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Wednesday October 18, 2017


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General Assembly


OLDER ADDICTS, MORE DEADLY HEROIN POSE CHALLENGE FOR VIRGINIA

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

For most heroin users these days, the path to addiction starts at the doctor’s office, and addiction is more and more a disease of adults than of young people, a state health policy analyst says. Heroin use — measured by overdose deaths — is on the rise, and in a way, that seems linked to efforts to get doctors to prescribe fewer opioid painkillers, Stephen Weiss, a senior policy analyst with the Joint Commission on Health Care, told that General Assembly panel Tuesday.

State Elections


NORTHAM AND GILLESPIE APPEAR AT INAUGURAL TIMES-MIRROR CANDIDATE FORUM

By CHANTALLE EDMUNDS, Loudoun Times

Gang violence, Virginia's economy and President Donald Trump were among the topics covered by the two major-party candidates for Virginia governor who took part in a forum hosted by the Loudoun Times-Mirror on Saturday.



IN NOKESVILLE, GILLESPIE AND NORTHAM CLASH ON METRO FUNDING, FELONY-CRIME MINIMUM

By JILL PALERMO , Fauquier Times

During a Sunday forum at Patriot High School attended by more than 1,500 people, Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates differed on how high to raise the state’s threshold for felony larceny crimes and on whether Virginia should create a dedicated funding source for the ailing Metro system.



NEW POLLS SHOW GOVERNOR'S RACE TIGHTENING IN STRETCH, INCLUDING FIRST POLL WITH ED GILLESPIE AHEAD

By BRIAN KELLEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Two new polls of likely voters in the Virginia governor’s race released Tuesday show Democrat Ralph Northam maintaining a narrow lead over Republican Ed Gillespie, while a third shows Gillespie with a lead for the first time.



POLLS SHOW GOVERNOR'S RACE MAY BE TIGHTENING

By STAFF REPORT, News Virginian

A pair of polls released Tuesday continue to show Democratic candidate Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie in next month's Virginia governor's race. But a third poll shows Gillespie with a slight lead amid indications that the race may be tightening in the home stretch.



NORTHAM BUILDS BIG MONEY ADVANTAGE OVER GILLESPIE HEADING INTO HOME STRETCH

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

Democrat Ralph Northam had amassed a sizable fundraising advantage over Republican Ed Gillespie entering October, more than doubling his GOP rival in cash on hand after taking in $7.1 million in September, according campaign finance reports filed this week.



NORTHAM SUSTAINS LEAD IN FUNDS OVER GILLESPIE

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam maintained his commanding financial lead over Republican Ed Gillespie through September, new campaign finance filings show. Northam, the current lieutenant governor, ended the month with $5.7 million on hand after raising $7.2 million in September, according to data compiled Tuesday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.



NORTHAM LEADS GILLESPIE IN CASH

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Democrat Ralph Northam has a hefty cash advantage over Republican Ed Gillespie in the final weeks of Virginia’s closely watched governor’s race. Campaign finance reports filed late Monday show Northam raised more than $7 million in September and had about $5.7 million in the bank at the end of the month, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.



OBAMA RALLY WITH NORTHAM SET FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT GREATER RICHMOND CONVENTION CENTER

By ANDREW CAIN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former President Barack Obama’s rally on Thursday evening with Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, is set for the Richmond Convention Center. The campaign said Thursday’s rally will be free and open to the public.



AT AWARDS DINNER, NORTHAM SAYS HE LOOKS FORWARD TO HAVING A REPUBLICAN RUNNING THE HOUSE

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

In a speech last week in Richmond, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam may have been a little too nice for his own good. Speaking at the annual awards dinner by the conservation group VIRGINIAforever, Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, gave a shout out to one of the top Republicans in Virginia politics: Del. M. Kirkland Cox



NORTHAM CAMPAIGN FLIER REMOVES PICTURE OF LG CANDIDATE JUSTIN FAIRFAX

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

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam printed some fliers that excluded a picture of ticket mate Justin Fairfax to accommodate a union that has endorsed Northam but not Fairfax. The fliers appear similar to others that include all three Democrats on the statewide ballot Nov. 7: Northam; Fairfax, the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor; and Attorney General Mark R. Herring. The fliers are handed out by canvassers knocking on doors.



HOUSE RACES TEST NORTHERN VIRGINIA REPUBLICAN INCUMBENTS

By SARAH RANKIN , Associated Press

In less than a month, Virginia voters will pick 100 people to represent them in the House of Delegates, races that will be closely watched as an early referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office. The elections also will be a test of whether Republicans can hang on in increasingly diverse, populous and liberal-leaning northern Virginia.



REPUBLICANS LARGELY EXCEEDING OPPONENTS IN FUNDRAISING FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES RACES

By MICHAEL BRAGG, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican and incumbent candidates for House of Delegates seats in Central Virginia were able to raise more money and pull in more large individual donations than their Democratic opponents — with some exceptions — according to the latest filing reports.



DEL. BETSY CARR FACES THIRD-PARTY CHALLENGERS IN RICHMOND HOUSE RACE

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

An incumbent Richmond Democrat representing a swath of the city and part of Chesterfield County is seeking to fend off two third-party challengers in the 69th District House of Delegates race. Challenging Del. Betsy Carr in the Nov. 7 contest are Libertarian Jake Crocker and Green Party nominee Montigue Magruder.

Federal Elections


HARRISONBURG DEMOCRAT JOINS RACE AGAINST GOODLATTE

By GABE CAVALLARO, News Leader (Metered Pay Wall)

Sergio Coppola, a Harrisonburg Democrat, has joined a growing field of candidates challenging Republican Bob Goodlatte for his seat representing Virginia's 6th Congressional District in the 2018 midterm elections.



FLACCAVENTO LAUNCHES CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN TO 'LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD'

By REECE RISTAU, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

Anthony Flaccavento, a consulting firm owner and organic produce farmer who founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, officially kicks off his second campaign today for Virginia’s 9th District U.S. House seat. Flaccavento, 60, a Democrat, said he’s running in 2018 because he wants to “level the playing field for everyone.”

State Government


BLACK, DISABLED STUDENTS DISPROPORTIONATELY SUSPENDED IN VIRGINIA, REPORT SAYS

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Black students in Virginia were suspended about four times as much as Hispanic and white students in 2015-16, according to a report released Tuesday. In total, Virginia schools issued more than 131,500 out-of-school suspensions during the 2015-16 school year, according to the report from the Legal Aid Justice Center, a Virginia-based organization that works to fight injustice. The out-of-school suspensions were given to about 70,000 students, meaning the average student who was suspended received about two suspensions in 2015-16.



JEFFERSON'S ASSEMBLY DRAWS BUSINESS, LEGISLATIVE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADERS

By MARGARET CARMEL , News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Leaders in business, transportation, economic development and the state legislature from Central and Southwest Virginia gathered Tuesday evening in an annual celebration to discuss upcoming regional projects and mark their successes. Held at The Bedford Columns event center in the town of Bedford, the gathering — called Jefferson’s Assembly — was attended by state Sens. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, and Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg, and Dels. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, and Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, as well as Commonwealth Transportation Board appointee Shannon Valentine.

Congress


SENS. TIM KAINE, MICHEAL BENNET PROPOSE NEW TYPE OF MEDICARE TO COMPETE WITH PRIVATE INSURERS

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Sen. Tim Kaine is proposing to fix a problem with high-priced health insurance at marketplace exchanges by offering a lower-priced public option to compete against private companies. Legislation introduced Tuesday by the Virginia Democrat and Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, would create “Medicare X.”



GARRETT DISCUSSES RALLIES, STATUES AND THE LIMITS OF FREE

By MICHAEL BRAGG, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In light of the most recent torch rally in Charlottesville, Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, said everyone has a right to free speech and assembly, but not when it imposes a threat to others’ wellbeing. The freshman congressman, speaking from his office in Albemarle County on Tuesday, also discussed the role Confederate monuments have had in the ongoing discussions since white nationalists and neo-Nazis descended on the city this past summer. He said he is a firm believer in keeping statues up.

Economy/Business


DEBT, ENDOWMENT DRAW DOWN THREATEN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG'S LONG-TERM FINANCIAL HEALTH

By ROBERT BRAUCHLE, Virginia Gazette

In eight years, Colonial Williamsburg will either be planning a celebration or preparing for its funeral. President and CEO Mitchell Reiss is taking steps he believes will keep Colonial Williamsburg alive and well past the 100-year anniversary of the organization’s founding in 2028. But signs point to a tough road ahead, and he has publicly admitted so.



AS IT CONSIDERS SW VA. SITE, DOMINION OFFERS TOUR OF PUMPED STORAGE STATION IN BATH COUNTY

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

The 3,000-megawatt pumped storage station in Bath County, Virginia, — similar to one proposed for Southwest Virginia — is the largest of its kind in the United States. On Tuesday, Virginia media representatives toured Dominion Energy’s pumped storage station as the company considers a site in Southwest Virginia.

Transportation


TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY WANTS TO KEEP POLITICS OUT OF ROAD FUNDING

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

Virginia elected officials thought they had taken politics out of highway funding when they adopted a new way of scoring and ranking transportation projects three years ago. But maybe not in this election year.

Confederate Statues


ORGANIZER OF UNITE THE RIGHT RALLY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ARRESTED AGAIN

By JUSTIN WM. MOYER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The man who organized the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that led to the death of a counterprotester was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shared the home address of an anti-racism activist online.



CAPITOL POLICE INCURRED $4,400 IN EXPENSES COVERING LAST MONTH'S MONUMENT AVENUE RALLY

By MARK BOWES , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Capitol Police incurred more than $4,400 in expenses in responding to the Sept. 16 pro-Confederate rally at the Robert E. Lee Monument, the agency confirmed Tuesday. That figure includes $3,828.36 for officer overtime and $650.90 for equipment, said spokesman Joe Macenka.

Local


FEDERAL COURT RULES LOUDOUN SHERIFF CAN FIRE DEPUTY WHO OPPOSED HIS REELECTION

By TOM JACKMAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A homicide detective in a Virginia sheriff’s department is a “policymaker,” a federal judge has ruled, so the detective can be fired for opposing the sheriff’s reelection. The decision not to rehire Mark F. McCaffrey, a police officer and sheriff’s deputy for 30 years, was made by Loudoun County, Va., Sheriff Mike Chapman (R), and it threatened to upend the high-profile murder trial of Braulio Castillo in 2016, as Chapman had suddenly ousted the lead detective.



MOBILE-HOME RESIDENTS GET REPRIEVE IN MANASSAS

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Residents of a Manassas mobile-home park who had been threatened with eviction will very likely be able to stay in their homes after the city agreed to allow a local nonprofit agency to buy the property. The Manassas City Council voted unanimously Monday night to enable Catholics for Housing, a Northern Virginia nonprofit group, to purchase the East End mobile-home park for $1.4 million.



DESCHUTES DEAL SERVES AS CASE STUDY AT JOINT COUNTY MEETING

By ALLISON WRABEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Albemarle County officials were presented with an autopsy of sorts Tuesday afternoon about last year’s loss of Deschutes Brewery’s East Coast expansion to Roanoke. In a joint meeting, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Economic Development Authority heard about site readiness from a site selector’s perspective and learned how real factors with Deschutes’ selection process matched up with site readiness criteria.

Online News


VIRGINIA GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE DOESN'T DENY POSSIBLE PRESIDENTIAL RUN

By MELISSA QUINN, Washington Examiner

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, didn't dismiss a suggestion that he is planning to run for president in 2020, but said he is focused on finishing his term as governor. McAuliffe appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday with Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, to discuss the upcoming Virginia governor's race, and said he believes Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will defeat Republican Ed Gillespie in next month's election in part because of his administration's successes.



A NOT QUITE SO BIG MONEY RACE IN 2017?

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

What ever happened to inflation? When it comes to fundraising for their gubernatorial campaigns both Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie are lagging their 2013 counterparts. So far, through the end of September, Northam, the Democratic candidate and current lieutenant governor, has raised $19.8 million. Republican Ed Gillespie has raised $12.9 million.



BIDEN ENDORSES DANICA ROEM, FOUR OTHER VA. DEMOCRATS IN HOUSE RACES

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN AND FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former vice president Joe Biden has waded into one of the most watched statehouse races in the country, endorsing a Prince William County Democrat who is trying to oust a longtime incumbent and become the first openly transgender individual elected in Virginia.



RICHMOND MAYOR LEVAR STONEY'S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REMAINS ACTIVE

By MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is not up for re-election, but that hasn't stopped his political action committee from lining its coffers in the last several months. Stoney’s One Richmond PAC reported receiving 49 cash and in-kind donations totaling about $57,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to a finance report filed Monday with the State Board of Elections.



IN THE 94TH; WORKING THE GRASS ROOTS AND THE PARTY

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Post-Labor Day, Shelly Simonds, the Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates’ 94th district — central and northern Newport News — is working the grass roots hard, judging by the large number of small donors kicking into her campaign, despite a late start after the party’s initial nominee dropped out.


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Editorials


MENTAL HEALTH TRANSPORTATION SHOWS STRAIN

Daily Progress Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

...A new state study calls for an alternative system of transportation that could serve adult patients who are mobile and not considered to be a flight risk or pose a danger to themselves or others. The idea has been debated since Virginia established a joint legislative subcommittee to review deficiencies in the state’s mental health system, following the death of the son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds, who had sought emergency care for the young man. Sen. Deeds, of Bath County, chairs that subcommittee; the vice chair is Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle.



PROTECTION FOR OUR BAY

Daily Press Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The ambitious multi-state effort to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay has been one of the great local success stories of the past decade. Armed with the latest environmental knowledge, a strong sense of purpose and a generous commitment of resources, the push to clean up our beloved bay provided tangible results.



TIME IS NOW FOR BEACH DISPARITY STUDY

Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A GOOD BIT of back-and-forth, and some expressions of reluctance, preceded the Virginia Beach City Council’s decision to commission a study of its contracting practices with a focus on the diversity of firms selected for public projects.



HOW DOES VIRGINIA MEASURE UP ON ITS BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE?

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Less than three weeks remain before Election Day in Virginia, which makes this an excellent time to look at the state’s tax policies. All three gubernatorial candidates have proposed some changes, although Democrat Ralph Northam’s proposal — tweaking who pays the grocery tax — qualifies as the most modest. Republican Ed Gillespie would lop income tax rates by 10 percent (e.g., cutting the lowest rate, 2 percent, down to 1.8 percent). Libertarian Cliff Hyra would exempt the first $60,000 of household income.



PROTECTING FARMS, NOT WATER ONLY

Daily Progress Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Albemarle County might not even consider requiring farmers to maintain 100-foot buffers along their streams. But the mere possibility is enough to alarm farmers.

Columnists


SCHAPIRO: THE OTHER POLLS IN THE VIRGINIA RACE

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

Tuesday was a great day for Ed Gillespie. Two new polls showed the Republican closing the gap for governor. Tuesday was a great day for Ralph Northam. One new poll showed the Democrat comfortably ahead for governor. Polls are a convenient, but not necessarily reliable, shorthand for the direction of a campaign:

Op-Ed


BYRON: ONCE MORE INTO THE COPN FIGHT

By KATHY BYRON, Published in the News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

As the dust settles from the currently stalled efforts by Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), concerns about the future of healthcare for Virginians remain at the forefront of the debate. Whether you support or oppose the effort to repeal and replace the ACA, Virginia does not have to be held hostage by the gridlock in Washington.

Kathy Byron represents the 22nd House District in the General Assembly.



WAGNER: NO PIPELINE? MORE TRUCKS.

By FRANK WAGNER, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

I have watched with great interest the opposition to the proposed new pipeline through Virginia. Now let’s talk about a Virginia pipeline that is scheduled to be shut down in August of 2018. The Colonial Pipeline Spur 25 will be closed for good. This spur runs from Fluvanna County to Roanoke providing gasoline and diesel to consumers and industry. I suspect most people were unaware there was even a pipeline in the area, just like most pipelines once they have been installed.

Frank Wagner Wagner is a Republican state senator from Virginia Beach.

From vpap.org


TV AD BUYS: GILLESPIE MATCHES NORTHAM FOR WEEK OF OCT 16-22

The Virginia Public Access Project

After being outspent for a month, Republican Ed Gillespie this week is matching Democrat Ralph Northam in TV advertising buys in the state's four largest broadcast markets, new data shows. VPAP's interactive data visualization lists total spent and spending by market.



VISUALIZATION: OPEN SEAT PROFILE -- HOUSE DISTRICT 2

The Virginia Public Access Project

Today, VPAP begins a series of data visualizations that provide a deep dive into House districts in which seats are open or competitive this November. Each visual brings together a variety of data, including demographics, electoral history and turnout. Tomorrow: House District 24