Most Read Articles March 29, 2017


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MCAULIFFE'S TWEAKS TO BUDGET, BILLS, SET UP RECONVENE FIGHT

By ALAN SUDERMAN , Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is heading toward a fight next week with the GOP-controlled General Assembly over his tweaks to the state budget, amendments to other bills and 40 vetoes. McAuliffe, a Democrat, announced Tuesday he wants to slash funding for a 2019 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the 1619 founding of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown, the first arrival of African slaves in the British colonies, and other parts of the state's colonial past. The planned event is a favorite of top Republicans, who have said the funding is necessary and is a solid investment.


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STATE SENATOR: TRUMP'S ENERGY ORDER MEANS ITS TIME TO END 'FARCE' ON UTILITY RATE REVIEW

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

Calling it a “crushing attack on American industry,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that sends the Environmental Protection Agency back to the drawing board on his predecessor’s signature piece of climate-change regulation, the Clean Power Plan, intended to curb carbon emissions from power plants. Trump’s move, staged in front of an applauding group of coal miners, has drawn howls of protest from environmental groups as an irresponsible backward step on fighting global warming.


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MCAULIFFE OPPOSES PROPOSAL TO ALLOW FAMILIES OF SUICIDE VICTIMS TO OBTAIN POLICE REPORTS

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

Navy Lt. Sean McCarthy spent a week with his parents in Arizona before moving from California to Virginia Beach. Within a week, Virginia Beach police told his parents in 2014, he had killed himself in his apartment. Kevin and Linda McCarthy were stunned. Their son had just bought furniture for the apartment and was recently promoted. When the parents arrived in Virginia, police acted as if the case was closed. Wondering if the police had properly investigated, the McCarthys asked for the police reports and were repeatedly denied.


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EDITORIAL: TWO SUGGESTIONS FOR GO VIRGINIA

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Let’s try some counter-intuitive thinking today. Last week, a group of business leaders from Lynchburg to Blacksburg met in Roanoke to try to chart a new economic direction for the region. Their newly-formed council is part of a state initiative called GO Virginia, the goal of which is to spur economic growth by giving the business community a pot of money to spend on “transformational” initiatives. Behind that lies a specific thought — that business leaders will be able to look past political boundaries that government officials can’t.


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VISUALIZATION: HISTORY OF GUBERNATORIAL VETOES

The Virginia Public Access Project

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has wielded his veto pen 111 times in four years. VPAP's latest data visualization shows how that compares with Virginia's five previous chief executives.


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MCAULIFFE AMPS IT UP: TRUMP BUDGET IS ‘CRAZIEST,’ BAY CUTS ARE ‘DUMBEST’

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

When President Trump took office, Gov. Terry McAuliffe managed to sound surprisingly conciliatory. McAuliffe (D), who had gone all-out to elect his old friend Hillary Clinton, said he has known Trump for 20 years and could do business with him. When the National Governors Association met in Washington last month, McAuliffe — who leads the group — spent a three-hour dinner in private conversation with Trump. The two men toasted one another.


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STEWART LOOKS TO RIDE CONFEDERATE NOSTALGIA TO RICHMOND

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

Near the end of a recent campaign event at a seafood restaurant in Roanoke, Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart called for somebody to bring out a prop that he joked could get the group “kicked out.” “Whoaaaaa!” a woman in the crowd blurted out as a Confederate battle flag was pulled from a pouch and unfurled in full view of the camera being used to stream video of the rally on Facebook Live.


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SCHAPIRO: IS THERE AN ECHO OF TRUMP IN MCAULIFFE?

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Only 115 miles separate Richmond and Washington. But the cities used to be worlds apart. These days, they have a lot in common: bitter politics, policy gridlock and, most notably, a chief executive with a huge personality, huge ideas — and a huge gap in his knowledge of government. Stung by the failure, at the hands of fellow Republicans, of a replacement for Obamacare, President Donald Trump is learning — as Gov. Terry McAuliffe still is — that a reputation as a tireless, getting-to-yes negotiator given to glitzy showmanship can mean bupkis in the unglamorous setting of government, where equivocation is the rule.


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MCAULIFFE PROPOSAL COULD GUT TOWING BILL THAT TOOK AIM AT ARLINGTON

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette

In what could end up being a win for the Arlington County Board and a loss for the county’s business community, Gov. McAuliffe has recommended significant changes to legislation setting restrictions on the county government’s ability to regulate towing. In a message sent to the General Assembly March 27, McAuliffe formally recommended gutting language in the bill that would prohibit Northern Virginia localities from requiring a “second signature” before vehicles could be towed from commercial properties.


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OFFICIALS HAVE MIXED REACTION ON TRUMP COAL ORDER

By ROBERT SORRELL , Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

Coal industry supporters in Southwest Virginia praised President Donald Trump’s order Tuesday reversing his predecessor’s restrictions on fossil fuel production, while environmentalists denounced the action. The order unravels former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming, eliminating nearly a dozen measures to boost domestic energy production, especially oil, natural gas and coal.