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Attorney General Mark Herring determines ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Attorney General Mark Herring determines ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

RICHMOND – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today changed Virginia’s legal position in Bostic v. Rainey, siding with the plaintiffs in the pending case challenging Virginia’s ban on marriage rights for same sex couples. Because he has determined the law to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution, Attorney General Herring will not defend the ban […]

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RPV Chair Pat Mullins tells AG Mark Herring to do his job

Thursday, January 23, 2014

RPV Chair Pat Mullins tells AG Mark Herring to do his job

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and will not defend it. As Herring previously said during his campaign, ““As I look at it right now I’m skeptical the law can withstand constitutional challenge.” Herring said he would bring together the legal experts within the attorney general’s […]

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte says U.S. Senate’s version of Marketplace Fairness Act a no go

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rep. Bob Goodlatte says U.S. Senate's version of Marketplace Fairness Act a no go

The “Marketplace Fairness Act” is the term used for mandating sales tax for online purchases to more fairly compete with brick and mortar businesses. On Wednesday in response to a request for an update Virginia’s 6th district Congressman Bob Goodlatte said in an email via Beth Breeding his Communications Director: Chairman Goodlatte: “In September, the House […]

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U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia collects over $500 million in penalties

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia collected $501,452,563 in criminal and civil penalties in fiscal year 2013. Additionally, the Western District of Virginia worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional […]

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Ordinance will eliminate skateboards at parks

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ordinance will eliminate skateboards at parks

UPDATE: After council discussed various opposing options for an hour the ordinance change was tabled until March 17. Almost immediately following the opening of Elmwood Park and amphitheater skateboarders hit the open cement area and side walls scrapping and chipping the brand new facility. This ordinance will stop that from happening again. City Council will […]

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Virginia Congressman Jim Moran retiring

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran retiring

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D-8th) retiring after 23 years in Congress. Senator Warner’s statement:  “Jim Moran is a good friend and a formidable legislator who has fought hard for his district and the entire Northern Virginia region. As Alexandria’s mayor, and during 12 terms in the House of Representatives, Jim has been a strong voice […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s address to Joint Assembly

Monday, January 13, 2014

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the General Assembly, and my fellow Virginians;   It is an honor for me to stand here tonight, before this great joint assembly, as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.   At the outset, I want to thank each of you — the […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces $5 million investment by Telos Corp. a cybersecurity company.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Gov. McAuliffe announces $5 million investment by Telos Corp. a cybersecurity company.

Leading cybersecurity company to invest $5 million in facility upgrade and renovation in Loudoun County ~  Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Telos Corporation, a leading cybersecurity company, will invest $5 million in its operations in Loudoun County.  The company will undergo a major renovation to its headquarters facility and increase cybersecurity capacity, creating 160 new […]

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Governor McAuliffe’s full text of Inaugural Address

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mr. Speaker,  Lt. Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, Members of the  General Assembly,  Justices of the  Supreme Court,  guests from across our Commonwealth and nation, my fellow Virginians:  It is humbling, and the highest honor of my life, to stand before you today.   It is humbling because of the responsibility that you have given […]

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Prior to Gov. McAuliffe’s inauguration Sen. Obenshain rains on his parade

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prior to Gov. McAuliffe's inauguration Sen. Obenshain rains on his parade

Dear Friends: Well, here we are. It is inauguration weekend in Richmond, and we are going to witness the swearing in of three Democrats—for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Bill and Hillary Clinton will be there. I hear that Vice President Biden will be in attendance. Undoubtedly, a coterie of Hollywood luminaries will show […]

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s statement on AGO ethics policy

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Richmond–Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement today about the ethics policy that will be applied to employees of the Office of Attorney General, including the Attorney General himself.  The policy will conform closely to the executive order signed today by Governor McAuliffe. The policy prohibits employees of the Office of Attorney General from […]

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Gov. McAuliffe signs executive order delegating emergency powers to Chief of Staff

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Orders Number 3 and 4 on Saturday. These orders are intended to ensure continuity of government in the event of a state emergency where the Governor is incapacitated or cannot be reached by designating certain powers to his Chief of Staff in those circumstances. The text of Executive Orders Number […]

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