Most Read Articles July 20, 2017


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VISUALIZATION: MONEY IN THE BANK: IDENTIFYING COMPETITIVE HOUSE RACES

The Virginia Public Access Project

A record 54 House incumbents face a major-party challenger this November. At mid-year, how many incumbents held a cash advantage? VPAP's latest data visualization compares the cash on hand reported by incumbents and challengers, a metric that could suggest which districts will be the most competitive this fall.


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DEMOCRATS TEST 2018 STRATEGIES IN VIRGINIA STATE HOUSE RACES

By REID J. EPSTEIN, Wall Street Journal (Paywall)

Democrats want to take back control of the U.S. House by winning Republican-held seats where voters backed Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election. This fall, they will be conducting a test run in Virginia, including determining whether success comes by focusing on President Donald Trump or not when wooing voters who didn’t support him last November.


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EDITORIAL: BUDGET SURPLUS NICE, BUT NOT ALL IS WELL

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

The Virginia budget surplus of $132 million announced by Gov. Terry McAuliffe is welcome news given the woeful predictions that ushered in fiscal 2017. Word of a surplus, however, always raises the question of why, then, must some agencies and services remain underfunded when there is obviously more money available.


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LEGISLATION MAY AFFECT WIRELESS ZONING ORDINANCES

By CATHY KUEHNER, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

Draft wireless infrastructure legislation currently being evaluated by the General Assembly’s Committee on Wireless Communication Infrastructure could undo much of what Clarke County accomplished over the past year with its Wireless Communication Facilities text amendment and its Telecommunications Infrastructure and Broadband Study.


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VOGEL, FAIRFAX TOUT CAMPAIGN NUMBERS

Northern Virginia Daily

Candidates running for lieutenant governor reported their latest campaign finance numbers this week. State Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, raised $147,500 in June, bringing the total collected to $1.8 million, her campaign reported Monday. ... Justin Fairfax, the Democratic Party candidate for the lieutenant governor seat, raised $187,523, according to his campaign’s filing


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MCAULIFFE: TRUMP HAS 'ABDICATED HIS RESPONSIBILITY AS PRESIDENT'

By JOHN BOWDEN , The Hill

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) ripped President Trump on Tuesday for his comments on ObamaCare, saying that Trump has "abdicated" his responsibility as president by saying he would let the healthcare law fail. By letting the Affordable Care Act fail as health insurance premiums rise around the country, McAuliffe said in an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball," Trump is ensuring that Americans will be burned by Congress's inaction.


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MCAULIFFE INVITES MCCONNELL TO HEALTH CLINIC FOR POOR

Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is extending an invitation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to visit a free health clinic for the state's poor later this week. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the Republican majority leader could hear firsthand stories from people who struggle to obtain adequate health care.


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HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO SLASH CHESAPEAKE BAY CLEANUP BY $13 MILLION

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

Bay advocates consider the move by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to cut federal funding from $73 million to $60 million an improvement over President Donald Trump's plan to gut all federal funds for the Chesapeake Bay Program. But they warn of serious consequences for the bay and the bay states that have been working together for years to clean up the watershed.


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SEVERAL PETERSBURG SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FIRED FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO SOL CHEATING

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

Employees of A.P. Hill Elementary School in Petersburg broke the rules on state accountability tests for the second time in eight years, an internal investigation has found. The division announced Wednesday that several employees have been fired 37 days after the Virginia Department of Education reached out over reports of testing irregularities.


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EDITORIAL: RICHMOND MUST FIND THE MONEY TO FIX ITS SCHOOLS

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Few things about Richmond are so dismaying as the decrepit state of some of its schools. On Monday the School Board debated what to do about George Mason Elementary, where teachers sometimes wear surgical masks and have to wipe rodent droppings off the desks. Rodent droppings.