Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., center, arrives for a news conference with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to talk about the debt limit deal, Tuesday, May 30, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rep. Good’s Bad Bill to Block Student Loan Cancellation

Republican Rep. Bob Good led the effort in the U.S. House on a measure aimed at revoking President Joe Biden’s student loan cancellation plan. The bill passed the Senate this week after winning approval in the House a week earlier, although Biden is all but certain to veto it.

FILE - House of Delegates members eat boxed lunches on the steps of the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, Va., April 22, 2020. Even a short-term breach in the federal debt limit would rattle an already fragile state economy, Virginia finance staffers on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, told lawmakers, who say that looming uncertainty is now the main reason no budget deal is imminent. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, Pool, File)
It’s June. What’s Going on with Virginia’s State Budget?

As the federal government scrambles to avoid defaulting on the national debt, the Virginia government is facing its own looming fiscal deadline as state lawmakers grapple with each other and with the governor to agree on amendments to the commonwealth’s two-year budget ahead of the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. Currently, the state House and Senate are attempting to bridge a $1 billion gap between their respective proposals to amend the $177 billion two-year budget.

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Virginia Jumps on Growing Trend of Scrapping Degree Requirements for State Jobs

Starting July 1, state agencies in Virginia will no longer require college degrees for almost 90% of state jobs, a move aimed to address staff shortages and expand opportunities for workers in the commonwealth.

Virginia State Sen. Joe Morrissey gestures during an interview in his office Monday, May. 22, 2023, in Richmond, Va. Morrissey is being challenged in a Democratic primary for a newly redrawn senatorial district by former Delegate Lashrecse Aird. (Steve Helber)
Embattled State Senator Faces Claims of Abuse by Estranged Wife

Myrna Morrissey, estranged wife of controversial state Sen. Joe Morrissey, has filed for divorce from her husband and leveled allegations of physical and emotional abuse in court documents. State Sen. Joe Morrissey is no stranger to controversy or allegations of violence, but a new divorce court filing suggests that the embattled lawmaker and former attorney...

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks during a news conference about U.S.-Japan cooperation on economic issues, April 27, 2023, in Tokyo. Joined by Jewish faith and community leaders, Youngkin hosted an event Monday, May 8, to ceremonially sign a bill supporters say will help Virginia better track and combat growing instances of antisemitism. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
Youngkin is Trying to Have His 2023 Cake and Eat 2024 Too

Just a couple of weeks ago, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin steered the spotlight away from himself and towards his party’s work to keep its majority in the House of Delegates and flip the state Senate to GOP control. Now Youngkin seems to want that attention back.

Richmond, Virginia USA - July 8, 2022: Scenes from a reproductive rights rally and march at Monroe Park, sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Virginia. 

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What Virginians Should Know About North Carolina’s New Abortion Ban

Earlier this week, GOP legislators in North Carolina overturned the governor’s veto of a ban on abortions after 12 weeks. Despite being a state away, this new abortion ban will impact folks living in the Old Dominion.

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks prior to signing the budget at a ceremony at a grocery store June 21, 2022, in Richmond, Va.  Youngkin is set to issue a third round of endorsements in Virginia legislative races, backing 19 more Republican candidates, including six who are in contested primaries. Among those set to receive the governor’s backing Thursday, May 18, 2023 are Emily Brewer and Tara Durant, both members of the House of Delegates facing spirited challenges for the GOP nomination in state Senate races.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Virginia Republicans Opt for Less Democratic Methods to Choose Their Nominees for General Assembly

Virginia’s official state-run primary elections will be held on June 20, but many Republicans have already selected their nominees for this fall’s state legislative election in other ways.