Trump’s proposal to break budget deadlock falls flat but vote expected

The Republican package would re-open the shuttered parts of government and boost some spending. To try to draw more bipartisan support, it adds $12.7 billion in supplemental funding for regions hit by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

Lobbying ‘Day of Action’ brings hundreds to Richmond

Lawmakers to vote on first few bills to make schools safer from shootings

Spanberger announces essay contest on civic engagement for high school students

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

At 30-day mark, shutdown impasse remains over border funding

‘DACA’ tuition bill voted in by Senate Committee

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Senate agrees not to ask job applicants about criminal history

Mueller’s office says BuzzFeed report inaccurate

NBC12 teams up with Mexico Restaurant to feed furloughed workers

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

Senate Panel Kills Stricter Seat-belt Law

Bill to regulate microchipping employees introduced

  Lawmakers hear bills to protect patients from balanced billing

Several bills which would make balance billing patient illegal went before lawmakers Thursday afternoon.

Bill proposes raising age to buy tobacco, e-cigarettes in Virginia to 21

The bill includes "nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products, and the minimum age for persons such products can be sold to."

  Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Cohen paid the head of a small technology company between $12,000 to $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, things like trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Trump’s favor

Amid shutdown, Secret Service agents absorb travel expenses while working without pay

With no paychecks in sight, many in the agency see bank accounts dwindling and short-term debt mounting, which itself creates a potential security threat and puts their jobs at risk.

  Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

Another push for a plastic bag tax in Virginia dies

FeedMore to distribute food to those affected by shutdown

Panel OKs bill to restrict tethering animals

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

Senate panel kills bill designating Election Day as a holiday

A Senate bill to designate Election Day as a state holiday in Virginia is dead for this legislative session.

Bills seek to curb distracted driving in Virginia

Under current law, only texting while driving is a primary offense in Virginia.

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

So far, William Barr's comments have pointedly departed from Trump’s own views and underscored his efforts to reassure Democrats that he will not be a loyalist to the president.

Bill would exempt mentally ill from death penalty

A Senate committee has agreed to advance a bill that would protect individuals with a severe mental illness from the receiving the death penalty.

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority’s first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump.

Democrats’ Priorities: LGBT Rights, Environment, $15 Minimum Wage

LGBT rights legislation, environmental protection and a push for a $15 minimum wage are among the goals House Democrats have for the 2019 legislative session.

  It boils down to money vs. morals’: March to pass bill expanding VA firefighter coverage of cancer

Hundreds of firefighters from across Virginia marched to the Capitol, Tuesday, urging legislators to approve a bill that could save their families from the financial crisis if they fall victim to their biggest killer, cancer.

Immigrant advocates bash bill blocking ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Immigrant rights groups were outraged after a Senate committee advanced a bill to prohibit localities from restricting federal enforcement of immigration laws.

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Nominee William Barr is expected to be confirmed, unless there is a major surprise during the hearing. It would be his second stint as attorney general.

Virginia Senate backs Equal Rights Amendment

The legislation still has to clear the House, where its chances for passage are unclear.

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

The administration is trying to peel off Democratic support for Trump's demand for border wall money and negotiate directly with centrist lawmakers and some newly elected freshmen, including those in districts where Trump is popular.

Virginians to receive February SNAP benefits early

VDSS says people who have already been determined eligible for benefit do not have to take any actions - the benefits will automatically be loaded onto their SNAP EBT cards.

Virginia’s Democratic delegation is a sign of a changing state, but will the trend last?

Virginia’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, sworn in last week, is the bluest it’s been since 1995.

Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

The official said Trump even confiscated his interpreter’s notes after talks with Putin in Germany in 2017 and reportedly told the interpreter to keep quiet about what was said in the room.

Minimum wage boost, backed by women’s groups, passes committee

After dozens of women rallied at the Capitol on Monday, a legislative committee passed one of their key priorities — a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Virginia.

Legislators introduce journalist protections

Two delegates, both former journalists, introduced legislation Monday to protect student journalists from censorship and shield reporters from having to disclose confidential sources.

Virginia legislators seek refund for utility customers

Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to return millions of dollars to Virginia residents who they say have been overcharged by the state’s utility companies.

Bipartisan lawmakers want referendum on casinos in three cities

Some state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle made a joint pitch Monday, to bring casino gambling to three Virginia cities. .

Herring chastises panel for rejecting hate crime bill

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring expressed disappointment Monday after a legislative committee rejected a bill to expand Virginia’s definition of hate crime to include gender, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity.

As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Hundreds of TSA employees at major airports nationwide have called out sick since this shutdown began.

Casino proposal prompts tribes to clash over ancestral lands

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the Nansemond tribe objects to the Pamunkey tribe's claim that its ancestral lands stretched as far south as Norfolk.

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Leaving the White House for a trip to New Orleans, Trump said he had dismissed the proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to reopen for several weeks and continue dealing with Democrats over Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Instead of getting rid of Virginia’s liquor ratio rule, senators have plans to change it

Virginia’s ratio law has been in place since 1968 and bans bars in the state by requiring 45 percent of a business’s annual sales come from food and the remaining 55 percent from alcohol.

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former FBI and Justice Department officials "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops."

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

While plans may change, the announcements are expected to come in waves, the first featuring a group of ambitious Senate Democrats including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who face pressure to join the race.

Medicaid will cost Virginia half a billion dollars more than expected

The shortfall is mostly rooted in the state’s overly optimistic estimate of how much money it would save by putting its most expensive members into a new health plan, called Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus.

Advocates seek more access to medical marijuana

About 150 people, including health care providers and attorneys, attended the Virginia 2019 Cannabis Conference, held by the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

On 2020 presidential bid, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to CNN: ‘I have decided to run’

The Congresswoman has long hinted at a potential White House run.

Federal shutdown also hits Appalachian Trail

There’s around 2000 miles to the Appalachian Trail, winding from Maine to Georgia. And someone has to take care of all that.

Conservative activists urge lawmakers to reject ERA

The Family Foundation and other groups that oppose abortion are urging Virginia legislators to oppose ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

VA lawmakers weigh in on federal government shutdown, border security

Virginia lawmakers are weighing in on the federal government shutdown as workers start to feel the pressure. Our Washington Correspondent Alana Austin reports on what two of Virginia’s new lawmakers are saying.

US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."

Amendment to restore felon voting rights dies along party lines

For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

The president visited a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.

Equal Rights Amendment clears first hurdle

A push to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment passed out of committee in the Senate with enough bi-partisan support to nearly guarantee passage when it hits the floor.

Governor urges lawmakers to find ‘different path forward’ from Washington gridlock

Governor Ralph Northam delivered his State of Commonwealth address Wednesday evening after the 2019 General Assembly session began.

Northam addresses state of the Commonwealth following kick off to 2019 General Assembly

This year’s session lasts 45 days and will end on Feb. 23.

‘It’s frustrating, it’s stressful:’ Federal employees to miss first paycheck Friday in midst of shutdown

TSA officers, along with the 420,000 essential employees impacted by the shutdown, are expected to miss their first paycheck Friday, as the stalemate in Washington continues.

  Virginia lawmakers kick off 2019 General Assembly session

State lawmakers are hard at work on the first day of the 2019 General Assembly session.

Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

Virginia senators push legislation to secure miners’ benefits

Their legislation aims to shore up a 1974 United Mine Workers of America pension plan to ensure that 87,000 current beneficiaries and another 20,000 who have vested won’t lose their pensions.

National parks, air travel and beer: Shutdown impacts widely felt

The government shutdown may be partial, but it's still painful to those it impacts.

Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new Attorney General is sworn in, media reports say.

Bill would legalize marijuana use in Virginia

Del. Steve Heretick from Hampton Roads introduced HB2371 and posted a video to his YouTube account explaining why he supports the measure.

Proposal seeks to toughen Virginia’s Move Over law

Lawmakers returning to the General Assembly Wednesday will have a lot of proposals to review, and one of them aims to toughen Virginia’s Move Over Law.

In address to nation, Trump calls for funding for border security; Democrats accuse him of manufacturing crisis

The president addressed the nation about the ongoing government shutdown from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

Riggleman donates paycheck to volunteer fire department

Congressman Denver Riggleman, the Republican representing Virginia's Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House, says he will not accept a paycheck during the ongoing government shutdown.

Supreme Court rejects delay request in redistricting case

The order was issued Tuesday, two days ahead of a scheduled lower court hearing in Richmond on proposed new state legislative maps

Virginia board approves compressor station for gas pipeline

The pipeline would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey.

Certificate of need: A thorn in Virginia’s side for decades

The certificate is a regulation meant to control the number of medical facilities and services available in designated regions.

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

‘Politics sucks’: GOP’s Corey Stewart quits field altogether

The Virginia Republican who lost last year’s U.S. Senate race says he’s leaving politics “until and unless the Commonwealth is ready” for his views.

AP FACT CHECK: White House notion of Mexico as terrorism gateway is false

Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence" to back that assertion up.

Northam pushing to change voter ID, campaign finance laws

Northam proposed a series of election-related legislation Monday that includes repealing the voter ID law and banning all corporate campaign contributions.

Pro-LGBT bills aimed at ending discriminatory practices

When the General Assembly convenes, a years-long push to protect the LGBT community in the Commonwealth will continue.

Former Gov. McDonnell files for divorce

The divorce was filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. McDonnell, a Republican, served as governor from 2010 to 2014.

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.