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By Ada Romano/ Capital News Service Legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to possess a driver’s license advanced in the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 34, introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, would allow immigrants to obtain a driver’s license regardless of legal status. Applicants must prove they don’t have a social security or individual...
A Senate committee voted Wednesday to abandon elements of its somewhat more conservative posture on legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15, falling in line behind a version of the legislation that’s heading to the floor of the House of Delegates. “People wanted to move faster,” said Sen. Louise...
Nothing makes a conservative’s blood boil faster than the idea that immigrants who haven’t cleared all the legal hurdles are getting a right or privilege in this country. It’s no coincidence that “Build the wall!” was (and remains) a galvanizing battle cry among President Donald Trump’s supporters. Immigrants have long...
Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, says he’s asking his colleagues to defer legislation he proposed to direct state sales tax to a disputed arena-anchored development in downtown Richmond. The decision, which would delay consideration of the proposal in the General Assembly until next year, comes the same week a majority of...
Continue to exempt nannies? What about waitstaff? A carve-out for employers who offer health insurance? Different wages for different regions? It’s all on the table as Democrats in Virginia sort out the specifics of their campaign promise to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Negotiations began in earnest...
Here’s a piece of advice for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of President Donald Trump’s chief sycophants and enablers: Get an extra layer or two of skin. You’re definitely on the thin side. And bone up on the ground rules that journalists use. You’re way too ignorant of them. Pompeo...
The big gambling report Virginia lawmakers asked for to help them figure out how to start a casino industry didn’t say exactly what the General Assembly should do. But its recommendations were pretty clear on one point: No one should get a free pass at a lucrative casino license with...
It was assailed by conservative media outlets as a “war on the suburbs” and lauded by progressives as a critical step toward addressing the state’s growing shortage of affordable housing. In the end, it was unanimous opposition by groups representing every city and county government in Virginia — red and...
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced Friday that it wants to build a $350 million casino resort in South Richmond, the latest addition to a growing list of potential gaming projects Virginia lawmakers must consider as they weigh bills to legalize gambling. In a news release, the tribe said it is...
The rich may get richer and the poor poorer, as the saying goes, but in a world increasingly altered by climate change, the poor may also be getting hotter — especially if they’re people of color. So finds a study released Monday in Climate journal by Science Museum of Virginia...