A Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill that would scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals and add one on Election Day.
Del. Joseph Lindsey’s measure is one of hundreds lawmakers will consider when they convene next month for the start of the 2020 legislative session.
State and local officials are opposing a proposed waste recovery facility that would be run by former Portsmouth councilman Danny Meeks.
The facility would separate recyclable and non-recyclable waste. That would happen indoors, and no refuse would be stored on-site overnight, Meeks said.
Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, was riding a wave of national publicity Monday after a fiery pro-gun speech last week that several African-American Democrats condemned as racially insensitive for its references to poverty and slavery.
Freitas — one of several Republicans running to take on U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., this fall — appeared on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning to recap his speech,
A bitter partisan fight broke out on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Friday after a Republican lawmaker suggested “the abortion industry” may be a factor in the rise of mass shootings and accused Democrats of being the historical party of slavery and Jim Crow.
Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper — running in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate as the most mainstream-friendly challenger to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. — stunned Democrats with an explosive speech pushing back against the minority party’s calls for stronger gun-control laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Two James City County conservatives, usually close allies, split over a bill intended to promote Historic Triangle tourism, disagreeing on questions of core functions of government and local tax authority.
In what she said was her first public disagreement with one of Virginia’s most powerful politicians, Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, said she could not support Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment Jr.’s proposal for a sales tax surcharge to finance a tourism program.
African-American lawmakers said Monday they have been successful this legislative session in addressing the problem of food deserts, funding apprenticeships for high school students and relaxing overly harsh school disciplinary policies.
Voters in Hampton Roads will elect two new members to the House of Delegates to fill open seats Nov. 8.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday called for a special election that day in House District 77, held by Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, and District 93, held by Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg.
Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. will be moving from the state House to the Senate next year following his win Saturday against Del. Joe Lindsey for an open state Senate seat.
The two Democrats competed to fill the seat of Kenny Alexander, who vacated it after being sworn in as Norfolk mayor. There will be no Republican challenger in November, so Spruill will become a senator following 22 years in the House of Delegates.
The pending prosecution of the son of state Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. on fraud charges highlights gray areas regarding conflicts in the court system.
Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood asked to be disqualified from handling the case. The reason is because he has a professional and political relationship with Del. Spruill, said Amanda Howie, a spokeswoman for Underwood.
A grand jury indicted Lionell Spruill Jr. two weeks after the elder Spruill, D-Chesapeake, announced he was running to replace Kenny Alexander, D-Norfolk, in the state Senate.
Democrats in parts of Norfolk and Chesapeake will vote July 9 for a nominee to replace state Sen. Kenny Alexander following his election as Norfolk mayor.
Alexander has held the heavily Democratic 5th District Senate seat since 2012, but will take office as mayor July 1.