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15 May 2010

America’s Longest-Serving State Legislator

Delegate Lacey Putney is in no rush. It’s not that he isn’t busy; it’s not that he doesn’t have people waiting for him. Putney is in no rush because as the longest consecutively serving state legislator in America, he can choose to wait.

14 May 2010

A User-Friendly Guide to FOIA

So, you want to learn how to use FOIA? This package of stories is a guide to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. It’s designed to help citizens understand the law and file requests for public information.

02 Mar 2010

Law Gives Homeowners Flag Display Rights

A bill prohibiting homeowners’ associations from regulating a properly displayed U.S. flag has passed both the General Assembly. A fight over the issue made national headlines recently when a retired Army colonel challenged his homeowners’ association in Henrico County.

26 Feb 2010

Arts Advocates Fight for Funding

The arts are often ignored in politics, but that wasn’t the case when artists from across Virginia converged on the state Capitol. They wore on their shirts a simple tag that said, “Save the Arts.” Hundreds of people turned out to urge legislators to continue funding the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

22 Feb 2010

Cuccinelli Doubts Findings on Global Warming

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli has filed a petition against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its findings on the effects of global warming on humans. He called the EPA’s findings “political science, not real science.” Read Rich Griset’s story on WTOP.com.

22 Feb 2010

Legislators Hope to Boost Tourism

In the old days, it might have been tobacco or coal. Now, legislators are turning to a different industry – tourism – to energize the state’s economy. Several organizations have developed plans to boost tourism and draw more visitors to Virginia’s state parks, museums, battlefields, wineries and other attractions. Read Brittany Daniels’ story in The Virginia Gazette.