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Coming soon: Beyond the Headline
Beyond the Headline is a new podcast from the Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot that takes you inside the newsroom of both papers to see how journalists report their stories. We'll take you inside the courtrooms, on the sidelines, into city hall and behind the lens as our reporters bring you the stories that impact Hampton Roads. Beyond the Headline is coming soon from the Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot.
5 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 39: Highs and lows of the 2019 General Assembly
The General Assembly wrapped up what should've been a pretty sleepy session at the end of February, but with the top three state leaders getting national media attention and facing calls for resignation, lawmakers headed home with a sigh of relief. Amid all the chaos in Richmond, they passed a budget, provided tax relief to Virginians and drew up some new legislation, much of which will take effect July 1. Among the new laws to expect: raising the tobacco age to 21, giving tenants more time to pay rent if they're threatened with eviction, and higher fees for leasing oyster grounds. The Virginia Politics podcast is taking a break for a while to make a few changes we hope you'll like. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 38: Teenagers help the Capitol run smoothly with page program
Each year, around 60 of Virginia's young students get a front row seat at the General Assembly. The 13 and 14-year-olds come from across the state to stay in Richmond for the duration of the session and participate in the Senate and House page programs. On the last week of session, six pages from Hampton Roads discuss what it's like to work alongside legislators, learn the lawmaking process and debate bills. One of the pages, Drew Goodove, takes the lessons he learns a bit further by talking about the General Assembly in a series of Youtube videos he sends to his civics class every week. He's even interviewed Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. Applications for the program open Aug. 1 every year and applicants must get a letter of recommendation from their representatives. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
15 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 37: Inside a chaotic two weeks in Virginia Politics
On Episode 37 of the Virginia Politics podcast, Marie Albiges talks about the tumultous two weeks in Richmond since racist photos were discovered on Gov. Ralph Northam's college yearbook page. Since then, the top three elected officials in Virginia -- all Democrats -- have resisted calls to resign. You may have watched or read the coverage of the scandals, but Albiges will describe the chaotic scene in Richmond, from Northam's infamous press conference at the Governor's Mansion to officials dodging the media in the hidden corridors of the Capital. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
11 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 36: The search for Ralph Northam's yearbook
Over the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam became embroiled in a controversy over a racist yearbook photo. The Daily Press and the Virginian-Pilot first learned of the photo's existence through a conservative blog, Big League Politics. The newspapers' first move was to verify the photo was real. In this episode of Virginia Politics, Virginian-Pilot reporter Gordon Rago walks us through his trip to the EVMS library, where he found the yearbook from Northam's senior year and confirmed the existence of the racist photo. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
8 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 35: The local impact of redrawing district lines
Virginia may be getting new legislative lines in 2019 after a three-judge panel ruled last year that the current House of Delegates map is unconstitutional. While we're waiting for a fix -- which that same three-judge panel is going to choose -- the Virginia Politics podcast looked at what new electoral maps means for local voter registrars. Walt Latham is the president of the Voter Registrars Association of Virginia and the voter registrar for York County. He's been through a number of redistricting cases, both through the U.S. Census Bureau count that happens every decade and in instances like 2016, when the Congressional map had to be redrawn. On Episode 35, Latham talks about how legislative maps are adopted at the local level and thousands of people are notified that they've moved districts and are represented by someone new. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 34: Behind the scenes at the Capitol
State lawmakers made their way back to Richmond last week, starting their 46-day session off with discussions about the revenue windfall and the possibility of Virginia becoming the last state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. As the 140 senators and delegates file bills, vote in committee meetings and meet with constituents, it's the people behind the scenes at the Capitol that make everything function smoothly. On this week's Virginia Politics podcast, we hear from some of the people behind the scenes who make lawmakers' jobs a little easier. Like Barbara Carter, who works at the concierge desk for the Senate. Or Denise Gittens, who runs the cafe on the second floor. Ever wonder how offices get assigned to representatives? Or what goes on in the bill room? Listen to this week's podcast to get a better sense of what goes on while everyone else is paying attention to legislators. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
9 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 33: Previewing the legislative session
On Wednesday, state lawmakers will gather in Richmond again to tweak the biennial budget and pass legislation. It'll be a short and intense session. On this week's podcast, politics reporter Dave Ress returns to the podcast to join Marie Albiges in discussing what we can expect from our 140 legislators at the capitol. There's few billion dollars of extra revenue to spend, and tax reform to consider. Virginia's been floated as the final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Gambling might take center stage, with proposals of casinos in various parts of the state coming forward. Local legislators are filing bills too -- related to criminal justice reform, school safety, high-interest rate loans, guns, domestic terrorism and more. All these bills are being filed in an election year at a time when some legislators won't even know where they're running because district lines are still being decided. Stay tuned after the podcast for bloopers. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
12 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 32: Looking back at the 94th historic recount
One year ago, the balance of the General Assembly rested on one vote. In the race between Republican incumbent David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds in the 94th district -- which encompasses Newport News -- the election came down to a recount, and then a tie vote. The winner -- whose name was picked out of a bowl -- would decide whether Republicans maintained the majority in the House, or whether there would be a 50-50 split. One of those recount officials was Ken Mallory, a middle school civics teacher who questioned an irregularly-marked ballot. On this week's Virginia Politics podcast, Mallory reflects on the recount on its one-year anniversary. "It seems like it would be hard for there to be a discrepancy, so I was interested to see what kind of ballots are we talking about that was going to be counted, and what’s the process and procedure for that," he said. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 31:The challenges school counselors face
School counselors in Virginia have been getting some attention lately. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday he'd like to spend $36 million to hire more counselors, and to eventually bring the student-to-counselor ratio down to the recommended 250-to-1 ratio. He says increasing the number of counselors will make schools safer because students would be receiving more behavioral, mental and emotional support. This is in line with what a select committee on school safety recommended in November. The safety committee also recommended hiring more testing coordinators so that school counselors had more time to focus on students' needs. On this week's podcast, school counselors Stephanie Smith-Durkin from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia and Katie LaRue from Poquoson Elementary School address some of these recommendations. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
16 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 30:The continuing politics of redistricting
There’s been some new developments in everyone’s favorite topic – redistricting. An anti-gerrymandering group on Thursday said it wants to amend the Virginia constitution to create a 10-member commission made up of three Republicans, three Democrats and four independent voters. To amend the Virginia Constitution, legislators must first approve it in two annual sessions separated by an election — in this case, in 2019 and 2020 — before it can be added to the ballot as a statewide referendum in the 2020 general election. In the meantime, Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, asked the lower court Wednesday to halt any remedial map drawing mandated by the lower court until the Supreme Court hears arguments in the gerrymandering case stemming from 2014. William and Mary Law professor Rebecca Green came on to talk about what this means for Virginia and for 2019. She served on the committee tasked with coming up with the ballot language, and she explains how they came up with the map-drawing criteria and the process for creating the commission. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 29: Helping inmates following prison sentences
What happens to an inmate after he or she gets released from jail or prison? Sandra Brandt with Step Up, Inc. has built an agency that helps recently-released inmates get back on their feet and stay out of jail. She started the company 43 years by happenstance, first offering female inmates opportunities for job training and placement, and later expanding the services to men. Today, she and her staff help inmates prepare for release by helping them prepare for and find a job and a place to stay, giving them counseling and helping them navigate other responsibilities that come with reintegration into society. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
10 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 28: The life of a freshman legislator: Part IV
Del. Cheryl Turpin, D-Virginia Beach, spent her first year in the General Assembly focusing on education, voting and coastal flooding. A high school teacher for decades, Turpin is not new to politics. She ran in the special election for the 85th district seat in 2016 when Scott Taylor got elected to Congress and gave up his state delegate seat. She lost by 342 votes to Republican Rocky Holcombe, a captain at the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office. In 2017, she ran against him again, and this time she won, becoming one of 15 Democrats to flip their seats that year. She said being elected to serve Virginia Beach was the "adventure of a lifetime". While none of the bills she put forward this year passed, she says she's not going to be as reserved this year. She's focusing on helping Virginia become the 38th state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and she's looking at more legislation to support teachers and help with flooding issues in Virginia Beach. The episode is the final in the Virginia Politics podcast series on freshman Hampton Roads delegates. Find all the episodes with the new delegates at dailypress.com/podcasts. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 27: The life of a freshman legislator (Part III)
Kelly Fowler's goal of one day representing Virginia Beach residents was born after she attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. Coming home with a desire to change the political atmosphere after the events of 2016, Fowler, a Democrat, ran a campaign to defeat Republican incumbent Ron Villanueva. She was successful in flipping the seat blue, along with 14 others in the state which brought the House of Delegates to 51-49 for Republicans. In our third episode featuring first-time Hampton Roads lawmakers, we speak with Fowler about being the new kid in school, so to speak. A former public school teacher who now runs a real estate company, Fowler learned the legislative process as she went, and she's got a few lessons to take with her as she heads into next year's session. Her biggest focus leading up to 2019? Flooding. Fowler joins Del. Emily Brewer, R-Suffolk, and Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, as a featured speaker on the Virginia Politics podcast. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
13 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 26: The life of a freshman legislator (Part II)
When Del. Emily Brewer was 10 days old, she was adopted. Thirty-four years later, the first-time Suffolk state Republican representative has brought her experiences with adoption to the capitol, where she's filing legislation for adoption and foster care reform. In the second episode of our series on freshman Hampton Roads legislators, we talk about what her first session was like, what she thinks are going to be big topics of conversation in the 2019 session (hint: it involves money) and what it meant to her to have adoption legislation pass. In addition to Suffolk, Brewer has also served residents living in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County and Surry County since she was elected in November 2017. She was named freshman legislator of the year by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce this year. Missed the first episode in our freshman legislator series? Listen to Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, about his "surreal" experience as a first-time lawmaker. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
15 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 25: The life of a freshman legislator (Part I)
On this episode of Virginia Politics, and for the next few episodes, we speak with freshmen Hampton Roads delegates about what went well — and what didn't — in the 2018 session, and what we can expect in 2019. This week, Del. Jay Jones from Norfolk is on the show. He's no stranger to the General Assembly, but he called his first session "surreal". Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
14 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 24: Responding to a natural disaster
On this episode of Virginia Politics, we look at what it means when the governor declares a state of emergency during a hurricane. While Hurricane Florence largely missed Hampton Roads, our neighbors to the south needed help. Andy John, who works in the Virginia emergency management department, shared his experience helping North Carolinians in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
10 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 23: School accreditation and graduation rates on the Peninsula
On Episode 23 of Virginia Politics, we talk school accreditation with education reporter Jane Hammond. The Virginia Department of Education has new standards for rating schools. We look at what the new standards mean for Hampton Roads schools, and how students fared on the tests. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
12 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 22: Why people don't register to vote
On this episode of Virginia Politics, we look at the reasons people aren't registering to vote. With a little more than a month until the Nov. 6 elections, we hear from organizers -- including Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News -- on their efforts to sign people up ahead of the Oct. 15 registration deadline. We also introduce a new feature on dailypress.com called Glad You Asked, where you ask us questions, and we answer in the form of a story. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
13 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 21: Racial gerrymandering and the opposing redistricting maps
This week, Dr. Quentin Kidd from Christopher Newport University comes back on the show to talk about the latest in redistricting. We explore how the Republican map seeks to address racial gerrymandering for 11 unconstitutional districts and what a new map could mean for voters in 2019. We also say goodbye to Reema Amin, who's off to cover New York City Public Schools for Chalkbeat. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.
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