Politics

Gov. McAuliffe expected to sign marijuana reforms

By SaraRose Martin
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Virginia probably will ease up a bit in its laws against marijuana by making it easier for epilepsy patients to obtain cannabis extract oils and by relaxing the penalty for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign the handful of marijuana-related bills passed by the General Assembly during its recent session. They include SB 1027, which will allow Virginia pharmacies to make and sell marijuana extract oils for treating intractable epilepsy, and HB 2051 and SB 1091, which will eliminate the state’s punishment of automatically suspending the driver’s license of adults convicted of simple marijuana possession. Continue reading


Update on Lawsuit over IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups

IRS Admits to Court it Needs To Search 6,924 Previously Unreported Documents in Response to a 2015 Judicial Watch FOIA Lawsuit over IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups

Agency Agrees to Begin Producing Documents by March 10, but Has Yet to Provide Timetable for Completion of Review

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported to a U.S. District Court that it located “an additional 6,924 documents of potentially responsive records” relating to a 2015 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the Obama IRS targeting scandal. The FOIA lawsuit at issue sought records about the IRS selection of individuals and organizations for audits based upon applications requesting non-profit tax status filed by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations (Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:15-cv-00220)). Continue reading


Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ and Treasury for Records Related to Intelligence Leaks Regarding Investigation of General Flynn

Asks Court to Order Searches and Production of Records 

National Security Agency Refuses to Confirm or Deny Existence of Records 

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United States Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury regarding records related to the investigation of retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michel Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency et al. (No.1:17-cv-00397)).  (The National Security Agency refused to confirm or deny the existence of intelligence records about communications between Gen. Flynn and Amb Kislyak.) Continue reading


TOWERGATE: Obama uses Secret Court and FBI to spy on Trump Campaign

Towergate Trump Tower

By Bin im Garten – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15086240

Dr. Rich Swier

Wikileaks released an email dated 2016-04-27 between two Democratic National Committee staffers (roberstske@dnc.org and BrinsterJ@dnc.org). In the email robertske@dnc.org wrote, “[T]he pro-Russia stuff ties in pretty well to the idea that Trump is too friendly with Putin/weak on Russia.”

We now learn that in June 2016 the Obama administration filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

Are the two connected? Was the DNC colluding with the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign?

Breitbart’s  Joel B. Pollack in a column titled “Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump” reports: Continue reading


Virginia Legislative highlights: What passed and what didn’t

Virginia State Capitol Building

Virginia State Capitol Building VCU CNS

By Haley Winn

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – During their 46-day session, the Virginia General Assembly passed 880 bills and myriad resolutions ranging from constitutional amendments to the designation of Taekwondo Day. Many more pieces of legislation were tossed out before lawmakers adjourned on Saturday. Here are some key issues and laws that legislators addressed in 2017. Continue reading


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