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environment

How can companies encourage employees to go green?

- Many companies talk the talk when it comes to going green and do the minimum possible so as not to look bad (e.g. install recycling bins), but fewer actually walk the talk.
virginia

Virginia selected for NGA Smarter States, Smarter Communities Learning Lab

- Governor Ralph Northam has announced Virginia’s selection to participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ (NGA Center) Smarter States, Smarter Communities Learning Lab.
alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: The future of the EU in the wake of Trump’s betrayal

- My visit to Brussels last week during the NATO annual conference was nothing short of bewildering and dismaying.
virginia

Northam establishes Work Group on Student Safety

- Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday the formation of the Work Group on Student Safety. The work group will be co-chaired by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni.
Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine join effort to defend protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are backing an effort to defend protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including 1.3 million Virginians.
mark warner

Warner presses SEC to require companies to tell investors whether, how they invest in workers

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) pressed the SEC to use its rulemaking authority to require companies to tell shareholders whether and how they are investing in their workforces.
business

NRDC unveils roadmap to fix transportation, cut pollution, build livable communities

- The Natural Resources Defense Council today unveiled a roadmap for fixing a broken transportation system in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic region.
ralph northam

Northam statement on General Assembly opportunity to end racial gerrymandering

- Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision not to expend more taxpayer resources appealing a federal court’s ruling striking down 11 unconstitutional racially gerrymandered House of Delegates districts.
virginia general assembly

House Democrats repeat call for special GA session on redistricting

- House Democratic Leader David Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Mark Herring's decision not to appeal the district court's ruling in the gerrymandering litigation involving 11 House districts.
mark herring

Herring urges GA to eliminate racial gerrymandering in House districts

- Attorney General Mark Herring issued the following statement on his decision not to appeal or seek a stay of the three-judge panel’s decision in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections.
congress

Goodlatte amendment could gut Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

- A Bob Goodlatte-sponsored amendment that passed the House on Thursday would effectively keep the EPA from using federal funds in the event that a state fails to meet its obligations under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Gerry Connolly

Connolly joins Dem colleagues demanding Trump reject Putin proposal to interrogate U.S. citizens

- Democrats are slamming President Trump for openly considering a request from Russian President Vladimir Putin to let Russian investigators interrogate U.S. citizens.
morgan griffith

House passes Griffith amendment to fund abandoned mine land reclamation

- The House of Representatives adopted an amendment co-sponsored by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) to the Interior and Environment appropriations bill to continue funding for a pilot project to reclaim abandoned mine land.
mark warner

Sen. Warner meets with Virginia VA medical facility directors

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) met on Wednesday with the directors of the Hampton VA Medical Center, the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, and the Salem VA Medical Center.
Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin introduces Advancing Youth Enrollment Act

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the Advancing Youth Enrollment (AYE) Act to help more young Americans afford healthcare by increasing tax credits and, thereby, reducing coverage costs.
ken plum

Ken Plum: A budget surplus?

- Newspaper headlines last week declared "State posts surplus of more than $500 million." Such headlines about a "surplus" in Virginia's budget appear with some regularity.
cyber security

Virginia launches regional cyber workshop series

- Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of the Regional Cyber Security Workshop Series focused on building partnerships with local governments on cyber security.
newspaper

Probe into Ryan Zinke real estate deal is 11th federal investigation of Interior Secretary

- The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General will open a formal investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke’s real estate dealings.
Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces $290,000+ grant for VCU

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced an award of $294,540 in grant funding for Virginia Commonwealth University for medical research about cells role in stress relief.
congress

Senate bill would provide financial relief to civilian federal employees

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to certain civilian federal employees who move for work.
tim kaine

Tim Kaine introduces bill to help young people find jobs

- Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced a bill to assist young people with finding summer or year-long jobs that will help them succeed in future careers.
environment

New EPA coal ash rule reduces environmental protections

- The EPA has issued final rules governing the handling and monitoring of hazardous coal ash. The waste, produced when coal is burned, can pose significant threats to groundwater and water quality in rivers and streams.
congress

Sen. Warner joins top Senate Democrats demanding details on Trump-Putin summit

- Top Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Trump listing a series of questions to clarify what commitments he may have made to Putin during their secretive and lengthy meeting.
northam Port City Brewing Company

Northam announces new UK distribution partnership for Virginia craft brewery

- Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday a new UK distribution partnership for Port City Brewing Company, resulting in new international sales for the Alexandria brewery.
morgan griffith

Griffith regulatory reform bill passes Environment Subcommittee

- Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) comments after the Environment Subcommittee passed an amended version of his bill, H.R. 3128, the New Source Review Permitting Improvement Act of 2018.
virginia

Northam designates Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week

- Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 15–21, 2018 as Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week in Virginia.
morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: A lawyer’s lament

- Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, has great credentials. He is a strong pick to join the Court, and I hope the Senate acts on his nomination promptly.
newspaper

Virginia congressmen write to ITC chairman with concerns on newsprint tariffs

- Seven Virginia congressmen wrote to United States ITC Chairman Johanson expressing serious concerns about tariffs that are impacting Virginia newspapers.
Putin

Memo to Putin: Pull back a bit on the reins, man

- Friendly advice to Vladimir Putin: dude, you are severely overplaying your hand with whatever you have on Donald Trump.
uva center for politics

UVA Center for Politics/Ipsos Poll: Just half of Americans believe elections fair, open

- Only about half of American adults believe elections are fair and open, and large majorities of Americans express skepticism about big money in politics and favor disclosure of donations.
Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces grant awards

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced two healthcare-related grant awards.
mark warner

Warner, Collins introduce legislation to boost retirement saving plans for small businesses

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the SIMPLE Plan Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to provide small business employers and employees greater flexibility and access to the popular SIMPLE plans as an option for retirement savings.
Don Beyer

Don Beyer amendment would bar secret schedules for EPA Administrator, Interior Secretary

- Rep. Don Beyer filed an amendment that would prohibit the EPA and Department of the Interior from using federal funds for multiple calendars to conceal details of meetings, calls, and travel from the public.
virginia general assembly

House Democrats propose redistricting special session

- On Monday, House Democratic Leader David Toscano sent Speaker Kirk Cox a letter proposing options to convene the General Assembly to redraw 11 House districts as ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Don Beyer

Don Beyer offers body camera amendment to Interior Appropriations bill

- Rep. Don Beyer introduced an appropriations amendment which would fund the body camera pilot program for Department of the Interior law enforcement officers.