GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

HOT SPRINGS —  There was plenty of talk about President Donald Trump, boarded-up storefronts in Danville and U.S. relations with Russia at the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart.The two met Saturday at the Omni Homestead Resort for a debate sponsored by the Virginia...
With Lee County announcing its intention  earlier this month to become the first school system in Virginia to arm teachers, partly because it's cheaper than hiring officers, Gov. Ralph Northam's office says an additional $1.3 million is available in grants for police and security.“Ensuring the safety of Virginians, especially...
In May, when Virginia’s General Assembly passed a budget that includes expanding the state’s Medicaid program, Lisa Coles’ daughter came running into her bedroom, ecstatic.“She said, ‘Mom, we’re going to get health insurance! It’s coming through!’” Coles, 49, recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah, girl, Jan. 1, we’re going to...
A different result with ranked-choice voting?Could instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, have installed Nick Freitas as the GOP Senate candidate instead of Corey Stewart? Marla McKenna at  The Culpeper Star-Exponent quotes Freitas as in favor of the method, calling it "a solid policy" and pledging to support legislation that...
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia will look for signs of abuse and neglect at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, the Staunton News Leader reports.Immigrant children being held at the facility have alleged they were “beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude...
Major research released earlier this year found eviction rates in Virginia cities are among the highest in the country, drawing unprecedented attention to the issue and prompting a policy debate that’s still unfolding.But what has yet to be addressed in a rigorous academic setting is why eviction rates are...
Here's a weird one that broke Thursday:Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart says Stephanie Saul, a New York Times reporter seeking an interview with Brian Landrum, a Stewart staffer, entered Landrum's Woodbridge apartment uninvited, the Washington Post reported.Landrum, who works part-time for Stewart's campaign as well as for Prince...
It’s becoming increasingly difficult for patients to protect themselves from surprise medical bills, and a Virginia legislative committee has the issue firmly in its crosshairs.As health care costs rise, patients are being asked to shoulder more of the burden. Some of that comes from a practice known as balance...
Lately, we have all been horrified by the spectacle of toddlers and other children, separated from their parents at our southern border, appearing in court alone to face deportation.While our collective distaste is justified, the truth is that people of modest means, like these asylum seekers, have been shuffled...
Six fox-hunting pens have been shut down in Virginia following a two-year investigation by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's office.Nine people pleaded guilty to a range of charges, mostly misdemeanors but also a few felonies."Fox penning can become unlawful when operators put illegal foxes and coyotes into a fenced-in...