Thursday November 26, 2015
Compiled by Bernadette Kinlaw
By JOE HEIM, Washington Post
Few traditions in America go back 338 years, but on a crisp and glorious Wednesday morning here, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and two Indian chiefs celebrated a cherished one. It began with the chiefs chatting with the governor and his family over coffee and Danish pastry inside the governor’s mansion, proceeded to speeches and tribal dancing by the Pamunkey and Mattaponi in front of the home and ended with the governor milling with guests and patting a dead deer on its head in his driveway.
By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn’t miss a chance to remind Virginians of their neighbors who don’t have health care, even when he’s receiving dead deer as the annual Thanksgiving tribute from two of the state’s Native American tribes. After receiving tribute from the Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes under a 338-year-old treaty with the state, McAuliffe reminded people gathered in front of the Executive Mansion on Wednesday that many Virginians lack health insurance and, in some cases, a healthy meal.
By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)
The Pamunkey and Mattaponi tribes presented Gov. Terry McAuliffe with a pair of deer Wednesday in an annual ceremony tied to a 338 year old treaty. "This is really something special," Gov. Terry McAuliffe said as he accepted a pair of bucks in a ceremony outside the governor's mansion.
By STAFF REPORT, Prince William Today
The McAuliffe administration’s plan to add tolls to Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway not only needs to win approval from the Commonwealth Transportation Board; it will need to survive a challenge from some in the General Assembly.
By ALEX ROHR, News & Advance
Former congressman and Constitution party presidential candidate Virgil Goode will head Donald Trump’s 5th congressional district leadership team, according to a news release from the Trump presidential campaign Wednesday. The release also states Eric Zehr, Campbell County Republican Committee chairman as a committee co-chair, although Zehr said he didn’t join the team.
By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that former Virginia Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., the 2012 Constitution Party presidential nominee, will be chairman of his 5th District team. Trump’s campaign also announced that he will return to Virginia next Wednesday, Dec. 2, for an evening rally at the Prince William County Fairground. Trump campaigned in Henrico County Oct. 14 and in Norfolk on Oct. 31.
By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The constitutionality of Virginia’s 33-year moratorium on uranium mining faces a second legal challenge, this time from a lawsuit filed in state court on Wednesday that alleges the state is depriving a mining consortium of property rights to develop a major uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County. Virginia Uranium Inc., based in Chatham, filed suit in Wise County Circuit Court, challenging the moratorium as a taking of the company’s property rights that violates the Virginia Constitution.
By TREVOR METCALFE, Danville Register & Bee
Virginia Uranium Inc. has filed a second lawsuit seeking to lift the state ban on uranium mining, the Chatham-based company announced Wednesday. “We have made clear that we intend to construct and operate the safest and most modern uranium mining operation in the world,” said Virginia Uranium Inc. President and CEO Walter Coles Sr.
By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)
A bipartisan effort that one sponsor, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has described as a effort to block criminal justice reform spearheaded by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Newport News, and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc. shows how tough it can been to hold a legislative alliance together. Not Scott's and Sensenbrenner's, as it happens.
By JORDAN PASCALE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Norfolk International Airport officials reiterated to Uber this week that its drivers can’t come to the airport at all until the company pays for a permit. Uber had been allowing drivers to drop off passengers, but in an email to riders Wednesday morning, the company said they no longer can use Uber to get to or from the airport.
By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
It wasn’t so much a bomb going off as it was like the laying of a match to a fuse. With the click of a “send” button at 11:09 a.m. on a Wednesday, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers’ city secretary forwarded the unsolicited statement on city letterhead calling for a moratorium on bringing Syrian refugees to the Roanoke Valley. In the fourth of six paragraphs, the mayor invoked a comparison to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
By PHYLLIS COOK, Journal Press
King George is set to finalize its comments for submission to the commonwealth on draft regulations being for oil and gas drilling. That action is planned for a Dec. 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors The Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy will accept public comments, which can be mailed or submitted online, up through Dec. 4, on a particular method of drilling known as “fracking.”
By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette
A social-action group has declared success in its inaugural effort to increase turnout in areas where few voters participate in off-year elections. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, targeted two South Arlington precincts (Glebe and Arlington Mill) for outreach in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election. More than 100 volunteers contacted prospective voters by phone and in person.
By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post
For Arlington, the Stratford building on Vacation Lane represents a way to accommodate the school district’s explosive school population and to honor the county’s important role in breaking down racial barriers as the first public school in the state to integrate. For the School Board, the challenge has been how to balance a desire to preserve the building and its place in history with the school system’s present-day need to remodel it to create additional classroom space within the constraints of a tight budget and a tight timeline.
Daily Progress Editorial
It had to happen sooner or later. For the sake of Charlottesville, we wish it might be later. But for the sake of city Police Chief Timothy J. Longo and his family, we accept and support the desire for sooner. Chief Longo announced this week that he will be retiring in five months.
News Leader Editorial (Metered Pay Wall)
Richmond is as dysfunctional as Washington, some claim. We in the Shenandoah Valley can be proud that State Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, is not part of the problem. Low on bombast and high on integrity, Hanger was challenged in a primary this year, thanks to his support for Medicaid expansion. Though most in his conservative district probably disagree with that stance, he received 60 percent of the vote.
By MATTHEW GLANS, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, allows states to expand Medicaid to cover individuals making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs under the ACA, and 20 states, including Virginia, have refused to do so.
Matthew Glans is senior policy analyst at The Heartland Institute.
By MATT KNOX, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
As I hope all of you know by now, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries adopted a new regulation effective this fall that made it illegal to possess or use deer scents and lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife in Virginia.
Matt Knox is Deer Program Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.