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Wednesday June 28, 2017


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State Elections


GILLESPIE GRILLED ON HEALTH CARE IN BBQ VISIT

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Even in a quick stop at a barbecue joint in Alexandria, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie found voters eager for views on his fellow Republicans who, a few miles away in the U.S. Capitol, are trying to overhaul health care. “What do you think about the Senate health-care bill?” one woman asked as Gillespie finished chatting up the manager of Pork Barrel BBQ on Tuesday.



CONSERVATIVES READY TO RESIST THE RESISTANCE

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily News Record (Subscription Required)

Conservatives are ready to resist the resistance. About 50 people met at the Courtyard Marriott in Harrisonburg on Tuesday for Path To Prosperity. The event was hosted by Americans for Prosperity, which describes itself as a nonpartisan organization that works to “keep taxes low and increase opportunity for everyone.”



DEMOCRATIC GROUP ENDORSES SEVEN CANDIDATES UNDER AGE 35 IN VIRGINIA DELEGATE RACES

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

An organization that is encouraging first-time candidates to run for the General Assembly in Virginia issued seven endorsements Tuesday and promised to raise money for those candidates in the November races. The candidates are all Democrats under the age of 35. Amanda Litman, who founded Run for Something after the November presidential election, said several of the candidates, whether part of a wave of women or other newcomers, are long shots.

Federal Elections


JMU STUDENT GETS 100-120 DAYS IN PRISON FOR REGISTERING DEAD PEOPLE TO VOTE

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty last week to filing 18 phony voter registration applications in Harrisonburg will spend 100 to 120 days in prison, according to federal prosecutors in the Western District of Virginia.

State Government


VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION APPROVES DOMINION'S JAMES RIVER TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Dominion Energy’s proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line near Historic Jamestowne, along with the 17 towers almost as high as the Statue of Liberty that will bear it across the James River, cleared another hurdle Tuesday when the Virginia Marine Resources Commission signed off on the 4-mile portion that will be anchored to the riverbed.



VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION CUTS CRAB SEASON, SCALES BACK BUSHEL LIMITS

By TAMARA DIETRICH, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia crabbers will come up a bit short this fall after state fisheries managers opted Tuesday to close the season earlier than last year and scale back bushel limits to address an alarming drop in juvenile crab numbers in the Chesapeake Bay.



MARYLAND SHORTENS CRAB SEASON BY 10 DAYS IN RESPONSE TO POPULATION LOSS

By SCOTT DANCE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Maryland will end the commercial crabbing season a week and a half early while also imposing late-season bushel limits in response to concerns over Chesapeake Bay blue crab population losses.

Virginia Other


VA. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE CHALLENGING POLICE RETENTION OF LICENSE PLATE DATA

By TOM JACKMAN , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge over how long police can keep data from automated license plate readers, which police say can provide valuable investigative information and civil liberties critics say can be used to track the movements of innocent people.



FAITH COMMUNITY PLANS COUNTERACTION TO KKK

By DEREK QUIZON, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Members of many Charlottesville-area religious communities are planning a peaceful counter-demonstration to the Ku Klux Klan rally scheduled for July 8. The Charlottesville Clergy Collective — which includes about 50 congregations from the area — is still working on the details of the plan. But religious leaders said they are sure they want to somehow counteract the KKK rally that is expected to draw more than 100 people.



POPULATION LOSS IN VIRGINIA'S COALFIELDS REGION PROJECTED TO CONTINUE FOR DECADES

By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

As population booms in Northern Virginia — contributing to growth that could make Virginia the 10th most populous state by 2040 — current population declines in Southwest Virginia’s coalfields region will continue. Nearly every locality in the coalfields region will lose population through 2040, with Buchanan County projected to be the state’s fastest-shrinking locality, according to the latest projections from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.



HAMPTON OFFICIALS GET LESSON ON HOW CITY CAN HELP CLEAN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

he biggest shock for the three Hampton City Council members and state senator on a Chesapeake Bay Foundation boat tour came just a few minutes in, looking at the big concrete pipes running under Washington Street that are meant to move rainfall from downtown streets into the Hampton River. The bottom third of the pipes were already under a couple of feet of water.

Local


MOSQUE PERMIT APPROVED AFTER 9-HOUR PUBLIC HEARING IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society now has the permit it needs to move ahead with plans to build a new mosque in Nokesville, following roughly three years of debate and stiff opposition from people living near the proposed building. The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously in the early morning hours of June 28 to approve a special use permit for the 22,400-square-foot mosque



VIRGINIA BEACH COUNCIL'S MESSAGE IS LOUD AND CLEAR: CITY HALL WILL NOT MOVE TO TOWN CENTER

By ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A day after hearing strong criticism from residents, the City Council on Tuesday rejected the idea of moving City Hall to Town Center. Councilman Bobby Dyer called for his fellow council members to shelve the plan. The other nine members present agreed.



JOE MORRISSEY HIT WITH $50 FINE FOR IMPROPER SAMPLE BALLOTS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia’s State Board of Elections slapped a $50 fine on former Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey on Tuesday as the board worked to clear a backlog of election law complaints over improperly tagged advertisements and tardy finance reports. The board acted on the 8-month old Morrissey complaint — filed by the Democratic Party of Virginia over sample ballots the party called a “flagrant and intentionally misleading violation” — and several others involving lesser-known political hopefuls. Rather than serving as punishment for the allegedly misleading nature of the fliers, the civil penalty stemmed from the failure to include a required disclaimer saying the ballots had come from the Morrissey campaign.



PETERSBURG TREASURER DENIES CLAIMS OF THEFT

By JOHN ADAM, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

City Treasurer Kevin Brown denied Tuesday afternoon media reports based on unnamed sources that he admitted to stealing $2,500 of office funds during his tenure. Reached by The Progress-Index Tuesday afternoon, Brown denied these claims



PETERSBURG MAYOR ASKS TREASURER TO RESIGN AS FORENSIC AUDITORS EXAMINE TREASURER'S OFFICE

By K. BURNELL EVANS , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Petersburg Treasurer Kevin A. Brown once again found himself in the crosshairs of city officials Tuesday as Mayor Samuel Parham called for his resignation from the steps of City Hall. Brown, 54, stood quietly by as Parham and City Councilman Charles Cuthbert asked that he step down “for the good of the city.”



COUNCIL CALLS FOR PETERSBURG TREASURER TO STEP DOWN

By JOHN ADAM, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

A wild day for the Petersburg city government culminated in Mayor Samuel Parham and other city council members calling for the resignation of Treasurer Kevin Brown outside of City Hall. “We have been scrutinized and judged in the court of public opinion,” said Parham. “We are asking for the Treasurer to do the right thing and resign.”


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Editorials


LIFE PRESERVER FOR OUR BAY

Daily Press Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In an old Borscht belt joke, a diner asks the waiter if the restaurant serves crabs, and the waiter replies: "We serve anyone, sir. Let me show you to your table." Here on the Virginia Peninsula, where the blue crab plays a key role in both our economy and our regional identity, we have a great interest in making sure the punchline of that time-honored tale doesn't change to: "I'm sorry, sir, but we aren't able to offer that delicacy anymore."



NEW VIRGINIA LAWS TARGET BULLYING

Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

GOV. TERRY McAULIFFE made a none-too-subtle statement recently by choosing a high school as the setting as he signed two bills that are designed to combat bullying. His recent trip to Forest Park High School in Woodbridge signaled the governor’s desire to bring attention to the bullying that occurs in and around Virginia’s high schools and middle schools. Studies are increasingly identifying school-related bullying as a contributor to some students’ mental health issues and, in some extreme cases, their suicides.

Columnists


SCHAPIRO: CHANGES IN POPULATION WILL CREATE A NEW VIRGINIA

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

You think the traffic in Northern Virginia is bad now. Just wait until 2040. Because of the region’s projected growth — the population of the outer Washington suburbs of Loudoun and Prince William counties is likely to swell 123 percent and 70 percent, respectively — there will be congestion at the polls, too. And that could be good for Democrats, casting the state solidly blue.

Op-Ed


BEYER: LET’S CHANGE HOW WE ELECT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

By DON BEYER, Published in the Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Democracy is in crisis. Even as the country is deeply divided along class and ideological lines, it seems to be unified in its frustration with our current brand of politics. Polls show that less than 20 percent of the country approves of the way Congress is doing its job. The time has come to consider a transformative idea that reflects the American electorate’s desire for moderation and fairness and that encourages the reemergence of bridge builders and candidates with an eye for compromise.

Don Beyer, a Democrat, represents Virginia’s 8th District in the House.



RILEY: OBAMACARE CRUSHES SMALL BUSINESS

By NICOLE RILEY, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Obamacare has been burdensome for small business. This week, the Senate has a chance to do something about it. Year after year, when the National Federation of Independent Business surveys its members, they say their No.1 priority is health care, but the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made things more difficult for them.

Nicole Riley is state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, Virginia’s leading small-business association



KAINE: BIPARTISAN SOLUTION NEEDED ON HEALTH CARE

By TIM KAINE, Published in the Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Worries about health care keep countless families up at night. Good health care policy can give people peace of mind that an unexpected illness won’t irreparably harm a loved one or break the bank. Bad health care policy can put parents in the awful position of choosing between making a house payment or paying a child’s medical bill. Last week, Senate Republicans unveiled a bill that would be devastating for Virginians’ access to health care

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is a Virginia Democrat.