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Two words for local governments considering keeping windfall car tax collections: Jim Gilmore

BY: - May 20, 2022

You’ve got to hand it to Jim Gilmore: the Republican former governor knew a winning issue when he saw it. In 1997, Gilmore and his political team came up with the most potent three-word, perfect-for-bumper-stickers campaign mantra I’ve ever seen. “NO CAR TAX.” It was the rocket fuel that propelled him into the Executive Mansion. […]

The tip of the turbine

BY: - May 20, 2022

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Who are the governor’s marine commission picks there to serve?

BY: - May 19, 2022

By Stephen Atkinson In a news release late Friday evening, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced appointments to various state boards, including the nine member Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the body that manages the commonwealth’s fisheries.     Of the governor’s four appointments to the VMRC, three represent commercial fishing interests from the Reedville area.   For the hundreds of […]

As cases climb again, just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain.

BY: - May 17, 2022

By Nathaniel Hafer and Apurv Soni As of May 2022, the U.S. is experiencing another uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. High rates of infection in Europe and Asia, along with the continued emergence of new sub-variants, such as omicron BA.4 and BA.5, raise concerns that another surge could be on the way. Even […]

The federal rescue plan helped rural Virginia. Why not make parts of it permanent?

BY: - May 17, 2022

By Anita Royston In early 2021, rural communities like Pittsylvania County were struggling. A full year of the pandemic had taken its toll on us — some schools were still closed, health care costs were still going up, many people couldn’t return to work, and even more were struggling to make ends meet. The American […]

What’s behind the U.S. baby formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again

BY: - May 16, 2022

By Dr. Steven Abrams A baby formula shortage has added to the woes of American parents already confronted with the pressures of raising an infant during a pandemic in a country ranked low for family-friendly policies. Media reports have highlighted the plight of mothers, fathers and caregivers across the U.S. who have scrambled to find scarce supplies, or driven long distances to buy […]

Tulips are blooming at the Virginia Capitol, but a budget deal remained elusive Monday. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

A farce in one act: imagining a job performance review for Virginia’s policymaking elite

BY: - May 16, 2022

Setting: A large conference room somewhere in downtown Richmond. On one side of the table sits the representative from Human Resources who’s there to conduct the annual job performance review. On the other sit 140 members of the General Assembly and the head of the executive branch, his excellency Glenn Youngkin. (Curtain rises. Scene opens:) […]

Not a great time to roll out Dominion’s pricey solar tariff

BY: - May 16, 2022

Well, that didn’t take long. A few weeks after I wrote about rising natural gas prices, Dominion Energy Virginia asked the SCC for permission to raise the price of electricity by about $9 per month for the average residential customers, citing higher fuel costs. Virginia law allows utilities to pass through its fuel costs to […]

Justice delayed

BY: - May 13, 2022

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Abortion debate turns up the heat on a nation boiling over

BY: - May 12, 2022

America’s culture wars were already simmering over everything from COVID masking to school library book bans when POLITICO published the leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision that would reverse abortion rights protections women have enjoyed for 49 years. That turned the burner up from simmer to a furious boil, and for good reason. The […]

With help of a Petersburg factory, a nonprofit drugmaker is taking aim at high insulin prices

BY: - May 11, 2022

By Jing Luo, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Doctors have been treating diabetes with insulin since 1922. A century later, about 1 in 5 of the 37 million Americans living with diabetes take this medication – a hormone that helps cells absorb sugar from the blood. This medication helps avert a host of medical problems […]

Are we doing all we can to help children in foster care?

BY: - May 10, 2022

By Cassie Baudeán As National Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to an end and we enter into National Foster Care Month, it’s important to remember the children directly affected by child abuse and foster care and then ask ourselves, are we really doing all that we can? Are we doing all that we can to […]