Govt/Politics

Ballooning: Rug shop fine inflates over $3,000
Published on Apr 1st, 2009
14 comments "I'm 60 years old; I'm not a child," protests Mahmood Pasha after being hauled into court for defying the county's balloon ordinance. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE To former rug shop owner Mahmood Pasha,...
What about Bob? McDonnell kicks off campaign
Published on Mar 31st, 2009
5 comments With Mr. Jefferson peering over his shoulder, former attorney general Bob McDonnell (R) made his case for why he should be Virginia's next governor at a campaign stop at UVA's Jefferson Hall. PHOTO...
Unannounced: Thomas mum on election plans
Published on Mar 31st, 2009
13 comments Are four terms enough for Sally Thomas? FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO While word on the street this year has been that four-term Supervisor Sally Thomas will not run for re-election this year, she's not...
McIntire again: City tosses babies with bath water
Published on Mar 31st, 2009
29 comments The Eureka 26" x 26"–- coupled with a vacuum release–- appears to meet new federal standards and prevent youthful waders from stubbing toes. COMPANY PHOTO If several top city officials...
Extreme makeover: Driver's licenses get new look
Published on Mar 28th, 2009
4 comments Before and after under-21 driver's licenses. Soon to be gone are the days of walking out of one of the Department of Motor Vehicles 74 offices holding the latest horrible photo on a driver's...
Webb's fight: Senator tackles prison reform in new bill
Published on Mar 26th, 2009
8 comments Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) calls the present state of America's prisons "a national disgrace." COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF SENATOR JIM WEBB On Thursday, March 26, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) introduced a bill...
Texting-while-driving law appears imminent
Published on Mar 26th, 2009
7 comments Those locals who send text messages via their cell phones while driving must either break the habit now or risk getting pulled over by police in the near future. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports...
Obama enjoys 55 percent approval in Virginia
Published on Mar 26th, 2009
3 comments Four months after President Obama became the first Democrat to win the Commonwealth's 13 electoral votes since 1964, 55 percent of Virginians say they approve of the job he is doing, according to a...
UVA's Cannon withdraws from Obama's nomination
Published on Mar 26th, 2009
6 comments University of Virginia law school professor and former Albemarle Planning Commissioner Jon Cannon has withdrawn from President Obama's nomination to become the deputy administrator at the...
Deeds, McAuliffe, Moran set five debates
Published on Mar 25th, 2009
25 comments State Senator Creigh Deeds, former campaign consultant and businessman Terry McAuliffe, and former Delegate Brian Moran will first debate on Sunday, April 19 in Williamsburg. PUBLICITY PHOTOS The...
Supervise this! Shop owner displays anti-Slutzky sign
Published on Mar 25th, 2009
63 comments Charlottesville Piano owner Tom Shaw put up his sign because he believes Albemarle County supervisor David Slutzky is "fiscally brain-dead." PHOTO BY LINDSAY BARNES The calendar may say March, but...
Snap o' the day: New AG
Published on Mar 20th, 2009
2 comments No, this isn't Bob McDonnell, who resigned February 20 to run for governor. Bill Mims now has the attorney general job until January 16, 2010, and he was in town March 20 to spur lawyers to a Legal...
County to sell less water, hike rates 12%+
Published on Mar 19th, 2009
27 comments Despite yanking $2 million from its cash reserves, the Albemarle County Service Authority unveils a budget that will spike water/sewer bills at least 12 percent. Three reasons for a bigger budget...
Too late: Judge denies bid to stop Parkway
Published on Mar 18th, 2009
8 comments Plaintiff John Cruickshank foresees another day in court to stop the Meadowcreek Parkway. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Judge Jay Swett denied a preliminary injunction to halt construction on the...
$5 cigs in VA? Smokers gasp at increase
Published on Mar 13th, 2009
14 comments The latest increase in prices could push Bill Huppert to stub out the habit. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Already reeling from Governor Tim Kaine's signature on a law that bans puffing in their favorite...
Slutzky backpedals on taxes
Published on Mar 12th, 2009
13 comments The chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has reversed his stance on raising taxes, the Progress reports.
Wilkinson to deliver UVA commencement address
Published on Mar 10th, 2009
0 comments The University of Virginia has tapped Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson to deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2009 when they graduate on Sunday, May 17. Wilkinson was appointed to the Federal...
Virginia gets $1.6 billion in stimulus aid
Published on Mar 6th, 2009
2 comments Governor Tim Kaine (D) announced Friday, March 6 that Virginia has received $1.6 billion in aid from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently passed by Congress and signed by President...
Mayor Norris runs for re-election
Published on Mar 5th, 2009
20 comments Mayor Dave Norris is seeking his second term on City Council. He was first elected in 2006. FILE PHOTO BY LINDSAY BARNES Charlottesville's red-headed mayor is looking for another term on City...
Reverend Billy runs for NYC mayorship
Published on Mar 3rd, 2009
14 comments A comic actor and husband of former Charlottesvillian Savitri Durkee is running for mayor of New York against Michael Bloomberg. The Reverend Billy of The Church of Stop Shopping, an anti-...