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GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE COREY STEWART PLEDGES TO OPPOSE ANY NEW TOLLS IN VIRGINIA

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Corey Stewart pledged Tuesday to oppose any new toll roads in Virginia and to pay for new projects by slashing $2.2 billion from elsewhere in the state budget. He did not identify what he would cut.

VaNews May 24, 2017



MIMICKING TRUMP, GILLESPIE CALLS FOR ELIMINATING 2 VIRGINIA REGULATIONS FOR EVERY NEW 1 ADDED

By BROCK VERGAKIS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie wants to eliminate or modernize two state regulations for every new one that’s implemented as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul Virginia’s regulatory environment in an effort to help businesses grow. “We need more small-business formation and expansion here, and I think providing some regulatory relief and a rational approach to regulatory policy will help in that regard,” Gillespie said in an interview.

VaNews May 23, 2017



PERRIELLO CRITICIZES TRUMP POLICIES DURING MOSQUE VISIT IN DULLES

By ALEX KOMA, Loudoun Times

No matter where Tom Perriello went in the world in his days as a State Department envoy, he says he always felt welcome — now, he worries his home state isn’t living up to the same standard. The former Central Virginia congressman has been a frequent and vocal critic of President Donald Trump’s policies since he joined the race for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s gubernatorial election. But he’s also working to sketch out policies that would move this state from simply decrying Trump’s travel ban or crackdown on undocumented immigrants, to confronting the forces that convince people that those efforts somehow make the country safer.

VaNews May 23, 2017



THE RUMBLE IN VIRGINIA

By ALEX SHEPHARD, The New Republic

Tom Perriello draws a Bernie crowd. At a town hall at the University of Mary Washington, bearded college kids in flannel buzz at the back of the room, while older voters in khakis and checked shirts occupy the folding chairs up front. They’re all eager to hear Perriello, who’s running for governor of Virginia, rail against the corrosive influence of money in politics, a political system rigged against workers—and, of course, the new president of the United States.

VaNews May 23, 2017



DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR DEBATE GUN CONTROL

By EMILY LEAYMAN, Patch.com

Democratic candidates for Virginia governor Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam pitched how they can push gun control in a state historically for gun rights at a forum Sunday. Around 150 people came out to the forum at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town.

VaNews May 23, 2017



AT A SYNAGOGUE, COREY STEWART BLAMES ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE LEFT

By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey A. Stewart told an audience at a Northern Virginia synagogue Sunday night that he blames the political left for rising anti-Semitism, stunning many in the audience who felt Stewart excused bigotry coming from his own supporters. “Today most of the anti-Semitic bigotry is not coming from the right. It’s coming from the left. We have to face it,” said Stewart, prompting a collective gasp and incredulous laughter from the crowd of about 400 at Temple Rodef Shalom in Fairfax County.

VaNews May 22, 2017



POLL: DEMOCRATS HAVE EDGE OVER REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER IN VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE

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

Widespread opposition to President Trump and his policies has heightened the challenge for Republicans hoping to retake the Virginia governor’s mansion this year, with GOP front-runner Ed Gillespie trailing both Democratic contenders by double digits in a new Washington Post-Schar School poll.

VaNews May 22, 2017



WAGNER TO FIGHT CARBON-REDUCTION EFFORT

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

Needing a breakthrough in his longshot campaign for governor, state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, said Friday that he plans to call a legislative committee meeting to “barrage” Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration with questions over the governor’s plan to regulate carbon emissions from Virginia power plants. Wagner said he’ll convene an emergency meeting of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, a General Assembly committee he chairs, within a few weeks to investigate the Democratic governor’s recent directive creating a state-level plan to combat climate change.

VaNews May 22, 2017



WAGNER TAKES AIM AT MCAULIFFE CARBON ORDER

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A review commission chaired by a GOP candidate for governor will scrutinize Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push for new regulations on power plants, but it has no power to turn back the process without the governor’s consent. State Sen. Frank Wagner promised Friday to bring in “all of the key players in this fiasco” and hit them with “a barrage of questions about the legality” of McAuliffe’s executive directive. The governor on Tuesday ordered the Department of Environmental Quality to draw up a state-based replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a carbon-reduction system discarded by the Trump administration.

VaNews May 22, 2017



TWO CONTESTED PRIMARIES? THAT'S A FIRST, VIRGINIA

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

This year's gubernatorial primaries will be the first time Virginia has seen contested races for governor in both major parties, according to Geoffrey Skelley, associate editor of Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball. Skelley ran the numbers back to 1905, when Virginia started holding primaries for state office. There was only one near exception: 1949, when Democrats and Republicans both had primaries for governor, but the GOP race drew only one candidate, Skelley said. How is this possible? For much of the 20th Century, Virginia was primarily a one-party state.

VaNews May 22, 2017