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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.


virginia general assembly

House Republicans vote against banning guns in House chamber during session

House Republicans today voted down a rule change sponsored by Delegate Kathleen Murphy that would have banned guns in the gallery of the House chamber for one hour before until one hour after the end of each day’s legislative session.


dreamers

DACA, a red herring for broader immigration reform ahead of midterms? Or 2020?

Neither party may want to deal with broad immigration reform in an election year,  so a prolonged focus on DACA provides them a way out of the larger debate, for now, says a Virginia Tech expert whose research focuses on critiques of immigration and border policies.


morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: Put ARC in the Appalachian region

Washington, D.C. has been the nation’s capital for over 200 years. The Capitol Building, the White House, and the Supreme Court Building are all located there. So are the headquarters of most federal agencies.


creigh deeds

Creigh Deeds: Beating the drum

The old saying “the days go slow, but the years go fast” reminds us that time passes relatively quickly. My belief is that we have to live with urgency because life is short and we only get so many days in which to make a difference.


ken plum

Ken Plum: A matter of style

The experiences of the Virginia colonists with King George III taught them a lesson not forgotten even until today. Executive authorities are not to be trusted. Monarchies are likely to try to take away the people’s rights and property.


mark warner

Warner encourages DOE to ID best practices in expanding access to Pell Grants

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner pressed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to continue an experimental pilot program that has already helped put 41 low-income high school students on the pathway to college by allowing them to take courses for college credit through Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg.


virginia general assembly

House Republicans kill bill to require subcommittee meetings to be recorded

After touting their fight for transparency in a series of at least 13 Tweets over the last 10 days, House Republicans on the Rules Committee today killed Delegate Mark Levine’s bill to require that subcommittee meetings be streamed and archived for their constituents.


lgbt

Landmark legislation protecting LGBT Virginians in public employment and housing passes Senate

Today the Virginia Senate approved SB 423 and SB 202, landmark legislation protecting LGBT Virginians in public employment and housing.


elizabeth guzman

Del. Elizabeth Guzman to give Spanish language response to State of the Union

Del. Elizabeth Guzman was selected to give the Spanish language response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Jan. 30.


virginia general assembly

Bill changing redistricting criteria passes State Senate

A bill championed by Senator David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke County), SB 106 — which changes redistricting criteria to make political subdivisions the primary factor in the redrawing of districts — passed the Virginia Senate on a near party-line vote.


alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: The dangerous erosion of US global leadership

Only one year after Trump was inaugurated, the US has already suffered an alarming setback to its global leadership role and badly damaged its image. In short order, Trump managed to bewilder our friends and allies, intensify the enmity between us and our foes, and evoke fear, concerns, and unpredictability to the dismay of the international community.


virginia house democrats

House Dems challenge House Republicans to pass paid family leave for all Virginia workers

House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring reiterated their call for House Republicans to pass paid family leave legislation for all Virginia families.


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VCU poll: Public safety only Virginia program area viewed by majority as efficient in using taxpayer funds

Only one state program area — public safety— is thought of as efficient or very efficient by a majority of Virginians, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  


law

Andrew J. Perrin: Learning from gerrymandering

I remember, as a child, accompanying my parents to vote. In the auditorium of a Nashville elementary school, I waited with them in line, then accompanied them to a big steel machine with an oversized, red-handled lever.


virginia democrats

Democrats call for equal representation on joint subcommittee to study 2017 election

House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano, Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw, House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke today issued the following statement calling for equal representation between Republicans and Democrats on the joint subcommittee to study the 2017 election, announced today by House and Senate Republicans.


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Del. Landes, members of the General Assembly urge congressional action on Interstate 81

Delegate R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and 15 other members of the General Assembly have written to members of Virginia’s congressional delegation seeking assistance for safety improvements and congestion relief on Interstate 81.


virginia general assembly

House Democrats condemn GOP for killing gun safety legislation

House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring issued the following statement condemning the GOP for killing multiple pieces of gun safety legislation in a subcommittee today.


mark warner

Warner to Trump: Firing Mueller is a ‘red line’ you cannot cross

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the New York Times report that President Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last June.


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Sen. Warner responds to GAO placing security clearances on high priority list

Sen. Mark Warner responded to today’s announcement by the GAO that it intends to add the Governmentwide Personnel Security Clearance Process to GAO’s High-Risk List of federal areas in need of either broad-based transformation or specific reform to prevent waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.


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Prominent Virginia conservatives support severe mental illness exemption from death penalty

A group of 18 prominent Virginia conservative politicians, activists and advocates have joined together to support legislation that would establish an exemption from the death penalty for people with a severe mental illness (SMI).