Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

3-judge panel appointed to decide Virginia election dispute

Oct. 13, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday appointed a three-judge panel to hear arguments on whether candidates who win election this year to Virginia's House of Delegates should be forced to run again next year. All 100 seats in the House are up for...

GOP targets rural Democrats, rare breed in Virginia politics

Oct. 07, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Most of the battleground districts in this fall's critical elections for the Virginia House of Delegates are in the state's cities and suburbs, but Republicans are also targeting something of a rare breed in Virginia politics: Democrats who represent mostly rural...

Black state lawmakers decry flyers showing them as puppets

Oct. 06, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Black Democratic state legislators are accusing Virginia's Republican party of racism for sending out flyers with drawings showing them hoisted in the air by handheld strings — a depiction the party used to portray them as puppets of liberal Democrats in...

Prosecutors: Neo-Nazis discussed assassination, prison break

Oct. 01, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Maryland are recommending 25-year prison sentences for two neo-Nazi group members, calling them domestic terrorists who prepared for a civil war, discussed how to break racist mass killer Dylann Roof out of death row and talked about...

Is 50-50 fair? Dems say new map should reflect their success

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Some Democrats on a bipartisan redistricting commission in Virginia said Monday that new legislative districts will be fair only if they reflect the partisan success Democrats have had in the state for the past decade. The remarks came after...

Bipartisan redistricting panel starts off with partisan maps

Sep. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new bipartisan redistricting commission is looking at two sets of distinctly partisan maps as it sets out to draw new boundaries for Virginia's General Assembly districts. Democratic and Republican map drawers on Monday submitted their first...

Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

Sep. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack. The Washington Post reports ...

Activists hail Lee statue removal, say more work remains

Sep. 12, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When an enormous statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted off its pedestal Wednesday in the former capital of the Confederacy and carted off to storage, many civil rights activists saw it as a step toward a more inclusive Virginia, if only a symbolic one. ...

Virginia lawmakers elect 8 new judges to appeals court

Aug. 10, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers elected eight new judges to the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday following a selection process that Republicans criticized as one-sided and secretive. Six of the new judges were elected in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate...

Virginia lawmakers to consider Court of Appeals finalists

Aug. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A diverse group of finalists for eight open seats on the Virginia Court of Appeals includes two circuit court judges, a former solicitor general of Virginia, the first Black president of the Virginia State Bar, an appellate attorney, a family law attorney and a public...