Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Virginia lawmakers spar on reported Trump visit to Jamestown

Jul. 20, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are sparring after a report that President Donald Trump will attend the 400th anniversary celebration of the first meeting of the state's legislative body in Jamestown. Democrats have threatened to boycott the event because they say Trump doesn't represent their...

Trump effect the top question in Virginia's key elections

Jul. 19, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats. Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago. Last year the same energy helped Virginia Democrats knock out three incumbent...

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Jul. 9, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led Legislature to...

The Latest: Virginia GOP: Panel should review gun issues

Jul. 9, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's special legislative session to consider stricter gun laws after a mass shooting (all times local): 2 p.m. Republican leaders in Virginia's General Assembly say the state's crime commission needs to take a measured look at gun issues to try to find a bipartisan...

GOP-led Virginia legislature rejects Democrats' requests for gun-control votes, adjourns until after November election

Jul. 9, 2019 1:37 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — GOP-led Virginia legislature rejects Democrats' requests for gun-control votes, adjourns until after November election.

Virginia Senate GOP majority whip resigns in protest after top Republican proposes banning guns in government buildings

Jul. 9, 2019 11:48 AM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate GOP majority whip resigns in protest after top Republican proposes banning guns in government buildings.

FBI: Man threatened Muslim candidate, synagogue in posts

Jul. 3, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

A North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American political candidate in Virginia also is accused of posting an anti-Semitic threat on a Florida synagogue's Facebook page. An FBI agent outlined those allegations against Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, in an affidavit unsealed before...

Man charged with online threat to lynch Muslim candidate

Jul. 1, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

A North Carolina man has been charged with posting an anonymous threat on social media to lynch a Muslim-American candidate for a state Senate seat in Virginia. A warrant for the arrest of Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, of Black Mountain, was issued after his June 20 indictment, federal court records show. Federal...

Virginia Beach considers independent shooting investigation

Jun. 25, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The city of Virginia Beach may soon commission an independent investigation into the mass shooting that claimed 12 lives last month, but the findings might not come out quickly enough for some victims' families, state lawmakers and city officials. City Council members delved into...

Disgraced former Virginia lawmaker gets new opponent

Jun. 19, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia lawmaker who used to spend his days at the General Assembly and his nights in jail after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary is facing an independent challenger after recently winning a Democratic primary contest. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports...