Ned Oliver
Mar 29, 2023 - Politics

The 3 bills Youngkin vetoed

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Gov. Glenn Youngkin used his veto pen this week to stand up for the right to tow vehicles off private property.

What's happening: In this case, that also means allowing people to tow public utility and broadband service vehicles on maintenance calls.

Ned Oliver
Mar 27, 2023 - Politics

Youngkin’s rights restoration rollback

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Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Robb Hill/Washington Post via Getty Images

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has quietly ended a program to automatically restore felon voting rights.

What’s happening: Youngkin’s administration says it is now requiring former inmates to submit an application, which the administration is considering on a case-by-case basis, per Youngkin’s secretary of the commonwealth Kay Coles James.

Ned Oliver
Mar 24, 2023 - Politics

Ask Axios: Why Richmond utility rates are increasing

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

We took reader questions about the items in Mayor Levar Stoney’s proposed budget.

Question: Why is Stoney proposing increasing city gas, water and wastewater rates?

Answer: Stoney is proposing an 8% increase in utility rates, which the city estimates would cost the average residential customer $106 a year.

Ned Oliver
Mar 23, 2023 - Politics

General Assembly's mass exodus could usher in generation of new leaders

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

It’s been a rolling retirement party at the state Capitol since lawmakers adjourned last month.

What’s happening: An astonishing 22 lawmakers, many of them longtime members serving in leadership, announced they will not seek re-election this year.

Ned Oliver
Mar 23, 2023 - Politics

Youngkin's new school appointee draws fire

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Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s latest appointee to the state Board of Education is drawing criticism from Democrats for his past statements opposing the separation of church and state.

What’s happening: Youngkin announced Wednesday he appointed Dale Sturdifen, a retired state trooper and former Mecklenburg school board chair, to fill the seat left vacant when Democrats blocked a previous appointee.

Ned Oliver
Mar 22, 2023 - Politics

Ask Axios: Plans for a new police station in East Richmond

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Our dive into Mayor Levar Stoney's proposed budget continues today with a look at plans for a new police station in East Richmond.

Question: Why is the city planning to build a brand new First Police Precinct building instead of renovating the existing station on North 25th?

Ned Oliver
Mar 14, 2023 - News

Virginia bill could require proof of age to visit porn sites

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

An under-the-radar bill could require strict age verification to access porn sites in Virginia.

Why it matters: Be prepared to digitally show a government ID to get past the prompt — a reality that's raising concerns among privacy advocates.

Ned Oliver
Mar 10, 2023 - Politics

Virginia and Maryland governors call for basketball showdown for FBI HQ

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While Virginia officials were in Washington making their final pitch for the FBI's new headquarters, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore floated a new approach to deciding which state should land the project.

  • One-on-one basketball.

What's happening: The federal government is trying to decide between Springfield, Virginia, and two sites in Maryland.


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