GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

In siding with corporate interests against the better judgment of affected communities and citizens and ignoring key environmental issues, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration has revealed a fact pattern in its efforts to suppress justice in the commonwealth.Actions taken by the Northam administration involving the Virginia State Air Pollution Control...
The Equal Rights Amendment only needed two Republican votes to pass the House of Delegates.And two Republican delegates signed on as co-patrons to the ratification resolution that passed the Senate, where the chief sponsor was also a Republican.So what happened?After the ERA failed in subcommittee, where four or five...
Both the House and Senate have passed a bill that would ramp up the state's surveillance of maternal mortality.The legislation, sponsored by Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, establishes the maternal mortality review team and tasks the Department of Health with reviewing the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Virginia.It also requires...
Republicans in the House of Delegates defeated a last-ditch push to make Virginia the final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday in a series of procedural votes that blocked the measure's consideration on the floor.Democrats, noting the resolution had enough Republican support to pass were it...
A woman arrested Monday after exposing her breast in front of the Capitol will be released Thursday following three nights in jail, according to her defense attorney.Richmond District Court Judge Lawrence Cann III had ordered Michelle Sutherland, a 45-year-old resident of of Brooklyn, N.Y., held without bond until her...
During a series of meetings last year, lawmakers gave passionate speeches decrying the practice of balance billing.They called it an unfair, serious problem that could land someone in medical debt and ruin their credit, even if they have health insurance. Several lawmakers issued a warning to  feuding lobbyists representing...
Legislation creating a new process for drawing Virginia's voting maps is expected to head to a conference committee in the final days of the session, where advocates for redistricting reform hope lawmakers will strike a deal between competing House and Senate plans.If lawmakers can't agree on a new process...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s political legacy could be defined by how he navigates a high-stakes Senate investigation into Russian election meddling. As the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner is working to shepherd through a bipartisan Russia probe in a Congress that’s bitterly divided. That involves...
Like most outsiders, everything I know these days about what’s going on at the Virginia General Assembly comes from the news.And based on that reading, I have to say that it looks like even in the face of recent election losses and declining support, Virginia Republicans are dug in...
To help make up for the unusual timing of benefit releases around the government shut down, the Virginia Department of Social Services will release some benefits to its clients early for the month of March.Typically, DSS issues the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits on a staggered basis,...