Govt/Politics

Could Jim Webb be on to something?
Published on May 7th, 2009
12 comments Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced last month that legalizing drugs should be "on the table." Now, a new report in Time, based on a Cato Institute study, finds that Portugal, the European nation...
Slutzky says he'll run again
Published on May 6th, 2009
19 comments Incumbent Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chair David Slutzky says he's running for reelection. Already facing  some vitriol over his willingness to raise taxes in his first four-year term in...
The Simmmpsonnns: Stamps on sale May 7
Published on May 6th, 2009
3 comments The stars of American's favorite cartoon sitcom, now in its 20th season, get their own postage stamps. Ivy Postmaster Denise Thompson previews the new "Simpsons" stamps with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa...
City, County get $8.1 mil in stimulus funds
Published on May 5th, 2009
5 comments Congressman Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) announced today that as money from the federal stimulus package is beginning to be doled out, Charlottesville and Albemarle will receive a combined $8.1 million in...
Two UVA alumnae in the mix for Supreme Court
Published on May 4th, 2009
7 comments With the imminent retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Washington is abuzz with rumors of who President Obama might choose to be the next to sit on America's highest court. With Justice...
Landmark letdown: Hotel project's lender folds
Published on May 1st, 2009
11 comments The Hook posed the question this week about what might happen to the Landmark Hotel. The answer just got a whole lot more complicated with the failure of Atlanta-based lender Silverton Bank. PHOTO BY...
McAuliffe jumps ahead in Dem primary
Published on May 1st, 2009
4 comments With the Democratic primary for governor only 40 days away, former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe has apparently jumped out to a sizable lead over his two opponents for the...
UVA alums Kennedy and Fey make Time 100
Published on Apr 30th, 2009
14 comments Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and the University of Virginia can claim two spots on the list. Both Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA, UVA Law...
Fox news: Former Mexican president blasts U.S. policy
Published on Apr 28th, 2009
26 comments Former Mexican president Vicente Fox told an audience at UVA's Darden School of Business that American backlash against illegal immigration and the outsourcing of jobs was, "not coherent with its...
Waste woes: Authority trims recycling, eyes deficits
Published on Apr 28th, 2009
12 comments Monday recycling could end with the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER With revenues slammed by an ailing economy and a thriving private competitor, the Rivanna Solid Waste...
Home free: Paperwork error nearly exiled local family
Published on Apr 27th, 2009
3 comments Paulien and Gerard van Dijk returned home earlier this month after an omission on an immigration form filed nearly a year ago left them and their three children stranded on the Dutch island of Cura§...
Clinton to stump for McAuliffe in Richmond and Roanoke
Published on Apr 23rd, 2009
7 comments Former president Bill Clinton will be coming to the Commonwealth soon to aid former aide Terry McAuliffe in his bid to win the Democratic nomination to become the next Governor of Virginia. On Monday...
Wasted revenue? Authority realized in 2005 station didn't track origins
Published on Apr 20th, 2009
34 comments Untold millions in revenue may have been lost here, at Allied Waste's transfer station at Zion Crossroads, between 1998 and 2005. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO As reported in a recent cover story ["What a...
Political partying at Shad Planking
Published on Apr 16th, 2009
2 comments The Virginia political season got its annual kickoff at the 61st annual  Shad Planking in Wakefiled on Wednesday, April 15. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran as well...
Tax day: Tea partiers fill Pavilion
Published on Apr 15th, 2009
113 comments Barrett Wright gets to skip school and protest taxes. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Charlottesville is usually thought of as a liberal town, but that wasn't the crowd on April 15 at the Jefferson Area Tea...
Torpedoed: Pork politics and the undoing of an Obama nominee
Published on Apr 13th, 2009
12 comments UVA Law professor Jon Cannon had served in the EPA under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UVA SCHOOL OF LAW The sudden withdrawal of would-be Obama...
Local Dems: Deeds gets most but not all
Published on Apr 13th, 2009
5 comments City Councilor David Brown, Delegate David Toscano and Albemarle Supervisor Ann Mallek show their support of State Senator Creigh Deeds, second from right. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE That...
Bloomberg to air anti-gun ad with VT victims' families
Published on Apr 10th, 2009
95 comments New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly teamed with the families of those killed in the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech to produce a political ad calling for tighter controls...
Thomas says she's stepping down
Published on Apr 9th, 2009
4 comments It's now official. Charlottesville Tomorrow reports that 16-year supervisor Sally Thomas will not seek another term.
Council votes reprieve for wading pool
Published on Apr 7th, 2009
5 comments NBC29 has the story on the outcome of the controversy City Council created by claiming something was doomed before getting the public's input.