School bus camera company gets red light in Virginia county

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

The fund that pays for health care for bus drivers and other school support personnel is almost out of money.

Redflex Traffic Systems is getting the red light in Rockingham County.

Just a little over a month after reported Redflex said it planned to fix the controversial way it runs its school bus camera operation and violation tickets in the northern Virginia county, Rockingham County Public Schools decided to table its partnership with the scandal-ridden company. It was the first school district in Virginia to implement the program, according to Redflex spokesperson Jody Ryan

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VA Republicans’ Senate win could embolden General Assembly, governor

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


Now that Republicans firmly control the General Assembly with their big win this week in coal country’s Senate District 38, Virginia can expect blissful compromise between state legislators and the Democratic executive branch, right?


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14,646 duplicate voters flagged in Fairfax, Maryland

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Elections, Maryland, News, Virginia, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

SEEING DOUBLE: An election-watch group says 14,646 people hold voter registrations in Maryland and in Fairfax County, Va.

An election-integrity group is challenging the status of nearly 15,000 voters reportedly registered in both Fairfax County and Maryland.

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If convicted, McDonnell will likely lose hundreds of thousands in retirement benefits

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CORRUPTION TRIAL: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is the subject of a federal corruption trial. / Photo by Kathryn Watson

By Kathryn Watson |, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — If the jury in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s federal corruption trial finds him guilty, he’ll probably lose his cushy retirement benefits thanks to a law that he helped enact.
In March 2011, McDonnell, who championed himself as a reformer of the state’s underfunded pension system, signed a [...]

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Citizens flay Virginia’s debt-ridden King George County

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Government Waste, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

REFORMER: Supervisor Ruby Brabo clashes with fellow board members over tourism and fiscal issues. She conducts workshops to educate and motivate prospective political candidates.

King George County, a rural enclave of 25,000 people, has racked up $100 million in debt with a spending spree on new public buildings.

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In Powhatan, the public pension crisis is local and personal 

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


The battle over public pensions isn’t just some amorphous thing at the federal and state levels — it’s playing out in Virginia schools.

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