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Ken Plum: Virginia voters can contribute to the state’s progressive future

The year 2020 has been filled with major ups and downs, but nowhere has the good news been clearer than in the Virginia legislature.

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Sen. Mark Warner to host gun violence prevention Facebook Live town fall

Sen. Mark Warner will host a gun violence prevention town hall via Facebook Live on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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Political strategist Neal Kwatra reflects on the actions of police, protestors, Mayor de Blasio

A disturbing Twitter video that surfaced at the height of the protests demanding justice for George Floyd provides vital insight into the NYPD’s misconduct against protestors in New York City. 

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Analysis: A dive into updated CDC guidance on COVID-19 IFRs

The CDC, quietly, earlier this month, updated its COVID-19 infection fatality ratio parameter to include age-specific estimates.

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AGs oppose effort to weaken protections for transgender, gender nonconforming individuals in shelters

A coalition of 23 attorneys general is opposing a new proposed rule from HUD that would weaken protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in HUD-funded shelters.

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$100K federal grant to strengthen telehealth network, rural health services in Central Virginia

A federal grant totaling $100,000 will go toward helping strengthen telehealth services across Central Virginia, particularly in underserved and rural communities that lack access to affordable healthcare.

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Members of Congress highlight disturbing situation in federal prisons in Virginia

Lawmakers are pushing for answers concerning a deteriorating situation in federal prisons in Virginia. 

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Refinancing plan to save Virginia colleges, universities $300M over next two years

A higher education refinancing plan will save Virginia’s public colleges and universities more than $300 million over the next two years.

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VDACS to recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is joining the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in recognizing Sept. 21-25 as National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020.

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Justice sleeps: No, the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us

It doesn’t matter which party gets to pick the replacement to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Virginia Department of Veterans Services names news director of state veterans cemeteries

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has announced that Michael Henshaw has been named director of cemetery services.

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Virginia, North Carolina reach settlement over 2014 Dan River spill

A consent decree has been entered to finalize the restoration plan and environmental assessment related to the 2014 Dan River spill.

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Emmett Hanger forms PAC, exploring a run for governor in 2021

State Sen. Emmett Hanger is forming a PAC that will work toward the passage of a constitutional amendment to mandate non-partisan political redistricting – and also allow him to explore a run for governor in 2021.

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Webb campaign spot highlights support from farmers, small business

A new TV ad from the campaign of Fifth District Democratic congressional nominee Dr. Cameron Webb focuses on how Webb’s policies will help farmers and small businesses. 

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Voter protection tip: Track your mail-in ballot using Ballot Scout

If you have already submitted your vote-by mail ballot, you can use Ballot Scout to track its progress. 

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Analysis: Are Republicans telling us something with this rush to replace RBG?

You don’t need a Ph.D. in game theory to divine what the push by Mitch McConnell to rush a vote to confirm a new Supreme Court justice tells us as to Republicans think of Donald Trump’s chances are in November.

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Northam signs Hampton Roads transportation funding law

Gov. Ralph Northam celebrated the launch of Virginia’s first zero-emission electric buses on Friday as he ceremonially signed a new law that provides dedicated funding for the first time in Hampton Roads Transit’s history.

Donald McEachin hosts Black Maternal Mortality Roundtable

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) hosted a roundtable with local Virginia leaders and community health advocates on Saturday to discuss Virginia’s Black Maternal Mortality Crisis. 

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House passes bill protecting pregnant workers from employment discrimination

There is currently no federal law that explicitly and affirmatively guarantees all pregnant workers the right to basic accommodations – such as appropriate seating, water breaks, and relief from heavy lifting.

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Warner pushes for measures to reinforce cybersecurity in public schools

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) is raising alarm regarding the need to protect education infrastructure from cyber-attacks following a ransomware incident at Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school system in Virginia.