Govt/Politics

Medicinal use: Pot educator wages war on war on drugs
Published on Jul 25th, 2013
103 comments Mary Lynn Mathre is a former nurse who wants patients to have access to a controversial medicine: pot. From an early age, the Minnesota native was interested in practicing medicine. She enrolled in...
City history: Bid process questioned in unfunded film
Published on Nov 14th, 2012
14 comments As part of Charlottesville's year-long 250th anniversary celebration, organizers and city officials came up with the idea of a documentary about the city's rich history. Eight film production...
Another arrest: Dem vice-chair charged with DUI
Published on Oct 29th, 2012
41 comments It's been a bad two weeks for Albemarle Democrats. On October 18, Supervisor Christopher Dumler was arrested for forcible sodomy. And on October 28, Cynthia Neff, the party's vice chair– and...
Ryan's run: Republicans rally at Crutchfield HQ
Published on Oct 25th, 2012
71 comments The last time Republicans drew a top party member here was in 1991, when then-vice president Dan Quayle came to boost GOP support for George Allen. It's a sign of how closely contested Virginia is...
Getting out the unregistered vote
Published on Oct 15th, 2012
1 comments Margie Shepherd stands ready to register the at Toddsbury of Ivy shop during the morning commute October 15, the last day to register to vote in the November 6 election.
Let the mural-making begin
Published on Oct 11th, 2012
1 comments After finally getting approval from the Board of Architectural Review, which rejected his first boldly-colored design, Ross McDermott, director of the Charlottesville Mural Project, starts painting...
Less hazardous: Acme Visible Records gets cleaned
Published on Oct 10th, 2012
0 comments For more than 10 years, a prime commercial/light industrial site in designated-growth-area Crozet has been empty. It turns out there's a reason for that: it's polluted. Related: Greenwood: EPA...
Last chance? Hundreds attend Western 29 Bypass forum
Published on Sep 27th, 2012
22 comments Opponents of the Western 29 Bypass, including mega-selling author John Grisham, turned out in force September 27 to voice their dismay with the controversial road.   The Virginia Department of...
5th District race: Social issues 'a distraction,' says Hurt
Published on Sep 17th, 2012
116 comments The 5th District incumbent makes no bones about it: his traditional conservative values are a product of how he was raised. That would be in Chatham in southside Virginia, and U.S. Congressman Robert...
Jail time: Governor signs life-sentence law for pedophiles
Published on Sep 7th, 2012
35 comments Nothing says "tough on crime" better than a jail, and on September 7, that was the setting for the photo-op signing of six bills that toughened penalties on child molesters, four of them carried by...
Campaign stop: President Obama woos 'Hoos
Published on Aug 29th, 2012
43 comments The last time President Barack Obama was in Charlottesville in 2010, he was here to lend a hand to Congressman Tom Perriello's ultimately unsuccessful reelection bid. This time, he was here to boost...
Opposition: 'Oust Obama' rallies Tea Party
Published on Aug 29th, 2012
26 comments On the same day President Barack Obama swung his campaign through Charlottesville, the Jefferson Area Tea Party hosted an "Oust Obama" rally in Lee Park. Some 150 citizens gathered to show their...
Whose hissy? Douglass camera bump no 'macaca' moment
Published on Aug 27th, 2012
4 comments The 5th District congressional race got a little more in-your-face at an August 21 Farmville forum when Democratic challenger John Douglass swatted the video camera of a member of Representative...
Fines unleashed: Albemarle criminalizes owners of roaming dogs
Published on Aug 3rd, 2012
26 comments Albemarle holds its rural character dear, but anyone thinking about unleashing a bounding hound or letting Rover live up to his name may want to rethink the wisdom of such now-illegal actions. In...
Off the table: Four boards foreswear chloramines in water
Published on Jul 26th, 2012
6 comments Charlottesville's latest water controversy ended in unusual unanimity July 25 when the Board of Supervisors and City Council, plus the two water boards, rejected the use of chloramines in the...
Intimidating? Copter may have encircled Cobbs pre-trial
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
16 comments Last fall, Philip Cobbs expressed terror after an assault weapon-carrying team of about 10 officers raided his southeastern Albemarle farm after a helicopter crew claimed to spot two marijuana plants...
Jury nullification: The elephant in the room
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
22 comments There's an elephant in every courtroom. Prosecutors and judges won't show it to jurors, and even Virginia defense lawyers seem forbidden from mentioning this fact: If you think a law is unjust, you...
Controversial constitutionalist: 30 years of defending the people
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
4 comments In the corner is a cardboard stand-up of James Dean– and another of the Beatles in a phone booth. Toy skeletons are all over the place, as well as artwork that hints of a disturbing vision....
That bites: Fluco convicted in girls soccer incident
Published on Jul 16th, 2012
30 comments The tears were streaming as members of the Fluvanna High School girls varsity soccer team emerged from a courthouse in downtown Charlottesville after their co-captain was convicted of biting a...
Fluid debate: Citizens press experts on chloramine in water
Published on Jun 25th, 2012
4 comments Two weeks ago– before UVA President Teresa Sullivan's forced resignation roiled Charlottesville and beyond– the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority's plan to add a controversial chemical to...