Virginia has a terrible reputation for open government, and if a recent recent state Supreme Court ruling is allowed to stand, it might get worse. But the General Assembly, with prompting by a Democratic state senator from Fairfax County, is pushing back.
Members of the Virginia General Assembly are asking state regulators to crack down on the use of consumer finance loans by car-title lenders — bait-and-switch tactics that land consumers with huge bills for interest.
Republicans came to Richmond this year looking for a way to lift an executive action that barred Virginia from recognizing concealed carry permits originating in 25 states. They got the deal, but Dems wonder if they conceded too much.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe campaigned in 2013 as a dealmaker who could work with Democrats and Republicans, and he says he's delivering on that promise through another compromise with lawmakers — this time on the thorny transportation issue of widening Interstate 66.
Republicans in Virginia want to enshrine a bill banning mandatory union membership in the state constitution — a move analysts say is intended to increase turnout among the commonwealth's conservative base.
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