GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, has asked the Department of Environmental Quality to issue a stop work order on the Mountain Valley Pipeline until a lawsuit filed by the state over hundreds of construction violations is resolved."The destruction of our clean water in Virginia caused by the Mountain Valley Pipeline...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided over a high-stakes political gerrymandering case that could affect control of Virginia’s legislature. The justices heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, in which the House of Delegates is appealing a lower court’s ruling that...
More than four years later, Diane Franklin's children still choke up when they describe what happened to their mother.It was Dec. 13, 2015, and as she approached Franklin's apartment in a Charlottesville independent living community, Jackie Carney could already smell urine.Franklin had been trapped there for four days, her...
In many of the localities most vulnerable to flood damage, fewer than five percent of property owners carry flood insurance. Statewide, just three percent do.Gov. Ralph Northam named this week the state’s first Flood Awareness Week, meant to educate Virginians about the potential risks of flooding and encourage homeowners...
My first job at a daily newspaper, which I started 12 years ago this month in the swamps of south Louisiana, may have spoiled me as far as what to expect from public records laws.Louisiana, where I worked for five years and a place I dearly love, might not...
Adrian Teran-Tapia/ Capital News ServiceAnimal welfare advocates cheered legislation passed during the 2019 General Assembly session which increased penalties for animal cruelty and mandated that pets receive more room to roam if tethered outside.“Overall, this year’s General Assembly brought significant victories for Virginia’s dogs and cats,” said Matthew Gray of...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.Past efforts to reform step therapy in Virginia have been met with resistance from health insurance companies. But this year's bipartisan push to reform the practice — which can...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.Starting July 1, newsboys, people who shine shoes, babysitters, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and theater cashiers will be required to be paid minimum wage.Gov. Ralph Northam signed the legislation...
WASHINGTON — Two Virginians with starkly different views on climate change have landed seats on a new U.S. House committee set up to tackle the hot-button issue. Reps. Donald McEachin, D-4th, and Morgan Griffith, R-9th, are two of the 15 members selected to serve on the new House Select Committee...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary. WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, on Tuesday called the presence of asbestos in cosmetic products an important lesson in the value of government regulation. Connolly, a member of...