Grover Norquist has a little advice for Virginia legislators as they look around for ways to pay the commonwealth’s ever-growing transportation tab: If you want to honor your no-tax pledge, don’t link the gas tax to inflation.Read full article >>
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Fairfax County may legally force employees who smoke to take classes aimed at helping them quit, but it can’t require workers to actually kick the habit, the county’s top attorney has informed the Board of Supervisors.Read full article >>
It’s one of those candidate claims just begging to be fact-checked: Pete Snyder, a Republican running for lieutenant governor of Virginia, holds himself out to be a “World Championship certified BBQ judge.”Read full article >>
Tareq Salahi, the vintner and White House party crasher running as a Republican for Virginia governor, is refusing to sign a pledge to support all of the party’s 2013 nominees — a stance that could prevent his participation in the GOP convention and lead to an independent bid.Read full article >>
Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey is questioning whether fellow board member Chris Zimmerman should vote on a matter related to the Columbia Pike streetcar project because he is a consultant with a major international construction firm that has worked for Arlington on transit issues.Read full article >>
The question of whether to allow uranium mining in Virginia could come down to a debate over the environment, energy and the economy.
A panel convened to discuss the issue on Wednesday at the annual AP Day at the Capitol in Richmond largely agreed that proposed guidelines outlined in a recently published state-ordered report won’t completely eliminate the potential risks associated with uranium mining. There was less consensus about whether those risks outweighed the possible benefits.Read full article >>
Sen.-elect Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) has a new Republican BFF: fellow freshman Ted Cruz of Texas.
Kaine and Cruz have neighboring offices on Capitol Hill, and their proximity has served as a catalyst for a budding relationship. Talking to reporters in Richmond on Thursday, Kaine said the two have been bonding over their mutual love of history, biographies and trivia.Read full article >>
State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) will formally announce his bid for lieutenant governor Thursday afternoon, promoting himself as someone who would help steer an evenly split Senate away from the social agenda pushed by Republicans in the last General Assembly session.Read full article >>
Texting from behind the wheel would constitute reckless driving under a bill submitted by two Virginia lawmakers, one of whom opposed new legislation on the matter earlier this year.
Del. Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) and Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) announced Wednesday that they had submitted a bill to make it a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by as much as a year in jail and a $2,5000 fine, to use cellphones while driving for anything other than a call.Read full article >>
Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland has been overwhelmed with less-than-pleasant feedback in response to his suggestion that the county try to require employees who smoke to take cessation classes, he said Tuesday.Read full article >>
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