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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This week, we talk about those quirky phrases that lawmakers will use in the General Assembly that usually refer to legislation or official business -- most of the time. These sayings are probably odd and foreign to new observers of Virginia politics, but they are part of the tradition in the Capitol. We'll also introduce a new voice on the podcast. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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This week, we air a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment.

As one of the state's most powerful lawmakers, Norment has a lot of influence over which topics get the spotlight in the General Assembly -- but not always.

We talked to him about Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to give about $250 million in rebates to low-income Virginians who get earned income tax credits. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On this week's episode of Virginia Politics with Ress and Reema, we discuss a proposal from Gov. Ralph Northam that could deliver checks for several hundred dollars to low- and moderate-income Virginians.

But House Republicans say the move ignores other classes of Virginians, so we explore the politics and what it could mean for tax reform in Virginia. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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In this week’s podcast, we talk about the growing controversy of how independent Shaun Brown got on the ballot for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Who signed the petitions? Were the signatures legitimate? Were the signers even alive?

We also have more of a fishy tale for you, about menhaden in Virginia, and why they're the most political fish out there.

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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This week we talk about the minimum wage and where it stands in Virginia.

Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, joins the podcast to discuss the issue.

We explore why the wage hasn't changed for years and discuss the unusual political alliances that could be formed over increasing it. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On this week's episode, we talk about young voters and their growing involvement in elections, politics and even running for office. We talk to Virginia 21 policy director Gerica Goodman and get her take on some of the misconceptions about the millennial generation -- including an assumption on how they tend to vote. 

We'll also go over some highlights from the debate between Sen. Tim Kaine and his GOP challenger, Corey Stewart.

Debate audio courtesy of PBS. Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere

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On the 14th episode of Virginia Politics, Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, joins the show to talk about her time as a legislator.

She discusses her entry into politics and running for an office when she didn't want to be a politician.

Pogge talks about her opposition to a tourism sales tax in the Historic Triangle, and she discusses her time as chair of the Virginia Disability Commission.

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On the 13th episode of Virginia Politics, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sits down for a conversation with Dave Ress about the latest news in Congress.

Kaine talks about the recent U.S. Supreme Court opening, and he discusses Congress' role in the use of military force. He talks about disagreements with former President Barack Obama. He also looks back at his time as a mayor and a governor. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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This week, we talk about the possibility of redistricting in Virginia. Last week, a federal court decided that the House of Delegates had racially gerrymandered 11 districts -- six in Hampton Roads -- meaning that lines unfairly diluted the voting power of minorities. We explore how this affects the region.

We also chat about the surprising resignation of John Whitbeck, the now ex-chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, and what it means for the party's future. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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