Archive for June, 2022

The impact of the January 6th committee on Virginia’s 2nd Congressional race

2nd District Congresswoman Elaine Luria

The January 6 Committee may end up influencing one of Virginia’s congressional races this year. Michael Pope explains why.

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Virginia lawmakers react to Roe v. Wade decision

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Friday’s Supreme Court decision that ended federal protections for abortion is setting up a political battle in Virginia. Jahd Khalil tells us what’s coming next. 

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Pope & Schapiro: Congressional primaries & a signed state budget

The stage is now set for this fall’s mid-term Congressional elections.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on that and other news from the General Assembly.

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New report: Virginia is one of the worst offenders when it comes to lax campaign finance laws

Virginia’s lax campaign finance laws are once again in the spotlight for opening the door to corruption. Michael Pope explains why.

You can find the report here.

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A closer look at Republican Yesli Vega’s successful primary campaign

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Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega is now the Republican candidate to run against Democrat Abigail Spanberger in the 7th Congressional District. Michael Pope has this look at her campaign.

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Vega, Kiggans win Congressional primaries

Voters in five Congressional districts selected candidates yesterday in primary elections, setting up the races for this fall.

Michael Pope reports.

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Youngkin ceremonially signs state budget

After months of debate, negotiation and legislation, Governor Glenn Youngkin has put his signature on the state budget. As Jahd Khalil reports, the ceremonial signing Tuesday was held at a venue where Youngkin recorded ads during his bid for governor.

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A gas tax holiday is dead in Virginia, but the debate goes on

As Washington considers a holiday for the federal gas tax, here in Virginia the effort to temporarily suspend the state gas tax has reached the end of the road. Michael Pope reports.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: LEGO comes to Virginia

Toy company LEGO is bringing its first U.S. manufacturing facility to Chesterfield County.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright talk about the company’s massive investment and what it means for the Commonwealth.

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A preview of Tuesday’s primary elections in Virginia

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Tuesday is Election Day in Virginia. Michael Pope has this preview of what you’ll see on the ballot.

Polling places will be open from 6am to 7pm. Anyone in line at 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot. You can find more information here.

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Va. News: LEGO to Chesterfield County and Virginia’s red flag law

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Virginia’s red flag law has been used hundreds of times in the past two years, but not everyone is happy about it. And, Chesterfield County will soon be the only place in the U.S. where LEGOs are made.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with the Virginia Public Access Project.

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Abortion funding ban turned down by General Assembly, HBCU scholarships approved

As the country awaits a U. S. Supreme Court decision, abortion remains a divisive topic in Richmond.

Late Friday, lawmakers rejected an amendment from the governor to block state funding for the procedure, as Michael Pope reports.

Lawmakers narrowly approved a budget amendment from the governor that redirects money for financial assistance for college students.

Michael Pope reports the move wasn’t without controversy.

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The House of Delegates rejects amendment making it a crime to protest outside judges’ homes

Friday, state legislators had 38 budget amendments to go through. Budgets in Virginia don’t only mean more or less money. They could even mean a new felony, as Jahd Khalil reports from the Capitol. 

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Pope & Schapiro: Budget amendments and Congressional primaries

The General Assembly takes up Governor Glenn Youngkin’s budget amendments later today.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Michael Pope have more on that and a look at next week’s Congressional primaries.

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Youngkin amendments move funding to HBCU’s

Lawmakers will return to Richmond Friday to consider a number of budget amendments from the governor. Michael Pope has this report on two that focus on historically Black colleges and universities.

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Advocates wonder why state Democrats didn’t pass an assault weapons ban when they were in power

When Democrats were in control of the General Assembly, they passed a number of measures designed to reduce gun violence. But, as Michael Pope reports, one part of the agenda they were unable to accomplish was banning assault weapons.

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LEGO announces plans to build first US factory in Virginia

LEGO is coming to Virginia. The classic children’s toy company has announced plans to build its second North American manufacturing factory in Chesterfield County, outside Richmond. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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The secret to predicting COVID trends? Look at human behavior, study says

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A new study could make predicting future pandemics more accurate – by combining math with research on human behavior. Roxy Todd has more.

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Will Governor Youngkin include a gas tax holiday in his budget amendments?

House Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a deal on a possible budget that did not include a gas tax holiday. But that’s not the end of the story. As Michael Pope reports, the governor will get a chance to weigh in.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Saving Social Security

Social Security recipients got the largest cost of living adjustment in decades this year.  But the long-term future of the system is still in trouble.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Craig Wright have more on a new proposal to shore it up.

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Governor Youngkin mulls capping scholarship tax credit

Governor Glenn Youngkin is considering a budget proposal that some fear might harm scholarships for low-income students. Michael Pope explains why.

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Va. News: Community college housing, wrongfully imprisoned compensation

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A bill championed in the General Assembly by the UVA Innocence Project would increase compensation paid to people wrongly imprisoned by the state. And, a Virginia community college will be the first in the Commonwealth to provide housing for students.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross.

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Pope & Schapiro: Et tu Delegate?

This spring’s leadership change in House Democratic Caucus was dramatic, but it wasn’t without precedent.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss some of the more notable House of Delegates leadership coups of the past few decades.

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New Parole Board chair pledges transparency and second chances

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Virginia has not offered parole to people convicted of crimes since 1995. But about 2,500 men and women were convicted of breaking the law before then, and they could still win early release if the parole board feels they pose no threat to society. 

Many of those people feared they would have to wait another four years now that a Republican is governor.  But as Sandy Hausman reports, they could be surprised.

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Full Disclosure Briefing: Spiking housing costs

The COVID-19 pandemic changed how and where many people work.  Add in the pressure of inflation, and you have the recipe for spiking housing costs in metro areas like Richmond.

Roben Farzad, host of the Full Disclosure podcast, and Weekend Edition host Craig Wright talk about the impacts.

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Governor Youngkin’s Violent Crime Task Force already being met with some criticism

Last month, Governor Youngkin cited a violent crime crisis in Virginia and announced the appointment of a task force to address it.  That might seem like a solid political move.  After all, who is in favor of violent crime?  But critics are coming forward as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Va. News: New whale technology, fire ants in Virginia

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Fire ants are thriving in Virginia and it seems they’re here to stay. And, new technology is being used to protect whales from lethal collisions with ships.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols and Edie Gross with the Virginia Public Access Project.

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“Operation Ceasefire” may soon be implemented in Virginia

Governor Glenn Youngkin is now considering an investment that would bring a program aimed at reducing violent crime to Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Pope & Schapiro: A new budget and new leadership for Democrats

After months of delay, Virginia’s legislature has passed a budget.

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope have more on that and new Democratic leadership in the House of Delegates.

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New penalties may be on the way for small amounts of marijuana possession

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Marijuana is now legal in Virginia in small amounts. But, as Michael Pope reports, new penalties could be on the horizon.

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After months of negotiations, the General Assembly has come to an agreement on the state budget

Governor Glenn Youngkin is now considering his first budget since taking office. Michael Pope has details.

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PEC working to save Virginia’s grassland birds

Savannah sparrows and other grassland birds have declined dramatically in Virginia. (Credit: October Greenfield)

It’s nesting season for many songbirds including those that live on farmland. 

As Sandy Hausman reports, the population of grassland birds has fallen dramatically in Virginia, and a coalition is hoping to bring them back.

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