GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

For Kim Bobo, co-executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the issue is simple."How can we call ourselves a civilized society and not allow people to take a few days of paid sick time for themselves or their kids?" she said.The Richmond-based, nonprofit organization is working...
Federal and state agencies, Walmart and a group advocating on behalf of low-income Virginians have emerged as unlikely bedfellows in an effort to push back against a proposal by Dominion Energy Virginia to increase the profits that its shareholders can reap.The U.S. Navy, testifying on behalf of the federal...
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration has been sidelining researchers and suppressing climate change science at the U.S. Interior Department, experts warned Congress this week. A climate change scientist and a former senior executive staffer at the Interior Department told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing Thursday...
A promised 6 percent raise for Virginia general registrars in the state may not be getting paid out as expected, some elections professionals say.Robin Lind, a member of the Virginia Electoral Board Association and Goochland County Electoral Board, said he knows of at least one instance of a registrar...
If someone had asked Janet Kelly 10 years ago what she would be doing now, crisscrossing Virginia to bolster the state's struggling foster care system wouldn't have been on the horizon.As the president of Virginia's Kids Belong, Kelly, the former secretary of the commonwealth in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration,...
A ferry passes the General Dynamic shipyard in Norfolk. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
WASHINGTON -- Climate change could cost Virginia coastal cities billions of dollars and put communities and military facilities at risk, a special assistant to the governor warned federal lawmakers this week. Ann Phillips, who is in charge of helping the state respond to climate change on Virginia’s coastline for Gov....
WASHINGTON -- Former special counsel Robert Mueller explicitly told lawmakers Wednesday that his investigation did not “completely and totally exonerate” President Donald Trump of obstructing justice, contrary to what the president has claimed. In the first of two back-to-back appearances before U.S. House committees, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of...
A UVA law professor and constitutional law expert says the focus on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by seeking to derail the investigation into potential collusion with Russia during the election was "misbegotten from the beginning.""Firing James Comey was not an act that should have spawned an investigation...
BATH — Democratic state senators and delegates spent the end of last month holed up with dozens of lobbyists at the Omni Homestead, a remote luxury resort in Bath County. They soaked up poolside hospitality sponsored by the bankers’ association, took in a golf clinic courtesy of the state’s credit...
As U.S. coal production decreases, local governments in mining-dependent areas whose public services and debt rely on a robust coal industry are facing what one recent report called a “fiscal tsunami.”“A sharp decline in coal production jeopardizes the fiscal health of local governments, degrading their abilities to provide adequate...