Wednesday August 31, 2016
Compiled by Ray Reed
By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Executive branch agency heads have until Sept. 20 to send Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposals to cut 5 percent of their budgets in fiscal year 2017 because of an estimated shortfall. McAuliffe announced the $1.5 billion shortage in the two-year budget Friday. A memo from Chief of Staff Paul Reagan to agency heads says the state will need to cut about $844 million this year.
By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette
...It’s not difficult to see where Del. Mark Levine comes down on the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis gracing a major north-south highway through portions of Northern Virginia. “It should change,” Levine (D-45th) told the Sun Gazette. “I don’t want that name.” But, and he acknowledges this may be seen by some as inconsistent, Levine said he doesn’t have a problem with streets or other public areas across the local region named in honor of Robert E. Lee
By MATT ZAPOTOSKY AND RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post
Justice Department officials are actively considering whether to retry former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell on federal corruption charges. That doesn’t sit well with some conservatives who view his dealings with Richmond businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. as not entirely dissimilar from Hillary Clinton’s interactions with donors to her family’s foundation while she was Secretary of State.
By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette
Three of the four members of the 8th Congressional District contingent to the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee voted Aug. 27 to support a primary for selecting the party’s statewide nominees next year, enough to ensure the margin of victory in a hotly contested vote.
By SEAN CW KORSGAARD, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)
It’s not very often anymore that a salon lives up to the old-fashioned use of the word, acting as a place for active political discussion, but the Personal Touch Beauty and Barber Salon here did just that Tuesday afternoon. Hip hop artist Freeway, on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign, hosted a small meet-and-greet focused on getting out the local youth vote. Councilman Darrin Hill and a small crowd of students from Virginia State University attended.
By LAUREN BERG, Daily Progress
Since a run-in with the law 43 years ago when he was a teenager, Charlottesville native Nathaniel Bryant has never had a political voice. On Aug. 22, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced he had individually restored voting rights to 13,000 felons, and when Bryant opened his mailbox that day, he found his very own letter with a shiny gold seal. With a smile that crinkled the corners of his eyes, the 60-year-old spoke about his excitement to vote for the first time this November and said he’s been going door to door to show his friends his new right to vote.
By SALLY VOTH, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-10th, stopped by Casey Tree Farm in Clarke County on Tuesday as part of an agricultural tour in her district. Earlier Tuesday, she had stopped at Glaize Apples in Winchester, and planned to make stops in Loudoun and Fairfax counties later in the day.
The Virginia Lottery said in a statement that the $588 million profit for fiscal year that ended June 30 is the most the Lottery has brought in over one year in its 28-year history. The Lottery supports roughly 8 percent of Virginia's education budget. The Lottery says sales grew nearly 9 percent from the previous fiscal year to more than $2 billion. Officials the high sales in part to the unprecedented $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot earlier this year.
By JOHN CRANE, Danville Register & Bee
It only takes one justice out of seven to decide whether the entire Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the Heritage Preservation Association’s appeal of the Danville Confederate flag case. “Any one justice can grant the rehearing,” said Doug Robelen, chief deputy clerk for the cour
By K. BURNELL EVANS , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie N. Morales on Tuesday asked the Virginia State Police to continue investigating the death of Jamycheal Mitchell after receiving the agency’s preliminary findings. The request came more than three months after Morales initially invited police to conduct a criminal investigation into the 24-year-old’s death at Hampton Roads Regional Jail last August.
By JEREMY COX, Eastern Shore News
An environmental assessment has found no significant issues with Wallops Flight Facility becoming the East Coast home base of a Navy drone program, clearing a key hurdle for bringing 400 jobs to the region. But the NASA installation is still very much in competition with two rival facilities to host the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The Navy-led environmental investigation didn't uncover anything to disqualify any of the sites or substantially impede their chances.
By BROCK VERGAKIS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
If the Navy bases a new surveillance drone in Florida instead of Virginia, it won’t be because of environmental concerns. Locating the MQ-4C Triton at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility would not have a significant environmental impact, according to a draft assessment prepared by the Navy.
By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
A consumer group is demanding that the State Corporation Commission force Dominion Virginia Power to obtain approval for its $19 billion proposal to add a new nuclear reactor at its North Anna Power Station in Louisa County before spending more money on the project.
By LISA PROVENCE , C'ville Weekly
During the 30 years he’s spent in prison, Jens Soering has maintained he had nothing to do with the brutal 1985 murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom, and that he only confessed to protect his girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, from the death penalty. Now Tim Kaine, the governor who agreed to send Soering back to Germany in 2010, a decision overturned by his successor, Bob McDonnell, is running for vice president, and Soering’s attorney has filed a petition for absolute pardon with Governor Terry McAuliffe, thrusting the case back into the international spotlight.
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Two drug dealers from Hampton Roads were among 111 people whose sentences were commuted Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Mancer L. Barrington III, 38, a ninth-grade dropout from Booker T. Washington High School, was convicted of drug conspiracy charges by a jury in September 2008.
By ROBERT MCCARTNEY, Washington Post
Northern Virginia’s top political leaders plan to discuss Metro’s challenges and other local economic issues at a “regional summit” Wednesday morning billed as the first such event of its kind. Scheduled speakers included Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D), Prince William Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R), Loudoun Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg (D) and Arlington Board Vice Chair Jay Fisette (D).
By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ, Washington Business Journal
Alexandria City Public Schools has proposed acquiring a vacant office building and adjacent parking garage on North Beauregard Street, a move that would boost elementary school capacity on the city's west end and cut down on Northern Virginia's elevated vacancy rate with the same stroke.
By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post
About 60 families are being evicted from a Manassas mobile home park that was bought by the city government on condition that the land be emptied of people and trailers. There are 300 people living in the 58 structures at the East End Mobile Home Park, just over 30 miles west of Washington. Most are low-income, many are Latino immigrants, and a significant number have lived there for years.
By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The Attorney General’s Office has issued an opinion that suggests there is no need for Richmond officials to re-examine two local candidates’ ballot eligibility following the state Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s blanket restoration of felons’ rights. The advice comes ahead of a Thursday meeting of the Richmond Electoral Board to discuss the issue.
By TIM EBERLY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Norfolk’s general services director, David Freeman, picked up an extra $6,528. Virginia Beach’s economic development director, Warren Harris, was awarded bonuses in back-to-back years totaling more than $15,000. And three attorneys in the Norfolk City Attorney’s Office each got a bonus of $6,000.
Daily Press Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Eastern State Hospital in James City County has deep roots that reportedly trace back to the nation's first public facility dedicated solely to the treatment of the mentally ill. That past, and the idea that someone in Williamsburg was focusing in so sharply on this serious and mysterious topic as far back as 1773, makes the present state of the hospital all the more shameful. The hospital has lost its Medicare funding as a result of, among other things, poor record-keeping, staffing shortfalls and policies that allow patients to skip required activities.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Investigators for the Virginia State Bar say they can prove mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey lied to the court about the relationship he had with Myrna Warren — now Myrna Morrissey — when she was 17. Morrissey entered a plea agreement in the matter and served jail time, but insisted then and insists now that he was the victim of a frame-up by Warren’s former lover.
Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
The Republican Party State Central Committee adjusted its nominating process over the weekend — favoring a primary over a convention in 2017 — and immediately altered the look of next year’s elections. Works for me, said Virginia Beach Sen. Frank Wagner. Now he’s running for governor. Comment on Wagner’s prospects can wait, but this move doubles the number of contenders for the state’s top job who hail from Virginia’s eastern-most provinces.
Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Virginia gets a new university today. In name, at least. Mary Baldwin College — which today becomes Mary Baldwin University — has been classified in academic circles as a university since 2001. What’s the difference between a college and a university? The technical differences typically deal with the size and number of graduate programs. Mary Baldwin has had master’s programs for more than two decades. Next May the school will mark its 175th anniversary by awarding its first doctoral degrees.
Culpeper Star Exponent Editorial (Modified Pay Wall)
Spotsylvania County doesn’t face the imminent threat of a Department of Justice investigation over the controversy surrounding the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg’s plans to build a new mosque or expand at its current location. That’s because the leaders of the Muslim congregation have spent nearly 10 months trying to come up with a proposal that’s acceptable to neighbors and county officials to increase their worship space.
By JEFF E, SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The murmuring began several weeks ago, largely among members of Richmond’s heavily white business class. Sometimes, the topic came up over coffee and occasionally during chance encounters at favored weekend playgrounds in the mountains or at the Rivah: That to stop enfante terrible Joe Morrissey from becoming mayor requires forcing out one or more of their candidates, possibly Jon Baliles, Bruce Tyler or Levar Stoney.
By SEAN GORMAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Republicans say Tim Kaine is melding his views to match those of the Democratic presidential ticket he joined recently. In an Aug. 15 post, the Republican National Committee accused Kaine of flip-flopping on several issues. Tops on their list is Kaine’s position on offshore drilling. "Kaine recently told activists he supports banning offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast despite being a strong advocate for offshore drilling for years," the GOP says.
By BRIAN MORAN, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
For years, our commonwealth has spent up to $150,000 per year on each youth confined in our juvenile correctional centers. Historically, we know the longer youth stay in these centers, the more likely they are to reoffend: 75 percent were being rearrested within three years of release. We have failed too many young people and their communities for too long. This is why our administration, including the staff at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), is dedicated to transforming our juvenile justice system. This transformation initiative will produce better outcomes for youth, for public safety and for Virginia taxpayers.
By JANE HARDING MILLER, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Today we celebrate both our 175th anniversary and our name change to Mary Baldwin University. From my viewpoint as a Roanoke girl who entered the college many years ago and now as chair of the MBU Board of Trustees, I think often of Mary Julia Baldwin and her legacy of strong leadership, innovation in the face of adversity and commitment to mission.
Miller, a Roanoke native, is a 1976 graduate of Mary Baldwin University and is now chair of the MBU Board of Trustees.