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BIG MONEY, IN STATE AND OUT, FLOWS TO VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RACE

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

National money showed up in a big way in the latest round of campaign disclosures in the race for Virginia governor. George Soros, the liberal billionaire Republicans often see as the financial boogeyman behind progressive causes, gave $250,000 to Democratic hopeful Tom Perriello's campaign.

VaNews April 19, 2017



WITTMAN'S CONSTITUENTS SCHEDULE THREE TOWN HALL MEETINGS WITHOUT HIM

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

Congressman Rob Wittman’s constituents are holding three town hall meetings for him this week, starting with tonight at Patriot High School. Wittman, however, has declined to attend. Tonight’s town hall will begin at 7 p.m. at the Nokesville high school, 10504 Kettle Run Road. About 300 people are expected to attend, according to Mindy Diepenbrock, an organizer of the event.

VaNews April 19, 2017



WEALTHY DONORS BOOST PERRIELLO'S FUNDRAISING TO HEAD OF PACK

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Democrat Tom Perriello, an insurgent candidate in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, outraised his opponents last quarter with big help from hedge-fund billionaire George Soros and the global activist group Avaaz. Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2 million since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors who gave six-figure donations.

VaNews April 19, 2017



GOLD STAR KHAN FAMILY ENDORSES TOM PERRIELLO TO BE VIRGINIA’S GOVERNOR

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star Muslim parents from Charlottesville whose campaign feud with President Trump vaulted them to a national spotlight, are endorsing former congressman Tom Perriello in the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary. The Khans say Perriello, who represented them in Congress from 2009 to 2011, is the best candidate to resist Trump and his values. Perriello faces Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who has called the president a narcissistic maniac, in the June 13 Democratic primary.

VaNews April 20, 2017



PERRIELLO’S VA. GOVERNOR BID BOOSTED BY SEVERAL BIG DONORS, INCLUDING GEORGE SOROS

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

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam had almost twice as much campaign cash available as rival Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello two months ahead of the primary, according to data compiled Tuesday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP). Northam had $3.3 million available as of March 31, compared with Perriello’s $1.7 million.

VaNews April 19, 2017



PROTESTERS TARGET P-NATS OVER SUPPORT FOR COREY STEWART

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Pick an issue that Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart has championed in his campaign for the Republican nomination in the Virginia governor’s race, and a protester probably had a sign decrying it at Pfitzner Stadium on Thursday. Stewart’s support of the Confederate flag as a symbol of Virginia history, not an icon of slaveholders? One protester held aloft a poster saying “Corey, stop pretending your racism is patriotism!”

VaNews April 17, 2017



PERRIELLO TALKS WAGES, FREE COLLEGE AT WILLIAM AND MARY TOWN HALL

By AMANDA WILLIAMS, Virginia Gazette

It's college tour season, and a gubernatorial candidate is getting in on the action. Tom Perriello courted Virginia's student vote this week, ending his five-day campus tour at the College of William and Mary Friday. More than 50 students and community members filled the seats in a second-floor room in the college's student center. Most had notebooks out, prepped to quiz Perriello about everything from his $15 minimum wage proposal to infrastructure spending to uniting a divided commonwealth and wooing the rural working-class vote.

VaNews April 17, 2017



STUDENTS AT HAMPTON QUIZ PERRIELLO ON ABORTION, REFUGEES

By MICHELE CANTY, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Criminal justice reform, voter suppression, women's reproductive rights and police reform were a few issues college students questioned a Democrat gubernatorial candidate about during his visit to Hampton University Friday. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello led a question and answer session with about 50 students from Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College in a lecture hall at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism on HU's campus.

VaNews April 17, 2017



GOP RIVALS BLAST GILLESPIE'S TAX PLAN IN FIRST TELEVISED GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE

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

Republican front-runner Ed Gillespie’s signature proposal to cut taxes took fire from all sides Thursday as the three GOP candidates for governor squared off at Liberty University for the first televised debate of Virginia’s primary season. At the highest-stakes event yet in what so far has been a surprisingly lopsided nomination contest ahead of the June 13 primary, Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, and state Sen. Frank W. Wagner of Virginia Beach repeatedly took aim at Gillespie’s tax plan, the centerpiece of the former Republican National Committee chairman’s campaign platform, during an hourlong debate aired by TV stations around the state and streamed live online.

VaNews April 14, 2017



TOM PERRIELLO, DEMOCRATIC HOPEFUL FOR GOVERNOR, COURTS YOUNG VOTERS AT VCU AND UR

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

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello is taking his talking tour to Virginia's colleges this week, courting a youth vote that helped propel Bernie Sanders in last year's presidential race. Perriello's Q&A sessions with students range in discussion about economic trends, disparate treatment of races, ways to create clean energy jobs, free higher education and the chance for Virginia to be the first state in the country to lead a progressive revolt against President Donald Trump, who ran what the 42-year-old calls "the most overtly racist campaign of my lifetime."

VaNews April 14, 2017