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20 Apr 2015

Gov. McAuliffe Vetoes 6 Redistricting Bills

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday vetoed six redistricting bills, saying they would weaken citizens’ trust in government.

16 Apr 2015

‘It’s All About Energy,’ Governor Tells Symposium

Gov. Terry McAuliffe launched the 2015 Energy & Sustainability Conference Tuesday with a briefing on Virginia’s energy plan.

15 Apr 2015

Pipeline Protesters Disrupt Governor’s Talk

A trio of environmental activists who oppose the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in western Virginia confronted Gov. Terry McAuliffe during his appearance Wednesday at a public forum on climate change.

02 Apr 2015

McAuliffe Expands Law Enforcement Access to Drones

Law enforcement officials could use drones more freely if the General Assembly approves legislative amendments proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

27 Mar 2015

Gov. McAuliffe Signs 733 Bills, Vetoes 17

With two days left to act on legislation passed by this year’s General Assembly, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that he has signed 733 bills, vetoed 17 and amended 50 others, including tightening ethics reforms.

19 Mar 2015

VCU Protesters Show Support for Beaten U.Va. Studen

Virginia Commonwealth University students marched and staged a die-in Wednesday in solidarity with Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia student who was injured when Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents arrested him outside a pub in Charlottesville.

21 Feb 2015

From Designer Clothes to Orange Robes

A remorseful Maureen McDonnell stood Friday in a federal courtroom where she had been convicted of taking bribes and asked a judge for leniency. He responded by sentencing the former first lady to 12 months and one day in prison.

20 Feb 2015

A Portrait of Maureen McDonnell

Maureen McDonnell has been painted in two different lights: as a selfless, hardworking, dedicated mother, wife and community leader, and as a hostile and greedy woman responsible for ruining the career of her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, and sending him to jail.

20 Feb 2015

Maureen McDonnell, In Her Own Words

In her first public statement on the corruption scandal, Maureen McDonnell testified Friday that she was responsible for her family’s political fall from grace.

20 Feb 2015

Key Documents in Maureen McDonnell Sentencing

Here are some important documents that were filed in U.S. District Court in preparation for today’s sentencing.

14 Jan 2015

Governor, Delegate Tout Bipartisan Transportation Bills

RICHMOND – Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, have joined forces to push for two bills aimed at reforming the state’s transportation system.

06 Jan 2015

Timeline of the McDonnell Case

Bob McDonnell was elected in a landslide and took office as the commonwealth’s 71st governor in January 2010. On Tuesday, just five years later, he was sentenced to prison for corruption. Here are key dates as McDonnell went from a rising star in the Republican Party to the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony.

06 Jan 2015

Ex-Gov. McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

05 Jan 2015

Henrico Residents Seek Leniency for McDonnell

Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

03 Jan 2015

U.Va. President Seeks Leniency for McDonnell

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is among the more than 400 letter writers urging a federal judge to be lenient Tuesday in sentencing former Gov. Bob McDonnell for corruption.

30 Jan 2014

Sea of Japan Debate Places McAuliffe, Virginia in Bind

By Colin Kennedy Capital News Service RICHMOND — A bill that reflects a nearly 70-year-old tension between two East-Asian countries has pushed the Virginia General Assembly into the middle of an international debate just more than three weeks into session. House Bill 11 passed the House Education subcommittee this week, bringing the commonwealth one step […]

27 Jan 2014

Climate Change Activists March On Virginia Capitol

By Jackson McMillan Capital News Service RICHMOND – More than 70 activists descended on the Virginia Capitol this past week, calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to take a more aggressive stance against climate change. The event was organized in conjunction with Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day by Appalachian Voice Environment Virginia, the Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter […]

24 Jan 2014

Trial date set for McDonnells

By James Galloway Capital News Service RICHMOND — A trial date has been set for former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen for July 28, following a Friday arraignment at a Richmond federal courthouse. Both pleaded not guilty to all 14 charges. Federal authorities say the McDonnells repeatedly asked Johnnie Williams, a Richmond […]

24 Jan 2014

Tidewater Toll Revisions Criticized

By Lauren McClellan Capital News Service RICHMOND — Critics of the proposed Hampton Roads tolls are unsatisfied by the new governor’s initiatives reducing – and in some cases eliminating — those tolls, which are scheduled to take effect Feb. 1. This past week Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels would not charge […]

13 Jan 2014

McAuliffe Inauguration Renews Campaign Promises

By James K. Galloway Capital News Service RICHMOND – Tight security and steady rain Saturday did not dampen the spirit or the campaign promises of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as he became Virginia’s 72nd governor. McAuliffe, who has never held elected office, won this past November’s nationally watched election against conservative, Tea Party-endorsed Republican candidate Ken […]

11 Jan 2014

McAuliffe Inaugurated as Governor

CNS reporter and photojournalist Dana Carlson documented Saturday’s inauguration of Virginia’s new governor, Terry McAuliffe.

05 Dec 2013

Governor-Elect Promises Ethics Reform, Transparency

RICHMOND – Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government. McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press. The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to […]

15 May 2013

For Virginia Inmates, Little Hope of Parole

The Virginia Parole Board last year granted parole in less than 4 percent of the cases it considered. Even old men – prisoners in their 70s and 80s who have served decades behind bars – were routinely denied parole.

15 May 2013

Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights, and Hopes, Restored

About 12 years ago, Michael Maupin lost his right to vote in Virginia because of a felony drug conviction. But Maupin has hope for the future because he just received a letter from Gov. Bob McDonnell restoring his civil rights.

10 May 2013

Blacks, Hispanics Underrepresented in Gifted Programs

A report and data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that African American and Hispanic students are vastly underrepresented among students identified as gifted by the state’s public schools.

06 May 2013

Legislative Issues Fueled Partisan Ill Will

An ominous “MLK Day plot.” A proposed overhaul of the Electoral College system. Voter ID legislation. Those are issues that fueled partisanship at the Virginia Capitol this year and turned the bad blood between Republicans and Democrats into one of the most talked-about topics of the General Assembly’s session.

06 May 2013

Transportation Creates Rift Among Lawmakers

No General Assembly session is without its ups and downs, quarrels and disputes. However, the 2013 session may have taken the trophy for the most sparring between Democrats and Republicans – especially when it came to transportation.

26 Apr 2013

Richmond to Host World Cycling Championship

The World Road Cycling Championships, one of the most prestigious international competitions for bicyclists, is coming to Richmond in two years, giving a healthy boost to the city’s image and tourist industry.

25 Apr 2013

Program Seeks to Boost Reading in Richmond Schools

After Dallas Public Schools initiated a successful program getting about 93,000 students to read about 1 million books, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a partnership with Richmond Public Schools to encourage second-graders to read.

23 Apr 2013

Poor Pay More to Fund Roads, Report Says

Virginia’s multibillion-dollar transportation funding package will put a heavier burden on lower-income households than on more affluent families, according to a Richmond-based think tank.

19 Apr 2013

Democrats Slam Republicans Over Corporate Ties

The spotlight continues to stay on Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli over their dealings with Star Scientific Inc., which has been accused of trying to curry favor with state officials.

12 Apr 2013

Board OKs Strict Rules for Abortion Clinics

The Virginia Board of Health voted Friday to require abortion clinics to meet hospital building-code standards – rules that abortion rights activists said would force many of the state’s 20 clinics to close.

07 Apr 2013

Storify: Virginians react to Star Scientific case

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced Friday that he will be appointing outside counsel to the Star Scientific case.

03 Apr 2013

Assembly Approves Anti-abortion Amendment

The General Assembly on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment by Gov. Bob McDonnell that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion.

03 Apr 2013

Tourist Train Stopped Dead in its Tracks

The Senate on Wednesday upheld Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of legislation to boost efforts to establish a tourist train between Tazewell County and Bramwell, W.Va.

31 Mar 2013

New Law Declares Parental Rights ‘Fundamental’

Starting July 1, parents in Virginia will have “a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care” of their children.

27 Mar 2013

Governor Signs Law Designating Shakespeare Festival

All’s well that ends well, Shakespeare’s own words, as the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary will become the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia starting July 1.

26 Mar 2013

Gov. McDonnell Amends Moratorium on Drones

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday proposed amending legislation to put a moratorium on the use of drone technology in Virginia until 2015. McDonnell’s suggested amendments to House Bill 2012 and Senate Bill 1331 would allow for drone research at college and universities and would let law enforcement officials use drones for certain tasks, such as search and rescue.

26 Mar 2013

Governor OKs, Amends School Safety Bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell has approved at least six bills and proposed revisions to at least three others aimed at improving school security and creating a safe campus environment.

20 Mar 2013

Gov. McDonnell Debates Predecessor – Patrick Henry

Gov. Bob McDonnell faced an unusual opponent Tuesday as he debated the role of government with Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, at the historic St. John’s Church for the first “Governors’ Conversation.”

17 Mar 2013

Governor’s Mansion Celebrates Bicentennial

The oldest occupied governor’s residence in the United States opened an archaeological exhibit to mark its 200th anniversary.

17 Mar 2013

New Law Will Help Kids Learn to Read

Virginia schools must provide extra help to students in kindergarten and first and second grades who do poorly on diagnostic reading tests, under legislation that Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law in recent weeks.

12 Mar 2013

Nuclear Authority Generates Controversy

Virginia is creating a new agency to support development of nuclear power – a move that has upset environmentalists and open-government advocates, because the entity won’t have to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act and other laws.

01 Mar 2013

General Assembly Blocks I-95 Tolls

There will be no tolling on the southern end of Interstate 95 without the General Assembly’s say-so, thanks to approval of the transportation funding bill during the recently concluded legislative session.

01 Mar 2013

What’s in a Name? ‘Official’ Shakespeare Festival

For Gov. Bob McDonnell, the proposition for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary is simple: To be or not to be the commonwealth’s official Shakespeare festival.

22 Feb 2013

Opposition Grows to Transportation Compromise

Critics of the transportation funding compromise reached by legislative negotiators say the plan would place a huge burden on Virginia taxpayers.

20 Feb 2013

House, Senate Reach Transportation Compromise

Negotiators from both the House and Senate came to an agreement Wednesday on a transportation plan that, if passed, would be the first transportation funding overhaul in Virginia since 1986.

20 Feb 2013

Governor Signs Bill to Extend Peanut Tax

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday approved a bill to extend the 30-cents-per-100-pound excise tax on peanuts until July 1, 2016.

17 Feb 2013

Democrats ‘Celebrate’ Release of Cuccinelli’s Book

General Assembly Democrats hosted an unlikely “celebration” of the release of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s “The Last Line of Defense” with a book reading.

17 Feb 2013

Cuccinelli’s Book Says Liberty Is at Risk

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issues a blistering attack on federal policies in his book “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty.” As the book was released this week, it was promoted as “a must-read for every patriot.”