GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The Virginia Board of Corrections wrapped up its first batch of inmate death investigations Wednesday, voting unanimously to clear about a dozen jails in 23 deaths that occurred in 2017 and 2018.The new review process was established by the General Assembly last year in a bid to increase oversight...
Residents of Martinsville are slowly coming around to the idea that the best thing for the city might be for it to cease being a city at all.Off-and-on discussions have been ongoing for decades about whether the shrinking, 13,500-population city in southern Virginia should revert to town status and...
The Virginia Public Access Project has the breakdown of mid-year campaign finance reports that were due in by midnight Monday.With a whole year to go before the 2019 state Senate and House elections, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican from James City County, who has been in the...
Thirty years ago, John Q. Public Servant had a report he had to produce for his boss, the county manager.He was tired and his kid was sick, so he left work a bit early to work on it at home.He sat down at the kitchen table after grabbing one...
Jimi Suwaiti doesn’t remember much of the first few months of 2017, but her mother, Sharon Blackwell, does.Blackwell watched her 48-year-old daughter shake in her hospital bed in Virginia Beach because the pain from a bacterial infection was so terrible, and hallucinate, in her feverish state, that people were...
[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,...