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A NEW CANDIDATE, FIREWORKS AND TRUMP: THE VIRGINIA'S GOVERNOR'S RACE HAS AN INTERESTING MONTH

By BROCK VERGAKIS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

It’s been about a month since Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie won their parties’ nominations for governor of Virginia. While the television commercials have stopped, the campaigning has not. It has simply shifted gears.

VaNews July 17, 2017



GILLESPIE GETTING HEAT FROM BOTH PARTIES FOR CRITICIZING TRANSPORTATION DEAL

By JORDAN PASCALE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie says Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, helped pass “the largest tax increase in Virginia history.” That includes the 2013 legislation that raised regional gas and sales taxes and increased the statewide sales tax from 4 percent to 4.3 percent and sales tax on vehicles from 3 percent to 4.15 percent.

VaNews July 17, 2017



NORTHAM CRITIQUES SENATE HEALTH PLAN, STRESSES NEED FOR MEDICAID FUNDING

By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, dropped by the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke on Friday to meet with school officials and discuss the effects that Republican health care replacement plans could have on the commonwealth.

VaNews July 17, 2017



STEWART'S SENATE ANNOUNCEMENT MAY PUT PRESSURE ON GILLESPIE

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

Dissident Republican Corey Stewart’s entry into Virginia’s 2018 Senate race overlaps with this year’s race for governor. And that could complicate life for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, who continues to be a recipient of Stewart’s razor-sharp tongue.

VaNews July 14, 2017



DID GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE RALPH NORTHAM ’EMBRACE’ ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE?

By AMY POULTER , Southside Daily

After speaking to The John Fredericks Radio Show on Thursday morning, the Virginia GOP said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam “embraced” a controversial pipeline project. During the show, Fredericks asked Northam whether he would allow for the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — a 600-mile steel tube that would distribute natural gas from West Virginia to — North Carolina throughout Virginia.

VaNews July 14, 2017



GILLESPIE URGES COMPASSION ON ADDICTION, USING EXISTING DOLLARS BETTER

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie found a compelling forum in which to pitch his plans for fighting addiction and improving mental health care — a peer-to-peer support center for addicts that doesn’t receive money from Medicaid. Gillespie and GOP attorney general candidate John Adams toured The Healing Place in South Richmond on Wednesday, outlining their proposed policies on addiction and mental health amid the debate in Washington over health care legislation that would cap federal funds for state Medicaid programs and potentially cut back on treatment programs.

VaNews July 13, 2017



ED GILLESPIE TOUTS PORTMAN EFFORT TO ADD OPIOID FUNDING TO SENATE HEALTH-CARE BILL

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Ed Gillespie, though still reticent on GOP plans to overhaul Obamacare, on Wednesday suggested he would like to see funding added to address the nation’s opioid crisis. The Republican nominee for Virginia governor said efforts by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to add opioid funding to the Senate bill could advance his own plan for addressing addiction in Virginia.

VaNews July 13, 2017



GILLESPIE RAILS AGAINST TRANSPORTATION DEAL THAT WAS MCDONNELL'S KEY ACHIEVEMENT

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

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie wants you to know that Democratic candidate Ralph S. Northam voted for “the largest tax increase in Virginia history.” But Gillespie is conveniently leaving out a big detail. The $6 billion 2013 funding package he’s talking about was the signature policy accomplishment of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, which McDonnell and GOP leadership called a mechanism for providing much-needed transportation improvements in Virginia.

VaNews July 10, 2017



DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF VIRGINIA NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

Associated Press

The Democratic Party of Virginia has a new executive director a few months out from nationally watched elections. The party announced Thursday that former deputy director Chris Bolling is returning to run the organization. ...Bolling has worked on several Virginia campaigns in the last decade and was recently Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s political director. Northam is the Democratic nominee for governor.

VaNews July 7, 2017



HOW A SHADOWY NONPROFIT SPENT $184K IN VIRGINIA'S GOVERNOR'S RACE WITH ALMOST TOTAL ANONYMITY

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

After filing its legal paperwork in Delaware two weeks before Virginia's gubernatorial primaries, Virginians for a Better Future quickly got to work promoting its idea of social welfare. On its founding document, filed in a state with famously relaxed incorporation laws that serve as a magnet for shell companies, the tax-exempt nonprofit described its mission as "supporting public policies that promote the ability of Virginians to prosper and thrive," particularly in health care, education and employment.

VaNews July 10, 2017