Posts Tagged Governor Ralph Northam

Northam Blasts Trump After Mass Shootings

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Following an event marking the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, Governor Northam blasted President Trump and state lawmakers who failed to act during a special legislative session on gun control. (Credit: RADIO IQ)

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, Governor Northam is blaming Donald Trump and calling on voters to reject gun violence on November 5th. Sandy Hausman has the story.

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Some Virginia Districts Are Turning to Virtual Solutions to Teacher Shortage

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Schools across Virginia are having a hard time finding teachers. And, the lack of teachers in Virginia is causing some schools to take drastic measures. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Outlines School Readiness Proposal

governor-northam-official-photo_800Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is hoping to get his hands on new funding streams for early childhood education. Michael Pope 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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Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Too

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You’ve heard that Virginia is for lovers, but state officials are hoping you’ll also soon think of the Commonwealth as a home for outdoor lovers too. Nick Gilmore explains.

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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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Governor Northam’s Mandatory Minimums Decision Continues to Spark Controversy

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Governor Ralph Northam made headlines last week when he vetoed a bill that would have established a minimum two month prison sentence for third-time domestic abusers.

In a statement sent out Monday, Republicans say the governor’s veto undercuts protections for people trapped in abusive relationships. Mallory Noe-Payne 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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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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Northam Vetoes Two Immigration-Related Bills

governor-northam-official-photo_800Immigration is once again in the spotlight here in Virginia, where the issue has become a dividing line between the parties. Michael Pope reports.

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Where Does Lottery Money Go in Governor Northam’s Budget?

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Money from gambling may be making its way into the classrooms. Or maybe not. Michael Pope explains.

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Controversial Cell Tower Bill Rests in Governor Northam’s Hands

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Local governments are pressing the governor’s office to make significant changes to a bill governing where and when cell towers can be constructed. Michael Pope has that story.

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Lawmakers to Zinke: No Offshore Drilling for Virginia

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Leaders in the Trump administration are hearing from Virginia about opposition to offshore drilling. Michael Pope has the story.

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Examining the Power of Virginia’s Governor

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Governor Ralph Northam will be spending the next few weeks combing through more than 800 bills the General Assembly sent to his desk.  And, as Michael Pope reports, he gets to make significant changes.

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Governor Northam Signs Controversial “Dominion Bill”

governor-northam-official-photo_800Electric utility companies Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power have avoided Virginia regulators for several years, although that era may be coming to a close. Michael Pope has final developments on the so-called Dominion bill.

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Virginia Doesn’t Have Any Sanctuary Cities, But What About Sanctuary Policies?

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Sanctuary cities became one of the hottest issues in the campaign last year. Now it’s become one of the most divisive issues in the General Assembly. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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A Bipartisan Deal to Reform Virginia’s Criminal Justice System Has Been Struck

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Governor Ralph Northam, front, waves during his first State of the Commonwealth address. Northam and Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, behind Northam, have reached a compromise to reform Virginia’s criminal justice system.  (Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Republicans and Democrats at the Capitol are striking a deal that will make significant changes to the criminal justice system in Virginia. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Medicaid Expansion is On the Table, But Work Requirement Could Be Sticking Point

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In Virginia, Republican leaders are now saying they won’t talk Medicaid expansion unless Democrats support work requirements for the program. A bill to do just that made its way through a key committee this morning. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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As Medicaid Legislation Goes Down in Senate, Northam Recommits to Expanding Coverage

Virginia_State_Capitol3A key committee in Virginia’s Senate took up debate of Medicaid expansion Thursday. Even though the bills failed, Governor Ralph Northam says it’s just the beginning of the process. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With a New Governor at the Helm, Can the General Assembly Work in a Bipartisan Manner?

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Governor Ralph Northam gestures during his first State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the General Assembly. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The British classic rock band known as the Who famously belted out “Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss.” As Michael Pope reports, Republicans say that sentiment could have been written about the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

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