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The Virginia Declaration of Rights,

George Mason

George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776. He drew inspiration from the English Bill of Rights (1689). However, Mason made several changes to the English version, such as removing hereditary positions in government. The Virginia…

Governor Kaine's Inaugural Address,

Timothy M. Kaine

Governor Timonth M. Kaine gave his inaugural address in Williamsburg, VA on January 14, 2006. He spoke of his goals of affirming the "values of courage, opportunity and community," and outlined key policy issues for his term. Kaine also evoked the…

Governor Kaine Announces 50 New Jobs for Halifax County,

Gordon Hickey, David McFarland, and Suzanne West

Sometimes, states "bid" for different companies to locate their manufacturing plants or jobs in that state. In this case, Virginia pledged $260,000 to help a bath fixture company create a manufacturing plant in Halifax county. In return, LABSCO…

Tax Tribute Ceremony,

Office of the Governor of Virginia

In this photo, "Governor Kaine and First Lady Holton accepted tribute from members of Virginia's native tribes at an annual ceremony. A treaty signed in 1646 calls for the tribes to make an annual offering to the Governor, traditionally the day…

State of the Commonwealth Address, 2008,

Timothy Kaine

Each year, Virginia's governor issues a "State of the Commonwealth" address that is similar to the President's "State of the Union" address. In his 2008 speech, Governor Timothy Kaine outlines important projects, legislation, and growth opportunities…