GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam rolled out a package of seven gun-control measures Friday he said he hoped would find bipartisan support when the General Assembly convenes next week.Among them: universal background checks, a revival of the state’s one-hand-gun-a-month law and a ban on assault weapons.Republican leaders have so far...
Tucked away in Gov. Ralph Northam's proposed budget amendments is a plan to study how gambling expansion could play out in Virginia.As drafted, the study wouldn't be completed until November, well after this year's General Assembly session concludes and lawmakers will have voted on a slew of proposals to bring...
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is planning a major expansion and renovation of its Richmond campus that would grow the facility by more than 100,000 square feet, about two football fields worth of additional floor space.The plan got an initial OK from Gov. Ralph Northam, who included funding...
Could ex-Virginia Sen. Jim Webb become President Donald Trump’s next defense secretary?The political nonconformist — who was President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Navy before he spent six years as a Democratic senator — is being considered to replace former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, The New York Times reported Thursday.Webb...
Next in a series looking ahead to the General Assembly session that starts next week.For years, restaurant owners have struggled through the tangled bureaucracy of getting and keeping state permission to serve liquor.Virginia’s alcohol control laws — from its decision to keep retail liquor sales under the state’s purview...
A working database of Virginia legislators from the Jamestown settlement to the present day is almost complete, just in time for the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the House Burgesses.The House Clerk's Office has finished the bulk of the multi-year project that traces members, leaders, committees and locations...
Virginia Democrats are declaring victory in their bid to kill a contentious policy that targets federal workers.House lawmakers announced that they had effectively pushed to remove the Holman Rule from the rules package slated for a vote today after the 116th Congress convenes.The obscure Holman Rule allows lawmakers to...
Next in a series looking ahead to the General Assembly session that starts next week.In addition to the usual push to make changes to absentee voting and voter registration, Virginia lawmakers will be weighing other issues around how people in the state vote and how campaigns operate.Redistricting and other...
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access.With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early...
Liberty University in Lynchburg announced Wednesday it's hired former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat to serve as dean of its business school.Brat, an economics professor famed for successfully defeating Eric Cantor back in 2014, lost in November to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA agent.Falwell, an early and eager supporter...