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Nation Feb 06Virginia lawmakers to debate assault weapon ban
Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are set to try to advance legislation to ban assault weapons despite pushback from members of their own party.
Nation Jan 30Virginia House passes gun-control measures
Virginia has become ground zero in the nation's raging debate over gun control and mass shootings as a new Democratic majority has pledged to put strict new limits in place.
Politics Jan 28Falwell and W.Va. governor suggest parts of Virginia secede to West Virginia
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. are urging unhappy Virginia counties to secede and join a neighboring state where Democrats aren't in charge.
Nation Jan 20Thousands rally in Virginia’s capital for gun rights
Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of Monday’s rally, banning all weapons including guns from the event on Capitol Square.
Nation Jan 18Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia
Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia’s picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what’s expected…
Politics Jan 10Virginia lawmakers vote to ban guns at state Capitol
Virginia lawmakers have voted to ban firearms at the state Capitol, the first in what's expected to be many contentious gun votes in coming weeks.
Nation Dec 04Virginia moves to drop work requirement for Medicaid
Virginia is moving toward dropping work requirements for Medicaid enrollees after Democrats won full control of the state legislature for the first time in a generation.
Health Dec 04Virginia hits ‘pause’ on Medicaid work requirements
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that his administration is hitting “pause” on its request for federal approval to requires some Medicaid recipients to have a job or participate in some form of approved community engagement and pay part of…
Politics Nov 06Democrats promise swift action after win in Virginia
Democratic leaders said Virginians should expect a higher minimum wage, new gun restrictions and greater abortion rights after their party flipped control of the state House and Senate in Tuesday's election.
Politics Jul 09GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns special session on guns
Lawmakers were summoned to consider a package of eight gun-control measures put forward by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who called for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers" in response to the Virginia Beach massacre.