GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

When the General Assembly session opened Jan. 9, legislators were presented with dozens of bills designed to save money for consumers, lower energy consumption, provide more solar options and set us on a pathway to an all-renewables future.Almost none of these measures passed, while bills that benefited utilities...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury's blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.Members of the Legislative Black Caucus say they're not impressed by Gov. Ralph Northam's involvement with a racial reconciliation group led by former Gov. Bob McDonnell."Glad they didn’t call...
Old Order Mennonites dress plain, rely on horse and buggies for transportation and, for the most part, don’t want their picture taken.It’s meant most members of the community don’t have state-issued identification cards – a situation Virginia is set to remedy this year with the passage of legislation allowing...
WASHINGTON — Five senior House Democrats are demanding that the Trump administration fork over documents regarding the decision to scrap the plan to relocate the FBI headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C., to the suburbs.The Democrats — Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Dina Titus of Nevada,...
To get to her dad's funeral, Christine Wilson had to crawl under a stalled train so she could be there on time."That's dangerous, no doubt, but what do you do?" her longtime partner, Paul Shiflett, said.In their community about 15 miles east of Front Royal, a freight train regularly stops in...
By Kaytlin Nickens “Working in the trenches, side by side with people,” as Zann Nelson said, highlighted the beliefs her father instilled in her youth. Growing up in Culpeper County, Nelson said she learned of a deeper truth to American history, and her father reminded her that people should be...
Year after year, Virginia's adult protective services workers see more cases of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation — a problem that promises to intensify as the number of older people grows and the state's caseworkers struggle to keep up with demanding workloads.In the 2018 fiscal year, there were nearly...
People haven’t really been sure what to call Virginia’s foray into the world of medical cannabis.When it first came up a few years ago, discussions focused on CBD (cannabidiol), a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis that has been used as a treatment for everything from seizures to anxiety.It's been...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.After calling New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "dumb" and a "liar," Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. invited her to speak at the college's convocation.Falwell said the school...
Norfolk State University plans to establish the state’s first academic, nonpartisan think tank focused on African Americans and other residents of color, dubbed the Center for African American Public Policy.And once it's launched, they're hoping Gov. Ralph Northam will help them mark the occasion.Soji Akomolafe, chair of NSU's political...