Govt/Politics

P.E.C. opens new fronts in war on dredging
Published on May 11th, 2008
42 comments Jeff Werner, the Land-Use field officer for a group called the Piedmont Environmental Council, says that the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority's $143 million water supply plan is the "least...
Hook columnist sparks AG lawsuit
Published on May 8th, 2008
1 comments Attorney General Bob McDonnell has filed suit against Nicholas J. Gianakos, proprietor of Instant Cash Title Loans in Charlottesville, for violating Virginia's Consumer Finance Act. According to a...
Warner campaign kickoff tour hits downtown
Published on May 6th, 2008
0 comments With so much attention paid to the race for the White House, former governor Mark Warner (D) came to Charlottesville today to remind voters that there is another office on the ballot in November,...
Kaine won't quit for Obama
Published on Apr 21st, 2008
0 comments Today, at the University of Virginia, Governor Tim Kaine (D) put to rest any speculation that he would forgo his last year as governor in order to serve in Barack Obama's White House, should the...
Jefferson ever ready for his close-up
Published on Apr 21st, 2008
3 comments With last night's conclusion of the HBO miniseries John Adams, so ended the latest on-screen portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. This time around, British actor Stephen Dillane (best known to American...
Local protesters head for border
Published on Apr 18th, 2008
10 comments Local activists Jeff Winder and Sue Frankel-Streit are preparing to cross the U.S. border from Mexico sans checkpoints and walk 40 miles of migrant trails through the Sonoran Desert to protest US...
Targeted U.S. Attorney Brownlee resigns
Published on Apr 17th, 2008
4 comments UPDATE 4:15pm– At his 2:30 press conference, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee says he's "seriously considering" a run for attorney general, according to the Roanoke Times. POSTED 11:26am– U.S...
Library of Congress recreates Jefferson's
Published on Apr 11th, 2008
1 comments In 1815, hard up for cash after Monticello proved a money pit, Thomas Jefferson sold his beloved library, all 6,487 volumes of it, to Congress for the sum of $24,000 (just under $235,000 in today's...
Scalia talks church and state at UVA
Published on Apr 11th, 2008
6 comments Thirty-seven years after he last stood in front of a UVA Law School class as a professor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia returned to the school to deliver a lecture on the topic of Thomas...
DMB rains on Clinton's parade
Published on Apr 4th, 2008
34 comments What's the best way to lure college students away from a former president's talk? Three words: Dave Matthews Band. That's what happened in Bloomington, Indiana, when former President Bill Clinton...
Judge not-- unless you're J. Harvie Wilkinson
Published on Apr 2nd, 2008
0 comments Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson admits he was disappointed he didn't get the nod for the U.S. Supreme Court when his name was bandied about as a nominee in 2005 and he was interviewed by President George...
Gail 'For Rail' Parker running for Senate again
Published on Mar 31st, 2008
5 comments Following an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 2006, Gail "For Rail" Parker is once again running to represent Virginia in the world's most deliberative body. The 62-year-old retired Air Force...
City starts Mall recycling program
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
5 comments Ever strolled the Downtown Mall on a warm day looking for a place to throw your empty drink container, but awash in enviro-guilt as you discarded it in one of those black garbage cans? If only you...
DP loses ‘dean’ Gibson to institute
Published on Mar 26th, 2008
2 comments The Daily Progress is losing its senior reporter, the man whose 31 years of experience may be more than the total of the combined metro news squad. According to stories in this morning's Progress...
Kennedy's not-so-happy Charlottesville anniversary
Published on Mar 25th, 2008
0 comments Although his aptitude for campaigning and policy has since guided him to a long, storied career in Democratic party politics, Edward Kennedy didn't always display such great judgment. Three years...
Over 100 Viriginia soldiers confirmed dead
Published on Mar 24th, 2008
0 comments According to Defense Department figures, the number of Virginia soldiers killed in Iraq is currently 112. Just days after the five-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, the number of U.S. soldiers...
Is Conservancy impeding dredge options?
Published on Mar 23rd, 2008
3 comments Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport officials– including the lawyer for an environmental group once known for free-market solutions– appear eager to downplay any role the Airport might...
Bush bomb launched…sort of
Published on Mar 22nd, 2008
5 comments A group opposing the idea of a possible war with Iran launched a "Bush Bomb" yesterday in the Water Street Parking lot. You can watch it here. Rumor was that it would be shot into the air...but the...
Crime cams don’t work in SF
Published on Mar 22nd, 2008
2 comments A new report by UC Berkeley finds that anti-crime cameras in San Francisco merely push bums down the street. Charlottesville's police chief, whose team infamously used another PD's dash cam to punish...
Waterboarding at Water and Ridge
Published on Mar 21st, 2008
23 comments Four local peace-lovin' organizations came together in front of the federal courthouse yesterday to protest five years in Iraq with a demonstration of waterboarding, a method of torture okayed by...