GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

These times are so uncertain There's a yearning undefined And people filled with rage - Don HenleyReporters have always lived on outrage.They discover, or stumble upon, or hear about some egregious behavior that really gets their blood up and they go after it.Sometimes it’s a government official abusing his position or maybe...
A member of the Board of Elections called on the department to do a better job maintaining its voter rolls in the board’s first meeting since a state audit found major problems across the department.The study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that the Department of...
Both candidates for Virginia's 10th Congressional District are lawyers. Both are experienced politicians.And both are women, which is one reason why the race has become the most expensive and competitive in the state.U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Republican. is attempting to fend off  State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat,...
Virginia's Department of Medical Assistance Services has completed a draft of the state's Medicaid work requirement proposal, which is now open for public comment before it goes to the federal government for approval.But when they were briefed on the work requirement during a meeting Thursday, Republican members of the...
The first Muslim woman elected to the Democratic National Committee will mount a primary challenge to Virginia’s most senior Democratic senator.Yasmine Taeb called herself a “real progressive” in a video announcing her candidacy. She took veiled shots at her opponent, Sen. Dick Saslaw, who has served 42 years in...
A new statewide survey conducted by the University of Mary Washington shows that more Virginians support Medicaid expansion than ever before.The survey, based on telephone interviews with 801 Virginia adults, found that 76 percent support expansion, 18 percent oppose it and the remaining 6 percent are uncertain.The highest approval...
Virginia's 120 local social services departments are on the front lines when determining eligibility for benefit programs like Medicaid, and they're trying to prepare for the wave of applicants they'll likely see once Medicaid expansion hits the state in January.That could be a daunting task, though, as the state's...
Editor's note: Whether Democrats can retake the House of Representatives is the big storyline of this fall's midterm election cycle. Four competitive Virginia House races for seats currently held by Republicans, profiled this week in a series in the Mercury, could play a key role come Election Day. In a...
The State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance has recovered more than $3.4 million worth of benefits and savings so far this year through complaint investigations, managed care appeals and market conduct examinations, according to a news release.Two of the bureau's divisions — Life and Health and Property and Casualty...
Editor's note: Whether Democrats can retake the House of Representatives is the big storyline of this fall's midterm election cycle. Four competitive Virginia House races for seats currently held by Republicans, profiled this week in a series in the Mercury, could play a key role come Election Day. In the...