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Youngkin becomes Virginia GOP governor candidate after Snyder concedes

More than 30,000 delegates cast ballots at a convention Saturday.

Virginia Redistricting Commission says state has shorter timeline to draw map due to November’s statewide election

Virginia voters identify as moderate, despite supporting Democrat policies

‘Tired of getting whupped’: GOP convention voters offer competing visions for a red Virginia

South Carolina to observe Confederate Memorial Day

  Thousands cast ballots in Virginia’s GOP convention

Jones hits Herring over ‘no empathy’ blackface admission in first Democratic AG debate

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Johnson cites experience as Roanoke Sheriff in run for Virginia Governor

  2021 Virginia GOP Convention: What you need to know

  Gov. Northam to lift capacity, social distancing measures next month if cases keep dropping

Democrats in Virginia governor’s race face off in 2nd debate

Chase touts record, support for Donald Trump, in run for Governor

Northam announces deal to expand rail in southwest Virginia

Cox stresses legislative leadership, electabilty

On a recent Saturday morning in Salem, Kirk Cox met potential supporters at Mac & Bob’s restaurant.

Glass ceiling on statewide offices remains for black women

Four Black women have entered the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race. If elected, the commonwealth would become the first state with a Black female governor.

Governor Ralph Northam signs bill establishing Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program

Governor Ralph Northam made a stop in Charlottesville Wednesday morning to sign a bill that will honor descendants of enslaved laborers.

Poll: Virginia voters ideologically moderate, but support Democratic proposals

A new poll from Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Civic Leadership shows Virginia voters rank themselves as moderate, but support some Democratic proposals.

GOP governor race: Who’s in first depends on who’s in second

Lawsuit filed over ‘gay’ attack in Virginia GOP race

Republican gubernatorial candidates discuss final sprint to convention, plans to win in November

Warner works with state to speed up broadband projects

Jenner says transgender girls in women’s sports is ‘unfair’

Northam to sign bill providing sick leave for home health workers

  GOP candidates for governor make video pitches to delegates

Pandemic restrictions on mass gatherings have prevented the GOP from holding a traditional convention.

Gun debate featured road-rage incident, brandished pistol

An aide for Republican gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase brandished a gun in a road-rage incident while the candidate participated in a virtual gun-rights debate from the back of her campaign van.

  ‘Things will not change until people see we care’: Local leaders, activists march to end gun violence

More than 100 people marched from Geroge Wythe High School to the Belt Atlantic Apartments on Saturday to put a stop to gun violence in Richmond.

Youngkin running as political outsider in bid for GOP nomination

The campaign that has carried Glenn Youngkin more than 13,000 miles, recently brought him to Lynchburg, and the weekly gathering of veterans at Monument Terrace.

  First weekend with changes to Virginia’s outdoor mask mandate

In Virginia, the governor changed his outdoor mask mandate this week, allowing those who got shots in arms to gather in small groups without a mask.

Phase out Virginia income tax, says GOP candidate for governor Peter Doran

Peter Doran’s campaign for governor touches on many of the issues that other conservative candidates have raised, but a central theme he stressed during an interview with WDBJ7 was phasing out Virginia’s income tax.

Cox looks to win Republican nomination, executive mansion

Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, has his sights set on the Virginia executive mansion in November, but first he must beat six other candidates for the Republican nomination.

Governor Northam signs single-use plastic ban

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed an executive order banning single-use plastics at state agencies to help decrease pollution. One advocacy worker says this action may cause more harm than good.

Northam introduces Maternal Health Strategic Plan

Governor Ralph Northam’s Administration introduced a statewide Maternal Health Strategic Plan on Thursday to help eliminate the racial disparities in the Commonwealth’s maternal mortality rate within the next four years.

Marijuana to be legal in Virginia July 1, but those behind bars on marijuana-related offenses won’t be automatically released

While the new legislation takes effect July 1, people will not have marijuana-related charges cleared from their records right off the bat, especially if they are more serious.

President Biden, first lady to travel to Virginia

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Virginia in early May.

Northam reviewing new CDC guidelines on outdoor masks, no changes to mandate yet

Newly released guidance from the CDC on outdoor mask wearing has Virginia's top health officials and Governor Ralph Northam now working to undo the state's take on it.

  Oversight groups being created ahead of Virginia’s marijuana legalization

Right now steps are being taken to make sure the Commonwealth is ready when marijuana becomes legal come July 1.

Census: Virginia will hold steady at 11 congressional seats

New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Virginia’s population grew over the past decade but not enough to gain an additional seat in Congress.

Gov. Northam endorses Del. Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Gov. Northam is endorsing Prince William County Del. Hala Ayala in the commonwealth’s Lieutenant Governor’s race.

Republican candidates for governor oppose vote tallying software at upcoming convention

VA candidates for governor are working to get the vote counting method changed for the upcoming Republican Convention on May 8th

  Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidates hold first debate

Four out of the seven Republicans running for governor in Virginia participated in their first debate on Sunday

U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate

For the second time, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, sending the historic bill to the Senate on a party-line vote.

  Private investigator appointed to review Vincent Martin release

The Office of the Attorney General on Saturday officially appointed a private firm to investigate the handling of the controversial parole board release of Vincent Martin.

Federal group says Southwest Virginia is fourth most coal-dependent area in U.S.

A federal working group convened to examine how the economies of communities dependent on fossil fuels can be revitalized as the nation transitions to renewable energy has identified Southwest Virginia as the fourth most coal-dependent area in the U.S.

Early voting begins for Virginia June primary

The first day of early voting began Friday for the June 8 Virginia primary election. Voters are choosing candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general as well as candidates for the House of Delegates.

  Gov. Northam: Social gatherings, capacity limits to expand again in May

Things will be changing around the commonwealth come mid-May.

Early voting for June primaries begins April 23 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Elections has announced early voting (in-person voting) for the June primary begins Friday, April 23, 2021. Absentee ballots will also be sent to all voters who have requested a ballot by mail.

Wason Center releases poll showing McAuliffe in lead

Nearly half of the voters polled are in support of McAuliffe, the poll shows.

  Gov. Northam signs marijuana legalization bill

Industry experts advise businesses to plan ahead.

Virginia agrees to absentee ballot option for blind voters

Virginia election officials have agreed to permanently provide an absentee ballot option for blind voters.

Virginia elections board will ask prosecutor to investigate claims of irregularities during Richmond vote count

At Tuesday’s virtual meeting of the state elections board, which has oversight over city and county electoral boards, Nachman said further investigation was unnecessary because the accusations had already been “debunked.”

  ‘No other verdict would have made sense’: Legal expert says Chauvin’s guilty verdict was just

Legal expert says this verdict could have implications on the accountability of officers who use excessive force moving forward.

Governor’s race draws $11 million total in first-quarter fundraising

The 13 candidates running for the Virginia executive mansion raised a total of over $11 million in three months, according to recently released finance reports.

Virginia’s governor, Richmond mayor monitoring potential for unrest and protests

Large security fencing remains around Virginia’s State Capitol. It’s a telling sign that the commonwealth and Richmond are planning for the worse, but hopeful it won’t be needed.

Groups push for more diversity on Virginia appeals court

Groups say more diversity is needed on Virginia’s second-highest court as it adds six new judges.

Republican candidates in Virginia’s gubernatorial race meet at forum

After Democrats held the governor’s mansion for much of the last two decades, the candidates argued why they should earn the votes of Virginia republicans.

Sen. Kaine reintroduces Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act

Senator Kaine joined colleagues in reintroducing the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, which would allow doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans in states that have established medical marijuana programs.

Mystery groups spend thousands trashing GOP candidates for governor

The GOP nominating contest is the latest example of how lax campaign finance rules allow outside groups to try to influence Virginia elections without leaving much of a trail showing who’s doing it.

‘You’re being used as a political tool:’ Recording details Northam officials’ grilling of watchdog agency

When top aides to Gov. Ralph Northam sat down last summer to meet with the state inspector general, Northam Chief of Staff Clark Mercer opened by saying he wanted to hear what was being done to prevent future reports from “getting forwarded to the Associated Press again.”

Council on Environmental Justice asks Northam to institute fossil fuel infrastructure ban

The Virginia Council on Environmental Justice is asking Gov. Ralph Northam to issue a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects and permits in the state.

Justice Department sues Roger Stone over $2M in unpaid taxes

The Justice Department has sued Donald Trump’s ally Roger Stone, accusing the conservative provocateur and his wife of failing to pay nearly $2 million in income tax.

FOIA bill allows some access to criminal investigation records

A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency.

  New laws target housing discrimination

Landlords cannot reject potential tenants who receive financial assistance.

Lawmakers amend bill banning guns in state buildings, Capitol Square

Virginia legislators recently accepted the governor’s substitute to a bill banning firearms on and near Capitol Square, as well as in state buildings.

Senator Kaine to introduce new bills on gun measures, workforce training

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced bills that will be introduced to Congress this week. One would help prepare workers with skills needed for in-demand infrastructure jobs and the other is a gun violence prevention measure.

Senate rejects gun control bill amendments

The Virginia Senate rejected the governor’s amendments to a bill that restricts the gun rights of anyone convicted for assault and battery of a family member.

Virginia expands Medicaid access for legal immigrants

Thousands of permanent residents in Virginia will qualify for Medicaid due a new rule that eliminates the 10-year work history requirement.

Advocacy groups press for transparency, public input during redistricting process

The work of the state’s new redistricting commission will have a lasting impact on Virginia elections and political power.

Central Virginia prosecutors discuss how marijuana legalization will impact the legal system

Prosecutors in central Virginia are gearing up for marijuana legalization. With the law going into effect in less than three months, some say it’s a positive step – others say there are issues that still need to be resolved.

7th District Representative Spanberger says restoring trust in Congress remains top priority

7th District Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger says one of her top legislative priorities is restoring trust in Congress.

Va. Senate rejects Northam’s push to include part-time workers in retirement savings program

Part-time employees won’t be included in Virginia’s new auto-IRA program after a contingent of Senate Democrats rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to broaden an initiative meant to encourage more lower-income workers to save for retirement.

Brownies, revenge and a doctor’s touch: inside the close vote to legalize marijuana in Virginia

Northam’s amendments, which among other things sped the timeline for legalization from 2024 to this summer, ultimately passed on Wednesday. But the vote came down to the wire after two Republican supporters got cold feet and a Democratic holdout furious at a colleague in the House threatened to torp

Parole board controversy to linger, despite outside investigation

State lawmakers have ordered up a review of the Virginia Parole Board, but the controversy surrounding the board’s conduct and the adequacy of the investigation continues.

  Virginia groups react to President Biden’s gun control measures

Advocates call it a step in the right direction, critics say the announcement does not hold weight.

Gov. Northam endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor

The governor and McAuliffe will be visiting Norfolk and Alexandria on April 8 to make his endorsement at 9:30 a.m.

  Virginia lawmakers approve Northam’s push to speed up marijuana legalization

The governor says retail sales would not start until 2024.

New law in Virginia bans gay and trans panic as murder defense

Virginia is the first state in the South to ban gay and trans panic as a defense for murder or manslaughter. The bill was introduced by openly transgender Delegate Danica Roem.

For Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, post-Trump era starts with big emphasis on ‘election integrity’

The GOP candidates for governor had just finished introducing themselves to members of the Princess Anne Republican Women’s Club when the forum’s moderator realized she had misplaced her list of questions.

AG Herring, Va. NAACP launch effort to reform handling of officer-involved shootings in Va.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia NAACP are launching a collaborative effort to identify and implement reforms to the way the state and its law enforcement agencies handle investigations into officer-involved shooting deaths

4 moments that stood out during the first Democratic gubernatorial debate

The first televised debate of Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary started out tame Tuesday evening, with almost 25 minutes of civil discussion about how the five candidates onstage plan to lead the state out of it.

McAuliffe takes jabs from fellow Democrats in debate

The Democratic primary is on June 8.

Infectious disease experts discuss vaccine hesitancy among Republican adults

A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that among Republican adults, 29% say they “definitely will not” get the vaccine. For white Evangelical Christians, it’s 28%.