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  • Bill to help Virginia military spouses had modest cost

    It's a challenge many a military family has faced over the years – one spouse is transferred from Virginia and the other has to leave a good Virginia job – and a new state effort aims to ease the pain.
  • Nationwide wave of minimum wage increase proposals coming to Va.

    Nationwide wave of minimum wage increase proposals coming to Va.
    A nation that turned redder last month also gave strong endorsements to boosting state minimum wage levels, and now a Northern Virginia Democrat says that if even rock-solid Republican states like Alaska, Arkansas and Nebraska are taking the plunge,...

    Part 6: Giving gifts, and gaining influence?

    Part 6: Giving gifts, and gaining influence?
    Gifts have taken Virginia legislators far afield in recent years — to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, to Paris and even to Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. The last two were courtesy of Virginia Uranium, which has been working...

    Sen John Watkins to retire, won't seek re-election

    One of Virginia's most senior legislators, state Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, has decided not to seek re-election. Watkins has served in the state Senate in 1998 and was a member of the House of Delegates from 1982-1998. “For 34 years, Senator...

    Campaign funds sometimes land in legislators' pockets

    Campaign funds sometimes land in legislators' pockets
    The money that special interests pay to help legislators win elections sometimes flows directly to legislators' pockets, campaign reports show. Sometimes, those reports show the money goes to the legislator's business, to rent office space. Often, it'...