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Mapmaking Politics

Legislative Black Caucus leads effort to undermine redistricting amendment.

Virginia has a horrible history with racial gerrymandering. It started with the ratification of the Constitution, an effort led by Virginians who wanted to count slaves as three-fifths of a person so representation in the south wouldn’t suffer because so many of its inhabitants were non-voting enslaved people. It continued all the way to 2011, when the Republican leaders engaged in a scheme of packing black voters into House districts to dilute their influence elsewhere, a plan the United States Supreme Court later determined was unconstitutional. Now members of the Legislative Black Caucus are worried a proposed amendment might enshrine racial gerrymandering into the Virginia Constitution.

K9 Doby – End of Watch: Feb. 22

Police canine served alongside law enforcement officers.

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Fairfax County Launches JET Task Force

Joint Environmental Task Force addressing climate change and environmental sustainability.

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C-PACE Comes to Fairfax County

Commercial property owners can make energy and resiliency improvements to their buildings and sites with little or no up-front cost in Fairfax County.

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Protecting Virginia Youth from Human Trafficking

General Assembly passes bills to combat human trafficking of minors.

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Black History for a New Generation

Lessons on the contributions of African Americans not limited to February.

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Opinion: Commentary: Climate Change at Our Doorstep

How Virginia is taking the high road.

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Opinion: Commentary: We Both Deserve $15. Why Don’t Our Virginia Senators Think So?

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Why a Regional Wage in Virginia?

Effort to raise minimum wage hits snag on Senate floor, leading to regional approach.

It’s shortly after 7 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and state Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36) is working the Senate chamber to save the minimum wage increase. This particular Tuesday isn’t just any day of the week. It’s the final deadline for Senate bills to cross over to the House, so the pressure is building as the clock winds down. Senators are tired and cranky, and they will be working past midnight.

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