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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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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...

PHOTOS: A celebration of Va. Little League!

The 2021 Little League Major Tournament was being held at Yeonas Park in Vienna July 23-27, 2021, drawing teams from across the commonwealth. Opening-night ceremonies includes a parade and a visit from Gov. Northam. Enjoy these photos from Dave Facinoli....

Editor’s Notebook: Just a little high and wide …

In general, a politician – whether of the male, female or still-undecided variety – probably would rather spend more time with a sports reporter than with a news reporter, for a host of reasons. So it was no surprise, perhaps,...

Editor’s Notebook: An example of Virginia’s ‘new math’?

With the Northam administration seemingly hell-bent, before the governor hits the road next January, on completely dumbing down public education – “equity” apparently meaning to them that all kids have to come out of high school as ignoramuses –...

Editorial: Do Va. leaders hate student achievement?

One has to wonder, at this point, if state leaders are purposely trying to push as many parents to abandon public schools as humanly possible. Latest example: The Virginia Department of Education is starting to mull getting rid of “advanced”...

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...

VRE To see financial windfall in Va. transportation package

Ridership in these COVID times is way, way down – and there is no sure timetable for when, or if, it may rebound – but state officials are placing a bet that Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will be more...

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...

Bill ending parental payments for incarcerated youth signed into law

Gov. Northam has signed legislation, patroned by Del. Patrick Hope, ending the practice of the state government requiring parents of children committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice to pay some of the cost involved. The measure, which goes into...
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Letter: Del. Simon lives his values, aids his community

Editor: In your Oct. 21 Fairfax legislative-races endorsements, you claim that the Del. Marcus Simon (D-53rd) is “disconnected from...
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