By JONATHAN MARTIN, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The bloody white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has thrust race and history to the forefront of this year’s campaign for governor in Virginia, a tradition-bound state whose identity has always been rooted in a past that is as proud for some residents as it is painful for others.
By LAURA VOZZELLA , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
More than 1,000 mourners gathered Friday to remember Berke Bates, the state trooper-pilot, devilish practical joker, father, husband and friend to Virginia governors who died last weekend while patrolling the skies over a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Coal exports from the United States are up 60 percent from last year, a figure President Donald Trump triumphantly cited at a rally in West Virginia earlier this month. “I made you a promise during the campaign,” Trump said. “As you’ve seen, I’ve kept that promise. As president, we are putting our coal miners back to work. We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.”
By MIKE SEMEL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Robert E. Lee V is the great-great-grandson of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The D.C. resident is also the longtime boys’ athletic director at the Potomac School in McLean, Va., which my children attend. I visited Lee in his office to talk about the role that his name, and the historical monuments that bear it, has played in the last week. Edited excerpts follow.
By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Over an arch at Ralph Northam’s alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute, are the words of a storied professor-turned-dauntless Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson: “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” Northam, who twice voted for Republican George W. Bush for president, apparently has resolved to run for Virginia governor as a liberal national Democrat.
By BROCK VERGAKIS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The Confederate monuments in downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth were born in the Jim Crow era and have survived in places of prominence for decades long after desegregation. Statewide elections this November could help determine if that changes. Virginia law prohibits the removal of war monuments and memorials, but there's confusion over whether the law applies to monuments erected before 1998
By BRYAN MCKENZIE , Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
When Nazi marchers came straight down Market Street face-to-face with counter-protesters, members of the Three Percenters militia knew it would be no picnic in the park. “We knew where the entrance would be [in the back of the park],” said C.J. Ross, of Amherst, a Three Percenter. “It was clear they came to fight.” Of many iconic photographs to come out of the Aug. 12 rally of Nazi and white supremacist organizations at Emancipation Park were photos of a line of militia members in military outfits armed with semi-automatic weapons.
By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
As Gov. Terry McAuliffe begins to prepare his final state budget proposal, he will start with a revenue surplus, a revamped economic development program and a huge amount of political uncertainty over spending by the federal government. McAuliffe, who will step down on Jan. 13, will address the General Assembly’s Republican-controlled budget committees on Monday with the same mission he began almost four years ago to diversify a state economy that is too reliant on federal defense spending to remain reliably competitive with other states.
By FENIT NIRAPPIL , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
In her bid to become Virginia’s first openly transgender lawmaker, Democrat Danica Roem is getting a major boost from a donor who lives 800 miles away. They’ve never met. She’s not even sure how to pronounce his name. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, a Democrat, has given $115,000 to Roem’s candidacy, nearly half of the money she has raised so far, and plans to keep contributing through the November election.
By SEN. THOMAS K "TOMMY" NORMENT, Published in the Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The town of Bedford is a 90-mile drive from Charlottesville. There, the National D-Day Memorial pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the pivotal battle to defeat Nazism more than 70 years ago. That the monument is located in Bedford, which lost more residents per capita in the Normandy invasion than any American community, is a reminder of the sacrifices paid by Virginians. Those sacrifices are also evidence of how Virginians feel about ideologies that espouse hatred.
Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), Majority Leader of the Senate of Virginia, represents the 3rd District.