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  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.

  Amtrak halting Va. routes ahead of Presidential Inauguration

Va. gubernatorial candidate releases plan to expand affordable child care

Court rules Charlottesville’s tax on freelance authors is unconstitutional

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

Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorses Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor

  Richmond mayor urges people to avoid downtown on Lobby Day

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

  House and Senate lawmakers receive threat assessment about Virginia Capitol

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

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

Northam announces committee on inclusive education

COVID relief, marijuana legalization key in 2021 session

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).

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.”

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

  Governor Northam orders VSP and National Guard to remain in Washington

Sen. Kaine urges removing President Trump from office before inauguration

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

Democrats win two special Virginia House elections

  Virginia stimulus checks are being garnished despite new state law

  VDH reporting slow roll out of COVID-19 vaccine shots due to reporting issue

Virginia's Department of Health is still reporting only about 20% of the COVID-19 stockpile in the commonwealth is in the arms of those who need.

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 law enforcement expect heavy enforcement of ban on cell phones while driving

Police say they plan to be aggressive with enforcing this one. First time caught it’s a $125 fine. If you are caught a second time or in a work zone and your forking out $250.

  New unemployment benefits: What Virginians need to know

All of the CARES Act unemployment compensation programs are extended for 11 weeks through March 13, 2021.

  Explainer: Why the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is taking longer than expected

With only 19% of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination stockpile in the arms of health care workers and nursing home residents, Virginia’s governor and the state health department are facing a new reality that it’s going to take longer than first thought.

Sister of man shot by police enters Virginia governor’s race

Blanding said her platform is “to build a diverse, inclusive, and liberated Virginia for all.”

Bill seeks a new special designation for Great Dismal Swamp

A Virginia congressman has introduced a bill that would designate the Great Dismal Swamp a National Heritage Area, which could bring federal funding for historic preservation.

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.

  Northam: 2021 focus must be on pandemic relief for Virginians

2020 was a challenging year, but Governor Ralph Northam says even more challenges are ahead as the state recovers.

Democratic Party of Virginia ratifies First Union Contract

The DPVA staff are represented by UFCW Local 400, making them one of the first state party staff in the country to successfully organize and reach a collective bargaining agreement.

  Louisa Co. schools to receive $100K to help start cybersecurity program

Louisa County Public Schools will receive $100,000 after becoming one of five finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project.

  Virginia set to receive fewer COVID-19 vaccine vials than first expected

Late Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health says Operation Warp Speed officials informed them the state is getting fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine than first thought, by almost 110,000 vials.

Northam’s sunny budget rewrite roils Republicans with his proposed Court of Appeals expansion

He drew the wrath of Republicans for $5.1 million he proposes for adding four new judges to the 11-judge Virginia Court of Appeals to expand Virginians’ right to appeal trial court decisions.

Governor’s proposed budget restores many earlier COVID cuts

Governor Ralph Northam’s 2021 budget aims to help Virginians navigate the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic, provide much-needed relief for working families, and position the commonwealth to quickly rebuild our economy.

Mark Herring seeking re-election as Virginia Attorney General

Attorney General Mark Herring officially announced he will seek re-election as Virginia’s Attorney General.

Lee statue at US Capitol to be replaced by 1 of 5 finalists

Virginia will replace a statue of Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol with one of five people who is yet to be chosen.

All Democrats running for governor in Virginia say they support ending the death penalty

Since a national moratorium on the death penalty ended in 1976, Virginia has executed 113 people, second only to Texas, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Virginia cast 13 Electoral College votes for Joe Biden

The 13 electors gathered at the state House of Delegates for a ceremony that was closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases, flouting Trump veto threat

The president’s veto would not only block the renaming of bases but also halt a 3 percent pay raise for service members and stall billions in defense contracts and military research.

Carroll Foy resigning from House of Delegates to focus on run for governor

Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, is planning to submit a House resignation letter today. It will take effect on Dec. 12.

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.

  Northam: Virginia set to receive 70,000 COVID-19 vaccines to start

Virginia’s Governor says 70,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are slated for Virginia and could arrive within weeks.

General Assembly divided on length of 2021 session

The General Assembly’s next session could be the shortest in 50 years.

Scottsville nonprofit creates tribute to frontline workers from Election 2020 signs

Jack Maxwell, who started Tribute to First Responders, Inc., created a display honoring workers and those who lost their lives to COVID-19 out of political signs, encouraging unity in supporting those on the front lines.

Racial equity obstacles in Virginia’s push to legalizing marijuana

Could legalizing marijuana in Virginia help address social disparities and inequities? That’s one of the topics the state’s legislative watchdog agency explores in a new report examining how the commonwealth should legalize marijuana.

8 big decisions facing Virginia lawmakers as they debate marijuana legalization

As lawmakers begin to seriously consider what a legal marijuana market might look like in Virginia, here’s a preview of some of the looming policy decisions.

  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.

Virginia delays statewide certification of election results

Richmond General Registrar Kirk Showalter announced last week that COVID-19 cases were discovered there, and said the office will close until Friday out of an abundance of caution.

  Republican Del. Kirk Cox to run for governor in 2021

Former House Speaker Kirk Cox says he’s running for governor in Virginia’s next gubernatorial election set for 2021.

  Gov. Northam pushes to legalize marijuana

Northam announced his support for legalization Monday, saying he wants a responsible approach that promotes racial equity and preserves youth safety.

Virginia leaders seek input on Lee statue replacement in U.S. Capitol

A commission appointed by the state legislature will hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday to help determine a replacement.

Case challenging Va.'s ‘red flag’ law dismissed

A court case challenging Virginia’s “red flag” law was dismissed on Friday after Attorney General Mark Herring argued that the measure did not violate constitutional rights.

Va. professor causes uproar asking Biden voters to unfriend him

A Facebook post by a dean at Virginia Wesleyan University in which he asked people who voted for Democrat Joe Biden to unfriend him has caused an uproar at the private liberal arts school in Virginia Beach.

Will Virginia legalize marijuana in 2021? Some lawmakers think so.

Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in Virginia are set to get their first serious hearings when the General Assembly convenes in January and, at least for now, it looks like there’s a decent chance they could succeed.

Judge sues former GOP Senate candidate over debate claims

The suit claims Gade falsely accused the judge of being racist during a debate with Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.

Bristol voters overwhelmingly approve gambling referendum

Voters in Bristol, Virginia overwhelmingly approved a referendum that allows casino gambling in the locality.

  Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger keeps US House seat

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger has kept her seat in a competitive Virginia congressional race.

5 states OK measures eradicating racist language, symbols

Months of discussions about racial justice are being followed by change at the ballot box.

  Virginia voters react to Biden’s 2020 election victory

Joe Biden’s message since election night has been focused on calls for unity, but since news broke Saturday afternoon of the former vice president’s win in his home state of Pennsylvania, safely securing the presidency, there have been divisive ideological clashes among Trump supporters in Richmond.

  Virginia Democrats and Republicans respond to election of President-Elect Joe Biden

Once the race for the white house was called, the praise from top Virginia Biden supporters came rolling in.

  ‘This isn’t over!’: Trump supporters refuse to accept defeat

There have been no reports of anyone getting shot, and the laws in Arizona, Nevada and Michigan allow people to openly carry firearms in public.

Bail set at $750,000 for 2 Va. men arrested on weapons counts

Bail has been set at $750,000 each for two Virginia men armed with loaded handguns who were arrested Thursday near the Philadelphia convention center where votes were being counted.

Dance parties and champagne: celebrating election’s end

Just after The Associated Press and other news organizations declared that former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump, fireworks erupted in Atlanta.

Northam, Va. Democrats congratulate President-elect Biden

Virginia Governor Ralph North congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday after the former vice president was announced the next leader of the U.S.

Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.

Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

Kamala Harris is making history as the first Black woman elected vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.

Did social media actually counter election misinformation?

Ahead of the election, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube promised to clamp down on election misinformation, up to and including unsubstantiated charges of fraud and premature declarations of victory by candidates.

  Polls ahead of Election Day calling into question public policy decisions

Maybe not as bad as 2016, but it's raising questions about how those polls shape public policy.

  Va. Dept. of Elections clears up misinformation about ‘counted votes’ on voter registration pages

The Virginia Department of Elections is trying to set the record straight after they’ve received a number calls and emails from voters about a viral social media effort urging voters to check and see if their vote was counted.

Chesterfield and Lynchburg hadn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1948. Biden changed that.

Virginia came out of Election Day looking a little bluer and a little more polarized.

  Vote count and canvassing continues in Virginia

Following an election night like none other in the commonwealth, voter registrars in Virginia are working to finalize vote counts and double check them to give us a clearer picture of who won and who lost.

Daniel Gade concedes to Mark Warner in race for U.S. Senate

Republican Daniel Gade has conceded to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia in the race for U.S. Senate.

In historic change, Virginia voters approve bipartisan commission to handle political redistricting

In a year of intense partisan division, the idea of depoliticizing the redistricting process seemed to draw broad support across parties and regions.

Department of Elections: Vote count to resume Wednesday morning

Approximately 2.7 million Virginians have so far cast their ballot with 1.8 million of those ballots were cast in-person, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

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