Decision 2020

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.

Senate gathers on ‘Lobby Day’ under heightened security

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

Biden nominates former VSU Dean of Agriculture to Cabinet position

Va. gubernatorial candidate releases plan to expand affordable child care

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

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

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Virginia Democrats seek to censure Sen. Amanda Chase

  Preparations around Capitol Square being made ahead of potential demonstrations

Virginia delegate defends mob march, faces calls for ouster

Va. delegate files legislation to establish school remediation task force

Governor sets date to elect successor to late state Senator Chafin

Sen. Kaine, colleagues announce bill to end 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.”

  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.

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

Democrats hold Virginia House seats in special elections

Citizens chosen for Virginia bipartisan redistricting panel

  VDH labels Capitol riots a superspreader event

Abolish the death penalty, ministers say

  Governor Northam orders VSP and National Guard to remain in Washington

  ‘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.

  ‘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.

Senator Mark Warner addresses the pandemic and certifying election results

Senator Mark Warner took questions from reporters Tuesday in a virtual press conference. He shared his thoughts on everything from the presidential election to the pandemic.

Gubernatorial candidate Cox discusses election, COVID-19 recovery plan

Republican candidate for governor Kirk Cox is weighing in on the fight brewing on Capitol Hill over certifying the election results. He’s also discussing elements of his COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

3 military bases in Va. named after Confederate generals to be renamed

Three military bases in Virginia that are named after Confederate generals will soon be changing.

VA Rep. Bob Good to challenge electoral college certification

A joint session of Congress will meet Wednesday, January 6, to certify the Electoral College results from the 2020 presidential election. Some Republicans, including Congressman Bob Good of Virginia, plan to object the results, citing widespread voter fraud.

Georgia Election: Who controls a 50-50 Senate?

Two months after the November election, Georgia voters are heading to the polls for twin Senate runoff elections.

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney to seek re-election

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin announced Monday that she will seek re-election.

Richmond council members given oaths of office

Richmond’s City Council members were given their oaths of office on Monday during a special council meeting.

Candidate McAuliffe raises $6.1M in bid to reclaim governorship

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe has so far raised more than any other candidate running in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

Douglas Wilder criticizes Terry McAuliffe’s decision to run for governor

Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder wrote a short piece on WilderVisions regarding former Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to run again for the position.

  US lawmakers from Virginia sworn into office

United States lawmakers from Virginia were sworn into office on Saturday after winning elections in November.

The CDC guides the 117th Congress through swearing-in day

As the pandemic continues, the ceremonies took on a new look this year.

Finalists chosen for 8 spots on Virginia redistricting panel

Virginia legislative leaders have selected 62 finalists for the eight citizen spots on the state’s new redistricting commission.

2021 marquee contest: Virginia governor’s race in high gear

An unusually broad field is vying to be the next governor of Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing.

2021 marquee contest: Virginia governor’s race in high gear

An unusually broad field is vying to be the next governor of Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing.

Virginia state senator dies from COVID-19 complications

Virginia State Senator Augustus Benton (Ben) Chafin, Jr. died of COVID-19 complications on New Year’s Day.

Reset on Capitol Hill: A look ahead at the 117th Congress

When the new Congress takes the oath of office on Sunday, everything resets. Old bills that never got a vote are tossed out, but the issues remain.

A rundown of Virginia’s new laws going into effect Friday

2021 is finally here, and with the new year comes new laws throughout Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly passed several bills in 2020 that go into effect Friday, Jan. 1.

Delegate Lee Carter announces run for Virginia governor

Delegate Lee Carter formally announced Friday his intention to run for Governor of Virginia on the 2021 Democratic ticket.

Lawmakers want fees waived if stimulus is paid via debit cards

If Americans are going to receive the latest coronavirus stimulus payment through a government-provided debit card, they should not have to pay fees, U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, and other lawmakers said in a letter to the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service.

New law removes online option for concealed carry permit

A new state law in Virginia will change the requirements for obtaining a concealed gun permit.

Sabato: Don’t count GOP out in Virginia, could win statewide in Nov. 2021

University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato says there are a few factors that could help a Republican carry the governorship in Virginia next year.

Warner, Kaine say relief package isn’t perfect but promises urgent aid

With millions of Americans about to lose unemployment benefits after Christmas, and more facing evictions early in the New Year, US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said lawmakers need to take action.

Northam thanks Electoral College voters for doing their duty, as votes cast for Biden, Harris

It’s official – Virginia’s 13 electoral votes have been cast for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Amanda Chase says she’s seeking Republican gov. nomination days after saying she’ll run Independent

Virginia Senator Amanda Chase said she is seeking the Republican nomination for governor just days after saying she would run as an Independent.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hopeful for a COVID-19 relief package

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine said Congress needs to negotiate a COVID-19 relief package for the country, and he would object to leaving Washington for the holiday season until lawmakers get the job done.

Kirk Cox unveils $50 million initiative for law enforcement as part of governor campaign

Republican candidate for governor Kirk Cox has unveiled his first formal proposal on Thursday.

Rep. Riggleman slams lawmakers for stalled COVID-19 funding, failing to acknowledge Biden win

5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman says he’s confident there will be a COVID-19 relief bill before the end of the year and he’s speaking out about why he’s one of few Republicans on the Hill that has acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Governor Northam and cannabis policy experts weigh in on recreational marijuana legislation

Governor Northam and cannabis experts are weighing in on how to make legal marijuana use a more equitable venture in Virginia come 2021.

  Virginia’s McAuliffe makes gubernatorial bid official, releases education plan

Terry McAuliffe is trying to get his old job back.

Biden/Harris get Virginia’s electoral votes; Northam’s signing makes it official

Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are getting Virginia’s 13 electoral college votes, per an official signing Tuesday by Governor Northam.

‘It’s Donutgate:’ Senator Joe Morrisey responds to Election Day violation charges

Morrissey is accused of violating Virginia Code 24.2-604, which prohibits and limits certain activities at polling places.

Henrico commonwealth’s attorney announces she will not run for attorney general

Shannon Taylor, the commonwealth’s attorney for Henrico, announced she will not seek the Democrat nomination for attorney general.

  Sen. Amanda Chase to run as independent, GOP to hold convention as nomination method

Senator Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, will be running for governor as an independent.

With close ties to multiple candidates, Kaine says he’s not endorsing yet in Democratic primary for governor

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Terry McAuliffe are both part of the small club of Virginia’s living Democratic ex-governors and two of the most influential figures in state politics.

Chase promises to run as independent for governor after Va. GOP opts for convention over primary

Virginia Republicans decided Saturday to choose their nominees for statewide office via a convention, setting up the possibility that Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, will run in the general election as an independent challenger.

New Virginia laws seek to close ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

The near future of in-person schooling is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Virginia students will return to a system where several penalties for misbehavior have been taken off the table.

Lawmakers look to January with focus on COVID-19 and other unfinished business

After a year of dramatic change in the legislature, we’re asking what comes next.

Warner, Spanberger, bipartisan group propose COVID relief plan

Tuesday, a group of lawmakers from both sides of aisle, including Virginia Senator Mark Warner and 7th District Congressman Abigail Spanberger, introduced a COVID-19 relief package they say will provide immediate assistance to those who need it most.

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections

State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed.

Applications for redistricting commission open Monday

Applications will open Monday for citizens who want to serve on Virginia’s newly created bipartisan redistricting commission.

Ayala, Guzmán champion equality, representation in lieutenant governor bid

Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzmán, two delegates who represent Prince William County, have formally announced a run for lieutenant governor. If successful, Ayala or Guzmán would become the first Latina to serve in the role.

Va. delegate proposes marijuana tax revenue be used for reparations

A Virginia delegate is proposing that all future tax revenue from legal cannabis be used as reparations for Black and Indigenous Virginians.

  Rep. Abigail Spanberger pushes for COVID-19 economic relief with Congress

Fresh off an election win, Spanberger says a federal COVID-19 relief package needs to focus on small businesses, which continue to struggle as case numbers increase.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine calls President Trump’s actions dangerous

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine calls Trump's refusal to concede the election to President-Elect Joe Biden dangerous.

“Democracy in Dark Times,”: UVA survey finds America dangerously polarized and partisan

A new survey suggests that the nation is partisan and polarized to a dangerous degree – but that does not mean the effects are permanent.

  Mayor Stoney joins Virginia, Richmond Democrats in calling for resignation of city’s voter registrar

The Democratic Party of Virginia and Richmond City Democratic Committee are calling for the resignation of Richmond’s Voter Registrar.

Blank ballot envelopes located after being stolen from business

Anyone with information is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective P. Cho at (804) 646-2939 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

New bill passed to protect Virginians from surprise medical bills

Virginia’s General Assembly passed a new law during its session this year to protect Virginians from getting surprise medical bills.

Virginia elections board votes to certify state results

Virginia’s State Board of Elections has voted to certify the state’s election results, two days later than expected because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Richmond’s voter registration office.

With Northam’s signature, new eviction and utility cut-off protections take effect

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a revised state budget Wednesday that restricts evictions and prohibits utilities from cutting off power, water and gas through the end of the state of emergency.

With legalization on the table, medical marijuana producers push to loosen restrictions

As Virginia begins its first earnest conversations about legalizing recreational marijuana, the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry is just getting off the ground.

Virginia Latino voters excited for Biden presidency

The Latino vote went to different candidates around the nation, but in Virginia a majority of Latinos favored former Vice President Joe Biden and are hopeful he’ll reverse President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.