Civil rights groups sue HUD over suspended implementation of Fair Housing Rule

A coalition of national fair housing groups today asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to order HUD to reinstate a federal requirement that local and state governments address segregated housing patterns as a condition of receiving HUD funding.  

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Alon Ben-Meir: Decertifying the Iran deal is dangerously reckless

The decertification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by President Trump is most unfortunate. It seems that Trump was not swayed by either France’s President Macron or Germany’s Chancellor Merkel to preserve the deal.

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Mark Warner on Trump exit from Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal.

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Kaine on Trump decision to renege on Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on President Trump’s decision to break the U.S. commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement, despite Iran’s compliance with the deal.


Single-payer: Healthcare 10 times better than you ever dreamed of

I’m not here to give you chapter, verse and footnotes on single-payer, why we need to join the rest of the industrialized world in making access to healthcare a basic human right.

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Sen. Mark Warner urges Trump not to abandon Iran nuclear agreement

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined a group of 11 Senate Committee ranking members on a letter calling on President Trump to not unilaterally abandon the Iran nuclear agreement.


Five Republican campaigns unite around temporary Sixth District convention chair

The campaigns of Ben Cline, Chaz Haywood, Ed Justo, Kathryn Lewis and Doug Wright are backing Jack Wilson to serve as temporary chairman of the Sixth District Convention on May 19th at JMU in Harrisonburg.

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Lynchburg District Weekly Traffic Alert: May 7-11

Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting.

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Route 29 Business Amherst County project may create delays

Motorists should prepare for potential delays on Route 29 Business from Madison Heights to the Town of Amherst over the next few months. Temporary lane closures will be used during trench widening.


Sixth District Democratic congressional candidates forum set for May 22

The Rockbridge County and Lexington City Democratic Committees have collaborated to host a Sixth District Democratic Primary Candidate Forum on Tuesday evening, May 22nd on the Mezzanine Level of the Virginia Horse Center.


Letter: Cynthia Dunbar for Sixth District Republican nomination

May 19th will be a historic day for the Sixth District of Virginia – potentially.  The Republican Party will select their candidate by Convention rather than by primary, a first in 26 years.

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Democratic Party of Virginia brings Blue Wave to local Democratic committees

The Joint Democratic Committees of Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro will meet on May 8, at 7 p.m. at Staunton City Hall, 116 W. Beverly Street in the City Council Chamber.

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Ken Plum: Challenges to an American ideal

The current landscape of the nation has been darkened by storm clouds of hate speech, white nationalist ideology, bias-motivated violence, and rising intolerance.

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Warner, Kaine on healthcare premium increases

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement after insurers filed initial rates that would lead to major premium increases for Virginians in 2019.


Iranian Americans to present policy options on Iran in 2018 Iran Freedom Convention

In attendance at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention will be 1,000 delegates of Iranian-American communities in 40 states. Among them are scholars, academics, technology leaders, artists and representatives of women and youth.

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Herring alleges illegal predatory loans in suit against one of Virginia’s largest online lenders

Attorney General Mark Herring’s Predatory Lending Unit has filed a lawsuit against Net Credit, one of the largest online lenders operating in Virginia, for lending and collections practices that allegedly violate the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.


For many, living with advanced dementia is a fate worse than death

As I lead the largest national organization advocating for patient-driven, end-of-life care, the consensus among our supporters is clear: They (and I) see nothing compassionate or patient-driven about how people with dementia die.

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Bill allows farmers to tap into industrial hemp market

The American Farm Bureau Federation is backing a measure that would allow U.S farmers to tap into the hemp market—a potentially sizeable market for ingredients derived from industrial hemp.

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Tobacco growers consider implications of FDA nicotine proposal

As the FDA takes public comment on a proposed nicotine standard for combustible tobacco products, Virginia tobacco growers are considering the future of their industry.


Democratic chairs issue statement urging Northam to block pipelines

The Roanoke County Democratic Committee, in conjunction with several Democratic committees and chairs across Virginia, issued a statement late Thursday urging the Commonwealth to stop the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. 

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Mark Warner: Trump would risk ‘constitutional crisis’ by firing Mueller

Should President Trump respond to the ongoing investigations into possible criminal activity involving his inner circle by firing special counsel Bob Mueller, “it would be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency,” U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said Thursday on a visit to Staunton.

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Huffstetler concedes Fifth District Democratic Party congressional race

In advance of the Fifth Congressional District Democratic Convention on May 5th, Roger Dean Huffstetler released the following statement today.

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Giuliani admissions were no accident: Is this the best the Trump team has?

Rudy Giuliani can’t be that dumb, to just accidentally blurt out, to an incredulous Sean Hannity, that, OK, Donald Trump knew about Michael Cohen paying off Stormy Daniels, oops, can’t believe I said that out loud, got me there.

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Albania must choose between the EU and Turkey

The ‘Sultan’ of an illusionary Ottoman Empire—Turkey’s President Erdogan—is pressuring submissive politicians throughout the Balkan countries to do his bidding to restore the glory of the Ottoman period.

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Trump: We have found the leaker, and it’s … you

It’s no secret who “leaked” the supposed questions that Bob Mueller wants to ask President Trump in regard to the ongoing investigation of the Trump campaign, Russian spies and the 2016 election.