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Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 at 2:27 PM

Extra Legislative Day Cost Virginia Taxpayers $30,000

Extra Legislative Day Cost Virginia Taxpayers $30,000

Virginia lawmakers voted to add an extra day to this year's legislative session because of a heated disagreement over whether they'd had enough time to study a proposed budget before voting on it. Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 at 8:57 PM

Virginia Lawmakers Back Redistricting Commission

Virginia Lawmakers Back Redistricting Commission

A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year's election Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Bill for Unspecified Gender on Licenses Passes Md. Senate

A measure to enable Maryland residents to select an unspecified gender on their driver's licenses was approved in the state Senate. Read »

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Lt. Gov Fairfax, Accusers Invited to Testify to VA Delegates

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax and the two women who have accused him of sexual assault were invited Friday to testify before a General Assembly committee, nearly two weeks after the women offered to testify on their... Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 9:01 PM

Virginia Gov. Signs Ban on People Under 21 Buying Tobacco

Virginia Gov. Signs Ban on People Under 21 Buying Tobacco

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its tobacco production. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 8:51 PM

Republicans, Democrats Spar Over Hearings on Lt. Gov.

Republicans, Democrats Spar Over Hearings on Lt. Gov.

A messy partisan battle is looming over efforts by Virginia lawmakers to investigate two women's allegations of rape against one of the state's top officials. Read »

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 6:41 PM

Father Pushes Bill to Change Maryland Fetal Homicide Law

The family of a teacher who was murdered while she was pregnant is renewing a proposal to change Maryland's fetal homicide law. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:09 PM

Northam to Skip Event at Historically Black Virginia School

Northam to Skip Event at Historically Black Virginia School

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he is forgoing a racial reconciliation event at a historically black school after student leaders asked him not to attend. Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2019 at 6:49 PM

Democrat Favored in First Va. Election Since Scandals Broke

Political observers and activists will be closely watching a Northern Virginia special election Tuesday to see If Democrats will be hurt by the scandal impacting the party’s top three leaders in the... Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2019 at 10:16 AM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns to Work, Supreme Court Says

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns to Work, Supreme Court Says

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December. The court's press office says the 85-year-old Ginsburg... Read »

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