GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Before Heidi Drauschak discovered the lobbying world, she felt like part of government was happening in the dark.Then the University of Richmond School of Law graduate got an internship at McGuireWoods, one of the country's biggest consulting and lobbying firms."I was blown away," Drauschak said. "It was the lever...
For the third year, Virginia has launched its High School Voter Registration Challenge in an effort to ramp up the number of student voters in the state.The challenge was launched under former Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration. High schools who get 65 percent of their eligible seniors to register to...
An organization mobilizing young voters to flip competitive congressional seats launched a $122,000 digital ad campaign on various social media sites.NextGen Virginia will run 30-second ads comparing candidates in four of Virginia's most competitive congressional races: the 2nd District between GOP U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor and Democrat Elaine Luria;...
Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Hardin ran on a campaign promise to cut his office’s budget.But when he contacted the state about cutting his pay for prosecuting crimes in the locality of 18,000, the state said no.“I think that makes sense in places like Charlottesville or Fairfax, but country...
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...