Politics

Local residents share thoughts on inauguration

January 20, 2017

It’s official. The Trump presidency has officially begun. Supporters and demonstrators alike flocked to Washington Friday to witness Donald Trump become Mr. President.

House Democrats focus on jobs, wage reform

Virginia House Minority Leader David Toscano,  of Charlottesville, speaks during a news conference. "Our priority is to be laser-focused on creating jobs," he said.  Capital News Service

January 12, 2017

RICHMOND – The Virginia House Democrats Thursday outlined their legislative agenda to raise the minimum wage, increase workforce training and protect minority rights during this General Assembly session.

Advocates for rape survivors applaud grant

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring discusses a grant that will go toward eliminating the state's backlog of untested rape kits during a news conference on Thursday.  Capital News Service photo

January 12, 2017

Organizations that help rape survivors see benefits from Virginia receiving a $2 million federal grant to improve the commonwealth’s handling of sexual assaults.

McAuliffe calls for easier voting

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, on Tuesday called for legislation to make it easier to vote absentee. Photo by Julie Rothey/VCU Capital News Service

January 11, 2017

Currently, to vote absentee in Virginia, you must cite a specific excuse, such as attending college or having a disability.

McClellan Wins, but GOP still controls Senate

January 11, 2017

Democrat Jennifer McClellan of Richmond easily won a seat in the Virginia Senate in a special election Tuesday, but Republicans retained control of the chamber by holding on to a district west of the capital city.

Black lawmakers seek to protect education funding

Del. Roslyn Tyler, left, president of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, discusses the group's top priorities during Wednesday's  General Assembly session. Other caucus members included Sen. Rosalyn Dance, Del. Jennifer McClellan and Sen. Mamie Locke. Photo by Jessica Nolte/VCU Capital News Service

January 11, 2017

As Virginia faces an estimated $1.26 billion budget shortfall, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus announced that its top priority during the General Assembly’s session is to protect funding for K-12 education.

Collins announces re-election campaign

Christopher Collins

January 10, 2017

Christopher Collins, delegate for Virginia’s 29th district, which includes the City of Winchester and the counties of Warren and Frederick, announced his campaign for reelection Tuesday evening at the Hilton Garden in Winchester.

Watchdog groups criticize Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte  AP

January 6, 2017

Several government watchdog groups are criticizing a recent proposal from Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, to strip down an organization that investigates representatives accused of wrongdoing.

U.S. attorney for Virginia resigns

John P. Fishwick Jr.

December 27, 2016

The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia announced his retirement Tuesday, effective at midnight Jan. 6, 2017.

Comstock wins a second term

Barbara Comstock

November 8, 2016

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, took the lead in late returns as she tried to win a second term against a strong challenge by Democrat LuAnn Bennett in the 10th Congressional District.

Voters to decide on local, state, national elections

Election official Teresa Orndorff works on lining up polling booths inside Strasburg High School on Monday as officials prepare for today's elections.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 8, 2016

Residents of Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties are heading to the polls today to select a new president, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives and local officials, and to vote on two state constitutional referendums.