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TIM KAINE MAKES RIGHT CALL ON CABINET PICKS

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Cabinet includes 16 members, and features 15 department heads plus the vice president. Other senior officials enjoy Cabinet rank. All the secretaries occupy important posts and lead massive organizations. Four members, outside the vice president, possess extraordinary status. Their ranks include the secretaries of state, treasury and defense as well as the attorney general. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine recently announced he will vote for Donald Trump’s nominee for Defense but against his nominee for State. Kaine serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. His decisions matter.

VaNews January 19, 2017



SOLAR FARM PROPOSED FOR HANOVER COUNTY

By MICHAEL THOMPSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

In the early 19th century, Edmund Ruffin, a wealthy slaveholder and soil conservationist, experimented with earth rejuvenation on his farm along the Pamunkey River in Hanover County, spreading a combination of clay and lime called marl on his fields. Today, Ruffin’s great-great-great grandson, Henry Broaddus, is taking a 21st century approach to his ancestor’s experiments by partnering with SunEnergy1 of North Carolina on a proposed 222-acre solar facility on the family farm along U.S. 360 near the King William County line.

VaNews January 19, 2017



JAMYCHEAL MITCHELL'S FAMILY COMES TO RICHMOND TO SUPPORT BILLS ADDRESSING JAIL, MENTAL HEALTH

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

The mother, aunt and others in the family of Jamycheal Mitchell came to Richmond on Wednesday to tell the story of his death in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. Democratic state legislators stood beside them and promised they’d do everything they can to make sure such a thing never happens again. Lawmakers say they are tackling jail and mental-health reform as a bipartisan issue.

VaNews January 19, 2017



FIRST TV ADS OF VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE TO AIR DURING INAUGURATION

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post

A Republican running for Virginia governor in the style of President-elect Donald Trump will launch the first TV ads of the race on Inauguration Day with a 30-second spot on Fox News. Corey Stewart said the ad, which will air in the pricey, populous but blue-leaning Washington media market, represents a “five-figure” ad buy. His campaign later specified that the cost is about $15,500.

VaNews January 19, 2017



NORTHERN VIRGINIA REP. GERALD E. CONNOLLY TO SKIP TRUMP INAUGURAL

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) is the latest member of Congress to decide to skip the presidential inauguration in protest of the election of Donald Trump. The five-term congressman’s heavily Democratic district spans Fairfax and Prince William counties. In opting not to attend, Connolly joins about 60 of his Democratic colleagues in the House, including four from states bordering D.C.: Reps. Don Beyer (Va.), Donald McEachin (Va.), Anthony Brown (Md.) and Jamie Raskin (Md.).

VaNews January 19, 2017



DEMOCRAT RALPH NORTHAM HAS BIG CASH EDGE IN VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has amassed the largest campaign war chest of gubernatorial candidates heading into the 2017 election year, while Ed Gillespie continues to lead the Republican field in fundraising. Northam reported nearly $2.5 million in his campaign accounts at the end of 2016 after raising more than $1.6 million in the second half of the year, according to disclosure forms filed Tuesday. His fundraising from July through December was on par with that of Gillespie, who took in $1.5 million and started 2017 with nearly $2 million cash on hand.

VaNews January 19, 2017



EXECUTED: KILLER OF TWO FAMILIES HAD NO FINAL WORDS

By FRANK GREEN AND ALI ROCKETT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Ricky Javon Gray was executed by injection Wednesday night for the slaying of two young Richmond sisters on New Year’s Day 2006. Gray, 39, was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center. Asked if he had any final words, Gray said, “Nope,” according to a prison spokeswoman.

VaNews January 19, 2017



VA. DEMOCRATIC REPS. MCEACHIN, CONNOLLY, BEYER BOYCOTTING TRUMP'S INAUGURATION

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Three of Virginia’s four Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives plan to boycott the inauguration of Donald Trump. Rep. A. Donald McEachin, the new congressman in Virginia’s 4th District, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-11th, issued statements Wednesday saying they would join Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th, in boycotting the Friday inaugural. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-3rd, of Newport News will attend, according to his office.

VaNews January 19, 2017



VIRGINIA HOUSE APPROVES 'DAY OF TEARS' RESOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE HALF-STAFF FLAGS OVER ABORTION

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 57-36 Wednesday to pass a symbolic resolution recognizing an annual “Day of Tears” and encouraging Virginians to mourn abortion. The resolution, sponsored by Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Rockbridge, calls for the lowering of flags to half-staff on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right, to “mourn the innocents who have lost their lives to abortion.”

VaNews January 19, 2017



RICKY GRAY, KILLER OF RICHMOND FAMILY, IS EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION

By GARY A. HARKI AND JOANNE KIMBERLIN , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Ricky Gray, who murdered a former homecoming queen from Virginia Beach and her family more than a decade ago, was executed by lethal injection at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday at the Greensville Correctional Center. Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their children, Ruby and Stella, were killed in Richmond by Gray and Ray Joseph Dandridge on New Year’s Day 2006. The two men were searching for a house to rob and noticed an open door at the Harveys’ home.

VaNews January 19, 2017