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Diagram of Virginia's Judicial System,

Supreme Court of Virginia

Virginia's judicial system consists of four levels of courts. Judges are elected by the state legislature for a specific term.

Supreme Court: Virginia's court of last resort reviews decisions of the circuit courts and the Court of…

Virginia Obesity Rates - CDC graph,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

These graphs reflect growing trends in the "obesity epidemic" taking place in Virginia and other areas of the United States. The data was compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a government department.

What are some…

Executive Branch Organization Chart,

Commonwealth of Virginia

The Constitution of Virginia provides for legislative, executive, and judicial branches. This chart indicates the organization of the executive branch, consisting of three statewide elected officials.

The Governor, who is the chief…

Map of Virginia’s Judicial Circuits and Districts,

Supreme Court of Virginia

This map of Virginia's judicial circuits and districts helps show the way the levels of courts in the state court system. What is the difference between a circuit and a district court? How are the courts organized, and what are their essential…

The Gerry-Mander,

Elkanah Tisdale

In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. Although Governor Elbridge Gerry had only reluctantly signed the law, a…

Voter Turnout, 1948-2004,

American National Election Studies

The above graph of voter turnout from 1948 to 2004 shows interesting an interesting, up-and-down trend, which raises important questions. How does voter turnout correspond to presidential versus non-presidential elections? Are some elections more…

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…

Virginia School Enrollment, 2002,

Liz Moore

This graph uses US Census data to plot Virginia school enrollment in 2002. There are a number of questions and possible interpretations of graphs like this one. What does this say about students in Virginia?  Why do some types of schools have…

Production and Value of Coal in Virginia, 1980-2006,

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Coal is predominently found in Virginia's mountain regions, particularly in Southwestern Virginia. Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal…

Distribution of Coal Areas in Virginia,

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal mining and the carbon emissions from burning coal, others point out that coal may be cheaper than many…