GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

In the first four months of tracking whether lottery winners are connected to stores that sell winning tickets, officials are investigating 16 suspicious instances out of 6,955 winners.Winnings forms — which people must fill out if they win $600 or more — now ask if winners own, work at...
Backers of a long-shot push to open a casino resort in Bristol are dropping major campaign cash on Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, a longtime opponent of expanding gambling in Virginia.Cox's leadership PAC, Colonial Leadership Trust, has reported $200,000 in donations from the two men leading the project, their...
It can't be said enough, and it's something that's easy to lose sight of amid the labyrinthine legal and permitting debates around the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which could be getting federal approval to start full construction in Virginia any minute now.The need for Dominion Energy's 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline...
As tax revenue from tobacco products falls, Virginia lawmakers are turning their attention to vaping products.Vaping involves flavored liquids that are vaporized within a device, inhaled and then exhaled.The devices consist of a mouthpiece, a battery, a cartridge for containing the e-liquid or e-juice, and a heating component for...
Hours after Democrat Leslie Cockburn earned the nomination to run in the 5th Congressional District, the Republican Party of Virginia had an attack line ready.A 1991 book Cockburn wrote with her husband, Andrew Cockburn, proved she was a "virulent anti-Semite," the party wrote in a statement after her nomination....
Corey Stewart’s fundraising troubles are well established at this point.His opponent, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine has raised more than $20 million for his reelection campaign. Meanwhile, Stewart’s Senate campaign has so far been able to pull in just over $2 million, eschewed by major Republican donors amid constant controversy...
Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Richmond on Saturday to campaign for three Republicans running for Congress: 7th District incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, 5th District candidate Denver Riggleman and 4th District candidate Ryan McAdams.Pence met with Brat and Riggleman on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport and later...
A recent study from Northern Illinois University ranked Virginia as the second-hardest state to vote in, falling behind only Mississippi.The study used a "Cost of Voting Index," which judged states based on the ease of registration and other voting laws, with registration deadlines carrying the most weight.Authors of the...
Public officials in Virginia love jobs announcements. The governor trumpets at least a handful every month and elected officials all the way down the food chain, regardless of party, tend to get in on the action, offering laudatory quotes and posing for pictures at ceremonial groundbreakings.So eyebrows collectively shot...
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican, says the campaign staffers who were accused of forging signatures to get a third-party candidate on the ballot are gone.“None of the people accused of any wrongdoing is working with the campaign,” Taylor’s spokesman, Scott Weldon told The...