Feb 23, 2015/10:11 AM

Wash Post: New regulations for Uber and Lyft open the door for expansion

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By Luz Lazo February 21   The days of Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-sharing services’ uncertain legal status in the Washington area are nearly over — at least in the District and Virginia.New regulatory frameworksfor the growing industry are soon to be in place in the two jurisdictions allowing the services to operate legally.“They’ll probably say these regulations are …


Feb 19, 2015/10:39 AM

Richmond – Join us for a private screening of Selma

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Join us in Richmond for a private screening

Fifty years ago, brave women and men from around the nation joined African Americans in the fight to secure their constitutional right to vote. Today, the struggle to defend our right to vote continues. The movie Selma tells the powerful and moving story of one of the major battles in American history for voting rights. As part of our celebration …


Feb 13, 2015/03:22 PM

Audio: The Uber Economy: a race to the bottom?

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Labor Pains Podcast Interview with Jon Liss

Latest Episode (listen now) The Uber Economy: a race to the bottom? A discussion with NVM’s Jon Liss The ride sharing service Uber has been in the news a lot recently, and most of the attention has been negative. On one hand, many riders are very satisfied with the service, that is when they’re not being charged surge prices. But …


Feb 11, 2015/01:02 PM

Va. House approves ID requirement for absentee voting requested by mail

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By Jenna Portnoy February 9 RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday passed a bill that would put additional limits on voting in a state where the laws are already among the most restrictive.Under the bill, voters would have to submit a copy of their photo identification when they apply by mail to vote by absentee ballot. Currently, …


Feb 2, 2015/03:56 PM

Buried in student debt?

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You’re not alone, and some Virginia legislators are trying to help Posted by: brad – Jan 22, 2015 “In high school I told my counselor I was undocumented and I remember he told me ‘students like you don’t go to college,’” said Giancarla Rojas in a meeting to help fight the student debt crisis many face here in Virginia. Rojas …


Feb 2, 2015/11:06 AM

Times Dispatch: House panel backs photo ID for absentee voting

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  BOB BROWN/times-dispatch Del. Jeffrey L. Campbell, R-Smyth, listens to debate during the floor session of the Virginia House of Delegates at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Campbell has a bill that would require a copy of a photo id to be included in any absentee ballot sent in during an election. Posted: Friday, January …


Feb 2, 2015/11:02 AM

Uber And Lyft Need Same Regulations As Taxis, Say Virginia Cab Drivers

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WAMU 88.5 FM  Radio Interview By: Michael Pope January 29, 2015 Hundreds of taxicab drivers from across the commonwealth visited the Virginia Capitol in Richmond on Thursday to rally for new regulations for app-based, ride-hailing companies. Earlier this week, lawmakers struck a deal with a deal with Uber and Lyft to create new regulations for the companies. “Under the old …


Jan 29, 2015/03:32 PM

Jon Liss on: Uber and the Taxi Industry’s Last Stand

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Uber and the Taxi Industry’s Last Stand

What the rise of the app-based cab service says about the future of work in America Jon Liss January 27, 2015   |    This article appeared in the February 16, 2015 edition of The Nation. This article was adapted from a paper produced as part of the Future of Work Project, an inquiry supported by the Open Society Foundations. Thirty-one …


Jan 28, 2015/03:03 PM

Wash Post: Virginia lawmakers struggle with campus sexual assault policy

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  RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers on Thursday heard two hours of sometimes emotional testimony about campus sexual assault — and then threw up their hands.On the heels of high-profile cases of rape on college campuses, lawmakers are struggling with how to punish the perpetrators without taking away victims’ rights when they are most vulnerable. At issue is whether to require …


Jan 21, 2015/11:30 AM

University group protests student debt

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Students gather in Richmond for Virginia Student Day of Action by Maddy Weingast | Jan 19 2015 |       The Cavalier Daily   Courtesy Richmond Times Dispatch College students from around the state gathered in Richmond Monday for the Virginia Student Day of Action against Student Debt at the General Assembly. The event was organized through the Virginia Student Power Network …