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MCAULIFFE WITHDRAWS FROM FUNDRAISER FOR OHIO SENATE CANDIDATE

By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot

Saying he doesn’t want to be a distraction, Gov. Terry McAuliffe canceled plans to attend a June 2 fundraiser in Ohio for U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland. The Columbus Dispatch reported the news Wednesday. CNN reported Monday that McAuliffe is under investigation by the Justice Department.

VaNews May 27, 2016


FAIRFAX CHAIRWOMAN TO HAVE THYROID REMOVED; CANCER IS CONTAINED, SHE SAYS

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post

Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said Thursday that she will have her thyroid removed, a result of a partial thyroid surgery in August that found malignant but encapsulated cells. Bulova (D) said her doctors have told her that there is “no indication” that the cancer cells have spread to other organs. She called the operation, to be performed Friday, “a relatively minor procedure” and said she does not plan to have chemotherapy or radiation.

VaNews May 27, 2016


MCAULIFFE PULLS OUT OF DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISER, DOESN’T WANT TO BE A ‘DISTRACTION’

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he canceled plans to appear at an Ohio fundraiser to avoid being a “distraction” as federal investigators probe his personal finances and foreign sources of income. The governor was expected to be the featured guest at an event next month for former Ohio governor Ted Strickland’s Senate campaign. “I told him I didn’t want any distractions for him. He’s got a critical Senate race,” McAuliffe (D) told reporters Thursday morning after a radio appearance.

VaNews May 27, 2016


NEW VIRGINIA MAP CAUSES GOP CANDIDATE SHUFFLE

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

A new court-ordered congressional map in Virginia is causing a candidate shuffle. Republican Congressman Randy Forbes lives in the 4th Congressional District, which he’s represented for 15 years, but is running the neighboring 2nd Congressional District. Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade lives in the 7th Congressional District, but is running as a Republican in the 4th District.

VaNews May 27, 2016


ARLINGTON GOP HOPES RETAIL POLITICKING WILL PAY DIVIDENDS

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette

As the Arlington County Republican Party tries to again find its footing in local elections, the effort in 2016 will be on ground game. “We’re going to be persistent – low-tech, pound the pavement, knocking on doors, meeting people face to face,” said Arlington GOP chairman Jim Presswood.

VaNews May 27, 2016


HOUSE CLERK CITES PRECEDENTS IN DECLINING TO ENROLL GOVERNOR'S BUDGET VETO

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch

As far as the Virginia House of Delegates is concerned, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto last week of budget language on Medicaid expansion never happened. House Clerk G. Paul Nardo informed McAuliffe on Thursday that he is “duty-bound not to publish” the governor’s veto of language in the budget that prevents him from accepting federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program without General Assembly approval.

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MCAULIFFE: 'I HAVE NEVER LOBBIED FOR A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT'

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday that he has never lobbied in the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government, adding that federal investigators looking into his foreign connections are focused on a “very specific” lobbyist registration issue. “I have never lobbied for a foreign government here. Ever,” McAuliffe said during a morning radio appearance on Richmond’s WRVA. The Democratic governor’s remarks came a day after his attorney said the Department of Justice is looking into a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a federal statute meant to limit foreign influence in U.S. policy.

VaNews May 27, 2016


RICHMOND OFFICIALS SAY TV NEWS REPORT ABOUT MISSING MONEY IS INACCURATE

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond city officials pushed back against a TV news report Thursday that suggested $28.6 million “had gone missing from city finances,” saying the story showed a misunderstanding of basic accounting principles. “You have those who are not professionals in accounting making mistakes in reporting information out to the public,” Selena Cuffee-Glenn, the city’s chief administrative officer, told members of Richmond City Council’s government operations committee.

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NEW METRO OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WOULDN'T BE SUBJECT TO STATE RECORDS LAW

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The new safety commission that Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are setting up to oversee the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority won’t be subject to any of those jurisdictions’ public records laws, at least according to a draft of the compact released Wednesday. Rather, the Metrorail Safety Commission — intended to replace an existing Tri-State Oversight Committee that has been dubbed ineffective by the federal government in the face of the system’s frequent safety and service failings — is directed to adopt its own policies using the federal Freedom of Information Act as a guide.

VaNews May 27, 2016


NO VICTORY IN TAWDRY HISTORY OF REDISTRICTING

Virginian-Pilot

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday punted on whether the Virginia General Assembly unconstitutionally stuffed the 3rd Congressional District with African American voters. The court simply said that Republicans had no legal standing to pursue a challenge to a lower court ruling that lawmakers had done so. That left the lower court in ruling place, which declared that the Republicans crammed African American voters into the 3rd District, not to alter outcomes there, but to change the results in all the surrounding districts.

VaNews May 27, 2016