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  • Virginia's judicial evaluations questioned

    Virginia's judicial evaluations questioned
    Legislators tasked with vetting Virginia judges criticized a pair of Peninsula judges during a six-hour hearing Friday that also brought forth bias concerns about the state's judicial evaluation tool.
  • There's a way around Democrats in the Virginia Senate

    Senate Democratic Leader Richard Saslaw has signaled repeatedly - and sometimes just outright said - that he doesn't see any movement coming on the state's budget impasse until after the new fiscal year starts July 1. And with the news this morning that...

    Senate panel approves revised ultrasound legislation

    Senate panel approves revised ultrasound legislation
    -- The new version of the controversial fetal ultrasound measure was approved by the Senate Education and Health Committee Thursday morning. The bill, which passed on an 8-7 party line vote, does not require women to have an invasive transvaginal...

    Ultra-creepy new ultrasound laws are the shame of the ultra-right

     
    Friday's column; a continuation of this blog post from Wednesday The party that claims to champion small government is at it again. This month Republican majorities in both chambers in Virginia's Legislature passed one of the strictest mandatory pre-...

    Redistricting stalemate broken

    Redistricting stalemate broken
    UPDATE: Gov. Bob McDonnell late Thursday said he would sign the redistricting legislation passed by the General Assembly "as soon as it reaches my desk." In a statement, the governor said the legislation approved by state lawmakers earlier in the day...