No job? No credit? No problem? That’s the motto of a powerful industry in Virginia that loans money based on automobile titles. Critics say the industry is predatory, but it has some very powerful friends in the General Assembly. 88.9 WCVE’s Michael Pope brings us the third and final installment of his series, Quick Cash, Toxic Debt.
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Several years ago, lawmakers created strict new rules on payday lenders. Last year, lawmakers cut a deal that prevented car-title lenders from skirting the law. But one kind of loan has escaped the attention of lawmakers. 88.9 WCVE’s Michael Pope takes a look at these unregulated loan products in the second installment of his series, Quick Cash, Toxic Debt.
As long as people have used money, they’ve also been borrowing it. Now the internet is putting a new twist on the practice, as companies from across the world are lending money at very high interest rates in violation of Virginia law. 88.9 WCVE’s Michael Pope has the story in the first of a three part series, Quick Cash, Toxic Debt.
New numbers from the Census Bureau show that women are still earning less than men across Virginia, although in some places more than others.
Richmond has one of the smallest gender disparities in Virginia. Full-time working women in Richmond make about $39,000 a year. That’s 91% of the median income for men, which is $42,000. That’s much less of a disparity than the national average or statewide average.
Are black voters unfairly packed into a dozen House of Delegates districts, diluting their influence in the rest of the state? That was the question before justices of the United States Supreme Court this week.
Here’s the paradox before justices. Virginia must consider race to comply with the Voting Rights Act. Then again, the Equal Protection Clause prevents lawmakers from making race the predominant factor in drawing maps.
Will the election of Donald Trump influence the politics of 2017? Michael Pope has this look at how the new administration could take center stage in the campaign for governor next year.
Democrats won Virginia, but the race was a lot closer than many expected. Michael Pope has the story.
Democrats experienced all the seasons Tuesday night, the warm thrill of expected victory and then cold, hard reality that set in when the election returns started coming in. Virginia Democrats were able to pull out a victory, but it was not the kind of decisive win that many were hoping for. Attorney General Mark Herring says he knows something about a close elections.
This year’s election results showed deep divisions inside the Republican Party. But as Michael Pope tells us, it also revealed deep divisions inside the Democratic Party.
Democratic elected officials won’t say this on the record. But privately they’ll acknowledge that Hillary Clinton is a divisive figure inside the Democratic Party. Taking the stage at a Democratic Party event in Northern Virginia, Senator Mark Warner acknowledged that keeping the party together isn’t easy.
When they head to the polls on Election Day, voters will be confronted with a ballot item they were probably not expecting. It allows local governments to create property tax exemptions for widows of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
Election officials across Virginia are bracing for the possibility that armed poll watchers might show up at polling places on Election Day. What’s legal and not legal?
Standing outside the Agudas Achim voting precinct in Alexandria, Mirza Lopez says she’s not looking forward to Election Day. She’s the executive director here at synagogue, and she’s heard about the armed protestors who showed up outside Democrat Jane Dittmar’s campaign office. That was in Palmyra last month. She knows that something like that could happen here here on Election Day.