Category Archives: Virginia

High Court Ruling Could Reshape Virginia Political Map

A U.S. Supreme Court decision reviving a challenge to several Virginia legislative districts could send lawmakers back to the drawing board, but Republicans say they are confident the state’s current electoral map will withstand further scrutiny. The justices on Wednesday tossed out a ruling that upheld 11 districts in which African-Americans made up at least… Read More »

Powerful appeals court gets its first black chief judge

For Roger Gregory, serving as the first African-American chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond takes on even greater meaning when he thinks of who else has walked the halls of the building he now oversees. During the Civil War, the building that is now the appeals court housed the… Read More »

The Douglas gets Wilder for Bobby Scott

Doug Wilder is running his mouth again. That usually makes people anxious or angry. But the former Virginia governor and Richmond mayor has an important message for the Democratic Party from which he occasionally strays. The party would be wise to listen. It could determine whether Democrats hold Tim Kaine’s Senate seat, assuming he becomes… Read More »

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Urges Virginia Court to Uphold the Restoration of Voting Rights to Individuals With Criminal Histories

Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and Bryan Cave LLP submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Virginia Supreme Court supporting Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order that restored the right to vote to over 200,000 individuals with former felony convictions. “Virginia’s disenfranchisement law stands as one of the harshest in the… Read More »

Scott says redistricting could give Virginia a second black representative

Reversing the General Assembly’s gerrymandering of Virginia’s congressional districts could move as many as 100,000 African-Americans to new districts and open the way for the state to elect two black members of Congress, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-Newport News, said Tuesday. The reason is that an old Voting Rights Act standard – that districts… Read More »