Sen. Warner, Kaine, AG Mark Herring on SCOTUS decision striking down abortion restrictions

Monday, June 27, 2016

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision today in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court found that certain restrictions imposed on abortion clinics by the state of Texas were medically unnecessary and created an unconstitutional burden on women. . Attorney General Herring joined an amicus brief on […]

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Opinion by federal judge rules against fracking regulation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Late Tuesday, a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama, Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming, ruled that the Interior Department does not have the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing. “The issue before this Court is not whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for the environment […]

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AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

RICHMOND, Va. (May 10, 2016) – In an official opinion issued today, May 10, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mark Herring, has concluded that: To the extent that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is recognized by federal courts and agencies as impermissible sex discrimination under federal anti-discrimination laws, such […]

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Harward receives a writ of actual innocence from SCOVA

Thursday, April 7, 2016

~ Attorney General had filed a brief supporting Harward’s efforts to be declared innocent based on new DNA evidence that showed he was innocent and positively identified the actual perpetrator ~ RICHMOND (April 7, 2016)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring released the following statement on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s granting of Keith Allen Harward’s petition […]

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Democrats – election of a justice to the SCOVA “a botched process” – Republicans admonish “usurp of constitutional authority”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Democrats - election of a justice to the  SCOVA

Stephen R. McCullough was elected to the Virginia Supreme Court in the House 66-34 with one Democrat’s vote. Del. Luke E. Torian who represents the Prince William County suburbs of Washington, D.C. voted for McCullough. voting “yes.” Democrats say McCullough’s election brings to an end a drawn-out, botched judicial process that has exposed the kind of […]

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HB 773 The Nondiscrimination discrimination act passes the Senate

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Senate substitute vs. the House bill defines discrimination (religious freedom) more clearly. It was changed to religious organizations, ministers and those performing marriages. Del. Todd Gilbert’s original bill was more broad. Churches now can refuse to perform a marriage on any grounds like a divorced couple. This does however give those authorized to perform […]

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Del. Rasoul’s charitable healthcare education credits bill goes to the governor

Monday, February 22, 2016

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Senate has unanimously passed HB 319, put forward by Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City).  The legislation would allow medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Rasoul called it an important measure that will give Virginians greater access to healthcare and help medical industry workers professionally. […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 2/22-2/26/16

Friday, February 19, 2016

ROANOKE DIVISION US v. Mathis, S. Shelton, M. Shelton, K. Uhuru, H. Uhuru and A. Stokes (Jury Trial: February 22-26) The defendants are charged with federal racketeering and other charges.   US v. Derek Ryan McGhee (Guilty Plea: February 22 at 2:30 p.m.) AGE: Not Available ADDRESS: Not Available McGhee is charged with conspiracy to […]

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Sen. Tom Garrett’s legislation against fantasy sanctuary cities

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sen. Tom Garrett's legislation against fantasy sanctuary cities

Sen. Tom Garrett, a Republican representing Buckingham County patroned SB270, a bill that prohibits funds to Virginia cities that pass an ordinance allowing the city to become a “sanctuary city.” There are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to […]

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Rep. Griffith and Roe of Tennessee weigh in on Virginia Reciprocity Agreements

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rep. Griffith and Roe of Tennessee weigh in on Virginia Reciprocity Agreements

BRISTOL, VA – Tuesday, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) held a press conference to discuss the recent announcement that the Commonwealth of Virginia will end reciprocity agreements and stop recognizing concealed carry gun permits from 25 states, including Tennessee. The announcement was made on December 22, 2015 by Virginia Attorney General […]

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NRA and Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey condemn Herring’s removal of 25 states from Virginia concealed handgun permit reciprocity

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey threatened that “if Virginia doesn’t restore its reciprocity agreement immediately, the Tennessee General Assembly will have to seriously reevaluate whether Tennessee can continue to recognize Virginia permits. “Unfortunately, actions have consequences,” he said. “Americans instinctively understand that more guns in the hands of the law-abiding means less crime. But the […]

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Drug Policy Alliance calls on Virginia lawmakers to fix broken marijuana policies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A new report has found that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia have increased dramatically over the last ten years, especially in black communities. The report was authored by Shenandoah University professor and researcher Jon Gettman and released today by the Drug Policy Alliance. The entire report can be read at: “As states around the country pass reforms […]

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