Government/Politics

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Warner, Kaine: Escalating Trump trade war would hurt Virginia soybean production, jobs

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed increased concern over how President Trump’s trade war would hurt Virginia’s soybean production, which is the Commonwealth’s number one cash crop. 


law

Northam announces third annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week

Governor Northam issued a proclamation Tuesday to officially recognize April 22-28, 2018, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.


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Ben Cullop drops out of Fifth District Democratic congressional race

Ben Cullop announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the Fifth District Democratic congressional nomination.


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Mark Warner on Fox News: We must protect Rosenstein, Mueller

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sat down for a live interview in Washington with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Tuesday, where he had one key message for President Trump: back off the attacks on our nation’s law enforcement.


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Senators propose legislation to update authorities used to fight terror abroad

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


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Commonwealth Transportation Board invites public comment on roads projects

The Commonwealth Transportation Board will be hosting meetings across the commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding.


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Ben Cline raises more than $112,000 for Sixth District Republican congressional campaign in first quarter

Ben Cline announced today that his Sixth District Republican congressional nomination campaign had raised over $112,000 during the first quarter of 2018.


virginia

State’s largest farm group looking forward to working with new ag commissioner

Dr. Jewel Bronaugh was named Virginia’s 16th commissioner of agriculture by Gov. Ralph S. Northam on April 9.


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Republican group urges Trump not to compromise integrity of American justice system

This Sunday, ABC News will air a highly anticipated interview with former FBI Director James Comey discussing his new book. Republicans for the Rule of Law is airing a commercial during the interview urging President Trump not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


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Statement on Syria from David Swanson

“Donald Trump has just committed a murderous immoral criminal action and sought to depict it as law enforcement,” said David Swanson, the director of World BEYOND War, a non-profit global organization opposed to all warfare.


mark warner

Mark Warner measured on Syria strikes

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the U.S. airstrikes against Syria.


tim kaine

Kaine: Trump strikes in Syria ‘illegal,’ ‘reckless’

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria without seeking approval from Congress.


virginia

Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards winners announced

Governor Ralph Northam recognized the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards during an awards ceremony held at the Executive Mansion this week. 


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Morgan Griffith: More good news from tax reform

This year’s federal income tax return due date is Tuesday, April 17. It’s the last time you will have to file under the old tax code that was replaced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will apply to next April’s returns.


virginia

Virginia students outperform nation on 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress

Virginia fourth graders outperformed their nationwide peers in mathematics and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine call for federal investment in local public safety, community policing

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of Senators in a letter to congressional appropriators requesting a minimum of $225.5 million in federal funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program to help local law enforcement bolster community policing efforts.


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Attorney General Mark Herring honors victims’ advocates

Attorney General Mark R. Herring commemorated National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by honoring ten victims’ advocates at the second annual Unsung Heroes Awards ceremony in Richmond.


virginia

Northam announces creation of Virginia Founders Fund

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the creation of the Virginia Founders Fund, a new seed-stage fund that increases access to venture capital in Virginia. 


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Warner presses Mulvaney to preserve rule protecting Virginians against predatory payday lending

At a Senate Banking Committee hearing today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) pressed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney, who serves on a temporary basis as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), not to undo or weaken the CFPB’s payday lending rule.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Israeli, Hamas leaders must face bitter reality

The ongoing Palestinian demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border has turned out to be, not surprisingly, violent. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine urge Trump to protect agriculture industry in NAFTA negotiations

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) urged the Trump Administration to protect Virginia’s agriculture producers and the national agricultural economy asnegotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) enter a critical stage.


virginia

March 2018 Virginia General Fund revenue collections down 3.5%

Virginia General Fund revenue decreased 3.5 percent as payroll withholding had one less deposit day than a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 5.2 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 3.4 percent growth. 


Environment Virginia

Virginians show robust support for strong climate action

This week, the Commonwealth wrapped up its 90-day public comment period on a recently proposed climate rule. Environment Virginia delivered hundreds of public comments from its members and supporters, urging the DEQ to adopt the strongest possible plan to cut carbon pollution.


david swanson

David Swanson: Syria all wrong and backwards

Syria could have used chemical weapons. Or it could not have. The question is not uninteresting or amoral or unimportant or boring, but it is completely and utterly irrelevant to the question of war.


virginia

Northam announces more than $1.1 million in GO Virginia grants

Governor Ralph Northam announced five regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $1,115,300.