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How Much is Too Much for Virginia’s New Democratic Majority?

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Democrats haven’t controlled the House of Delegates for 20 years, so they have a long list of agenda items for the upcoming General Assembly session. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Democrats have a long list of agenda items they want to tackle when the next General Assembly gavels into session. But, they are going to have to think carefully about what they want to accomplish and when. Michael Pope reports.

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Following a Big Night for Democrats, Governor Northam Looks Ahead

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Governor Ralph Northam addresses members of his cabinet following Tuesday’s statehouse elections. He outlined some of his key priorities for the General Assembly, which Democrats now control for the first time in decades. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Now that Democrats have unified power in Virginia, they’re looking forward to their legislative agenda. Governor Ralph Northam laid out his priorities at a cabinet meeting Wednesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

The Democratic governor believes his party’s gains on Election Night were largely powered by voters who want common-sense gun laws.

Northam said he plans to push the same gun safety laws he proposed during a special session of the General Assembly earlier this year – a direct response to a May mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Here he is talking about some of those proposals:

Republicans dismissed that special session almost immediately – without deliberating gun safety proposals from Northam and other lawmakers.

The true test for how progressive this new agenda will be comes in January — when the first Democratic-led General Assembly in decades convenes in Richmond.

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Democrats Now Reign Supreme in Northern Virginia

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Tuesday’s election swept Democrats into power in both chambers of the General Assembly. But, it also wiped Republicans off the map in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope has details.

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A Look at Some Million-Dollar State Senate Races

StateSeal00Voters from across Virginia will head to the polls next week in high-stakes races for the state Senate. Michael Pope has this look at their fundraising efforts.

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National Interest in Virginia’s Statehouse Elections is Drawing Big Fundraising Numbers

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New campaign-finance numbers show certain races for the House of Delegates attracting outsized interest and campaign cash. Michael Pope reports.

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Fairfax Scandal Could Soon Play a Role In General Assembly Campaigns

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The sexual assault scandal surrounding Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has now become part of the election campaign for the General Assembly this year. Michael Pope reports.

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Will Higher Interest Lead to Higher Turnout on Election Day?

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1It’s election season, but many voters are not tuned into their local races for House of Delegates and state Senate. Michael Pope has this look at what that means for turnout.

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Online Advertising Continues to Be An Important Tool for Virginia Candidates

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If you’ve been on Facebook or YouTube lately, you might have noticed something about an election here in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.

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A Look at This Year’s General Assembly Political Ads

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A screenshot from the “Chasing Chase” ad. It’s from a California-based political action committee known as Fund Her. (Credit: Fund Her)

If you’ve spent any time in front of a television or a laptop recently, you’ve probably noticed it’s campaign season. Michael Pope reports.

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Census Data: Older Virginians Maintain a Significant Influence Over Elections

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Voters will head to the polls next month for General Assembly seats all over Virginia, although not all age groups are expected to participate at the same rates. Michael Pope reports.

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Va Sec. of Finance Warns Lawmakers to Be ‘Cautious’ with Budget

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In a briefing in Richmond Monday, Virginia’s Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne told state lawmakers that revenues aren’t keeping pace with expenditures. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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What State Senate and House of Delegates Races Will Be the Most Noteworthy?

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Voters will be headed to the polls next month in elections for every seat in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has this preview of some competitive House of Delegates races.

All 40 seats of the Virginia state Senate will also be on the ballot next month, but just like in the House, some seats have little or no competition. Here’s a look at some of the more competitive races in the House.

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New Legislative Maps Are Now in Effect; How Will They Impact November’s Statehouse Elections?

StateSeal00Earlier this year, federal judges created new maps for 11 House of Delegates districts in Virginia. Michael Pope reports on what that means for this year’s elections.

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TV Ad Buys Are Heating Up with Election Day Around the Corner

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As Election Day approaches, some races are eating up time on the TV airwaves. Michael Pope reports.

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One Group Wants Virginia Candidates to Disclose Where Their Contributions Come From

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One watchdog group is worried about government ethics in Virginia. And, it’s challenging candidates for the General Assembly to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.

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State Education Officials to Consider Making School Funding More Equitable

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Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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One Virginia Candidate Has Accepted A Massive Campaign Donation

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Delegate Nick Freitas (Credit: BingBong321 / Creative Commons)

Running for office isn’t cheap, especially when the stakes are as high as they are this year. But one very large campaign contribution is raising eyebrows across Virginia. Michael Pope is following the money.

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The Impact of Small-Dollar Donations in Virginia Elections

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Candidates often brag about the amount of money they’ve pulled in. But, sometimes a campaign is known more for the amount of donors. Michael Pope reports.

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Summer Fundraising Helps Several Democrats Pull Ahead of Their Republican Rivals

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Campaign finance numbers from the summer show Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans in several campaigns for the General Assembly. Michael Pope is following the money.

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The Growing Influence of Hispanic Voters in Virginia Elections

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This month is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the contribution Hispanic voters have made to Virginia politics. Michael Pope reports.

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With Deadlines Approaching, Campaigns Use Different Tricks to Influence Finance Disclosures

campaigndeadlineCandidates for the General Assembly are facing a key deadline this week for campaign finance. Michael Pope is following the money.

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This Year’s Election Could Have Impacts on FMLA and Sick Leave in Virginia

thumbnail_leaveWhen can employees take time off? And how much time should they get to leave work? Lawmakers are expected to consider these questions next year, and the results will depend on what happens during this year’s election. Michael Pope reports.

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Public, Interest Groups Weigh In On Guns At Crime Commission

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Virginia’s State Crime Commission heard hours of public testimony Tuesday – all on gun violence. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, comments are falling along expected lines, but there is one emerging point of consensus.

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Virginia Incumbents and Their Challengers Often Have More in Common Than Meets the Eye

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Who are the people running against all those incumbent members of the Virginia General Assembly this year? And just how rich are they? Michael Pope reports.

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With Republicans in Washington Considering Gun Control, Will the Virginia GOP Follow Suit?

rpv_logoAre Republicans in Virginia on the verge of moving their position on gun control? Michael Pope reports.

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Elections Board Denies GOP Another Chance in Central Virginia District

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Virginia’s Board of Elections will not allow Republican Delegate Nick Freitas on the ballot this November. That decision came during a board meeting Tuesday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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‘We Will Win It’ Says GOP Delegate Who Missed Filing Deadline

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A GOP state lawmaker says he’s willing to step aside as a candidate, if it means voters in his district can get a Republican on the ballot. The election in central Virginia could impact party control of the statehouse. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Trump and Other Leaders Celebrate 400th Anniversary of American Democracy at Jamestown

StateSeal00Citing what he called “four incredible centuries of history, “President Donald Trump closed out Tuesday’s ceremony in Jamestown, celebrating in the same place where the legislative body first met. Jeff Bossert reports.

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A Look Back at the Virginia Colony in 1619

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A map of the Colony of Virginia, drafted by Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu.

A number of events are scheduled to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first General Assembly session on July 30th, 1619.

Michael Pope has this look at what was happening at the time.

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When it Comes to Small-Dollar Donations, Democrats Are Out-Raising Republicans

virginia_flag_map_0Campaign-finance disclosures show business groups and corporations are donating to Republican incumbents in this year’s General Assembly races. But, Democrats are leading in smaller donations. Michael Pope reports.

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Big Spenders Don’t Always Win Elections, But They Win Quite Often

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For candidates trying to get elected, spending money isn’t everything. But as Michael Pope reports, it’s often a sign of success.

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Some Incumbents Facing Stiff Fundraising Challenges from Opponents

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The latest round of campaign-finance documents are shedding new light on the contours of Election 2019. Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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Special Session Demonstrates Issues with Guns in Public Spaces

StateSeal00Lawmakers are returning home to their districts this week after a special session on gun control empty handed. Michael Pope reports Republicans blocked all reform efforts, even ones suggested by Republicans.

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What to Expect From This Week’s Special Legislative Session

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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond once again this week to consider gun-control legislation in the wake of the Virginia Beach shooting. Michael Pope has this preview.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been filing gun-related legislation to be considered during the session.

That includes Democratic Senator John Edwards. He has a bill that would allow local governments to ban firearms from meeting places like city council chambers.

Edwards has tried to get the measure passed before on behalf of Roanoke’s city council.

Other proposed legislation from Democratic lawmakers would reinstate Virginia’s one handgun purchase-a-month law, allow courts to remove guns from people deemed a risk to themselves or others, and make the penalty for leaving a loaded gun where a child can get it a felony.

Republican legislation includes efforts to increase the penalties for using a firearm during a crime, brandishing a gun at a law enforcement officer, and allowing state and local government employees to carry their gun on the job if they also have a concealed carry permit.

Republican Senator Amanda Chase says gun owners who are following the law shouldn’t be penalized for the bad behavior of others.

This November, ever seat in the General Assembly will be on the ballot — all 100 seats in the House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the state Senate.

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Virginia Localities Can Now Better Regulate Electric Scooters

StateSeal00Cities across Virginia are dealing with a new form of transportation — electric scooters. And now, they have some new tools to regulate. Michael Pope reports.

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Happy Hour Advertising is Now a Go in Virginia

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The A-frame sign advertising happy hour prices outside Pork Barrel Barbecue in Alexandria would have been illegal last month. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Bars and restaurants can now advertise their happy hour prices, a restriction that’s long plagued the industry. Michael Pope reports.

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Analysts: Accepting PAC Money from the Governor Could Have Mixed Results

StateSeal00Under normal circumstances, candidates would welcome money from the governor to help finance their campaigns. But this year, it’s a little different. Michael Pope is following the money.

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Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

StateSeal00Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Mallory Noe-Payne has further details.

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What Impacts Could the Special Session Have In November?

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Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond for a special session on guns. But will anything happen? Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers Eliminate State-Funded Abortion Program

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State lawmakers have cut funding for a Department of Health program that pays for certain abortions. The budget amendment slid under the radar during a busy legislative session. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Now That the Presidency is Off the Table, What’s Next for McAuliffe?

McAuliffeFormer Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement that he will not be running for president may end up reshuffling the deck for this year’s statehouse elections. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Medicaid Reimbursement Be a Solution to Black Maternal Mortality?

StateSeal00This year, lawmakers took action to start collecting data on Virginia’s maternal mortality rate. But, that may end up being just the beginning of the effort. Michael Pope reports.

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Financial Reports Show What Races Are a Priority for Republicans and Democrats This Fall

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All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs this November. Campaign finance reports released this week show what races Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing. Micheal Pope has details.

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With Every Seat Up for Grabs, Many Republicans are Calling it Quits at the General Assembly

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Nine lawmakers are calling it quits, stepping down from their position in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has the breakdown.

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Paystub Protections Are Now Law in Virginia, With One Notable Exception

StateSeal00Workers across Virginia are about to get a new guarantee — a paystub showing how their salary was calculated and what kind of withholdings were taken out. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Working to Increase Affordable Housing Options, GOP Support Remains Unclear

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are returning to Richmond Wednesday, where they’ll be considering a proposal from the governor to invest more money into affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Signs Foster Care Reform

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, signs foster care reforms into law. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s Governor signed legislation Wednesday to improve the state’s foster care system. The measures increase health and safety standards, plus make it easier for children to be placed with a family member. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Avoiding Eviction: How Virginia is Making the System Easier for Tenants

virginia_flag_map_0It’s a legislative success story. Reporting from the New York Times brought attention to Virginia’s eviction crisis, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers responded. In just a single year, the General Assembly passed a suite of legislation to bring clarity to the eviction process and give renters a second chance.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Northam Renews Push for a Virginia Hands-Free Law

governor-northam-official-photo_800Drivers in Virginia may soon be subject to a strict new law preventing them from holding their cell phones. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia CSB’s Offer Same Day Services

StateSeal00Someone trying to get a mental health evaluation can now walk into any of the state’s community services boards and get one right away, instead of waiting days or even weeks for an appointment. It’s a dramatic shift that the state has been working towards for years. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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