Latest Virginia state government News

Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022

Oct. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. “Everybody I talked to said:...

McAuliffe, Youngkin now mum on tax return disclosures

Oct. 20, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The leading candidates for Virginia governor have gone quiet on commitments both previously made to disclose at least some information from recent tax returns before the Nov. 2 election. Neither the campaign of Democrat Terry McAuliffe nor that of...

New redistricting committee all but gives up map effort

Oct. 20, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting committee all but gave up its effort to draw new congressional maps after committee members could not find consensus on what constitutes a politically fair map. The redistricting committee had already...

Virginia expects $2B in public-private broadband funding

Oct. 20, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state investments in broadband connectivity and the state expects more than $2 billion in total broadband funding, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Virginia...

Big Virginia abortion test: Can it energize Democratic base?

Oct. 19, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — When Planned Parenthood canvassers stopped by Megan Ortiz's house, the 32-year-old therapist was getting ready to head out and too distracted to talk for long. But after they left, she thought better of it. She jumped in her minivan and drove the...

Suits allege 29 companies discriminated against renters

Oct. 19, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s attorney general’s office has filed lawsuits against more than two dozen real estate companies accused of discriminating against renters protected under a recent change to state law. Attorney General Mark Herring’s Office of Civil...

Tentative settlement reached in Dominion rate review

Oct. 18, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest electric utility has reached a settlement agreement with regulators and other parties in an ongoing rate case that if approved would provide one-time refunds to customers and a rate reduction going forward. Dominion Energy...

Congressional maps challenge Virginia redistricting panel

Oct. 18, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — After failing in its effort to draw new maps for General Assembly districts, Virginia's new bipartisan redistricting commission is facing similar hurdles as it tries to map out congressional lines. The commission met Monday and reviewed a map...

Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda

Oct. 18, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage. ...

Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race

Oct. 17, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will “show the world who we are" in future contests...