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morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: Martin Luther King, Internet communication, agricultural tax

Our country is a big one, and as it grew, we also looked for ways to make it closer together. Even as we expanded from sea to sea, we sought ways to move people, ideas, and goods faster and to more areas.


law

Senate Courts of Justice Committee defeats gun safety bills

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted along party lines Monday to defeat a package of gun safety bills.


virginia general assembly

Senate GOP nixes universal background checks

Senator Adam Ebbin’s (D-Alexandria) S.B. 5 instituting universal background checks failed to report on a party line 9-6 vote on Monday.


andy schmookler

Andy Schmookler: If you’d believe that …

Two things preoccupy me these days: the need for the truth to defeat the lie, rather than vice versa; and the need to bring the good, decent conservatives of America back from the dark place to which the powers on the right have led them.


congress

Warner, Kaine secure passage of Senate bill recognizing Virginia Indian tribes

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner secured final passage of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. Once signed by the President, the legislation will grant federal recognition of six Virginia tribes.


steve landes

Del. Steve Landes receives four Appropriations subcommittee assignments

Delegate Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, received four Subcommittee assignments on the House Appropriations Committee for the 2018 General Assembly Session. House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, announced the Subcommittee assignments on Friday.


creigh deeds

Creigh Deeds: 2018 General Assembly session underway

The 2018 regular session of General Assembly is underway. This long session, which will run 60 days, is remarkable in at least three aspects.


virginia

McAuliffe announces new housing support for Virginians moving from foster care to adulthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the establishment of a new $1.8 million housing support pilot program that will provide additional assistance to Fostering Futures participants in Richmond and Charlottesville/Albemarle County.


congress

Kaine, Warner, congressmen ask Trump to listen to local voices on offshore drilling

Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Donald McEachin, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, and Bobby Scott sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that Virginia be exempted from its offshore drilling proposal.


donald trump

The Iran deal still works: Trump still works against it

In response to reports that President Trump will continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions on Iran while also imposing new non-nuclear sanctions, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement.


virginia

McAuliffe announces new Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment Leadership

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced new leadership in the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI). The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment is located within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.


ralph northam

Northam announces administration appointments

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration.


virginia

Virginia Management Fellows program prepares next generation of government leaders

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the inaugural cohort of the Virginia Management Fellows program. The program is an initiative of the Commonwealth of Virginia developed with Virginia Tech to meet the state’s needs for future leaders.


court

McAuliffe grants conditional pardons to six Virginians

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed conditional pardons for 6 Virginians who were given sentences that were excessive and unjust in relation to the crimes for which they were convicted.


terry mcauliffe

McAuliffe announces $1.1 million in homeless reduction grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $1.1 million in Homeless Reduction Grants through the state’s Housing Trust Fund for 13 projects in Virginia.


terry mcauliffe

McAuliffe announces $978,559 in Virginia telecommunication grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $978,559 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) for the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Mecklenburg, and Spotsylvania.


pipeline

Citizens groups applaud natural gas pipeline bills introduced by Southwest Virginia lawmakers

Three legislators from Southwest Virginia have introduced several bills in the 2018 General Assembly aimed at protecting water quality and landowner rights from the construction of fracked-gas pipelines, such as the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine cosponsor bill to aid domestic violence survivors, their family pets

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced their support for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, a bicameral, bipartisan bill to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets.


dickie bell

Dickie Bell named vice chair of House Education Committee

Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) has been appointed Vice Chair of the Education Committee by Speaker Kirk Cox. The announcement was made by the House Clerk prior to the adjournment of the House on Thursday.


newspaper

What happens at a Death Café?

Putting the words “death” and “café” together may seem unusual. In the United States, many of us ignore our own pending, inevitable mortality. Many Americans do not accept that they will surely die.


northam inaugural committee

Virginia National Guard to provide music, support, more for inauguration

More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Dr. Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond.


fhwa

McAuliffe announces deal to deliver 95 Express Lanes extension

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth has accepted Transurban’s proposal to deliver the extension of the 95 Express Lanes south to Fredericksburg.


terry mcauliffe

Virginia tourism: $2.2 billion growth during McAuliffe administration

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that there have been $1.4 billion in private investments towards Virginia’s tourism industry since he took office in 2014. The Commonwealth’s tourism industry also saw $2.2 billion in total growth during the McAuliffe administration.


steve landes

Steve Landes announces House committee assignments

Delegate Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, received his committee assignments following the opening of the 2018 General Assembly Session. Virginia House of Delegates


alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: A party that has lost its soul

As the mid-term political campaigns begin, perhaps we should pause and think where this country is headed under the leadership of President Trump, with the House and Senate in control of the Republican Party—a party that has lost its soul.