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Governor’s Executive Orders,

Office of the Governor

This website offers a comprehensive index of executive orders issued by the current governor of Virginia. These downloadable documents can range from issues such as smoking in restaurants to issuing states of emergency. Examining these documents leads to interesting discussions of executive power and the role of the executive branch in Virginia's government.

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.

Governor Kaine Announces Appointment of Mark Rubin as Counselor ,

Gordon Hickey

This press release from the governor's office discusses the appointment of a new Counselor to the govenror. Readers can analyze this document for clues about what a counselor to the governor does.

Who is appointed by the governor? Who is…

Term Limits,

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the collective voice of the nation's governors. The NGA prepared this document, which compares term limits for governors throughout the U.S.

What is the term limit for Virginia's…

Facts and History - Governors,

This simple resource offers the names, dates served, and party affiliations of Virginia's governors from 1776 to 2006. If read carefully, the data reveals clues to Virginia's political leanings.

What are some trends in the party…

Why I'm Supporting Senator Deeds for Governor,

Charlottesville Mayor David Brown

This document is a letter from the Mayor of Charlottesville explaining his support for Creigh Deeds' gubernatorial campaign. Although the letter is adressed to "John," the true audience was wider than an individual. Senator Deeds' campaign website…

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 Energy Saving Donation in Virginia State Parks,

Gordon Hickey, Gary Waugh, and Jeb Hockman

One of Governor Kaine's initiatives is to create a clean energy plan in Virginia. This document provides an example of how that policy is carried out on a local level. Certain electric companies agreed to work with the state to donate more energy…

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…

Virginia Energy Plan,

Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)

Part of the process of government is figuring out how to turn policy into a practical plan. For example, Governor Kaine and other state officials hope to implement a clean, affordable energy policy in Virginia. What steps can they take to do this?…