GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The state is planning to spend about $55 million preparing for Hurricane Florence, said Del. Chris Jones, the House Appropriations Committee chairman.Jones, a Republican from Suffolk, dropped the figure Tuesday as an aside during a meeting of the House's school safety committee, citing a conversation earlier today with Secretary of...
Virginia Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner will vote to oppose Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court.A full Senate vote is likely to take place by the end of this month.Kavanaugh is a Washington D.C.-based Circuit Court judge who was nominated by President Donald Trump. Democrats have...
In late July, two police officers in Abingdon helped two children into the back of a cruiser.The kids, 11 and 14 years old, hadn’t committed any crimes, and they weren’t on their way to the police station or to a juvenile detention center. They were going to mental health...
Shaun Brown, an independent candidate running for Congress in the Second District, is taking her bid to stay on the ballot to the Virginia Supreme Court.The Democratic Party filed last month to remove Brown, saying her candidacy petitions, which incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Taylor's staff helped circulate in a...
The state Department of Elections isn’t watching elections as closely as it should, isn’t providing help to local registrars and has often been politically influenced because of its staffing structure, a study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found.JLARC staff presented 21 recommendations that ranged from funding...
Old oaks loom over the graves inside East End Cemetery, a 16-acre burial ground bordering the city of Richmond and Henrico County.Shafts of sunlight filtering through the foliage illuminate the final resting places of the thousands of black men and women interred there since it opened in 1897.For...
Republicans in the House of Delegates reacted with outrage to Democrats’ redistricting proposal last week, arguing it would essentially hand the party five seats currently held by Republicans.“This was clearly a nakedly partisan move across the board – no question about that,” said House Majority Leader Del. Todd Gilbert....
Information about Democratic congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger found in improperly released federal personnel records is the focus of a new TV ad.The Congressional Leadership Fund works to get Republicans elected and released five new ads Thursday targeting Democratic candidates in Illinois, New Jersey and California, as well as Spanberger.The...
Shaun Brown, an independent running to represent the 2nd Congressional District in the eastern part of the state, will be removed from the ballot, a judge in Richmond Circuit Court ruled Wednesday.Lawyers for the Virginia Democratic Party asked the court to take remove her because the petitions she submitted...
Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue Pharma pumped opioids into Virginia, lying about the highly addictive quality of the prescription painkillers that have resulted in a seemingly unstoppable opioid epidemic, Attorney General Mark Herring claims.Herring filed a complaint against Purdue in the Circuit Court of Tazewell County early this morning,...