Week in Review: Police spying and economic woes

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments

FIGHT TO FINISH: Democrats and Republicans are wrangling for the final votes in Fairfax County.

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
PURCELLVILLE, Va. — This week, Watchdog.org broke a story revealing how Alexandria police capture and store license plate information and what lawmakers intend to do about it.
Virginia’s economy is being overshadowed by its southern neighbor, while the fight over Medicaid expansion could injure Virginia’s AAA bond rating.
Gov. Terry McAulife has remained [...]

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GOP duels over Dems crashing Fauquier party

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Elections, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

FEUDING REPUBLICANS: A recent party election is being contested by a group of candidates claiming the vote was hijacked by Democrats.

Republicans in heavily GOP Fauquier County are feuding over the outcome of a local party election.

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Eyes off: Some lawmakers want to restrict license plate readers

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  law enforcement, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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While some Virginia lawmakers plan to file legislation restricting police use of controversial automatic license plate reader technology, others are hesitating. Police use of ALPR technology is something that hits home with many Virginians and people around the country, as dozens of emails from readers indicated after Watchdog.org broke a story this week revealing how Alexandria police had captured this reporter’s license plate multiple times on camera over a six-month period.

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Republicans ‘don’t see an end’ to Medicaid standoff, fear for bond rating

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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If leading Republicans are right, the battle over Medicaid expansion could leave Virginia wounded. GOP leaders assured reporters in a conference call on Tuesday, as Majority Whip Jackson Miller put it, House Republicans are ‘more resolute’ than ever on holding off Medicaid expansion. Since neither Republicans nor Democrats want to budge, the standoff over whether to expand Medicaid could very well pass the June 30 deadline to lock down a budget.

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Governor silent on felons’ voting rights, so law students speak up

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

NEW SOURCE OF EMPLOYEES: Under the proposed policy, the Beaumont Independent School District would “perform an individualized assessment” of the applicant’s criminal history and the context of the crimes in order to sort out desirable felons from the undesirable.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has so far been quiet about restoring voting rights for felons, but students in the law school at William & Mary College are stepping in.

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