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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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.”

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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."

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017



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.

VaNews June 28, 2017