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Local Government in Action: Wise County Board of Supervisors,

Wise County, Virginia

The Wise County Board of Supervisors offers a prime example of the executive branch in a local jurisdiction. This website offers meeting agendas and minutes, as well as a TV broadcast of Board meetings. The Wise County website is one among many local government websites that address this issue—you can even find your own local government!

Office of the Lieutenant Governor,

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

This is the official website of the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Similar to the official Governor’s website, this website includes news and press releases from the Lieutenant Governor’s office. Another useful section is a history of the office of Lieutenant Governor, which talks about the changing role of the Lieutenant Governor. The position stretches back to colonial times: the King of England appointed a Governor, who then appointed a Lieutenant Governor. Learning about the Governor’s second-in-command helps create a better understanding of how executive power is shared.

Interested in the executive branch in Virginia? Why not check out the Governor’s website as well?

National Governors Association Database,

National Governors Association

The National Governors Association has created a searchable directory of all United States governors. Virginia governors range from Thomas Jefferson to the present administration. The archive provides a basic overview of each governor, information on their family, the dates of their administration, and more. For certain governors, the website also provides a list of external links.

Podcasts from the Governor,

Office of the Governor

The Governor’s Office provides audio podcasts in mp3 format of noteworthy speeches, press conferences, interviews, and discussions of issues. These include the State of the Commonwealth speeches given by the governor every year, as well as discussions of important current events and issues. In addition to examining what the Governor is saying about Virginia politics, listeners can also think about why the Governor is saying what he does.

Virginia General Assembly Homepage,

Virginia General Assembly

This website offers a diverse array of information about the Commonwealth’s legislative branch: live audio and video streams of House and Senate chamber discussions, a guide to contacting your legislator, and information on visiting the Capitol. It is also a portal for Capitol Classroom, an educational resource about the Virginia General Assembly. The website provides core information on the General Assembly, and is a good jumping-off point for further study.

Resources Committee Passes Moran Tribal Recognition Bill,

Office of Congressman Jim Moran

In this press release, Congressman Jim Moran discusses some of the history of tribal-government relations, the significance of federal tribal recognition, and the status of federal recognition of six Virginia tribes. The U.S. House of…

Aftermath of Immigration Resolution in Prince William County,

9500 Liberty

In July 2007, Prince William County supervisors passed a unanimous resolution to cut down on illegal immigration. The resolution involved increasing local police enforcement of immigration laws and denying public services to illegal immigrants.

State Recognition of Indian Tribes,

Virginia Council on Indians

The Virginia Council on Indians is responsible for determining whether a tribe meets the criteria for state recognition. Currently, there are eight state-recognized tribes. Tribal recognition grants rights relating to self-government and financial…

Wise Up Dominion! Mining Protest,

Joshua Kahn Russell

The photo documentation and first person narrative describe a protest in Wise County, Virginia against mining corporations and Dominion Power. This coalition of citizens consists of a local interest group working to change both public policy and an…