Law-makers are challenging Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that restores voting and other rights to felons. Republican state leaders say the Governor's automatic restoration measure is unconstitutional. They argue the right to vote and sit on a jury should be restored to non-violent felons on a case by case basis.
A federal judge upheld Virginia’s voter identification law Thursday (5/19) saying the measure doesn’t lessen voters’ opportunities for political participation.
The Virginia Housing Commission is studying how to best implement laws for short-term rental housing throughout the state.
Delegate Chris Peace chairs the commission’s Airbnb work group. He says right now, the group is trying to reconcile concerns from home-owners who use the platform to make extra money and concerns from localities and hospitality industry representatives who say they’re losing money.
Newly released data from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration shows a snap shot of who is benefiting from his April 22nd rights restoration order.
Nearly 80% of the newly enfranchised felons are non-violent. Half are white and 75% are male - that’s all according to a press release from the Democratic Governor who argues each of them has paid their debts to society and deserves to cast a ballot and be considered for jury duty.
Four Republicans are lining up to replace retiring Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt.
Last weekend, the Democrats nominated Jane Dittmar at the party’s district convention in Nelson County, and this coming weekend, it is the Republican’s turn with four candidates seeking the nomination.
They are State Senator Tom Garrett, former congressional security adviser Joseph Whited, Developer Jim McKelvey and technology executive Michael Del Rosso.