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Editorial: Thorough review of parole board events needed

April 28, 2021

By THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT & DAILY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT |APR 27, 2021 AT 6:15 PM It’s been evident for months that a thorough, transparent investigation into the actions and procedures of the Virginia Parole Board is not only warranted, but necessary to ensure public confidence in that agency. How to conduct such an inquiry focused on public safety […]

Shenandoah County supervisors could consider letter opposing LFCC name change

April 16, 2021

By Brad Fauber The Northern Virginia Daily | Apr 16, 2021 Shenandoah County’s Board of Supervisors could soon consider whether or not to issue a letter in opposition to the decision made by Lord Fairfax Community College leadership earlier this year to change the Frederick County school’s name. Supervisors briefly discussed the topic during Tuesday’s […]

Veto Session Wrap Up

April 8, 2021

Dear Friends, As you may or may not know, a few weeks after Session ends each year, my fellow Senators and I gather for a one-day meeting called Reconvene Session. On this day, we vote yea or nay on any bills for which the Governor offered amendments and vote to overturn any bills he vetoed. […]

Parole Board Controversy Will Get Independent Investigation

April 8, 2021

By JAHD KHALIL • APR 8, 2021 Legislators approved a budget amendment funding an independent investigation into the Office of the State Inspector General Wednesday, as Republican lawmakers said the investigation’s scope sidestepped critical issues.ListenListening…1:17Jahd Khalil reports The growing controversy stems from the inspector general’s office investigation of the process used by the parole board to grant parole […]

Democrats reject broad parole board probe in favor of limited investigation

April 8, 2021

By PATRICK WILSON Richmond Times-Dispatch | Apr 8, 2021 Democrats who control the General Assembly rejected a plan for a bipartisan special committee to investigate wrongdoing at the Virginia Parole Board, opting on Wednesday to fund a limited investigation into controversy involving one case. The limited investigation authorizes Attorney General Mark Herring, in consultation with […]

Local lawmakers remember delegate and professor Pete Giesen

April 7, 2021

By Caitlin PiemmePublished: Apr. 6, 2021 at 5:42 PM EDT HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Valley lawmakers are mourning the loss of former Virginia Delegate Pete Giesen, who died last week. State Senator Mark Obenshain reflected on their time spent together and the legacy Giesen leaves behind here in the Shenandoah Valley. “He was really instrumental, […]

Democrats reject broad parole board probe in favor of limited investigation

April 7, 2021

Patrick Wilson | Apr 7, 2021 Democrats who control the General Assembly rejected a plan for a bipartisan special committee to investigate wrongdoing at the Virginia Parole Board, opting on Wednesday to fund a limited investigation into controversy involving one case. The limited investigation authorizes Attorney General Mark Herring, in consultation with Gov. Ralph Northam […]

2021 Crossover Update

February 3, 2021

Friends, This Friday marks crossover in the General Assembly.  This is the traditional midpoint of Session, marking the day that the House and Senate each begin addressing legislation originating from the other Chamber.  The first half of Session this year has been dominated by more Democrat initiatives geared towards so called “social and environmental justice.”  These include […]

2021 Pre-Session Update

January 13, 2021

Friends, It seems like the 2020 Session of the General Assembly just ended and here it is January and today the 2021 Session convenes in Richmond.  Last year we were supposed to meet for 45 days in a regular session that ended just as the COVID-19 pandemic was heating up.  As we left Richmond in March, it […]

NEWSLETTER: More updates on Virginia reopening, local elections, and parole

May 4, 2020

Dear Friend, Last week, the Governor unveiled his partial plan for reopening Virginia as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially Northam’s Health Commissioner was quoted as saying that the first phase of this plan would last two years with measures such as continued use of face coverings, teleworking and only some businesses […]