Big corporate donations to Youngkin and more Virginia headlines

BY: - January 21, 2022

• New Attorney General Jason Miyares is going to bat in court to try to defend Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order making masks optional in public schools.—Richmond Times-Dispach • School systems are still wrestling with how to respond to the mask order. Chesterfield County, Stafford County and Portsmouth are keeping their mask mandates. Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are […]

Va. Republicans won big under Democratic voting rules. They still want tougher laws.

BY: - January 21, 2022

Virginia Republicans had a wildly successful election night in what had been a solid blue state in 2021, playing by Democratic voting rules the GOP spent two years arguing against. If Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s undisputed, high-turnout win meant Republicans might rethink their fears about the integrity of the state’s election system, it’s not showing in […]

Outcast Republican senator is earning some GOP support for COVID-19 bills

BY: - January 21, 2022

Chesterfield Sen. Amanda Chase has been kicked out of her local Republican party, left the chamber’s Republican Caucus and faced formal censure for baseless claims of election fraud, a vote that saw Republican colleagues openly criticize her on the Senate floor. That hasn’t stopped many of them from supporting her bills to roll back COVID-19 […]

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: - January 21, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You definitely wouldn’t […]

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Bi-partisan bill would make it easier to cancel subscriptions online

BY: - January 20, 2022

It’s a tale as old as the free trial subscription. You sign up for an enticing offer online, but when it comes time to cancel, an unsubscribe button is nowhere to be found. No more, say Dels. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, and Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville. The two lawmakers both introduced legislation that would require companies […]

Youngkin’s new COVID-19 action plan treads familiar ground for Virginia

BY: - January 20, 2022

As Virginia continues to grapple with record-breaking numbers of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, newly elected Gov. Glenn Youngkin is taking action to bolster the state’s health care system, the governor announced Thursday. Today’s announcement for the Covid Action Plan is designed to give Virginians the resources necessary to make the best decisions for their families, […]

New Virginia diversity officer will serve as ‘ambassador for the unborn’ and more headlines

BY: - January 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is overhauling the role of the state’s diversity, equity and inclusion officer, naming a critical race theory critic to the job who will also serve as an “ambassador for the unborn.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • More than 750 workers at Ballad Health, which serves Southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, missed work Wednesday after […]

A ferry passes the General Dynamic shipyard in Norfolk. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

$320 million headed to Norfolk Harbor, flood protection projects

BY: - January 20, 2022

Norfolk will receive $320 million in federal funds to deepen and widen its harbor as well as construct a major flood protection system to shield the city’s downtown from recurrent flooding linked to sea level rise.  “Typically the way we get money for projects of this scale and magnitude is after a disaster,” said Norfolk […]

As Republicans threaten two years of climate legislation, Democrats go on defense

BY: - January 20, 2022

With Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin moving to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market and a new Republican majority in the House of Delegates pledging to amend a sweeping decarbonization law passed in 2020, Democrats are going on defense to protect what they see as their party’s signature environmental achievements of the past two years.  […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 20, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

Senate panel shoots down bill that would make mask and vaccine mandates illegal

BY: - January 19, 2022

Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination. The measures, proposed by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, drew unanimous support from Republicans on the Senate’s General Laws Committee. “It’s time to give people the freedom to breathe and the freedom of choice,” […]

Some Virginia delegates already going virtual under COVID-19 rules

BY: - January 19, 2022

A handful of Virginia House of Delegates members have already been given permission to legislate remotely, a privilege granted only to members isolating due to a COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis. Anyone hoping to find out exactly who is dealing with COVID-19 issues has to tune in to the beginning of each day’s floor session, when […]