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PETERSBURG CONSULTANTS PRESENT BALANCED BUDGET CALLING FOR RESTRUCTURING, SMALLER WORKFORCE

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

PETERSBURG — Consultants hired to pull Petersburg from the brink of financial ruin unveiled a spending plan for the next fiscal year on Monday that they said would put the city on the path to stability. The Cliffs Notes version, from interim City Manager Tom Tyrrell: “We’ve been messaging this for months, ‘It’s bad, it’s bad, it’s bad,’ he said. “Here’s the headline: ‘It’s bad.’”

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GOV. MCAULIFFE'S PROPOSAL TO RESTORE VIRGINIA'S ONE-GUN-A-MONTH LAW UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED

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

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed a legislative amendment that would restore Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month limit. It’s not likely to pass in the General Assembly, though.

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MCAULIFFE ATTEMPTS TO REVIVE VIRGINIA’S ‘ONE-GUN-A-MONTH’ LAW

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A few weeks after police recorded an alleged gunrunner boasting about how lax Virginia’s gun laws are, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has proposed an amendment that would restore the state’s policy of allowing no more than one handgun purchase per month. “Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state for criminals to purchase weapons in bulk,” McAuliffe said in announcing the proposed amendment. He cited the gunrunning case from earlier this month, in which 24 people — nearly all from Virginia — were charged with smuggling more than 200 weapons to New York City.

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INEQUALITY IN PENALTIES

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

Drug abuse and the crime related to it long were associated with inner cities. Politicians emphasized three-strikes-and-you’re-out legislation. Public policy focused on penalties. Drug users were sent to jail. The opioid crisis has affected communities large and small. The focus switched from imprisonment to treatment. Addicts were no longer criminals but troubled individuals in need of healing.

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MCAULIFFE PROPOSES GIVING ALEXANDRIA MORE TIME TO FIX SEWAGE DISCHARGE PROBLEM

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing to give the city of Alexandria until 2027 to stop millions of gallons of raw sewage from entering the Potomac River, two years beyond a deadline set under legislation passed by the General Assembly, his office said Monday. In amendments to a state bill that seeks to stop decades of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay caused by combined sewer pipes in Alexandria and other jurisdictions, McAuliffe (D) also proposes changing the start date for repairs to July 2024 from July 2023.

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MCAULIFFE: IF OBAMACARE IS HERE TO STAY, THEN IT’S TIME TO EXPAND MEDICAID

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

RICHMOND — The failure of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare has emboldened Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to renew his stalled crusade to expand Medi­caid in Virginia. On Monday, he proposed an amendment to state budget language to give him power to set an expansion in motion, and called on the Republican-controlled General Assembly to immediately begin making plans. But Republican legislators were unmoved by the plea, saying they would reject the amendment and that they stood firm against expanding Medicaid.

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MCAULIFFE SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ENABLE LOCAL REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS

By JOHN REID BLACKWELL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation that gives local governments more power to regulate short-term rentals, such as rooms offered for rent by homeowners on the popular online platform Airbnb. McAuliffe on Friday approved Senate Bill 1578, which was sponsored in the recent General Assembly session by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City.

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A VETERAN WANTS TO PARK HIS MILITARY TRUCK AT HIS HOME. VIRGINIA BEACH SAYS NO.

By MECHELLE HANKERSON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Mitch Powell shipped out of Fort Bragg to Iraq for the first time in 2004. He served two tours in Iraq handling weapons on the front lines and riding around in big, M35 cargo trucks. In 2006, Powell returned home and began shopping for a decommissioned vehicle. The 44-year-old has been interested in military equipment since he was a kid, and his service only fed his interest. He found an old M35 through a seller in Norfolk, and it was one of the trucks that went to Iraq with him during his first deployment.

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COMSTOCK THANKED FOR REPEALING OBAMACARE IN TV AD BLUNDER

By CHANTALLE EDMUNDS, Loudoun Times

Basketball fans tuning into March Madness Friday night may have caught a TV ad applauding Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.-10th) for her role in repealing Obamacare. The problem: Obamacare survived Friday's attempt at repeal, and even if a vote were held (Republicans eventually pulled the bill after it was clear they didn't have the votes), Comstock intended to vote no. The ads from the American Action Network, a conservative-leaning advocacy group, asked viewers to call their member of Congress to thank them for repealing the Affordable Act.

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LONG SHOT TOM PERRIELLO COULD HIT DEMOCRATIC BULL'S EYE

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

Tom Perriello entered the Democratic gubernatorial sweepstakes late. He seemed a long shot at best. After serving one term in the House of Representatives (he lost his 2010 re-election bid), he held posts in the Obama administration. He lacked a statewide identity. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam appeared the prohibitive favorite, especially after Attorney General Mark Herring decided to run for re-election instead of for the governorship.

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