Politics

Abortion fight brewing on Virginia-Tennessee border

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A Tennessee abortion providers' move across state lines has sparked a push in Southwest Virginia to block more clinics from moving in.

State of play: In Tennessee, abortion is now banned. In Virginia, the procedure remains available.

Ned Oliver
Nov 18, 2022 - Politics

Youngkin enlists conservative think tanks to rewrite history curriculums

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration is pushing to rewrite Virginia's K-12 history curriculum with help from conservative think tanks.

What's happening: So far, it isn't going especially well.

Ned Oliver
Nov 16, 2022 - Politics

Most Youngkin endorsees lost in the midterms

Youngkin in a red vest

Red vests, but not for the win. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP

That trademark red vest might not be as valuable as Gov. Youngkin thought.

What's happening: He campaigned for 15 gubernatorial candidates around the country, handing out embroidered fleeces along the way.

Ned Oliver
Nov 10, 2022 - Politics

Some in Virginia GOP are ready to blame Trump for losses

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Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios; Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

At least one Republican state lawmaker is blaming the GOP’s lackluster midterms performance squarely on Donald Trump.

Why it matters: It’s the first time a sitting Republican lawmaker in Virginia has made a public call for their party to break up with the former president, per the Virginia Mercury.

Karri Peifer
Nov 10, 2022 - Politics

One Small Step brings Richmonders together — regardless of political differences

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Just a few weeks ago, around 80% of Democrats and Republicans told pollsters that the other party would "destroy America as we know it" if not stopped.

  • Meanwhile, half or more of people in both parties describe members of the other party as more unintelligent, immoral and dishonest, per an August report from Pew.

One Small Step, a newish project from the StoryCorps podcast people, is trying to change that by bringing together strangers with different political views for a conversation.

Ned Oliver
Nov 10, 2022 - Politics

Richmond plans property tax rebate after assessments surge

Illustration of checks falling

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Mayor Levar Stoney and six Richmond City Council members are making plans to mail property tax rebate checks to city homeowners.

What's happening: Stoney and the council have struck a deal to cut one-time checks that will effectively lower this year's property tax rate by 5 cents.

Ned Oliver
Nov 9, 2022 - Politics

Red wave fizzles in Virginia

Kiggans and Spanberger. Photos: Nathan Howard/Getty Images, Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republicans gained ground in Virginia last night, but not as much as they wanted.

What's happening: Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger narrowly fended off a challenge by Trump-endorsed Prince William County supervisor Yesli Vega in the state's 7th Congressional District on the outskirts of Northern Virginia.

Ned Oliver
Nov 8, 2022 - Politics

Virginia Election Day cheat sheet

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Tuesday's midterms will decide which party controls Congress for the next two years.

The big picture: Republicans are heavily favored to take back the House of Representatives and have a decent chance of winning the Senate, too, Axios' Josh Kraushaar reports.

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