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Northam announces $29.6M in broadband access grants

Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that 11 localities will gain access high-speed internet through $29.6 million in grants awarded through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative.

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Cline announces service academy nominations for the Class of 2025

Sixth District Congressman Ben Cline announced the names of the students whom he has nominated to join the Class of 2025 at one of four U.S. Service Academies.

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Warner, Kaine back $15 federal minimum wage proposal

Virginia’s two Democratic senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, are backing the effort in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

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Bill to establish VirginiaSaves retirement savings program passes House of Delegates

House Appropriations Chair Luke Torian’s House Bill 2174, establishing the VirginiaSaves retirement savings program, passed the House of Delegates Tuesday by a vote of 56-44.

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Spanberger, Upton introduce legislation to strengthen workforce training

Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Fred Upton (R-MI-06) introduced bipartisan legislation on Monday to strengthen support for USDA workforce development programs.

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds bill prohibiting firearms at polling places in Virginia

Virginia House Bill 2081, which would ban firearms at polling places, passed the Virginia House of Delegates and now advances to the State Senate.

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Plenty of unknowns as Trump impeachment proceedings move to Senate

With a Senate impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump still two weeks off, significant issues remain unresolved, according to Virginia Tech political expert Karen Hult.

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Sam Rasoul takes Democratic Promise initiative statewide

Sam Rasoul is expanding his Democratic Promise program connecting Virginians in need of help with government services statewide. 

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Spanberger telephone town hall to discuss new Congress, COVID-19 relief

Seventh District Democrat Abigail Spanberger will host a public telephone town hall on Wednesday, focused on issues facing Central Virginia families, businesses, healthcare providers, schools, and more.

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McAuliffe plan builds on Virginia criminal justice reforms

Former governor Terry McAuliffe has released his plan for reforming the state’s criminal justice system, focusing on parole, marijuana legalization and the restoration of voting rights.

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Why widespread family prosperity must be our mandate in 2021

How will our children remember 2021?

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Virtual public hearing set for Tuesday for Route 17/50/522 bridge over Interstate 81 at Exit 313

VDOT will hold a design public hearing on Tuesday for the replacement of the Route 17/50/522 (Millwood Pike) bridge over Interstate 81 in Frederick County.

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Commonwealth Transportation Board releases SMART SCALE project scores

The Commonwealth Transportation has released scores for the fourth round of transportation projects to be evaluated under the SMART SCALE prioritization process.

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Spanberger, Katko reintroduce legislation to crack down on foreign-backed disinformation

Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and John Katko (R-NY-24) have reintroduced legislation to protect against the influence of foreign nations that seek to sow political division in the United States through online disinformation campaigns.

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VDH enhances Spanish, additional language services on ASK-VDH-3 hotline

The Virginia Department of Health has updated the VDH hotline to make the process easier for non-English speaking callers to get COVID-19 information and other community health related information.

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Connolly, Chabot reintroduce Global Health Security Act

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) reintroduced the Global Health Security Act. 

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Beyer hails Biden executive orders on economy, federal workforce

Eighth District Democrat Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the largest number of federal workers of any U.S. representative, issued a statement on President Biden’s executive actions on the economy and the federal workforce.

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Farmers, lawmakers support amendment calling for increased ag research spending

A proposed amendment to the Virginia state budget requesting additional funding for critical agricultural research has gained bipartisan support in the 2021 Virginia General Assembly.

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Virginia NRCS announces deadline for FY2021 easement program applications

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening new doors for landowners and partner groups to protect the state’s open spaces.

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Bipartisan coalition reintroducing House legislation to prevent insider trading

Seventh District Democrat Abigail Spanberger is reintroducing legislation to prevent insider trading by members of Congress.

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Resolution declaring racism a public health crisis heads to House of Delegates floor

The House Rules Committee voted 13-5 Friday to send House Resolution 537, which declare racism a public health crisis in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to the floor for a full vote.

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Jones bill directing removal of Byrd statue from Capitol Square passes House committee

Norfolk Del. Jay Jones’ bill to direct the state to remove the statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr. from Capitol Square, a measure he first proposed in June of last year, reported out of the House Rules Committee Friday morning on a 13-5 vote and now heads to the full House of Delegates for passage.

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Alan Witt elected chair of Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce elected Alan Witt to serve as the 2021 chair of its Board of Directors during the Chamber’s annual meeting held virtually today.

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AG: General Assembly has the power to expel legislators

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion Friday confirming that the Virginia General Assembly “possesses broad power to discipline and, where it judges appropriate, expel member legislators.”

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Virginia Department of Corrections encourages inmates to take COVID-19 vaccine

The Virginia Department of Corrections is trying to incentivize inmates to get their COVID-19 vaccine – offering free email stamps and telephone credits as well as a care package filled with commissary items, including snacks.