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Chap Petersen bill to limit civil forfeiture of property prior to conviction

State Sen. Chap Petersen has introduced legislation that will limit the ability of law enforcement to take property from citizens prior to conviction.


Poll: Majority buys Trump nonsense on Muslims celebrating 9/11

It doesn’t matter if large groups of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11, as long as you believe they did.

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Robert Hurt: A message to Fifth District Virginians

For the past five years I have had the rare privilege of serving as the representative in the U.S. Congress for Virginia’s Fifth District.

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Governor McAuliffe receives final report from Integrity Commission

Governor McAuliffe received final policy recommendations from the Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.

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Ken Plum: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Virginians, especially those around the capital city, have long believed in Santa Claus.

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Robert Hurt: A major step toward a more fair, competitive tax code

As I travel across Virginia’s Fifth District, I regularly hear how our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is making life more difficult for people.

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Robert Hurt announces retirement from Congress

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released a statement Wednesday announcing his intention to not seek re-election in 2016.


The government needs to put itself on the No-Fly List

I usually don’t dip my feet into the perilous waters of the gun-control debate for several reasons.

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Sabato: Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt to retire

UVA politics professor Larry Sabato tweeted Tuesday that Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt will be retiring from Congress.

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Richard Eidlin: What’s next for the U.S. after the Paris Climate Agreement?

Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground.

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McAuliffe makes hard sell on Medicaid expansion, but gives himself an out

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is again making the case for expansion of the state’s Medicaid system, but he’s aware that it will be a hard sell.

Is U.S. better off for Iraq? Trump, surprisingly, is the voice of Republican reason

Going head on at a question about the fallout from the Iraq war would seem to be as fun for a Republican on a live TV debate as a root canal.

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Governor McAuliffe announces $1+ billion investment in K-12, higher education

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his budget package for Virginia’s public schools, which includes a $1 billion investment in K-12 and higher education.

How is a call to arms Christ-centered? EMU director writes open letter to Falwell

Daryl Byler, executive director of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, wrote this open letter to his former law school colleague, Jerry Falwell Jr.

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Robert Hurt: Local Vietnam veterans receive long-overdue recognition

Upon returning home, our Vietnam veterans were not always welcomed in the manner they should have been – and that is a dark mark on our nation’s history.

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Lt. Gov. Northam applauds McAuliffe’s veterans services budget proposal

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released the following statement in response to Governor McAuliffe’s budget proposal to improve veterans services.


Governor McAuliffe announces budget proposals to support Virginia’s veterans

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced a package of budget proposals that will provide nearly $13 million in services for veterans.

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Donald Trump: Make America hate again

What excuse do we have, America, if we buy the hate that Donald Trump is selling us as making America great?


Warner, Kaine praise approval of nominations for two U.S. Attorneys for Virginia

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) commented on the Senate Judiciary Committee passage of two U.S. Atttorney nominations.

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Governor McAuliffe announces 2 percent salary increase for state employees, teachers

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s budget includes 2 percent pay increases for state employees, college faculty, teachers, sheriff’s deputies and other public workers.


Trump didn’t vote to kill 1 million Muslims in Iraq: Hillary did

Thanks to Glenn Greenwald for pointing out that the U.S. media is acting as though Donald Trump just invented bigotry this week.

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What the 2016 Virginia General Assembly means for the environment

Virginia Conservation Network held its annual General Assembly Preview, a one-stop–shop for all environmental issues in Virginia’s 2016 General Assembly.


Warner, VA Secretary McDonald thank technology leaders for rfforts to fix VA healthcare system

Sen. Mark Warner and VA Sec. Robert McDonald thanked the Northern Virginia Technology Council for donating time to improve the VA healthcare system

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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner cosponsors bipartisan bill to strengthen visa waiver program

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined a bipartisan group of 15 senators today in introducing legislation to strengthen the security of the Visa Waiver Program to help prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

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Environmental groups in two states file legal protest of proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry natural gas fracked in northern West Virginia 301 miles through West Virginia and Virginia is not needed, would cause irreparable harm to the environment and private property, and should be denied.

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Area lawmakers to hear student proposals on health insurance coverage

Rep. Steve Landes and State Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. will listen to students propose solutions to the health insurance coverage gap for 400,000 Virginians during the annual Health Policy Summit on Thursday, Dec. 3, at James Madison University.

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Jim Gilmore on TV: Former Virginia governor has ad in early voting states

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is running TV spots in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to bolster his campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

Bob Goodlatte: Criminal justice reform on the move

Have you ever tried to crack open a copy of the federal criminal code? It’s not exactly light reading. The expansion of the federal code to nearly 5,000 criminal statutes, as well as over 300,000 regulations carrying criminal penalties, has resulted in a code that no average American citizen could be expected to read and understand.

Polling fun: What makes a good Thanksgiving dinner?

We’re still two months out from the first votes being cast for the presidential nomination, so with Thanksgiving upon us, it makes sense to put our pollsters to work asking the real important question of the day: what’s for dinner?

Guess who’s coming for dinner: Which presidential candidate would ruin Thanksgiving?

Public Policy Polling asked voters this week their thoughts on which presidential candidate would be most likely to say something stupid at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Your best guess as to who gets that nod.

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Presidential candidates must focus on strengthening families after divorce

It started months ago…the positioning, the “talk,” the traveling around the country to small towns and big cities and everywhere in between, speaking at town hall meetings, through cellphone video sound bites, or via super-efficient 140-character tweets.

Bob Goodlatte: Protecting America’s safety

The American people watched in horror as one of our oldest allies was rocked by a series of ISIS terrorist attacks just days ago. It was a stark reminder that ISIS poses a real threat to our allies and America.

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Poll: Donald Trump with lead on GOP, Hillary Clinton with big lead with Dems

The latest Public Policy Polling national voter survey has Donald Trump with a seven-point lead on Ben Carson among Republican voters.

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Ken Plum: Medicaid in perspective

A recent newspaper headline proclaimed that “Audit finds waste, inefficiencies in Virginia’s Medicaid program.” As often is the case, the real story is beyond the headline.


Poll: Virginia backs Clean Power Plan on eve of big Senate vote

The Sierra Club released polling Friday showing significant support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan among registered voters in Virginia.


Virginia October revenue collections down 5.1%

Governor McAuliffe announced today that October General Fund revenue fell 5.1% from the previous year. One less deposit day for payroll withholding compared with last year and corporate refunding activity contributed to the decrease. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 0.5 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of a 0.1 percent decline.

Are green groups using the campaign finance system like other special interest through PACs or otherwise?

Green PACs emerged as major funders last fall in the run-up to the 2014 congressional elections, and look to play an even larger role in next year’s presidential and other races.

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Law professors to President Obama: Take executive action to end gun violence

With gun violence in America at epidemic proportions and a seemingly do-nothing Congress beholden to the gun lobby refusing to act, a group of the nation’s top constitutional scholars, organized by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), sent a letter to the White House calling on President Obama to take executive action to curb gun violence.