May 20, 2019 •

Richmond City Council Passes Revolving Door Ordinance

Richmond City Hall - by Taber Andrew Bain

The Richmond City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 2019-115 prohibiting lobbying after employment. Ordinance No. 2019-115 defines “officer or employee” as members of the city council, city officers and employees, and individuals who receive monetary compensation for service on or […]

The Richmond City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 2019-115 prohibiting lobbying after employment.

Ordinance No. 2019-115 defines “officer or employee” as members of the city council, city officers and employees, and individuals who receive monetary compensation for service on or employment by agencies, boards, authorities, sanitary districts, commissions, committees, and task forces appointed by the city council.

Former officers and employees may not represent a client for compensation for one year following their term in office.

Matters of any nature involving any agency, department, or an office of the city government the former officer or employee served immediately prior to the termination of employment or service are prohibited.

The revolving door ordinance is effective July 1.

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February 25, 2019 •

VA Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 24. During the 47-day session, lawmakers failed to pass bills creating campaign contribution limits for candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state legislators. A gift notification is due three […]

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 24.

During the 47-day session, lawmakers failed to pass bills creating campaign contribution limits for candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state legislators.

A gift notification is due three weeks after the adjournment of the regular legislative session and will be due March 17.

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November 16, 2018 •

VA Special Election for State Senate District 33

Loudoun County officials announced a special election for the 33rd state Senate District seat on January 8, 2019. Candidates have until November 19 to file for the seat, but Democrats and Republicans will meet this weekend to vote for their […]

Loudoun County officials announced a special election for the 33rd state Senate District seat on January 8, 2019.

Candidates have until November 19 to file for the seat, but Democrats and Republicans will meet this weekend to vote for their nominees.

The seat was vacated by Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton who was elected in the general election to represent Virginia’s 10th District.

The winner of the special election will complete Wexton’s term until December 31, 2019.

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November 12, 2018 •

VA Speaker Calls Special Election for District 24

Speaker Kirk Cox formally calls a special election to fill House District 24 on December 18. The House of Delegates seat must be filled before the 2019 legislative session begins in January. Del. Ben Cline vacated the 24th District seat […]

Speaker Kirk Cox formally calls a special election to fill House District 24 on December 18. The House of Delegates seat must be filled before the 2019 legislative session begins in January. Del. Ben Cline vacated the 24th District seat after winning the election for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in the November general election.

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November 7, 2018 •

Republican VA. Rep. Dave Brat Loses Seat to Abigail Spanberger

In an election upset, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat lost his House seat to Abigail Spanberger. Spanberger, who has never held public office, is a former CIA officer and Federal Postal Inspector. A Democrat, Spanberger won the election in […]

In an election upset, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat lost his House seat to Abigail Spanberger.

Spanberger, who has never held public office, is a former CIA officer and Federal Postal Inspector.

A Democrat, Spanberger won the election in a newly court-drawn congressional district now including areas considered stronger for the Democrats, such as Richmond, Virginia.

Brat has held the House seat for two terms, having beaten House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014.

Spanberger’s election victory yesterday in Virginia helped the Democrats gain control of the U.S. House.

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October 23, 2018 •

Expert to Redraw VA District Maps

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps. In June, the court ordered lawmakers to redraw lines to address racial gerrymandering by the end of October. The General […]

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps.

In June, the court ordered lawmakers to redraw lines to address racial gerrymandering by the end of October.

The General Assembly was not able to agree on a legislative solution and Gov. Northam promised to veto any redistricting bills sent to his desk.

The court will hold another conference to schedule the process but has indicated a new map will be enacted by March 28, 2019.

Pictured: University of California professor Bernard Grofman

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October 8, 2018 •

VA Lawmakers Cancel Redistricting Session

Lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates have canceled a redistricting session scheduled for October 21. Gov. Ralph Northam has previously stated his intentions to veto the current redistricting proposal, House Bill 7003, if the bill reaches his desk. Without […]

Lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates have canceled a redistricting session scheduled for October 21.

Gov. Ralph Northam has previously stated his intentions to veto the current redistricting proposal, House Bill 7003, if the bill reaches his desk.

Without a legislative solution, the redistricting of House districts will be handled by a court appointed independent party.

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August 20, 2018 •

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Redraw Districts

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a proclamation calling Virginia lawmakers into a special session on August 30. The purpose of the special session is to redraw districts of the House of Delegates. A U.S. District Court ruled on June 26 that […]

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a proclamation calling Virginia lawmakers into a special session on August 30.

The purpose of the special session is to redraw districts of the House of Delegates.

A U.S. District Court ruled on June 26 that House of Delegates districts were racially gerrymandered to concentrate black voters.

The court ordered new boundaries to be drawn by October 30 for use in next year’s elections.

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July 30, 2018 •

Virginia Delegate Greg Habeeb Announces Resignation

Del. Greg Habeeb announced his resignation from the House of Delegates 8th District. Habeeb has served in the House since winning the seat in a special election in January 2011. Habeeb cited the desire to spend more time with family […]

Del. Greg Habeeb announced his resignation from the House of Delegates 8th District. Habeeb has served in the House since winning the seat in a special election in January 2011.

Habeeb cited the desire to spend more time with family and increased responsibilities at his law firm as reasons for stepping down.

Speaker of the House Kirk Cox will review dates and announce a special election to fill the seat in the near future.

Del. Habeeb’s final day as a member of the House of Delegates will be August 31.

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March 14, 2018 •

Virginia Special Session Called

Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the Legislature this week to finish work on the state’s budget. The session will convene April 11, just one month after the adjournment of the regular session. Lawmakers voted unanimously last […]

Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the Legislature this week to finish work on the state’s budget.

The session will convene April 11, just one month after the adjournment of the regular session.

Lawmakers voted unanimously last week to request the special session.

Lawmakers must pass the two-year budget by June 30 in order to avoid a government shut down on July 1.

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March 12, 2018 •

Virginia Legislative Session Adjourns

Virginia’s General Assembly adjourned its 2018 regular legislative session Saturday, March 10. During the 60-day session, legislators were unable to pass a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Gov. Ralph Northam promised to call a special session […]

Virginia’s General Assembly adjourned its 2018 regular legislative session Saturday, March 10.

During the 60-day session, legislators were unable to pass a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Gov. Ralph Northam promised to call a special session in the next two to three weeks to reconsider the state’s spending plans.

The budget impasse came over Medicaid expansion, and was not a disagreement between parties, but rather between the House and the Senate.

If a budget is not passed by July 1, the state will face a government shutdown.

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January 29, 2018 •

Virginia House Committee on Rules Advances Seattle-esque Voucher Program

The Virginia House Committee on Rules unanimously reported House Bill 263 without recommendation to the House floor on Friday. The bill establishes the Virginia Democracy Voucher Program, which sends every registered voter in Virginia $100 in Democracy Vouchers that may […]

The Virginia House Committee on Rules unanimously reported House Bill 263 without recommendation to the House floor on Friday.

The bill establishes the Virginia Democracy Voucher Program, which sends every registered voter in Virginia $100 in Democracy Vouchers that may be accepted by candidates for state offices in lieu of campaign contributions every year.

Virginia has more than 5.5 million registered voters, meaning the program as designed would cost more than half a billion dollars per year.

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November 8, 2017 •

Democrats Fare Well in Virginia Elections

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be Virginia’s next governor after defeating former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie. In what was expected to be a close race, Lt. Gov. Northam won by nearly nine points, the largest margin of […]

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be Virginia’s next governor after defeating former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie.

In what was expected to be a close race, Lt. Gov. Northam won by nearly nine points, the largest margin of victory in decades for a Virginia governor.

By winning over a large number of suburban voters, who typically lean Republican, the resounding win is seen by many as a rebuke of President Trump.

Northam will be joined by fellow Democrats Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring, who easily won races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

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August 28, 2017 •

Special Election Announced for Fairfax County School Board

A countywide special election will take place on August 29, 2017, to fill a vacant at-large school board seat. School board member Jeanette Hough resigned the seat in May. The winner will serve the remainder of Hough’s term, ending December […]

A countywide special election will take place on August 29, 2017, to fill a vacant at-large school board seat.

School board member Jeanette Hough resigned the seat in May. The winner will serve the remainder of Hough’s term, ending December 31, 2019.

School board members are non-partisan officeholders; however, Democrats and Republicans issue endorsements to make their preferences known.

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