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Friends, Virginians, Citizens of Fairfax: On a hot summer day on July 31, 1619, the first House of Burgesses convened in Virginia. Was it the first democratic assembly in the New World? Likely not. But it is the only democratic…

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By Ben Burstein, Capital News Service Landowners fighting to keep their property from being taken by pipeline building companies will continue footing the legal bills after two bills failed in the House. Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, said he introduced the…

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RICHMOND — A bill that would allow the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to offer reduced tuition rates to any students from the Appalachian region passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday. HB 1666 from Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott,…

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New legislation that would level the playing field for property owners in an eminent domain taking lawsuit sailed through the Senate on Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, would eliminate provisions in the assessments of costs…

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In my small law practice, I hire a lot of young people. I need interns for research, assistants to answer phones, and paralegals to prepare cases. Every summer, I hire summer assistants right out of high school. Some of these…

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia customers will be effectively double-charged for future electric infrastructure if a bill advanced by the Senate is signed into law. SB 966, patroned by Senator Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), allows Dominion and Appalachian power companies…

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Give state Sen. Creigh Deeds credit for sticking to his convictions. Mr. Deeds was one of only two lawmakers to vote for a campaign finance reform bill when it recently came up before a committee. The bill would have ended…

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By Robert Zullo Don’t call it Dominion’s bill. Sen. Dick Saslaw of Fairfax, the senior Democrat on the Commerce and Labor Committee, took issue Monday with the idea that his yet-to-be introduced legislation on overhauling a regulatory regime that has…

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By Saraya Wintersmith The Senate committee that deals with elections and conflicts of interest has voted down a measure that would’ve blocked campaign donations from public service corporations. The bill, SB 10, was a second attempt by Fairfax Senator Chap…

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By Patrick Wilson Dominion Energy is the top corporate donor in Virginia politics, and lawmakers aren’t going to turn away the company’s campaign money anytime soon. Just two of 14 lawmakers — Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, and Sen. Creigh Deeds,…

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