By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Virginia Republicans have a three-way race for lieutenant governor, much of it overshadowed by a two-way soap opera. For months, a pair of state senators competing for the nomination have waged a deeply personal war, one that will find its way to a courtroom just days before the June 13 primary. Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (Spotsylvania) has accused Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (Fauquier) of sending an email under a fake name to spread false rumors that he was having an affair.
By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press
n Virginia's closely watched statewide political contests, so-called "dark money" comes with a few ironic twists. Two Republican candidates being attacked by mysterious funds have their own ties to nonprofits that have spent millions of untraceable dollars attacking politicians, often with aggressive ads. And the insurgent candidate in the Democratic primary, a longtime advocate of more transparency in political funding, has received $230,000 in anonymous donations from a nonprofit he helped start, making it one of his single biggest donors.
By FENIT NIRAPPIL , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
In the shadow of Virginia’s close-fought Democratic gubernatorial primary, three Democrats from the D.C. suburbs who have never held office are competing to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. Attorney and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax, who narrowly lost the 2013 Democratic primary for attorney general, leads in endorsements and campaign cash.
By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Kelly Fowler’s daughter was born on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, but this year’s birthday was a downer. Fowler and her daughter, Tessa Anne, had been enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporters, and they couldn’t bear to see President Trump sworn in on her big day. So Fowler took her little girl to the Women’s March in Washington to salvage their spirits. And in the process, she decided something about herself: She was going to run for office.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
As the Democratic and Republican primaries approach, the candidates have been fleshing out their policy platforms. And while a certain amount of poll-tested cant is to be expected in any well-run campaign, Virginia’s candidates for governor also have rolled out a series of proposals that deserve thoughtful consideration and even applause. Monday brought two such developments: one from the GOP’s Ed Gillespie and one from Democrat Tom Perriello.
By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Virginia Democrats are understandably nervous about their gubernatorial primary next month. History shows that a contested primary — this year, it’s Ralph Northam vs. Tom Perriello — produces a doomed nominee, destined to defeat in November. That happened in 1969, 1977 and 2009. But in 1985, choosing their candidates by caucus and convention, Democrats not only survived a grueling and bitter nomination fight for governor — they thrived, sweeping the three top offices with a historic ticket that included the first African-American and first woman elected statewide in Virginia.
By JOSH MOODY, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Liberty University announced Tuesday it has finalized the purchase of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research along U.S. 460 in Bedford County after months of negotiations. Those negotiations appeared to have been slowed by concerns over how revenue for the sale would be split and how the tax base of Bedford County would be affected by selling the facility to a nonprofit, according to comments made by Evan Feinman, executive director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, at a May 3 Executive Committee meeting of the commission.
By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Fredericksburg-area Congressman Dave Brat lauded the president’s controversial budget proposal rolled out Tuesday, calling it a “serious attempt to bring federal spending under control.” Brat, a Republican whose 7th District includes parts of Spotsylvania, Culpeper and Orange counties, took a more positive tone than other skeptical GOP congressmen, not to mention Democrats who strongly oppose Republican President Donald Trump’s recommended cuts to Medicaid and other programs for low-income Americans. The spending plan, Brat stated, would secure the border, build a strong military and “reform welfare programs while protecting the most vulnerable.”
By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is wading into Northern Virginia politics, appearing at a fundraiser for Del. Tim Hugo, R-40th District, as he readies his bid for an eighth term in the General Assembly. Rubio spoke at a May 15 event at the home of retiring Del. Dave Albo, R-42nd District, to promote the longtime incumbent’s candidacy, according to Michelle Baker, a spokeswoman for Hugo. He doubles as the House of Delegates’ majority caucus chairman, a high-ranking leadership post, and represents parts of Fairfax County and western Prince William County.
By FRANCES HUBBARD, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Come June 1, Gloucester County will start recording conversations between staff and members of the public, both in person and over the phone. County Administrator Brent Fedors said the new audio recording policy is expected to improve customer service and could result in more polite interactions.