Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

  First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

  Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

House panel advances bill ending costly coal tax credits

Virginia Senate committee approves background checks on gun rentals

Sen. Cruz reintroduces amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress

Bill to eliminate mandatory minimums wins Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee approval

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Sen. Warner on Pres. Biden’s $1.9T recovery plan and impeachment of Trump

Bill to add Virginia appeals court judges draws GOP protests

Virginia Republicans stick with convention as messy fight over nomination method continues

Mexican leader says Biden offers $4B for Central America

Va senator who defended Capitol rioters faces censure effort

  Gun rental background check bill introduced after back-to-back suicides at Hanover shooting range

  Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

Virginia unlikely to see major changes in redistricting

A leading member of Virginia’s new redistricting commission says the state’s legislative maps will be less affected by redistricting than any time since World War II.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

Virginia lawmakers vote to remove statue of segregationist

A panel of Virginia lawmakers have advanced a bill to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a staunch segregationist, from the state Capitol grounds.

After tiebreaker, Senate passes bill moving local elections to November

Virginia lawmakers consider legislation to speed vaccinations

Congresswoman Greene says she has filed articles of impeachment against President Biden

Mobile sports betting goes live in Virginia Thursday evening

  ‘Today is the beginning of a new era’: Outlook on impact of Biden-Harris administration

  Biden’s first act: Executive orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

Va. lawmakers begin taking up dozens of election bills amid swirl of conspiracies

A 7 a.m. subcommittee discussion on the finer points of election administration isn’t normally the type of Virginia General Assembly meeting that leads to anger and hurt feelings.

Nearly 500 miles of road in Florida could be renamed ‘President Donald J. Trump Highway’

U.S. Route 27 runs from Miami all the way to the state’s border with Georgia, spanning 481 miles.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

Groups that oppose legalizing marijuana speak out

A General Assembly subcommittee began work on marijuana legislation Tuesday, as a coalition of opponents spoke out against legalization.

Gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe calls for General Assembly to ban sale of assault weapons

Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is calling for a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Senate lawmakers strip Chase of her last committee assignment

Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate stripped Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, of her last committee assignment Tuesday.

‘I’m just trying to get on TV:’ Gun rally draws fringe groups, lots of media to Richmond

The VCDL has been holding its annual Lobby Day event for decades, but other interest groups, including advocates for gun control, typically hold events with policymakers on the same day.

Senate gathers on ‘Lobby Day’ under heightened security

Several gun-rights advocates came to Richmond on Monday, some of them heavily armed.

Virginia’s gun reform advocates go virtual for Lobby Day 2021

While a caravan of pro-gun lobbyists made its way through Richmond for Lobby Day 2021, proponents of stricter gun laws were holding the 29th Annual Virginia Vigil & Advocacy Day to Prevent Gun Violence on Zoom.

  2nd Amendment supporters from all over Virginia come to Richmond for Lobby Day

Whether they were on wheels or on foot, plenty of people showed up for a Second Amendment rally in downtown Richmond.

Biden nominates former VSU Dean of Agriculture to Cabinet position

Dr. Bronaugh is one of five women nominated today by the Biden Administration to serve in the number two spot as Deputy Secretary at key Cabinet agencies.

Poll: Majority of Virginians say GA special session failed to address systemic racism

A majority of Virginians felt that the General Assembly’s 2020 special session did not address systemic racism, according to a recent poll from VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

  Amtrak halting Va. routes ahead of Presidential Inauguration

Amtrak Northeast Regional trains will not operate south of Washington, D.C. next week leading up to the Presidential Inauguration.

Va. gubernatorial candidate releases plan to expand affordable child care

Virginia Senator and Democratic candidate for Governor Jennifer McClellan is touting a plan to expand access to affordable childcare.

Court rules Charlottesville’s tax on freelance authors is unconstitutional

Attorneys Renée Flaherty and Keith Neely argued that the tax was unfair because nowhere in the city’s code did it say freelance authors were subject to the tax.

  Tracking extremist groups: ADL says it’s working with law enforcement to thwart threats in Richmond

The rush is on for law enforcement to round up those involved in the U.S. Capitol attack, and find others who want to do even more harm.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorses Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor

Pelosi’s campaign committee has contributed $100,000 to McAuliffe for Virginia.

Commonwealth’s Attorneys show support for bill removing death penalty in Virginia

Wednesday, a bill was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly to abolish the death penalty in the Commonwealth, and this morning, several Commonwealth’s Attorneys met to show their support.

Virginia Democrats seek to censure Sen. Amanda Chase

Chesterfield state Senator Amanda Chase is facing a possible censure in the Senate following her involvement in last week’s rally-turned-insurrection at the United States Capitol.

  Richmond mayor urges people to avoid downtown on Lobby Day

Protective measures began going up around the Virginia State Capitol complex Thursday, Jan. 14.

Pro-Trump Republican picked for Va. redistricting commission tweeted about ‘rigged’ election, used slurs for female celebrities

Screenshots of the tweets were circulated by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which works to advance Democratic interests in redistricting processes throughout the country.

  Preparations around Capitol Square being made ahead of potential demonstrations

Preparations are happening at Capitol Square ahead of Lobby Day due to the potential for demonstrations around the Richmond area.

Virginia delegate defends mob march, faces calls for ouster

Loudoun County’s top elected official is calling for the removal of a Virginia state delegate who participated on the mob march on the U.S. Capitol.

Va. delegate files legislation to establish school remediation task force

Delegate Tony Wilt (R-Broadway) filed legislation to establish a school remediation task force in Virginia on Wednesday.

Governor sets date to elect successor to late state Senator Chafin

Governor Ralph Northam has set a date for a special election in the 38th Senate District in Virginia. The seat was held by Republican Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr., who passed away January 1.

  House and Senate lawmakers receive threat assessment about Virginia Capitol

Law enforcement agencies across Virginia are preparing for potential protest and unrest in the coming days. That includes downtown Richmond, home to the Virginia Statehouse.

Sen. Kaine, colleagues announce bill to end federal death penalty

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), announced a bicameral bill Tuesday, Jan. 12, to end the federal death penalty.

Virginia Democrats push to end constitutional rule stripping felons of voting rights

If some lawmakers get their way, felons rejoining society will no longer have to rely on the benevolence of future governors to be able to vote again.

JMU political science professor clarifies that First Amendment does not apply to social media

JMU political science professor: “Things have gotten out of hand, and the social media outlets have not been responsible enough, they have allowed a great deal of incendiary speech to occur, and they don’t have to. And that’s the bottom line.”

  Law enforcement on high alert, armed protests planned across the country

Less than a week after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol , the FBI is warning agencies across the country about the possibility of more violent protests.

  Spanberger co-sponsors article of impeachment against Trump

The president will face a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

Virginia, Maryland, DC leaders urge Americans not to travel for Inauguration

Leaders from Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. are encouraging Americans not to travel to the nation’s Capital for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration and instead ask that people join virtually.

Northam announces committee on inclusive education

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday the 38 members of a new advisory committee that will make recommendations on culturally relevant and inclusive education practices in Virginia’s public schools.

COVID relief, marijuana legalization key in 2021 session

Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year’s legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana.

  ’First Amendment does not apply’: Law expert says Trump’s social media ban is constitutional

Is it against your freedom of speech for social media platforms to ban users? Experts say it isn't.

Proposed Va. bill would protect against workplace discrimination based on disability

A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.

  Virginia Senate Democrats call for Sen. Amanda Chase’s resignation

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus released statements calling for the resignation of Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield).

“There need to be consequences”: Rep. Spanberger calls for accountability for lawmakers who objected to election results

7th District Representative Abigail Spanberger is calling on the people who attacked the U.S. Capitol, and the people who incited them, to be held accountable – including her colleagues in the House and Senate.

Democrats hold Virginia House seats in special elections

Democrats have held on to two Virginia House seats in special elections.

Citizens chosen for Virginia bipartisan redistricting panel

A panel of judges has selected eight citizens who will join eight legislators on a bipartisan commission that will redraw Virginia’s legislative boundaries for the next decade.

Judge dismisses Election Day violation charges against Sen. Morrissey

A judge has dismissed charges against Virginia Senator Joe Morrissey related to Election Day 2019.

Divide deepens in Virginia GOP as Democrats renew calls for Trump’s early ouster

“Anyone who rightly spoke out against lawlessness and violence last summer cannot with integrity be silent now,” Cox said. “We all have a duty to speak up.”

How Trump could quickly be removed from office using the 25th Amendment

A rapidly rising number of federal lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, either through a process outlined in the 25th Amendment or through impeachment.

  VDH labels Capitol riots a superspreader event

Health experts with the Virginia Department of Health fear the ramifications of the deadly riots at the capitol won’t just be political.

Abolish the death penalty, ministers say

Opponents of capital punishment are hoping this will be the year that Virginia abolishes the death penalty.

  ‘We have two lives lost’: Families push for gun rental background checks after back-to-back suicides

Two Hanover men each took their lives at Green Top Shooting Range in Hanover County last July. Both had been committed to mental health institutions, multiple times before. But their families say a loophole in gun laws allowed them to rent a firearm, a loophole they are now working to close.

  ‘It was disgraceful’: Chesterfield Trump supporter denounces violence at U.S. Capitol after attending rally

Thousands of Trump supporters who converged in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday had nothing to do with the riots that took place, including one woman and her son from North Chesterfield.

  Governor Northam orders VSP and National Guard to remain in Washington

During the darkest moments on Wednesday in Washington, Virginia stepped up to the plate.

West Virginia lawmaker among Trump-supporters who stormed Capitol

“We’re in! Keep it moving, baby!” he said in a packed doorway amid Trump followers holding flags and complaining of being pepper-sprayed.

  Civil rights leader calls for 25th Amendment action

Morial said the action is “necessary to protect American democracy.”

Sen. Kaine urges removing President Trump from office before inauguration

Kaine tweeted his comments a day after violent protests at the US Capitol during the Congressional count of electoral votes to confirm Biden as the winner of November’s election.

  ‘We lost our sense of security today’: Security expert weighs in on Capitol attack

Jones says the work now will be gaining that sense of security back after rioters stormed the nation’s Capitol building just as Congress was set to officially certify Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

  Political analysts weigh in on attack on the U.S. Capitol and the fallout

University of Virginia Center for Politics Executive Director Larry Sabato says President Donald Trump must now be removed from office with only two weeks left.

  Former Presidents condemn Washington riots

Three of the living former Presidents of the United States issued statements on Wednesday, condemning the storming of the Capitol building by pro-Trump rioters.

  ‘Anti-democratic assault on our nation’: Images from chaos at the Capitol

Images continue to be shared of the chaos that ensued at the nation’s Capitol Wednesday.

Northam issues State of Emergency in Virginia; sends help to DC

Gov. Ralph Northam said he is sending personnel to assist in Washington D.C. as protesters in support of President Donald Trump have stormed the United States Capitol.

  Virginia lawmakers respond to violence at US Capitol

Several Virginia lawmakers were in Washington DC, all working to certify the election results when the violent rioters stormed the United States Capitol.

Democrats win two special Virginia House elections

In Virginia, some people voted in two special House elections Tuesday.