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Friday August 18, 2017


Executive Branch


MCAULIFFE WANTS VIRGINIA OUT OF FEDERAL OFFSHORE DRILLING PROGRAM

By MIKE HOLTZCLAW, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has filed a request with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management requesting that Virginia be exempted from a newly revised program to open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. In a letter dated Aug. 11, which was made public on Thursday,



MCAULIFFE SAYS HE WANTS VIRGINIA OUT OF NEW OFFSHORE OIL, GAS LEASING PLAN

By DAVE MAYFIELD, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, reversing field on a controversial issue, has asked federal officials to take the ocean waters off Virginia out of contention for oil and gas leases. The governor’s office disclosed McAuliffe’s position Thursday,



VIRGINIA GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE WANTS STATE KEPT OUT OF NEW OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS LEASING PROGRAM

By ROBERT ZULLO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, at various points in his political career an opponent and proponent of oil-and-gas drilling off Virginia’s coast, told the federal government Thursday that he opposes including Virginia waters in the new leasing program being assembled by President Donald Trump’s administration. “A primary concern that must be satisfied in order for Virginia to be included in the leasing area is a revenue-sharing agreement between participating Atlantic Coast states and the federal government,” McAuliffe wrote to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. “Today we are no closer to resolving this issue than when I became governor.”



STATE POLICE: MCAULIFFE MISTAKEN IN COMMENT ON 'STASHED' WEAPONS DURING CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY

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

Gov. Terry McAuliffe was mistaken when he said during an interview Monday that police picked up weapons “stashed around the city” during Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. McAuliffe’s comment came during an interview for a podcast with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson.

State Elections


ED GILLESPIE’S LATEST TRUMP HEADACHE IS HAPPENING IN HIS OWN BACKYARD

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

Republican Ed Gillespie has been fighting to keep the focus of his campaign for Virginia governor on state issues and away from President Trump. That task grew more challenging this week after Trump defended some of the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville and bashed efforts to remove Confederate statues — directly injecting national politics into the Virginia governor’s race.

Federal Elections


LOUISA WOMAN WILL CHALLENGE INCUMBENT FOR SEAT IN CONGRESS

Central Virginian

Janelle Noble wants you to know she’s not your average candidate for Congress. The 35-year-old Louisa County resident is making a run for Rep. Dave Brat’s seat in the 7th Virginia Congressional District, emphasizing she is an “ordinary person” with no political experience.

State Government


CHEMICAL SPILL ON TINKER CREEK REVEALED A GAP IN REGULATION, CRITICS SAY

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

A chemical that killed more than 40,000 fish in Tinker Creek is no longer in the water, but questions remain about how it got there. Critics say Termix 5301, an agricultural-use chemical that leaked from a plastic storage tank sitting outside of a Botetourt County business, is not covered by state or federal regulations that might have prevented the disaster.



VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADER BULLISH ON MANUFACTURING

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

The message in one Shenandoah Valley community about manufacturing resonates across Virginia, according to the commonwealth's secretary of commerce and trade. Todd Haymore said this week that manufacturing is alive and well in Virginia, and he anticipates more manufacturing jobs coming soon.



WHICH BLACK VIRGINIANS WERE MOST INFLUENTIAL IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY? THE STATE WANTS YOUR OPINION

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

There’s the leader of the deadliest slave revolt in U.S. history, and another slave who planned an uprising against Richmond but was hanged when white authorities found out about the plot. There’s the man who shipped himself to New England in a box, becoming a powerful symbol of enslaved people’s thirst for freedom.

Congress


WARNER TOURS JAMES RIVER, CHESAPEAKE BAY

By TAMARA DIETRICH, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Sen. Mark Warner was aboard the Jenny S on the James River Thursday afternoon, hooking a crab pot, hauling up a trawl net and, all things considered, overdressed for the occasion. Natty in khakis, a blue button-down shirt, salmon print tie and brown loafers, the senator was on an educational boat tour arranged by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to tout successes in bay cleanup.



SEN. WARNER CALLS IT "CRAZY" FOR TRUMP TO CUT FUNDING FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY RESTORATION

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

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner grinned as he gingerly lifted two freshly caught blue crabs by their pincers. Standing aboard a 42-foot boat in the middle of the James River on a cloudy humid Thursday afternoon, he couldn’t resist the political jab. “This looks like some of the people I work with,” he said.



SENATOR WARNER VISITS TAZEWELL

By JIM TALBERT, Richlands News-Press

Mark Warner went from small town America to cyber space during his visit to Tazewell Aug. 15. Warner was in southwest Va. for a visit to the Mountain Brew trail and after looking over the town’s newest businesses he spoke and took questions from a group at the American Legion Building. “It is great to see what is happening in this town.

Transportation


PRINCIPI: FAST-FERRY COMMUTER SERVICE FOR PRINCE WILLIAM ON THE HORIZON

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

Calling the Potomac River “the last unused highway in the region,” Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi is pushing forward with his effort to launch “fast ferry” commuter service between Woodbridge and Washington, D.C.



VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS OPPOSE PLAN TO SANDWICH I-66 TRAIL BETWEEN A SOUND WALL AND TRAFFIC

By LUZ LAZO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Some Virginia lawmakers, like their constituents, are unhappy with plans that put a bike and pedestrian trail alongside traffic lanes on busy Interstate 66. The Virginia Department of Transportation proposal squeezes the walking path between the highway and the concrete wall that serves as a buffer between traffic noise and adjacent neighborhoods. A jersey barrier and fence would separate trail users and traffic.

Virginia Other


WARNER SAYS LOCALITIES SHOULD DECIDE ABOUT CONFEDERATE STATUES, BUT STATE LAW MIGHT NOT LET THEM

By TAMARA DIETRICH, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The violence that erupted in Charlottesville last weekend over plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue has many other localities hastening to remove monuments to the Confederacy in their midst. On Thursday, Sen. Mark Warner said such a decision should be left to each Virginia municipality.



COUNTY REMOVES FLAGS FROM MONUMENT, IN TALKS WITH SCV

By QUINTON SHEPPARD , Gazette-Journal

Gloucester County staff members are working with members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on an agreement for maintaining the space around the Confederate Monument located inside the colonial court circle. The potential agreement comes after a dispute between the county and a local SCV chapter on whether the chapter had the right to place Confederate flags around the monument.



LOCAL POLITICIANS, OFFICE SEEKERS SPLIT ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

Public dispute over the removal of Confederate memorials, in light of white supremacy demonstrations centered around them, has split the opinions of local politicians and office seekers. Some think they should stay put, some think they should go, and others believe statues, if they are to be removed, ought to be considered on a case-by-case basis. “We should consider taking down some of these monuments,” said Casey Turben, the Democratic nominee to represent the 26th District in the House of Delegates. When neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates rally around a Confederate memorial, as they did in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park on Saturday, “it’s not a heritage issue at that point.”



LOCAL MAJORITY OPINION STANDS ON SIDE OF CONFEDERATE STATUES

By JOSH JANNEY AND CATHY KUEHNER, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement Wednesday urging Virginia localities to remove Confederate statues on public grounds, leaving communities to ponder what they should do with theirs. “As we attempt to heal and learn from the tragic events in Charlottesville, I encourage Virginia’s localities and the General Assembly — which are vested with the legal authority — to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings,” McAuliffe’s statement said. “I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear.”



COMMUNITY LEADERS WEIGH IN ON CONFEDERATE SYMBOLS IN DAN RIVER REGION

By CEILLIE ​SIMKISS, Danville Register & Bee

Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville has prompted many cities across the nation to remove Confederate monuments, or begin discussing the value of keeping those monuments in public spaces in their communities. That discussion has been ongoing locally for years, thanks to Danville’s and Pittsylvania County’s rich histories, which stretches back before the Civil War.



THE MOVEMENT TO MOVE MONUMENTS COMES TO PORTSMOUTH WITH "REMOVE THE STAIN" RALLY

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

When Amira Bethea drives downtown, her children ask about the meaning behind the Confederate monument at Court and High streets. “It’s tough,” Bethea said. Where to begin to explain it? “It doesn’t represent unity at all. It just reminds me of the war and everything we fought against,” she said. “Even today we go through struggles.”



CULPEPER SHERIFF BOOSTS SECURITY AROUND CONFEDERATE STATUE AS MONUMENT DEBATE HEATS UP

By DONNIE JOHNSTON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins says his office is keeping a close eye on the Confederate statue on the courthouse lawn to guard against vandalism. “I’ve actually had a couple of very good quality cameras installed to monitor our courtyard monument,” Jenkins said. He added that those cameras were put in place more than a year ago, when the first talk of monument destruction began to surface.



PORTSMOUTH MAYOR CALLS FOR MOVING CONFEDERATE MONUMENT FROM OLDE TOWNE TO CEMETERY

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

Mayor John Rowe is calling for the city to move its Confederate monument from Olde Towne to Cedar Grove Cemetery, which has a large section of graves belonging to rebel leaders and soldiers. “This is the perfect place for it,” he said at news conference in the cemetery Thursday afternoon. “People understand that it’s a memorial to the dead. Putting it in a cemetery is appropriate.”



NORFOLK MAYOR WANTS TO MOVE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT OUT OF DOWNTOWN

By KATHERINE HAFNER, ERIC HARTLEY AND RYAN MURPHY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Mayor Kenny Alexander said Wednesday that he supports moving Norfolk’s Confederate monument out of downtown, possibly to a city-owned cemetery. His comments came hours before a protest where hundreds of people called for the monument to be removed. On Wednesday morning, Alexander sent a letter to his fellow City Council members recommending a renewed debate on the issue. Two other members, Andria McClellan and Martin Thomas Jr., said they would support moving the monument to a cemetery.



LOCAL SCV MEMBERS CONDEMN WHITE SUPREMACISTS’ PROTEST

By SHERRY HAMILTON , Gazette-Journal

Sons of Confederate Veterans members Joey Taylor of Gloucester and Perry Forrest of Mathews believe in preserving Civil War monuments, but they don’t believe in what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend.



RICHMOND COUNCILMAN TO SEEK REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

By MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Richmond city councilman said Thursday that he is planning to introduce legislation seeking to remove the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. Michael Jones, who represents the 9th District, said he met Wednesday with City Attorney Allen Jackson and council staff members to discuss how to go about removing the monuments. Jones plans to introduce a monument-related measure at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting, he said.



VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE REIGNITES QUESTIONS ABOUT ALEXANDRIA’S CONFEDERATE ICONS

By VERNON MILES, Alexandria Gazette Packet

... In the wake of these events, some attention has again been shifted back to Alexandria’s own confederate legacy. In the wake of the Charlottesville attack, a meeting planned for the renaming of Jefferson Davis Highway was cancelled and local politicians sparred on social media over the fate of the Confederate statue.



CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL IN ARLINGTON: HONORING REBELS ON NATION’S SACRED GROUND

By T. REES SHAPIRO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

On the western edge of Arlington National Cemetery stands a 32-foot-tall bronze hymn to soldiers of a bygone past. Such monuments are common on the hallowed ground where more than 400,000 are buried and honored for service to the country. But the one in Section 16 commemorates those who fought for another cause. It is the Confederate Memorial. A soaring testament to Southern pride, placed in Arlington nearly 50 years after the Civil War ended, the monument features a frieze depicting Rebels shouldering rifles, a black slave following his master and an enslaved woman — described on the cemetery’s website as a “mammy” — cradling a Confederate officer’s infant.



MONUMENTS TO CONFEDERATES HAVE STIRRED NO CONTROVERSY IN ROANOKE, NEW RIVER VALLEYS

By MATT CHITTUM, ALICIA PETSKA AND YANN RANAIVO , Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Roanoke and New River valleys are dotted with memorials and monuments on public land to Confederate generals and foot soldiers alike, but even in the wake of Saturday’s bloody events surrounding a Civil War monument in Charlottesville, local governments in the region are not hearing calls for their removal. Nor are they eager to take up the topic themselves.



RALLY AGAINST HATE

Gazette-Journal

About 100 people gathered Sunday afternoon at what used to be known as the Bridal Boutique of Gloucester at Ordinary to form a peaceful protest against the hate and violence incited Saturday in Charlottesville.



CONFEDERATE LEADERS' DESCENDANTS WANT MONUMENTS PULLED DOWN

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

A handful of descendants of Confederate Civil War leaders Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Jefferson Davis are siding with those who believe monuments to their famous ancestors should be pulled down and moved to other settings, such as museums. And a relative of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee says he would be fine with removing statues to his storied ancestor if it helps the country heal.



CHARLOTTESVILLE MAYOR TO MAKE 'MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT' FRIDAY ON LEE STATUE, HEATHER HEYER

Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will be making a “major announcement” Friday about the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue, the victim from Saturday’s deadly car attack and public safety for future events in Charlottesville. The announcement is slated for 12 p.m. at CitySpace, according to a release from the city. No other details have yet been released.



RAMMED BY CAR IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, BUT SEEING A SIGN OF HOPE

By FRANCES ROBLES, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Tadrint R. Washington is not one to attend protests. So when she and her sister, heading home from a friend’s house in a 2005 Toyota Camry, neared the site of a white supremacy rally last Saturday, she was stunned. She saw a sea of white faces. But they were chanting, “Black lives matter.”

Local


FAIRFAX COUNTY LAUNCHES CIVILIAN REVIEWS OF ALLEGED POLICE MISCONDUCT

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The two Fairfax County civilian bodies created to monitor police department investigations are ready to begin reviewing allegations of improper use of force and other misconduct, county officials announced Thursday. The Independent Police Auditor and a nine-member Civilian Review Panel were appointed in response to questions about how the county handled an investigation into the 2013 shooting of an unarmed man outside his home in Springfield.



POLICE BODY CAMERAS ADD TO CHESTERFIELD PROSECUTORS' WORKLOAD

By MARK BOWES , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The significant time commitment in reviewing thousands of hours of recorded videos from police body cameras may force the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to “radically curtail” its involvement in the prosecution of some misdemeanor and traffic offenses, Chesterfield’s top prosecutor says. “Our office is just beginning to feel the dramatic impact of the amount of video,” Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney William W. “Billy” Davenport wrote in response to an inquiry by the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the impact the new cameras will have on his staff.



YORK SUPERVISORS KILL DISCUSSION OF BEACH USER FEE

By JOSH REYES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The exploration into a fee for Yorktown Beach has ended. York County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sheila Noll announced Tuesday that the board would take no action on the issue. Talks of a user fee for Yorktown Beach began about a month ago when Supervisor Walter Zaremba said he had asked the county administrator to look into it. Zaremba said the beach is expensive to maintain and the people who use it don’t always leave it in good condition.



ROANOKE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON USING EMINENT DOMAIN FOR RIVER GREENWAY

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Roanoke City Council on Monday will consider allowing eminent domain as an option to acquire the final property rights to complete the 10-mile section of the Roanoke River Greenway. City staff is asking the council to approve condemning all or part of three parcels owned by Walker Machine & Foundry to add taking the land to its options to complete the greenway, Acting City Manager Sherman Stovall said.



FREDERICK SHERIFF HOLDING ON TO INVESTIGATION REPORT ON ARREST AT HOUSE FIRE

By EVAN GOODENOW, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

After his deputies were filmed on a cellphone video body-slamming and punching a homeowner while her house burned down Aug. 3, Sheriff Lenny Millholland promised a swift and transparent internal investigation, saying it would be completed “as soon as possible.” However, the public may never get to see it. Under Virginia Freedom of Information Act laws, police aren’t required to release internal investigation reports, and it’s uncertain if Millholland will ever release the report, which he said in a Tuesday email hadn’t been completed.



WATER OUTAGE TESTS PATIENCE IN MONTEREY

By JOHN BRUCE, Highland Recorder

An at least month-long series of town water system issues culminated this week in an emergency declaration, a 30-day conservation ordinance, and a boil water advisory. Help arrived Monday to fix the water outage affecting Monterey water system users.

TV/Radio


VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN SHAPING UP AS A REFERENDUM ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

By MARK MURRAY, NBCNews

This year's competitive gubernatorial contest in Virginia could very well serve as a referendum of sorts on the controversy over Confederate monuments. Democratic nominee Ralph Northam, the state's lieutenant governor, backs their removal.

Online News


STONEWALL JACKSON MONUMENT WILL STAND AT MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD

Potomac Local

A monument to Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will stand at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The National Park Service says it, and all Confederate monuments on national park land will remain standing.



HOW SHOULD LOCALITIES GRANT PERMITS FOLLOWING CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE?

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

Last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville is opening a new conversation about how local governments issue permits for groups to hold marches and rallies.



EARLY HINTS ON VA PENINSULA HOUSE DISTRICT CHANGES AFTER 2020?

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

If (as Rudyard Kipling might have said, if he cared about Virginia legislative redistricting) you can keep your head (well population count) when all about you/ Are losing theirs … You probably aren’t in Hampton Roads.


Editorials


ASSESSING THE POLITICAL AFTERMATH OF CHARLOTTESVILLE

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

So there we were, drifting through the last lazy days of summer, one eye closed, the other on the ripening tomatoes, when suddenly Charlottesville happened. Now it feels like the political ground has shifted beneath us. What’s the political impact?



END 'LUNCH SHAMING,' ONCE AND FOR ALL

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

IF THERE WERE ever a ludicrous school policy that needed to be trashed quicker than month-old leftovers in the back of the fridge, it is "lunch shaming," the term given to denying a hot lunch to a child when his or her account has run dry. Most likely, the circumstance arose when a parent forgot to replenish the account, or the student has gone through a certain amount more quickly than anticipated. Hungry students do that. But in any event, it is embarrassing for the child involved.



IT’S TIME FOR A FULL AND FAIR RECKONING WITH CONFEDERATE STATUES

Washington Post Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

With astonishing rapidity, the violent events at Charlottesville have accelerated an already intense debate over what to do with hundreds of Confederate monuments and related statuary across the United States.

The Friday Read


DOWNTIME: FROM GLOW TO VDOT – AND BACK

By JONATHAN SPIERS, Richmond BizSense

Before Sandy Manley was a fiscal technician with the Virginia Department of Transportation, she was Gremlina – one of the more feisty and vocal “heel” characters of the 1980s TV series “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” Now, nearly 30 years after her six-month run on GLOW, the Highland Springs native and resident has had the curtain lifted on her former persona with the rise of social media and renewed interest in the show, which was featured in a 2012 documentary and serves as the inspiration for a new Netflix series, “GLOW.”