Government/Politics

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Brown calls for fairness, transparency at Sixth District Republican convention

Jennifer M. Brown offered a statement in regards to the joint statement sent out by several Sixth District Republican congressional candidates on Tuesday.


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Michelle Bachmann endorses Cynthia Dunbar for Sixth District Republican nomination

Former Congresswoman and 2012 presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann has announced her endorsement of Cynthia Dunbar for the Sixth District Republican congressional nomination.


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Repercussions, good and bad, of scrapping the Iran deal

In May, President Trump will decide whether to rescind the nuclear deal with Iran, a prospect made more probable by the announcement of Ambassador John Bolton as National Security Advisor.


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Northam initiative will use new tools to ID, protect lands with highest conservation value

Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new land conservation strategy that will focus resources on preserving lands with the highest conservation value for the Commonwealth.


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Senators propose bill to rename Department of Agriculture

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would rename the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


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Will infighting among Sixth District Republicans have an impact on November?

Sixth District Republicans are at odds with each other over how they’re going to nominate a candidate to run for Congress in November. Question of the day: will the discord have any impact on the GOP’s stranglehold on the Sixth District seat?


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Kaine joins in introducing bill to expand teacher training to prepare students for technical jobs

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act. 


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Senate committee passes Kaine-sponsored opioid addiction recovery legislation

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation he co-sponsored called The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. 


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Sixth District Republican candidates back plan for congressional convention

The campaigns of Ben Cline, Chaz Haywood, Ed Justo, Kathryn Lewis and Doug Wright to unify behind a plan for the upcoming Sixth District Republican congressional convention.


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Morgan Griffith: Helping solve a community crisis

Perhaps this person is your neighbor or friend. Perhaps you know this person from church or went to school together. Perhaps this person is your brother or sister, your father or mother, your son or daughter.


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Suffolk University-USA Today survey: Majority wants more than two parties

Nearly two-thirds of adult U.S. citizens will stay away from the polls during the coming midterm elections, and they say they have given up on the political parties and a system that they say is beyond reform and repair, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today nationwide survey of unregistered and unlikely voters. 


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We are all Grandma Red

Theresa Terry, “Grandma Red,” is joining her daughter, also named Theresa, in a protest on their property, trying to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which obtained an easement to run its natural gas pipeline through the Terry family’s property.


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Celebrity politics era: Here to stay

A former reality-show star is president of the United States. No putting the toothpaste back in the tube there: the celebrity era of U.S. politics is here to stay.


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Northam announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance

Governor Ralph Northam has announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 2,300 high school students from across the Commonwealth took part in this challenge.


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Northam announces nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones

Governor Northam has announced the nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury. This represents the maximum number of zones the Governor may nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.


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Sen. Tim Kaine’s brief run-in with the law

Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the University of Virginia on April 20 that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal.


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Commonwealth Transportation Board awards contract, recognizes agency partnership

At its monthly meeting this week, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved $20.2 million in contracts for projects by both the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.


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Creigh Deeds: Latest on General Assembly inaction on Medicaid expansion

The General Assembly convened a special session on April 11 to resolve the budget impasse. In the meantime, on April 18, we held the annual reconvened, or veto, session to consider the Governor’s amendments to and vetoes of bills. More on that later.


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Del. Steve Landes announces legislative appointments

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was appointed to the Commission on Civic Education, the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences, and the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.


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HHS provides states second installment of grant awards to combat opioid crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Sisi’s socioeconomic agenda and human rights

The re-election of Egypt’s President Sisi came as no surprise. Despite irregularities at some polling stations, President Sisi won handedly because he remains the most popular president, and perhaps for good reason.


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Chris Graham breaks down Sixth District Democratic, GOP congressional races: Podcast

Chris Graham discusses the wide-open battle to replace retiring incumbent Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, with stacked Republican and Democratic fields vying for their respective party nominations.


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Warner, Kaine call on EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to resign immediately

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 37 senators in introducing a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.


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Virginia Council on Women announces STEM Essay Contest winners

Governor and First Lady Northam and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the seventh annual STEM Essay Contest for high school junior and senior young women.


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Ralph Northam: The other branch of government

Legislators who were in Richmond on April 13 for the Special Session to complete work on the biennial budget interrupted their work on April 18 for the Constitutionally required Reconvened Session commonly referred to as the “veto session.”