Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

When a federal judge handed down a two-year prison sentence to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday afternoon debate started loud and rancorous over whether or not it was enough, too much or just right. Prosecutors wanted at least six years behind bars.  Defense attorney’s wanted no jail time, just community service — if anything.  […]

Decorated combat veteran dies in Virginia crash

Fontenot was flying the single-seat plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade

Decorated combat veteran dies in Virginia crash

The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. The pilot, Lt. Col. Morris “Moose” Fontenot Jr., joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February and had been […]

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

'We're trying to remedy what we believe is an unconstitutional map drawn by the legislature'

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marc Elias, an attorney for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, represents two Virginia voters in a lawsuit that accuses the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” by […]

Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Allen's ruling makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality of gay marriages.

Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to […]

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

Virginians, it turned out, elected a governor so deep in debt that pursuit of the almighty dollar became far more important than any issues facing the Old Dominion.

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

As more and more details emerge about the acceptance of gifts, loans and more by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen during their fours years in Executive Mansion in Richmond, a picture of a chief executive up to his butt in debts and scrambling to pay bills emerges. McDonnell and his wife […]

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife, indicted on 14 counts

"Today's charges represent the Justice Department's continued commitment to rooting out public corruption at all levels of government."

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife, indicted on 14 counts

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, includes one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud; three counts of honest-services wire fraud; one count […]

McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s new governor

"Common ground doesn't move towards us, we move towards it."

McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s new governor

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton, was sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor on a mild and rainy Saturday. In an inaugural address on the south portico of the state Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe emphasized bipartisanship as he put several years of campaigning behind […]

Merry Christmas from Capitol Hill Blue

Merry Christmas from Capitol Hill Blue

Merry Christmas from all of us at Capitol Hill Blue and our sincere wishes for a happy and safe holiday along with a Happy New Year. This Christmas is more special than ever for our founder, long-time newspaperman and photographer Doug Thompson, who left the hospital on Christmas Eve after a long stay from a […]

Virginia governor’s scandal-tainted term coming to an end

Virginia governor’s scandal-tainted term coming to an end

Bob McDonnell‘s national profile ascended fast in four years as Virginia governor. He delivered the 2010 Republican response to the State of the Union Address. He became chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2011 and was widely mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick just over a year ago. Even on the day he […]

Playing the healthcare lottery in Virginia

Winners have to be verified as eligible and after that they can get care for anything from a bad back to cancer.

Playing the healthcare lottery in Virginia

Mossamat Jhumu is tickled pink, as she has just won the lottery in Virginia. However, the prize is not money or merchandise but free health care. On a cold November morning, this 39-year-old woman of Bangladeshi origin was among 100 people waiting patiently outside the sleek, modern Arlington Free Clinic in the Washington suburbs. Jhumu, […]

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