Va. lawmakers rebuke State Dept. for not paying group that helped Afghans

A Northern Virginia nonprofit incurred nearly $700,000 providing emergency medical care for people who fled Afghanistan in 2021. The State Department owes them.

By Antonio OlivoJanuary 19, 2024

Youngkin signals support for Metro boost as Democrats file arena bills

Va. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) told lawmakers he will support an increase in Metro funding, which Democrats demanded before considering sports arena for Potomac Yards.

By Gregory S. Schneider and Laura VozzellaJanuary 19, 2024

Virginia Senate bill launches effort to build a casino in Tysons Corner

The bill would allow Fairfax County voters to decide if a casino can help reverse the impacts of office vacancies and declining Metro ridership caused by the pandemic.

By Antonio OlivoJanuary 19, 2024

Activists push both sides of guns issue in a divided Richmond

At Virginia’s General Assembly, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has become an open-air debating ground for the issue of guns and gun violence.

By Gregory S. Schneider and Laura VozzellaJanuary 15, 2024

Lots of buzz, few details: Va. lawmakers in the dark on proposed arena

Virginia’s General Assembly will have to act on a plan to bring Capitals and Wizards to Potomac Yard, but so far the specifics of the deal are elusive.

By Gregory S. Schneider and Laura VozzellaJanuary 14, 2024

Scott becomes Va.’s first Black House speaker as legislative session begins

The vote took place as lawmakers returned to Richmond Wednesday, convening their session with a heavy focus on taxes and incentives for the proposed Wizards/Caps arena.

By Gregory S. Schneider and Laura VozzellaJanuary 10, 2024

As Don Scott becomes Va. speaker, emotion and an unexpected guest

Portsmouth Democrat Don L. Scott Jr. spoke of faith and redemption as he became the first Black person chosen as speaker of the House in Virginia history.

By Gregory S. SchneiderJanuary 10, 2024

Va. General Assembly girds for fights over arena, taxes, schools and more

The Virginia legislature kicks off its 2024 session on Wednesday, with 60 days for Democrats to tussle with Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) over priorities.

By Gregory S. Schneider and Laura VozzellaJanuary 7, 2024

Va. Democrat Leslie Mehta joins primary race to challenge Rep. Rob Wittman

Democrat Leslie Mehta, former lead attorney with the ACLU of Virginia, hopes to take on Rep. Rob Wittman (R) in November’s general election.

By Laura VozzellaJanuary 4, 2024

Wages and health care: New Year’s Day brings new laws to the DMV

Though little is changing in the District, lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia passed more than a dozen new laws that take effect Monday.

By Katie Shepherd, Laura Vozzella and Michael Brice-SaddlerDecember 31, 2023

Newly blue Va. Capitol could send gun-control bills to Youngkin’s desk

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has been so reticent on guns that some Democrats hope — and some gun-rights activists fear — that he might be open to some restrictions.

By Laura VozzellaDecember 29, 2023

A Va. plant promised PPE for health workers. $123M later, it’s mothballed.

State and local officials have urged Washington to complete a project that promised to bolster the nation’s glove supply and deliver jobs to Virginia’s rural Southwest.

By Laura VozzellaDecember 28, 2023

Plan for new Caps, Wizards arena in Va. stirs up its would-be neighbors

The arena proposed for Alexandria’s Potomac Yard area has become the biggest bone of contention in a city where residents argue over even the color of bricks.

By Teo ArmusDecember 28, 2023

Youngkin proposes Virginia budget that cuts income tax, raises sales tax

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) presented lawmakers Wednesday with a two-year spending plan that he says would shift taxation from what people earn to what they spend.

By Gregory S. SchneiderDecember 20, 2023

Republican delegate preserves victory in recount of Va. House district

Del. Kim Taylor (R-Dinwiddie) saw her lead shrink but held on to a 53-vote margin over Democrat Kimberly Pope Adams in a district south of Richmond.

By Gregory S. SchneiderDecember 20, 2023

Race to replace Rep. Jennifer Wexton in Northern Virginia gets crowded

So far, 11 Democrats and two Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination after Wexton announced she won’t seek reelection due to health reasons.

By Antonio OlivoDecember 16, 2023

Plan to move Capitals, Wizards to Virginia draws transportation worries

With Metro facing a fiscal cliff and gridlock already clogging Alexandria, residents and sports fans are worried about getting to, from and around the arena.

By Teo ArmusDecember 14, 2023

Monumental, Youngkin announce deal to move Caps, Wizards to Virginia

The $2 billion project has the potential to transform a swath of land adjacent to residential Alexandria long eyed for redevelopment.

By Sam Fortier, Teo Armus and Laura VozzellaDecember 13, 2023

Judge rules against Virginia NAACP seeking Youngkin info on felon rights

A Richmond Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday against NAACP efforts to gain access to information Gov. Glenn Youngkin uses in considering felon voting rights.

By Gregory S. SchneiderDecember 13, 2023

Leonsis, Youngkin to make joint appearance as arena talks escalate

The event featuring the owner and governor indicates that an announcement to move the Capitals and Wizards is imminent. But D.C. is making a bid to keep them.

By Teo Armus, Laura Vozzella and Michael Brice-SaddlerDecember 12, 2023