VaNews

Wednesday August 23, 2017


Executive Branch


MCAULIFFE EMERGES FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE CRISIS AS A COUNTERBALANCE TO TRUMP

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

On the day that white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed violently over a Confederate statue in his state, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke the words that President Trump would not. “I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: Go home. . . . There is no place for you here, there is no place for you in America,” a stricken-looking McAuliffe said on national television.

General Assembly


CHILD-CRUELTY CHARGES AGAINST STATE LAWMAKER TO BE DROPPED

By MARGARET MATRAY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Prosecutors plan to drop child-cruelty charges today against state Del. Rick Morris, but some of them could be refiled. Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell said his office wasn’t able to get an out-of-state subpoena served on a key witness – the stepson Morris is accused of harming in his Whaleyville home last year. The boy now lives with his biological father in Texas.



CHARGES TO BE DROPPED AGAINST SUFFOLK LAWMAKER IN CHILD ABUSE CASE

By PETER DUJARDIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Prosecutors are planning to drop a felony child abuse case on Wednesday against a state delegate after encountering significant problems getting the alleged victim — the lawmaker’s stepson — to come from Texas to testify at the trial. Nicole A. Belote, the attorney for Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, said Tuesday that Morris’ 12-year-old stepson, who now lives with his biological father in Texas, was never ordered to appear for this week’s scheduled trial in Suffolk Circuit Court. “The out-of-state subpoena has never been properly served,” Belote said.



CHILD CRUELTY CHARGES AGAINST DEL. RICK MORRIS TO BE DROPPED

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

Domestic abuse charges against state Del. Richard L. Morris, R-Suffolk, are expected to be dropped in court Wednesday because a special prosecutor was unable to successfully serve an out-of-state subpoena for the alleged victim.



REFORM GROUP: VIRGINIA HURT BY GERRYMANDERING

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

Redistricting could explode as the top — and most heated — issue the next governor and General Assembly will face early next year, Virginia’s leading campaigner for reform said at a panel hosted by Peninsula Voices for Change. About 30 people attended the panel at Tabb Library Wednesday evening to discuss gerrymandering and redistricting in Virginia.

State Elections


DEMOCRATIC MEGADONOR TOM STEYER TO SPEND $2 MILLION IN VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE

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

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s organization plans to spend at least $2 million to elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Virginia’s next governor, with a focus on turning out millenial voters. The former California hedge-fund manager turned climate activist told The Washington Post that Virginia, which is holding the nation’s marquee gubernatorial contest this year, is the most important campaign priority for his group, NextGen America.



NORTHAM HAS 7-POINT LEAD IN ROANOKE COLLEGE POLL

By STAFF REPORTS, News Virginian

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam holds a 7-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's gubernatorial contest, according to a poll released Tuesday. But more than half of those polled says they are undecided, leaving plenty of room for Gillespie to gain traction over the next 10 weeks. The Roanoke College poll released Tuesday was conducted by The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research.

Federal Elections


TEACHER JOINS CROWDED FIELD OF DEMOCRATS SEEKING TO RUN AGAINST REP. SCOTT TAYLOR

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A veteran teacher is the fourth Democrat to seek her party’s nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor in the 2018 election. Karen Mallard, a Virginia Beach resident who teaches in Chesapeake Public Schools, said Tuesday she is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat because of concerns about health care, a shortage of affordable housing and President Donald Trump’s angry rhetoric directed at immigrants.

Congress


GARRETT DISAGREES WITH TRUMP STATEMENT

By STAFF REPORT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican Rep. Tom Garrett once again on Tuesday condemned the recent violent acts in Charlottesville and the white nationalists who came to the city, and disagreed with how the president commented on it in the days following Aug. 12. Garrett — who represents Virginia’s 5th District, which includes Charlottesville — said his position on not removing Confederate monuments has not changed in light of recent events.

Economy/Business


SCC HEARING EXAMINER ENDORSES UNDERGROUND POWER LINE FOR RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER CROSSING

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Dominion Energy plan to replace a deteriorating electric transmission line across the Rappahannock River has hit a new obstacle with a report by a State Corporation Commission hearing examiner who agrees with opponents that the line should be buried beneath the riverbed. Hearing Examiner Alexander F. Skirpan Jr. issued a detailed report on Monday that concluded an underground line was a better option for the scenic river crossing

Virginia Other


VOTERS SPLIT ON BLAME FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE, WANT CONFEDERATE STATUES TO STAY

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

A slim majority of Virginia voters think that Confederate monuments should stay on public property, according to a new survey, and those polled are split on who is to blame for the violence during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.



REMOVING STATUES LIKELY WOULD REQUIRE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

By CHRIS SUAREZ, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville and other changes the City Council is seeking following the disastrous Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12 likely would require the support of Democratic and Republican leaders across Virginia.



NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH COUNCILS BACK REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

By ERIC HARTLEY AND ANA LEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

City councils in Norfolk and Portsmouth came down Tuesday night in favor of moving downtown Confederate monuments to city-owned cemeteries. But it’s not clear whether they have the legal right to do it, and neither structure is going anywhere immediately. The Portsmouth council did not hold a formal vote, but a majority asked staff to figure out how to move that city’s monument to Cedar Grove Cemetery.



CITY COUNCIL URGED TO MOVE SLAVE AUCTION BLOCK TO MUSUEM

By CATHY JETT, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Ronnette Cooper can’t walk past the slave auction block in downtown Fredericksburg without wondering if her ancestors had been sold there. It’s a reminder of part of Fredericksburg’s, and the country’s, past that is painful and racist, she told City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday.



NAACP, SCLC MAKE FORMAL REQUESTS TO RENAME HAMPTON SCHOOLS

By JANE HAMMOND, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Both the Hampton Branch NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference have made formal requests to rename Davis Middle School and the Campus at Lee.



HOTEL ROANOKE REMOVES LEE PORTRAIT, CITING CURRENT EVENTS

By ROBBY KORTH, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Hotel Roanoke quietly removed a portrait of Robert E. Lee last week as controversy swirled around Confederate symbols and artifacts across Virginia. The move came after Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for Confederate monuments to be taken down in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville earlier this month that left one person dead.



ESPN, CITING SAFETY, SAYS ROBERT LEE WON’T BROADCAST VIRGINIA FOOTBALL GAME

By MATTHEW HAAG, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

ESPN has removed an announcer from its broadcast of the University of Virginia’s first football game next month because he has the same name as a Confederate general memorialized in statues that are being taken down across the country.



IN CHAOTIC MEETING, CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SHROUD STATUES

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

The Charlottesville City Council voted to drape two Confederate statues in black fabric during a chaotic meeting packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councilors over the city’s response to a white nationalist rally. The council also voted Monday to take the procedural first steps toward removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. City leaders had initially planned to leave it in place.



CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SHROUD CONFEDERATE STATUES IN BLACK

By EMMA BROWN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Charlottesville City Council decided early Tuesday morning to shroud the statues of two Confederate generals in black, capping a long and emotional public meeting that erupted into chaos more than once as residents expressed their anger over a white nationalist rally last weekend.



CHURCH WHERE ROBERT E. LEE DECLARED HIMSELF A SINNER. SHOULD IT KEEP HIS NAME?

By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

As recent years engulfed America in intense debate about race, the genteel Gothic stone parish in little Lexington, Va., quietly debated its name. Could “R.E. Lee Memorial Church” commemorate the postwar fence-mender who had led their church and city out of destitution? Or could it only conjure the wicked institution of slavery for which Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee fought?

Local


INVESTIGATION INTO TREATMENT OF TWO CHESTERFIELD MUSLIM STUDENTS CONCLUDES

By VANESSA REMMERS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Chesterfield County schools determined additional professional development is warranted following a division investigation into the treatment of two Muslim students. The school system would not provide details about how “specific employees will be addressed,”

TV/Radio


BURNING QUESTION: WHEN WILL RADFORD ARMY AMMUNITIONS PLANT STOP OPEN BURNING TOXIC MUNITIONS WASTE?

By ROBBIE HARRIS, WVTF

The Radford Army Ammunitions Plant has been making and testing munitions for more than 70 years, and burning toxic waste from the process, outdoors, for just as long. But while a few Department of Defense installations have either ended the practice or adopted cleaner technologies, the timeline for doing so in Radford remains vague.

Online News


U.VA. POLICE OBTAIN ARREST WARRANTS FOR WHITE NATIONALIST CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL

By ANNA HIGGINS, Cavalier Daily

The University Police Department has obtained arrests warrant for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, according to a release issued Tuesday evening. The warrants are related to the white nationalist torchlit march through Grounds on Aug. 11, which turned violent when white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed at the statue of Thomas Jefferson north of the Rotunda, resulting in numerous injuries.


Editorials


BIG APPLE OR BUST

Daily Press Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Being businesslike about business can still pay off, even in the airline business. So it is extremely encouraging that a businesslike airline, Elite Airways, having heard a businesslike sales pitch from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, is still interested in coming here.



THE RACIST LEGACY OF URBAN RENEWAL

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

Deborah Bell Burks’ family once owned a general store in Charlottesville. Then along came urban renewal. The New York Times told the story in an article about Charlottesville’s racial demons. It notes that on the same day the City Council voted to remove the Lee statue, it also voted for a $4 million plan to reduce racial disparities, which some consider akin to reparations.



WHEN DO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS CORRUPT POLITICIANS?

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

The other day the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC announced that it will spend more than $1 million to help elect Ralph Northam governor. This followed similar news that a Planned Parenthood PAC will spend $3 million to the same end. On Tuesday, the environmentalist group NextGen America threw $2 million into the pot.



STOP THE TUSSLING IN PORTSMOUTH

Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

ONLY TWO WEEKS remain before Portsmouth’s 15,000 public school students return to class. That’s the hope, anyway. On Friday, it was the subject of some doubt. Officials with the division held a press conference at which Superintendent Elie Bracy III claimed it was a “real possibility” that schools wouldn’t open as scheduled.



A NEW TOOL TO PROTECT THE VULNERABLE

News & Advance Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Earlier this month, after weeks of training for the entire sworn staff of the department, the Lynchburg Police Department rolled out a new tool in the fight to combat domestic violence in the city. With money provided by a federal grant, the LPD trained all its 174 officers in the Lethality Assessment Program, designed to gauge the level of danger a person faces in a domestic violence situation.



STATUE CONTROVERSY PRESENTS HISTORY MUSEUMS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

This would be a really good time to run a history museum. Or a really bad time. Let’s go with the really good time.



U.VA., CHARLOTTESVILLE ALWAYS SPRING BACK

Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The past five years have been anything but tranquil at the University of Virginia, with the state’s flagship institution of higher learning time and again making national headlines. What remains constant, however, is the school’s resilience and the stream of accomplished students who make U.Va. one of the nation’s premier universities.

Columnists


SCHAPIRO: EASTERN SHORE GIVES THE LOCAL CANDIDATE WIDE BERTH

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Having gotten involved in local Democratic politics because she was outraged over Donald Trump’s election for president, Hannelore Marsh was in no mood to be patient. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, was concluding a question-and-answer session Sunday with party activists on his native Eastern Shore, when Marsh sprang to her feet.



HINKLE: WHAT GIVES CENSORS ANY RIGHT TO CENSOR?

By A. BARTON HINKLE, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The racist goons in Charlottesville have inspired a fresh debate over whether the government should allow speech by racists, goons, and assorted other troglodytes. For some, the answer is clearly no. “The ACLU Needs to Rethink Free Speech,” argues a fellow with the UCLA School of Law. “Censor White Supremacy,” advocates a writer in The Week. “Speech in America is Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control,” bemoans campaign-finance scourge Richard Hasen in the Los Angeles Times.

Op-Ed


BOWERS: A STEP FORWARD FOR VIRGINIA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE

By RICHARD R. BOWERS JR., Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia made history in July as we became the first state in the nation to join a new emergency wireless broadband system called FirstNet that will connect first responders. This is the start of a transformational change in the way our public safety workers will communicate during emergencies

Richard R. Bowers Jr. is chief of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.