Monday October 24, 2016
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By DEVLIN BARRETT, Wall Street Journal (Paywall)
The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation of Mrs. Clinton's email use.
By ALLISON WRABEL , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sunday received a special Swanson Courage Award for Civil Rights, in association with the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, at an annual event to celebrate the fight by attorney Gregory Hayes Swanson to desegregate the University of Virginia. Evans Hopkins, nephew of Swanson and chairman of the Swanson Legacy Committee, which held the event, said McAuliffe was honored in part because of his work to restore voting rights to felons.
By AMIR VERA , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce today a plan to ease the costs of tolls on some drivers who use the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. The announcement is part of McAuliffe’s plan to reduce the financial impact of major construction improvements.
The Virginia Department of Elections says more than 27,000 people registered to vote during a brief extension of the state’s voter-registration deadline. A federal judge granted the deadline’s extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online.
By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Republican candidate Donald Trump presented what his campaign billed as his final argument for the presidency Saturday afternoon at Regent University before an enthusiastic crowd of thousands that didn’t appear to need convincing. In a prepared 30-minute speech, Trump reminded jubilant supporters that he wants further restrictions on abortion, a crackdown on illegal immigration – including a wall on the Mexico border – a larger military and cuts in taxes. He warned there would be trouble if he loses but a prosperous future if he’s elected.
By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Donald Trump returned to Hampton Roads Saturday with a promise to unite the country, initially using words much like Hillary Clinton's catch phrase "stronger together." "I'm going to bring us all together as Americans," he told several thousand supporters gathered at Regent University's Library Plaza. "Imagine what we might be if we came together as one people under one God saluting one American flag," he said.
By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, asserting that Virginia remains very much in play, made a particular appeal to evangelicals and military personnel Saturday during a rally at Regent University. “In 17 days, we are going to win Virginia,” Trump told a boisterous crowd of several thousand gathered in an outdoor plaza.
By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post
Unable to vote in the presidential election, a group of undocumented immigrants is knocking on doors in Northern Virginia in support of Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, convinced that the outcome of the vote will determine whether they can secure a path to citizenship in the country they have known since childhood.
By KATHLEEN RONAYNE AND ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press
Tim Kaine is sounding a hopeful note that a Democratic White House could work with Republicans to bridge deep divides laid bare by this bitter presidential campaign. The vice presidential candidate told The Associated Press on Saturday that he and Hillary Clinton have already spoken about how to heal the nation if they should win.
By IAN SHAPIRA, Washington Post
Miley Cyrus — the celebrity wrecking ball, twerking machine, chart topper, Instagrammer and former Bernie Sanders supporter — added a move to her repertoire Saturday: door-knocker for Hillary Clinton. “Hello? How are you? I’m Miley,” Cyrus said after knocking on the George Mason University dormitory room door of Jake Zartman, 18, a freshman from Ohio.
By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press
Republican congressional candidates in Virginia are trying to mollify the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings in their party as political pundits say Democrats' chances of picking up multiple seats in the commonwealth are increasing. The GOP currently controls eight of Virginia's 11 House seats. Handicappers say Democrats' prospects are increasing as Hillary Clinton has built a wide lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.
By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post
Rep. Barbara Comstock received a friendly but subdued reception from the Muslim community Friday night at a candidates forum that focused on Islamophobia, immigration and improving relations with law enforcement. Comstock (R-Va.), in the midst of a tightening race for reelection in her Northern Virginia district, told a crowd of several hundred at the ADAMS Center in Sterling that she fights for their rights and rejects the “very unpleasant” rhetoric of the presidential campaign.
By JOSH JANNEY, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
Despite taking issue with controversial statements made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, most Republicans attending the 15th annual Rally in the Valley on Saturday believe they must vote for him — and encourage others to do the same — to prevent Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton from taking control of the White House. The event, hosted by the Frederick County Republican Committee, drew a crowd of more than 50 GOP faithful to the Elks Lodge off Front Royal Pike (U.S. 522). They were there to support Trump’s candidacy and help re-elect 10th District Rep. Barbara Comstock on Nov. 8.
By JOSH JANNEY, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
About 40 people rallied behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and 10th Congressional District candidate LuAnn Bennett at the local Democratic headquarters Sunday afternoon, urging Democrats to recruit more voters to ensure a "resounding victory" at the polls on Nov. 8. "A resounding victory will echo throughout the world that is watching this race," Bennett told the crowd gathered at the Braddock Street headquarters for a De
By MICHAEL BRAGG, Daily Progress
The latest quarterly campaign finance numbers from the Federal Election Commission show Democrat Jane Dittmar continued to out-fundraise state Sen. Tom Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham, in the race for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District seat, although he appears to be favored to win. Dittmar’s campaign raised $475,339 between July 1 and Sept. 30. Her total fundraising for the congressional campaign reached seven figures after the last quarter, bringing it to $1,032,460.
By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The race for Virginia’s open 5th U.S. House District seat pits a state senator and former prosecutor from Buckingham against a Charlottesville-area businesswoman who is a former chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. State Sen. Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham, and Democrat Jane Dittmar are seeking to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th, in the GOP-leaning district.
By TREVOR METCALFE , Danville Register & Bee
Voter registrars in the Dan River Region said they have multiple ways of guarding against voter fraud during the presidential election, as political analysts say there is little evidence to support large-scale fraud claims. “ We feel like we’re doing our due diligence on our end,” said Pittsylvania County registrar Kelly Bailess. During recent rallies and appearances, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested that the election could be rigged against him because large-scale voter fraud.
By JUSTIN JOUVENAL, Washington Post
When Sherman Brown was convicted and imprisoned in the brutal killing of a 4-year-old Virginia boy, the Vietnam War was still raging and the Watergate was just a hotel, not a scandal. Then 22 years old, he maintained his innocence at the time and as each decade faded into the next. Now, after nearly a half- century behind bars, Brown is petitioning Virginia’s Supreme Court, saying DNA collected from newly recovered evidence indicates that he could not have committed the murder.
By JOHN REID BLACKWELL, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Henrico County-based Genworth Financial Inc. has agreed to be acquired by a China-based investment company for about $2.7 billion. The deal means that Genworth, a Fortune 500 company and a major seller of home mortgage insurance and long-term care insurance, would become a subsidiary of China Oceanwide, a privately held, family-owned international financial holding company based in Beijing.
By AMIE TSANG, New York Times
A Chinese conglomerate has agreed to buy the insurer Genworth Financial of Virginia for $2.7 billion, in the latest example of Asian firms buying American insurance companies. The conglomerate, China Oceanwide, which has interests in real estate and finance, said on Sunday that it had struck a deal to buy Genworth for $5.43 per share, offering a 4 percent premium to shareholders compared with Friday’s closing.
By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The day after the Antares rocket program returned to space from a Virginia-owned launch pad on Wallops Island, the cheers were loud and long at a meeting here of a regional alliance committed to expanding the economic development of the 71-year-old NASA Wallops Flight Facility. “It’s huge,” Del. Robert S. Bloxom Jr., R-Accomack, said after the quarterly meeting of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance on Tuesday. “You feel the relief in the room?”
By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press
The International Space Station received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years Sunday following a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. Orbital ATK's cargo ship pulled up at the space station bearing 5,000 pounds of food, equipment and research.
By ROBERT MCCABE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
You can make out their distinctive profiles – massive, gray, flat-topped hulls, each with an “island” bearing big-block numbers – from miles away, such familiar sights as to be nearly taken for granted. Yet they’re the Navy’s crown jewels, five of them based in Hampton Roads. Since the 1920s, more than 60 U.S. aircraft carriers have been built, 30 of them at Newport News Shipbuilding.
By DEBBIE TRUONG , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
In a building where Henrico County trains fire recruits, classes are conducted from a 1½-car garage. There are no showers and one toilet. The space, Fire Chief Tony McDowell said, is “completely inadequate for our needs.”
By TIM EBERLY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
The U.S. District Court issued another subpoena – at least the fifth since June 2014 – in the federal corruption case against Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot. This one requires a representative from the city of Norfolk’s television station, Norfolk TV-48, to testify in a Nov. 7 court hearing and for the city to provide video copies of 14 formal and informal City Council meetings between April 2008 and June 2012.
By ELISHA SAUERS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Oakwood Elementary, a city school closed in 2012 to save money, will be demolished to make way for a $5.3 million development. Computerized Imaging Reference System Inc., a biomedical company, plans to buy the site from Norfolk to raze the building and construct a 40,000-square-foot facility. The new headquarters will house its corporate offices, production, fabrication, testing, and shipping and receiving departments.
By CHRIS SUAREZ, Daily Progress
Official reports released recently reveal that black people accounted for nearly 80 percent of those stopped by Charlottesville police so far this year. Given the high percentage of “investigative detentions” of black people, which often don’t result in an immediate arrest, officials say they will continue to review the stops. Although the information shows city police continue to detain and, in many cases, search, black people more often than white people, Chief Al Thomas said the data should not be used to “divide the community.” But he acknowledged that the data need to be carefully “scrutinized.”
By STEVE ROBERTS, JR., Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily
Residents in the Historic Triangle have registered to vote in record numbers for this contentious presidential election. Records were broken in James City County and the City of Williamsburg for the total number of registered voters in those areas, while York County saw a slight decrease in the total number of registered voters since the second election of President Barack Obama in 2012.
By STAFF REPORT, Southside Daily
Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump appeared in Virginia Beach Saturday, 17 days before the election, to rally supporters to turn out at the polls....With a nod to a Hampton Roads audience, he said he wanted the U.S. Navy to have a fleet of 350 ships. “Little Creek and Oceana are going to get a lot busier,” he said. “Norfolk Naval Shipyard will, too.”
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Daily Press Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
On Nov. 8, American voters will go to the polls with the responsibility of choosing the individual who will be our nation's chief executive. It is an office that is not only legislative, but symbolic as well. Our president sets the tone for foreign and domestic policy, nominates judges to our highest court to steer our legal standards, selects members of the Federal Reserve Board who will have far-reaching effects on our economy and serves as commander-in-chief of our military.
Daily Progress Editorial
A federal judge was right to extend voter registration after a state website crashed because too many voters tried to sign on. In one of the best quotes of the week, Fairfax County Registrar Cameron Sasnett called the crash “chaos wrapped inside an implosion” (The Washington Post). Prospective voters shouldn’t be penalized because, through no fault of their own, the Virginia Department of Elections couldn’t process their registrations.
Washington Post Editorial
Most of this year’s suburban congressional races in the Washington area are slam dunks. ....For us, the toughest call is in Virginia’s 10th District, which runs from McLean and other close-in suburbs west through Loudoun County to the West Virginia line.
Washington Post Editorial
Judges in Virginia and Florida ordered officials to extend the time for people to register to vote because of unforeseen events. In Florida, it was a major hurricane that for days upended people’s lives; in Virginia, it was a crash of the state elections website. The decisions were eminently sensible and must be commended.
Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Intelligent transportation planning requires generational thinking. Otherwise, you don’t get anywhere. If a city is widening a road to deal with current traffic, it’s a certainty that it won’t be the last time. In fact, it’s such a sure bet that there’s a saying for it: “You can’t pave your way out of congestion.” Just take a look at the quarter-mile around the intersection of Independence and Virginia Beach boulevards any rush hour, or noon, or weekend.
News Leader Editorial (Metered Pay Wall)
Ladies and gentlemen of Augusta County, for the past two years we have watched the case of the county courthouse play out on these pages. Now it is time for you, the voters, to deliver a final verdict on this issue. You have heard from several well-known, thoughtful witnesses who believe moving the courthouse and county seat to Verona is too expensive, unnecessary and frighteningly short-sighted.
By JEFF E, SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
This past January, a Florida anti-abortion activist was scrambling to fly from Tampa to Northern Virginia for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The airline refused to check him in because his name didn’t match the one on the ticket, which had been purchased for him by his cousin. In a panic, the man called a friend in Northern Virginia, whose father is an elective official. The official — Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, an abortion foe with a record of strong constituent services — contacted his congresswoman, Barbara Comstock.
By KERRY DOUGHERTY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)
Admit a mistake? Hah. Government never does that. Instead, when faced with their blunders, public officials often compound their earlier decisions with more of the same. For example, unwilling to admit that the utopian concept of high-occupancy vehicle lanes was a colossal mistake in many places (they blame us and our selfish attachment to the combustion engine, by the way) the country’s transportation geniuses are doubling down.
By T. SCOTT GARRETT, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
During the first full week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week, participants across the country work to raise awareness of mental illness, fight stigma, provide support and advocate for equal care. Here in the commonwealth, it is a time to reflect and recommit to reforming our system for delivering mental health care to improve the lives of the thousands of Virginians affected by mental illness.
Scott Garrett (R) represents District 23 (Bedford, Lynchburg and Amherst) in the Virginia House of Delegates. He can be reached at DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov.
By GRETA BAGWELL, Published in the Free Lance-Star
“GRETA, do I need to start buying bottled water?” a friend and concerned mother recently asked me. “Not yet,” I replied. “But maybe soon.” She was, of course, referring to Virginia’s coal ash closure plans and recent reports that contaminated waste storage sites have been leaching heavy metals such as arsenic and hexavalent chromium into adjacent surface waters and private wells.
Greta Bagwell is deputy director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.
By SHARON BULOVA, Published in the Washington Post
I am proud to lead Fairfax County, one of the best-managed, safest and most economically sound jurisdictions in the country. Our residents expect and can rely on quality in everything we do. Over and over, residents tell me they chose to live in Fairfax because of our great schools and because we are a safe and welcoming community. Maintaining that quality of life has been a top priority for the Board of Supervisors, our School Board and the many public and private organizations that work together so well. It isn’t, however, a simple or easy job.
Sharon Bulova is chairman of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
By JIM CORCORAN , Published in the Washington Post
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring that businesses in our region are treated fairly and that Northern Virginia maintains an exceptional business climate. It is our long-standing position to oppose single-industry taxes when the targeted industry does not support the tax.
Jim Corcoran is president and chief executive of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.