GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

When state Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, was campaigning to represent the 36th District in 2015, he met people who hadn’t voted in more than seven years.Some constituents told him they were “presidential-election only” voters, while others simply chose not to vote.The most common reason Surovell found for people not...
With Nov. 6 fast approaching, the Virginia Mercury is partnering with ProPublica's Electionland collaborative journalism project to help shine a light on problems that might prevent people from voting.That means we want to hear about long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting...
By now, voters probably know who they plan to cast a vote for in the midterm elections.But there's more to voting than picking your candidate. Here are some reminders as you head to the polls on what you'll need and what to do if something doesn't go as planned.Polls...
For 36 years, uranium mining in Virginia has been banned.The practice, which has usually been isolated to the western part of the country, produces uranium that can power nuclear reactors, like those at Dominion Energy's Surry and North Anna nuclear power plants, which produce roughly 31 percent of the...
The Virginia State Corporation Commission on Friday approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, but not happily.A news release from the SCC complains about the “excessive costs” of the two turbines about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and the way it is...
An environmental group in coastal Virginia is urging voters to oppose a constitutional amendment intended to offer tax relief to property owners facing recurring flooding, prompting a debate that echoes larger concerns about how states and localities should respond to sea-level rise.On ballots statewide Tuesday, the measure would give...
I have heard it a million times and the story still makes my sides split.My grandmother, an aspiring Boston nurse of Irish and English ancestry, who grew up in the nearby seaside town of Quincy, had started dating a Harvard medical student with a funny last name and was...
Punctuating years of political combat, today marks the beginning of Medicaid enrollment under the new expansion rules, vastly broadening eligibility in a program that was previously one of the least generous in the country.The new rules, passed by the General Assembly in a special session earlier this year, allows...
Voters assigned to the wrong district could have made the difference in some House of Delegates races last year that were decided by razor-thin margins, allowing Republicans to hang onto control of the chamber.To avoid a repeat in this year's congressional races, several of which are projected to be...
A judge in Richmond decided earlier this month that Virginia's judiciary was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.The ruling was the culmination of a more than three-year tug-of-war between an Eastern Shore sculptor and the court system’s administrators.Dr. William Turner has long believed that circuit court judges...