April 23, 2018 is Virginia’s first Barbara Johns Day. The late civil rights activist is credited with leading a local movement to get equitably resourced schools. It began with a student walkout 67 years ago. Saraya Wintersmith reports on some of the efforts to keep that story alive.
Saraya Wintersmith has spent the last two years covering Virginia's General Assembly for WCVE. When the Commonwealth's legislature is not in session, she splits her time covering government affairs and the Richmond Metro beat.
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly are meeting again at the Capitol today (4/18). This time, they’re considering vetoes and amendments from the executive branch and conferring with one another between breaks.
Walking along Mantle’s inward spiraling pathway, artist Alan Michelson says the circular shape and the stone that surrounds it is different than other monuments in the Capitol Square and he wanted it to be that way.
The House Appropriations Committee is out with changes to the state's Medicaid expansion proposal. The new provisions come with explicit consequences for those who don't comply with work requirements.
Members of the General Assembly returned to the Capitol today to begin to try to put together a state budget. The Speaker of the House of Delegates says the chamber will offer a budget proposal with some changes.
Legislators are reconvening to hash out a two-year state budget. While much of the focus has centered on Medicaid, there's another discussion happening. Saraya Wintersmith reports activists are trying to draw attention to negotiations about the future of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Just days before Virginia lawmakers return to negotiate a budget, a pair of senior Republican senators are indicating they may be key votes to sway the chamber's stance on expanding Medicaid. One of them is Virginia Beach Senator Frank Wagner.
Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are out with more information about their "Safe Virginia Task Force." It's a response to the House's Speaker Kirk Cox's formation of a special committee on school safety.
There was little discussion of guns or gun violence during the legislative session. On a conference call Tuesday, Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said the issue should be a part of Virginia's school safety talks, "The conversation on school safety is incomplete without discussing gun violence, this safe Virginia initiative will."
Virginia's junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is kicking off his official re-election campaign. He spoke with reporters in Richmond Monday afternoon. Even though it's his 10th time launching a campaign, a smiling and bright-eyed Senator Tim Kaine says he still has some of that nervous, excited energy, "If you don't have a little jitters, you should probably be doing something else." Kaine, who is seeking his second Senate term, is scheduled to hold a rally at the Maggie Walker Governor's school tonight.