GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Most people have no idea how powerful voting actually is. I know because I have spent the last two years helping Virginians register to vote and utilize this opportunity we have to make our values a reality in our communities. I have the honorable but arduous task of convincing people who...
Next year, Pete Wells is hoping Virginia will have a gold rush.Not the kind that sends people running to California, but one that will replace blue waves and red waves.Wells, one of four Libertarian candidates running in Virginia congressional races this year, hopes the party will get enough votes...
The fraught debate over medical aid in dying —or what some opponents refer to as physician-assisted suicide — has landed in Virginia.The state's Joint Commission on Health Care just completed a report on the issue, at the request of Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, which is currently up for public...
A retired Navy admiral will serve as the state's first special assistant to the governor for coastal adaptation and protection.Ann C. Phillips of Norfolk is tasked with finding a way to address the effects of sea-level rise and land subsidence along Virginia's coast across state departments. Lawmakers in the...
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...