GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkXeMoBPSDk]Philip Van Cleave says he suspected he was being set up just five minutes into a multi-hour interview earlier this year with a supposed Israeli anti-terrorism expert.But the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the state’s top gun advocacy group, said he pressed on, ultimately agreeing to...
Mega-lobbying firm McGuireWoods Consulting added a major player to their formidable bench Tuesday, signing up former GOP House Speaker Bill Howell.“Since it was founded 20 years ago, McGuireWoods Consulting has earned a well-deserved reputation for consistently delivering successful outcomes for clients. Many of my new colleagues there have been...
Members of the Lee County School Board voted unanimously last week to buy some teachers guns and have them designated as "conservators of the peace" as part of a new school security program."We’ve realized we can not afford to put the number of school resource officers in Lee County...
You’ve heard of the “Virginia Way.”  For those inclined to consider it a cherished asset of the Old Dominion, the term conjures a tradition of restrained, courtly statesmanship and of high-minded legislating that puts principle over party and personality.At its best, they would argue, that approach to governing...
When it comes to addressing high eviction rates in Virginia, early talks indicate there’s limited common ground between tenant advocates and the apartment industry.A proposal to give tenants 14 days instead of five to pay rent before their landlord can sue to evict them?Firmly opposed, said Patrick McCloud,...
It’s been more than a year since Virginia's legislature opened the door for needle-exchange programs to curb rising hepatitis C infection rates and the potential increase in HIV infections that could follow in the wake of the opioid epidemic.While one program has been approved, none have actually opened...
A recent headline from Lawyers Weekly (referencing a Richmond Times-Dispatch article) reads: Fraudster preyed on the poor.“A self-proclaimed credit consultant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for ripping off debt-troubled customers in Chesterfield County,” the story says.  As any legal-aid attorney will tell you, this is...
Much has been made of longtime respected Republicans calling for voting against their own party.Steve Schmidt, a lifelong GOP activist and the man who, as John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008, brought us Sarah Palin, recently resigned from the party and said he would support Democrats this fall....