Politics

Bill to allow remote trapping regulations

February 19th, 2015

A bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly this week will allow the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to set regulations regarding remote trapping.

Bohan starts campaign for Frederick County sheriff

February 12th, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — A school security officer and retired agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Thursday he is running for the Republican nomination for Frederick County sheriff.

Obenshain running for re-election

Mark Obenshain

February 10th, 2015

Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, announced Tuesday that he is seeking a fourth term in the General Assembly.

U.S. House OKs small business bill

February 6th, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill 260-163 this week that requires federal agencies to assess the impact of regulations on small businesses.

McAuliffe, Herring offer anti-heroin legislation

February 4th, 2015

Virginia’s top two elected officials are trying to use the General Assembly session to bolster efforts to reduce a heroin epidemic plaguing the northern Shenandoah Valley and the rest of the state.

Vogel downplays missed vote on immigrant bill

Jill Holtzman Vogel

January 21st, 2015

State Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Upperville, downplayed a vote she missed Tuesday on a bill that would have scrapped in-state tuition for public college students who came to this country years ago as illegal immigrants.

Republican women

Members of Republican Women of Shenandoah County attended the annual Virginia Federation of Republican Women Legislative Day held at the downtown Richmond Marriott on Jan. 15.  Shown here, from left, are Sue Hughes, 6th District representative from the Virginia federation;  Toia Middleton, first vice president of the Shenandoah County organization, and  Laura Cadden, a member of the Shenandoah County organization. Also shown are Del.  Todd Gilbert, back left, and state Sen. Mark Obenshain.   Courtesy photo

January 21st, 2015

Members of Republican Women of Shenandoah County attended the annual Virginia Federation of Republican Women Legislative Day held at the downtown Richmond Marriott on Jan. 15. Shown here, from left, are Sue Hughes, 6th District representative from the Virginia federation; Toia Middleton, first vice president of the Shenandoah County organization, and Laura Cadden, a member of the Shenandoah County organization. Also shown are Del. Todd Gilbert, back left, and state Sen. Mark Obenshain. Courtesy photo

Obama’s tax plan: ‘Mixed bag’

January 20th, 2015

Industry insiders sounded off on the tax plan President Barack Obama presented to Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Comstock settling into duties

January 16th, 2015

Barbara Comstock’s first days as the new congresswoman from the 10th District have been filled with committee assignments, her first votes and floor speeches and getting to know her House colleagues.

Lawmakers back safety, privacy bills

January 15th, 2015

Protecting privacy, controlling state spending, expanding gun ownership rights and safer soccer goals are among the issues on the minds of two area legislators in the 2015 General Assembly session.

Aiming to make a difference

January 14th, 2015

RICHMOND — The General Assembly convened Wednesday for the first day of its 2015 session amid hopes that at least some of the thousands of bills expected to be introduced will pass and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the state’s 8.3 million residents.

Gov. McAuliffe announces equality agenda for 2015 session

January 13th, 2015

For the 2015 General Assembly legislative session, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced an equal opportunity agenda for women and gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender workers throughout the Commonwealth.

McDonnell’s sentencing hits many hard

January 7th, 2015

The two-year prison sentence a federal judge imposed on former Gov. Bob McDonnell Tuesday was far lighter than what prosecutors had sought, but it was enough to leave some local lawmakers and Republican party activists dismayed and unsettled.