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Local legislators hoping for straightforward special session

Unlike last year’s marathon, 84-day-long, open-ended, anything-goes, free-for-all special session, the one that began Aug. 2 for General Assembly members will be short and focus strictly on allotting the $4.3 billion in federal stimulus funds and selecting Court of...

Legislators aiming for taut, focused special session

Unlike last year’s marathon, 84-day-long, open-ended, anything-goes, free-for-all special session, the one that began Aug. 2 for General Assembly members will be short and focus strictly on allotting the $4.3 billion in federal stimulus funds and selecting Court of...

Some Vienna leaders want more online-meeting options

For the second straight year, the Vienna Town Council has begun brainstorming on its wish list months ahead of schedule for the next year’s General Assembly session – and focusing on fewer matters in hopes more will gain traction...

Celebratory balloon launches soon to be illegal across Va.

Revisions to Virginia’s balloon release law will result in fewer littered balloons on Virginia’s beaches, proponents believe. The revised law, sponsored by Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach), takes effect on July 1, and will prohibit the intentional releasing, discarding, or...

American Legion post, civic leader receive legislative kudos

It took an extra year because of pandemic-related delays, but American Legion Post 270 in McLean and its former commander, W. Glenn Yarborough, on May 19 finally received ceremonial copies of honorary resolutions passed last year by the General...

Editorial: Smoke ’em if you got ’em? Whatever.

One need not be a cynic – although it helps – to understand why Gov. Northam is attempting to use, on his way almost out the door, the legislative-amendment process to bring some legal doobie to the Old Dominion. Northam...

Letter: More people voting is not a bad thing

Editor: I disagree with your March 26 editorial , opposing Virginia’s new requirement that all towns and cities hold elections in November. As you readily admit, this new rule will increase voter turnout. In a representative democracy, making it more...

Editorial: Governor sticks it to towns and cities

With one swipe of his pen, Gov. Northam delivered an unmistakable “up yours” (and that’s the nice way of putting it) to local governments across the commonwealth. The governor recently signed legislation, passed by the narrowest of margins and likely...

Moving town elections to November generates Vienna backlash

Vienna leaders long have fought to continue holding Town Council elections on the first Monday of each May, saying it keeps the contests non-partisan and ensures that better-informed – albeit fewer – voters cast ballots. But Gov. Northam (D) on...

Contender makes case she is solid choice in 45th House District

She didn’t deviate from the progressive-Democratic playbook – no surprise, given her audience – but the vice mayor of Alexandria on March 3 launched a bid for General Assembly with a call to develop a stronger Virginia in the...
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Editor’s Notebook: Get those boxes packed!

Yesterday marked the first day that sports czar Dave and I took some boxes from our current office across...
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