time for Virginia to invest in services and programs that will support all communities

BY: - September 17, 2021

By Breanne Armbrust The Commonwealth of Virginia finds itself in a unique position — in the middle of a historic pandemic with a budget surplus of $2.6 billion at the start of the new fiscal year. Like many community activists around Virginia, I immediately thought of how those funds could be used to directly benefit […]

At first debate, McAuliffe walks back support for ending qualified immunity for police

BY: - September 16, 2021

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe backed away from his support for ending qualified immunity for police Thursday during his first debate with Republican Glenn Youngkin, reversing a stance he took during the Democratic primary. McAuliffe’s campaign previously said he supported ending qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that can shield police officers from civil rights lawsuits unless […]