GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Republican lawmakers shot down a bill Thursday challenging a program that pays Virginia prison inmates about 80 cents an hour to manufacture furniture for state offices, including at the Capitol and General Assembly Building.Del. Emily Brewer, R-Smithfield, said she had toured those inmate-staffed factories and said the workers, incarcerated...
Visiting the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction corridor in southwest Virginia was a promise I made to  local residents while I was a member of the State Water Control Board. It was a promise that wasn't kept until Jan. 2, when I toured many farms and residential lands impacted by...
Republicans in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have voted down the full suite of gun control measures endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam, including a “red flag” law backed by President Donald Trump’s administration.The law, which is a recommendation of Trump’s post-Parkland school safety commission, would allow police...
Women wearing tampons are still being denied full visitation privileges at some Virginia prisons, Department of Corrections officials told lawmakers Thursday.The department announced in September that women wearing tampons would either be strip-searched or turned away from visitations as part of a bid to crack down on contraband like...
Proving it still has some teeth left despite the General Assembly's best efforts, the State Corporation Commission has rejected billions in proposed spending by Dominion Energy it had sought permission to recover from its customers under the sweeping utility regulations signed into law last year.Though the commission did approve...
A proposal meant to help social workers in the field by giving them more information about a family's history died on a party-line vote in subcommittee on Tuesday.The bill, sponsored by Del. Wendy Gooditis, D-Loudoun, would have required the Department of Social Services to keep records of investigations that...
WASHINGTON — Some House Democrats are openly calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.Among them: Michigan freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who made waves the day she was sworn in for saying, “We're gonna go in there and we're going to impeach the motherf****r.” That same day, California Rep. Brad Sherman...
Environmental advocates tried again to staunch the flow of plastic bags into Virginia's waterways Wednesday, but to no avail.Sens. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax City, and Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, proposed allowing localities to add a 5-cent tax to plastic bags. Petersen's bill would have limited the range of the bill...
Virginia is the only state in the union that limits governors to one consecutive term and, at least for now, it's going to stay that way.The Senate rejected a constitutional amendment that would have let governors run for a second term in an 18-22 vote that cut across party...
Researchers at UVA found an 18 percent increase in reports of bullying in Virginia middle schools last year in localities where Trump won.A survey before the 2016 election found no difference in bullying rates between the localities.The results, based on a semi-annual survey of 150,000 state middle school students,...