GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

There’s one thing about Virginia’s redistricting saga that all sides know: It’s going to be expensive.But it’s possible the legal bill won’t be as high as Democrats have claimed or as low as Republicans have said.Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit last week in U.S. District Court to reduce...
The Virginia Board of Elections has approved a new policy to clarify how candidates who had incorrect disclosure statements were to be notified of violations, how the board would determine how many times a candidate broke the law and how to continue a hearing, among other changes to how...
A watchdog group with federal investigative authority says it is continuing to probe allegations of abuse made by immigrant teens held in a juvenile jail outside of Staunton. A report released Monday by state officials failed to substantiate the claims.“Based on what we know so far, we believe further...
The son of Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is supporting the Democratic candidate running to replace his father.Goodlatte announced his plan to retire after serving 13 terms in November.Waynesboro mental health professional Jennifer Lewis, a Democrat, is taking on Ben Cline, a Republican House of Delegates member, to represent...
After 17 students were killed in a Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Nick Gothard felt the paranoia set in at his Ashburn, Va. high school.He watched as Parkland students turned their grief into political activism and decided to do the same.“I thought it was truly inspiring...
The state Democratic Party is suing the Board and Department of Elections to disqualify independent candidate Shaun Brown in the 2nd District congressional race.Lawyers for the Democratic Party, including Hillary Clinton’s former attorney, Marc Elias, said they submitted 35 affidavits to the state last week from people who said...
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice determined there is no evidence of abuse or neglect at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Augusta County, according to a report released Monday.Gov. Ralph Northam asked the state to look into the allegations in June after a federal class-action lawsuit was filed...
Most Virginians are willing to let law enforcement restrict weapons at public events to better ensure safety, according to a new survey by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.Seventy-five percent of adults favor letting authorities remove objects from events if they could be used as...
The math is in candidate Shaun Brown's favor, for now.On Wednesday, Marc Elias, an attorney representing the Virginia Democratic Party, sent 17 affidavits to Attorney General Mark Herring from people who said they or their relatives didn’t sign petitions to get Brown on the ballot in the 2nd District...
The crowd hissed as a man with a full white beard and red MAGA hat approached the lectern to address Charlottesville City Council this week.He said he condemned the hateful views expressed last year, but urged tolerance of opposing viewpoints, which he said people should be able to share...