GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

By David SlighOn Thursday the State Water Control Board has another chance to act on the good intentions its members have expressed – that Mountain Valley Pipeline’s violations and the resulting damages to Virginia waters and landowners must stop. A federal agency can make that happen.We just need the...
One of the state's most senior Republican delegates isn't officially a party nominee for his re-election bid -- yet.At Tuesday night's Board of Elections meeting, attorneys for Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, asked that he be declared the Republican nominee for the 1st House of Delegates District even though his...
In an effort to combat Virginia’s teacher shortage, 15 Virginia colleges and universities will start new four-year teacher education degree programs this fall.The Virginia Board of Education approved the programs last week. The State Council for Higher Education of Virginia, which oversees public colleges and universities, approved the new...
Outside, U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis led an energetic crowd from the steps of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond for the dedication of the newly minted Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Inside the museum, a town hall featuring several members of the Congressional Black...
WASHINGTON -- Key Virginia Democrats are rushing to stop President Donald Trump's administration from moving two of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's scientific research agencies out of the Washington region.Lawmakers who oppose the relocations are working against the clock to use legislative maneuvers to put the brakes on the...
For years, the apartment rental industry in Virginia has been frustrated by tenants it thinks are faking disability certifications to qualify their pets as emotional support animals and get around lease restrictions.About a month ago, they finally won a legal victory when state regulators fined a licensed professional counselor...
President Donald Trump's administration is currently considering changing how the federal poverty line is calculated, which could mean thousands in Virginia might lose access to medical and food assistance programs.The poverty level, currently $12,490 for a single adult, is adjusted every year to account for inflation, but the new...
Regulators from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality raised questions about whether the company seeking an air permit to build a massive gas plant in Charles City County met statutory requirements for informing the public of the project’s impacts, emails from the agency show. The permit for the 1,650-megawatt plant,...
Here we are, just a year and a half from the 2021 redistricting in the commonwealth, and Virginia finally has legitimate legislative and congressional maps following the politicized process in 2011.This resolution comes by way of a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week. A 5-4 majority of the...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House is slated to hold a hearing today on legislation that would establish a commission to consider reparations for the descendants of slaves.At least two Virginia lawmakers -- Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer -- are among the dozens of co-sponsors backing the legislation. The...