Stories tagged: "politics"

Clifton, VA - May 7, 2023: Virginia state Delegate Dan Helmer speaks to local residents at a community forum held at the Clifton Town Hall.

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Del. Dan Helmer on Camping, Campaigning, Culture Wars, and Community 

To Del. Dan Helmer, serving in Virginia’s House of Delegates is “incredibly humbling,” and that’s why he’s running for office again. Recently, he sat down with The Dogwood to discuss everything from why he first ran for office to his love for camping in the commonwealth.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with a customer at the Red Arrow Diner during a visit to Manchester, N.H., Friday, May 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
What ‘Make America Florida’ Might Actually Mean

Gov. Ron DeSantis has argued that Florida is thriving and is the freest state in the country, but the data and evidence suggests otherwise.

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.

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How Republicans’ Student Debt Plan Would Uniquely Hurt Public Workers

A Republican effort to reverse President Joe Biden’s student loan debt relief plan could cause more than 250,000 public workers to lose out on already-canceled loans, according to a new report.

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.

FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is shown a voter receipt slip while touring the Loudoun County County Office of Elections, in Leesburg, Va., Sept. 20, 2022. Election officials in Virginia have announced plans to withdraw the state from a bipartisan effort aimed at ensuring accurate voter lists and combating fraud that has been ensnared in conspiracy theories that have erupted since the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
Virginia Republicans Want to Abandon Bipartisan Voter Protection System

Despite being one of the seven founding states of the Electronic Registration Information Center, Virginia’s top election official has announced that the commonwealth would be withdrawing from the bipartisan, multistate partnership originally founded in 2012.

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)
Virginia Legislators Say Budget Talks Hinge on US Debt Limit Standoff

Since the politically divided General Assembly's regular session ended in February without an agreement on adjustments to the two-year spending plan that became law last year, budget negotiators have been meeting sporadically to continue talks.