GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

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...
Of registered voters in Virginia who always vote, less than five percent are under 30 years old, according to an analysis of state voter data by the Virginia Public Access Project.Likewise, people under 30 make up a disproportionate share -- 45 percent -- of registered voters who never vote,...
Around 11 p.m. Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to update followers on his endorsements in several tight congressional races across the country.Among them was a second endorsement for U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, who is running against Democrat Abigail Spanberger in the Richmond area's 7th District; and...
Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board approved a handful of changes Monday to a sweeping proposed carbon rule that would cap the allowable amount of emissions from power plants starting in 2020 and enter into a multi-state market-based program to reduce emissions.If approved — which could be next year...
In August, Sherry Flanagan stood before Virginia's Board of Social Services and made a plea."I encourage you all to help Pittsylvania County," said Flanagan, then-director of the county's Department of Social Services. "We are outside of the realm of what we can do."A social media battle had been raging...
In a radio ad released last week, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine sings the praises of fellow Democratic candidate, Jennifer Wexton — in Spanish.“We need Jennifer Wexton in Congress,” he says, before Wexton, a state senator, jumps in, thanking him for his support.She goes on to highlight her platforms,...
The Department of Social Services has started relocating residents of Jones & Jones Assisted Living in Richmond after shutting down one of the facility's two buildings, NBC12 reports.Jones & Jones has been open for decades and racked up hundreds of violations from DSS, but has remained opened, even after...
Two state agencies serving as a pilot for a push to slash state regulations have almost 5,000 discretionary regulations on the books.More than 1,200 of them have been identified for elimination by 2021.A bill passed during the last General Assembly session, is aimed at getting the Department of Professional...
If Virginia allows more gaming — sports betting and casinos, to be exact — where does that leave the Virginia Lottery?It’s too soon to know, Kevin Hall, executive director of the Virginia Lottery, told state senators during a finance committee meeting Thursday.“We are closely watching the conversation as it...
In the first four months of tracking whether lottery winners are connected to stores that sell winning tickets, officials are investigating 16 suspicious instances out of 6,955 winners.Winnings forms — which people must fill out if they win $600 or more — now ask if winners own, work at...