By Kenric Ward | | Mar 18, 2015 5:00 AM
  By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau HANOVER, Va. — Unelected committees are doing economic-development deals without the public’s input or consent, complains a Hanover County citizens group. “This is taxation without representation,” said Dale Taylor. Taylor and other activists, including tea partyers, point to Hanover’s Winding Brook development as Exhibit A. Behind closed doors, $39 million in bonds for the [...]
By Kathryn Watson | | Mar 17, 2015 5:00 AM
It’s probably going to be a tough battle for those who want to hold the 700-odd local authorities, boards and commissions in Virginia accountable, since there hasn’t been much willpower to do so for years.
By Kenric Ward | | Mar 17, 2015 5:00 AM
  By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau RICHMOND, Va. – Republicans are challenging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to sign three election-integrity bills. If McAuliffe follows fellow Democrats who voted against two of the bills at the General Assembly, the governor could whip out his veto pen. The measures are: HB 2379 – Requiring crosscheck of voter registrations. The measure [...]
By Kenric Ward | | Mar 16, 2015 9:17 AM
By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau Public officials around Virginia use their personal email for official correspondence — exposing weaknesses in the state’s open-records laws. In King George County, for example, supervisors Dale Sisson and Cedell Brooks list their personal email addresses on the county’s website. They do not use the county-issued email accounts used by their colleagues. “This [...]
By Kathryn Watson | | Mar 11, 2015 5:00 AM | 47
Way back in 1999, the state auditor’s office told the Virginia General Assembly to demand accountability from the 700-or-so supervisory groups formed by local governments. Fifteen years later, state lawmakers and local leaders haven’t stepped up to the plate, and those decision-making entities, which controlled $450 million in revenue in 1999, are just as unaccountable when it comes to completing audits today as they were back then.
By Kenric Ward | | Mar 11, 2015 5:00 AM
  By Kenric Ward | Government-approved Small Business Investment Companies are gambling taxpayer dollars behind a wall of state secrecy. With its 2009 stimulus legislation, “Congress expanded the authorization of the Small Business Administration to license and provide billions of dollars worth of credit to non-traditional lenders, like private equity-style firms,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the [...]
By Kenric Ward | | Mar 06, 2015 5:00 AM
Four months after Democrat Mark Warner was re-elected in a squeaker, conservatives are still puzzling why 87,000 Virginians voted for Republican congressmen but failed to check the box for the party’s U.S. Senate candidate.
By Kenric Ward | | Mar 05, 2015 5:00 AM | 380
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and wife Dorothy want to end childhood hunger in Virginia for $29.32. Virginia farmer Joel Salatin calls it “a boondoggle and a charade.”
By Kathryn Watson | | Mar 05, 2015 5:00 AM | 35
Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration is touting that 70 percent of their 213 bills passed the General Assembly this year, an impressive feat for a Democratic governor contending with a stubborn, Republican-controlled House and Senate. The trouble is, nobody seems to know quite what the administration’s 213 total bills — or the 150 that will reach the governor’s desk — are, and the governor’s office isn’t responding to requests for a comprehensive list of bills.
By Kenric Ward | | Mar 04, 2015 5:00 AM | 100
Virginia lawmakers backed down to the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.” Now the EPA is pulling back on its own … for now.