Mark D. Obenshain

Virginia bills from white nationalist rally defeated

The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly has defeated every bill the city of Charlottesville advocated for after a white nationalist rally last summer that shocked the nation.

Measures dealing with Confederate monuments, independent militias and gun restrictions — either inspired by the violence that unfolded or intended to prevent it from happening again — have been quickly squashed before reaching the full floor of either chamber. They have mostly died along party-line votes.

Some Democratic lawmakers contend their Republican colleagues put party politics ahead of public safety. But Republicans largely criticized the bills as bad policy and argued they...