Most Read Articles March 27, 2017


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GO VIRGINIA DINNER AND HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM RENTAL RESULTS IN $1,600 BILL FOR TAXPAYERS

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

On the evening of March 13, business leaders, two lobbyists and a powerful lawmaker dined in a meeting room of a Shockoe Slip hotel. Their choices at The Berkeley included filet or pan-roasted Atlantic salmon with chef’s selection of “seasonal butter.” But they chewed on more than steak. This group had gathered to discuss the guidelines and schedule of a fledgling program called GO Virginia that will provide grants for economic development ideas that promote collaboration.


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KIRK COX PREPS GOP PLAYBOOK FOR 2017 AND BEYOND

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

When M. Kirkland Cox arrived at the Virginia House of Delegates as a 32-year-old government teacher entering the political arena he had studied from afar, he was struck by how “petty” some of it was. He noted his dismay with the committee seating arrangements, which banished minority party members to the far ends of the table while those in the majority got prime spots in the middle. “It’s a pecking order, Democrats first,” Cox wrote in a journal he kept during the 1990 session,


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COREY STEWART'S INSULTS OF ED GILLESPIE PROMPT REPUBLICAN CONDEMNATIONS

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Corey Stewart, the at-large chairman of Prince William’s Board of County Supervisors, hasn’t been shy about lobbing online insults at his Republican opponents in the race for Virginia governor — but his latest broadside is drawing condemnations from within his own party. While Stewart’s often derided Ed Gillespie, the former U.S. Senate candidate and aide to former President George W. Bush, as “Establishment Ed” in tweets and Facebook posts, but he took things a step further on March 23, dubbing his opponent a “cuckservative.”


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GOP CHAIR SLAMS VA. GUBERNATORIAL CONTENDER FOR CALLING RIVAL A ‘CUCKSERVATIVE’

By LAURA VOZZELLA , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

RICHMOND — Corey Stewart, a Republican running for Virginia governor in the style of Donald Trump, made this offer to some of the president’s most ardent fans: “Ask me anything.” And for the next hour on a Reddit comment board Thursday, he responded to whatever came his way.


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EDITORIAL: TRUMP BREAKS A PROMISE TO COAL COUNTRY

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Whenever Donald Trump campaigned in Southwest Virginia last year, he invariably talked up his support for coal. He also talked up a specific way he’d do it – by investing in the “clean coal” technology that can scrub some of the carbon out of coal emissions. “We’re going to bring the coal industry back 100 percent,” Trump declared during an appearance at Radford University. “If I win, we’re going to go clean coal, and that technology is working. I hear it works.”


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REPUBLICANS RUNNING FOR VA. GOVERNOR MAKE STARKLY DIFFERENT PITCHES

By LAURA VOZZELLA , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

One came touting a tax cut and a promise to unify a divided party and state. Another delivered dire warnings about “the ravages of criminal illegal immigrants.” The third unfurled a hefty legislative résumé. The three Republicans vying to become Virginia’s next governor made starkly different pitches Saturday in vote-rich but deeply blue Fairfax County, giving more than 300 GOP activists a chance to size them up side by side less than three months before the June 13 primary.


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NEW UTILITY SOLAR PROGRAM CALLED A SMALL STEP FORWARD FOR VIRGINIA RENEWABLE ENERGY

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

Not too long ago, solar installers and manufacturers were heavily reliant on a mix of state and federal government incentives to make the arrays and the installations affordable enough to be attractive to consumers. ...[T]hey would be happy with a level regulatory playing field, something they say Virginia’s large incumbent utilities have thus far fought to block.


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TWO DEMOCRATS TARGET LINGAMFELTER IN 31ST DISTRICT PRIMARY RACE

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

In Virginia’s often-sleepy races for the House of Delegates, primary contests are rare occurrences — especially when an incumbent holds the seat in question. But there are plenty of early hints that 2017 will be a very different sort of year in state politics. There are currently 12 different races with multiple Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to challenge an incumbent statewide, while there have been just 11 such House races in the preceding 16 years of state elections. Two of those seats cover parts of Prince William County, with three Democrats hoping for a shot to unseat Del. Bob Marshall, R-13th, and two squaring off for the chance to best Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-31st District, in a clear sign of the heightened political interest in the area following the election of President Donald Trump.


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FOIA: A VIRGINIA TRADITION, OFTEN FLOUTED

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

Back in the 1600s, when Archbishop William Laud was using the secret Star Chamber as a court to punish Puritans and King Charles I used that same court to make law when he suspended Parliament, Virginia's judges and elected lawmakers did their business in the public eye. Openness in government and in the courts is a Virginia – and Peninsula – tradition. After all, it was in response to a lawsuit filed by Warwick County clerk Henry DeBurgh Clay in 1891, after a Newport News election officer refused to let him copy voter registration records, that the Virginia Supreme Court issued one of the first rulings confirming the public's right to see records.


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GILES COUNTY SUPERVISOR ATTACKED BY DEER

By YANN RANAIVO, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

A deer attack near Pearisburg hospitalized a veteran member of the Giles County Board of Supervisors, according to an official with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Paul “Chappy” Baker was attacked Monday by a nine-point buck outside his home on Riverbend Drive, according to Lee Walker, VDGIF’s outreach director. The incident, said to have lasted about 10 minutes, ended when the supervisor’s wife, Tammie Baker, shot and killed the buck with a pistol, Walker said.