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mark warner

Senate Intel Vice Chairman responds to release of Nunes memo

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the below statement on the release of the partisan, misleading memo seeking to discredit the Russia investigation.


ben cline

Another Trump team endorsement for Ben Cline

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth District congressional seat, has the endorsement of Stuart Jolly, the national field director for President Donald Trump’s campaign.


virginia house democrats

House Democrats discuss criminal justice reform, opioid crisis

Virginia House Democrats discussed several of their legislative priorities on criminal justice reform and the opioid crisis on Thursday.


money

Fifth District Dems tout congressional fundraising numbers

R.D. Huffstetler and Ben Cullop have been busy raising money for their Fifth District Democratic Party congressional nomination campaigns.


interstate 81

Business groups form Improve I-81 Chamber Coalition

​The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber has partnered with the Front Royal- Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to create the Improve I-81 Chamber Coalition.


tom perriello

Perriello to launch New Virginia Way PAC

Former Congressman Tom Perriello is launching a new political action committee, New Virginia Way, to support the next generation of Virginia leaders. The PAC will focus on supporting candidates who advance bold ideas that address seismic threats from corruption, hate, structural discrimination, and automation.


congress

Tribal recognition a matter of respect, according to Virginia Tech expert

Federal recognition just granted to six Virginia Indian tribes is long overdue, according to Virginia Tech’s director of American Indian Studies, Sam Cook. 


dmv virginia

DMV offers one-stop shop for Virginia government services

Under the leadership of Commissioner Richard Holcomb, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has positioned itself as a “one-stop shop” for government services in the Commonwealth.


ben cline

Cline bill to allow health insurance to be sold across state lines passes House

Delegate Ben Cline’s bill (HB 1201) to make health insurance more affordable for Virginia families and individuals by allowing health care policies to be sold across state lines has passed the House of Delegates.


virginia general assembly

House Republicans block vote against comprehensive sexual harassment policy for General Assembly

House Republicans today blocked a vote against a comprehensive sexual harassment policy that included mechanisms for reporting and investigating allegations against members and employees of the Virginia House of Delegates, including those brought forth by members of the public.


donald trump

Even Donald Trump has effected change that everyone can praise

Yes, we know that Donald Trump is far from being the most popular US President of this generation!  Nevertheless, we felt that we could find ten accomplishments that everyone could support, even his biggest detractors. 


virginia

Virginia progressive leaders reflect on the community organizing that defined 2017

On Tuesday, Virginians gathered across the state to hear leaders discuss the status of the progressive movement after the first year of the Trump administration at the “State of the Resistance” event.


virginia distillers association

Virginia Distillers Association advocates for support during 2018 General Assembly session

“Growth does not necessarily equate to health,” said Amy Ciarametaro, Executive Director for the Virginia Distillers Association while discussing the current state of the Virginia distilled spirits industry and the newly released 2018 Economic and Regulatory Analysis of Virginia’s Distilled Spirits Industry.


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Sierra Club: Dominion’s ‘rate freeze’ would hurt Virginians

Today the House Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #3 reported HB1558, sponsored by Del. Kilgore (R-Gate City) and Del. Bagby (D-Richmond), by a vote of 7-2 to the full House Commerce and Labor Committee.


environment

A wake-up call to the people, and a challenge to millennials

The challenge to American millennials is to rekindle faith in our nation’s ideals. The great American experiment has drifted toward dysfunction.


ben cline

Former Trump Virginia director endorses Ben Cline for Congress in Sixth District

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth District congressional seat, announced today that Mike Rubino, the Virginia State Director for President Donald Trump’s campaign, has endorsed his candidacy.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine celebrate Virginia Indian tribes bill becoming law

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner celebrated the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 finally being signed into law, after decades of bipartisan efforts by Virginia’s elected officials.


pipeline

FERC faces legal challenge over Atlantic Coast Pipeline decision

The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge in federal court on behalf of 11 conservation groups challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


mark obenshain

Obenshain voter bill passes State Senate

Legislation authored by State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham) establishing electronic pollbooks that contain photographs of voters passed the Senate 21-19 Monday.


tim kaine

Kaine invites military spouse from Portsmouth to State of the Union

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that his guest at Tuesday’s Presidential State of the Union Address will be Portsmouth native, military spouse, and entrepreneur Lakesha Cole.


donald trump

Trump likely sticking to the script at State of the Union, according to Virginia Tech political expert

The robust U.S. economy will no doubt get headline treatment from President Trump at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, according to Virginia Tech political expert Karen Hult. 


virginia

Analysis shows Virginia families need national paid leave program

An analysis of demographic data in Virginia released today reveals the significant and growing need for a national paid family and medical leave plan that covers all working people in the state for the full range of serious caregiving and medical reasons.


ralph northam

Northam announces availability of $1 million in grant funds to support law enforcement

Governor Ralph Northam announced that $1 million in grant funds are available to support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to upgrade their technology and equipment, enhance officer recruitment and training, reduce opioid overdose deaths, and promote community safety.


sam rasoul

Rasoul renewable energy bill puts moratorium on new pipelines, fossil fuel projects

One of the most aggressive and ambitious renewable energy bills was announced today in Virginia. HB 1490, officially introduced by Del. Sam Rasoul, calls for the state to make a swift and just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035.


steve landes

Landes releases 2018 pre-session legislative survey results

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, released the results of the annual 25th House Legislative District Survey. The survey was issued in December.