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VaNews: Most-Clicked Headlines of 2017


Below are the most-clicked headlines by section for 2017:

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

 

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR LIVES IT UP ON THE NATIONAL STAGE AND HEDGES BETS ON HIS FUTURE

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post 

Februrary 27, 2017

His young aides could hardly keep up as Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) strode through the U.S. Capitol. “Anybody from Virginia?” he boomed at a startled group of tourists. “Barney Frank!” he greeted a familiar bearded figure. “I haven’t seen you in ages!”

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY


COMPLETE LIST OF HOUSE RESULTS, WITH MAPS, CHARTS

The Virginia Public Access Project

November 8, 2017

VPAP page shows -- at a glance -- which races flipped along with a chart showing the change in the House's partisan makeup. Drill down with maps and precinct-level results.

 

MCDONNELL CASE

 

BOB MCDONNELL SEEKS TO RECLAIM PLACE IN PUBLIC LIFE, SALVE FAMILY TIES

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot

April 8, 2017

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell considers himself well down the road to “vindication and restoration” almost 10 months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his felony corruption conviction. With his career as an elected official in the rearview mirror, he has focused his attention on four jobs, starting a political research center and paying off legal bills that add up to $27 million. McDonnell is still dealing with a marriage and family relationships strained by the public corruption case.

 

STATE ELECTIONS

 

3 DEMOCRATS WHO NEVER HELD OFFICE VYING TO BE VIRGINIA’S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

By FENIT NIRAPPIL , Washington Post 

May 24, 2017

In the shadow of Virginia’s close-fought Democratic gubernatorial primary, three Democrats from the D.C. suburbs who have never held office are competing to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. Attorney and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax, who narrowly lost the 2013 Democratic primary for attorney general, leads in endorsements and campaign cash.

 

FEDERAL ELECTIONS

 

DEMOCRAT JENNIFER WEXTON SAYS SHE WILL CHALLENGE REP. BARBARA COMSTOCK

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post 

April 19, 2017

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton will announce Thursday she is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in a northern Virginia district that President Donald Trump lost last year. Many Democrats consider Wexton, a former prosecutor from Loudoun County, the strongest candidate in a field of hopefuls who would stand out in a typical year.

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

 

VIRGINIANS WILL HAVE TO GET A NEW ID OR DRIVER'S LICENSE BY 2020 IF THEY WANT TO BOARD A FLIGHT

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot 

Virginians who want to use a driver’s license or ID card to board a plane will need to get a new one by October 2020. The change is part of the 2005 federally mandated REAL ID program, which has stricter, more-secure requirements for identification. The law was passed in response to a 9/11 Commission recommendation. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security will require all Americans to use a federally approved credential, like a REAL ID, passport or Transportation Worker Identification Credential, to board domestic flights .

 

CONGRESS

 

GOP REP POINTS TO 'DECENT AMOUNT OF VOTER FRAUD' IN VIRGINIA

By REBECCA SAVRANSKY, The Hill

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) in an interview early Monday emphasized the importance of taking the necessary steps to ensure the integrity of U.S. elections, noting instances of voter fraud in Virginia. "I think it's important to show some evidence for mass voter fraud," he said on CNN's "New Day."

 

ECONOMY/BUSINESS

 

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG'S CEO BLAMED PAST DECISIONS FOR ITS DIRE STATE

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL , Virginian-Pilot 

August 4, 2017

Mitchell Reiss pushed the mug with a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus logo to the front of his desk. It's the CEO of Colonial Williamsburg's new prop, given to each of his senior leaders who can now stare at death one sip at a time. “An iconic institution and they’re done,” he said of the circus that ended this year after 146 years. “Because trends change and they didn’t change. Or they couldn’t find a formula for success and they had to make lots of hard decisions. And at the end of the day, they failed.”

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

AGENCY HEARS FEEDBACK ON HIGH-SPEED RAIL SERVICE

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch 

October 10, 2017

About 80 people gathered Tuesday in the renovated Main Street Station train shed in Shockoe Bottom to weigh in on the future of high-speed rail service in the Richmond region. Thirteen speakers addressed Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation officials during a 30-minute public hearing...

 

CONFEDERATE STATUES

 

RICHMONDERS DECRY MAYOR’S PLAN TO PUT CONFEDERATE STATUES ‘IN CONTEXT’

By JEREMY LAZARUS , Richmond Free Press

July 6, 2017

Ora Lomax is still fuming over Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s plans for dealing with the stone and bronze figures that have been defining symbols of Richmond for generations — the statues of Confederate defenders of slavery that punctuate Monument Avenue. A civil rights activist and NAACP stalwart for 60 years, Ms. Lomax is irked about the direction the mayor is taking when it comes to handling the statues she regards as symbols of hate, discrimination and bigotry.

 

VIRGINIA OTHER

 

PRO-TRUMP MAYOR OF SINKING ISLAND QUESTIONS AL GORE ON CNN

Associated Press

August 1, 2017

An enthusiastic supporter of the president who is mayor of a Virginia island that's sinking into Chesapeake Bay got a chance to challenge former Vice President Al Gore on climate change during a town hall Tuesday night. Tangier Island Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge told Gore that erosion is the real culprit for his shrinking island, not sea level rise.

 

LOCAL

 

PORTSMOUTH PROSECUTOR TRAVELS MORE THAN ANY OTHER IN THE AREA, INCLUDING 8 OUT-OF-STATE TRIPS WITH OFFICE FRIEND

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY , Virginian-Pilot 

August 3, 2017

Earlier this year, state Sen. Louise Lucas did what would generally be viewed as opposition research on a political ally. She asked city staff to pull travel and training expenditures for the office of Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales. But when Lucas later announced she and two other prominent Democrats were no longer backing Morales in her first re-election bid, the matriarch of Portsmouth politics didn't mention the request or her findings.

 

TV/RADIO

 

EIGHT HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEMBERS WON'T SEEK RE-ELECTION; SEVEN REPUBLICANS AND ONE DEMOCRAT

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

Eight House members won’t be running again, seven Republicans and one Democrat. Of those seven open Republican seats, Hillary Clinton won four of those districts — an indication that they might be pickup opportunities for Democrats. Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says those four open Republican seats are part of a larger set of races Democrats are intensely focused on.

 

ONLINE NEWS

 

IN VIRGINIA, A DEMOCRATIC PARTY PROXY WAR

By DAVID CATANESE,, U.S. News

April 25, 2017

As the Democratic Party works to remake itself amid the tenure of President Donald Trump, a timely test case has materialized in the race for Virginia governor.

 

EDITORIALS

 

 

THESE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS OUTSPEND DOMINION

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

June 30, 2017 

Few articles about energy, the environment, or Virginia’s General Assembly are complete without reference to the sums donated to politicians by Dominion, Virginia’s largest utility. Indeed, Dominion is routinely referred to as the state’s “top corporate donor.” According to a recent piece on the company’s influence, this “makes for a lopsided battle for its opponents.”

 

COLUMNISTS

 

SCHAPIRO: PERRIELLO CAMPAIGN ANYTHING BUT PEOPLE-POWERED

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch

April 18, 2017

The night before the General Assembly returned to Richmond earlier this month, Gov. Terry McAuliffe had Democratic lawmakers to the Executive Mansion to discuss strategy. The conversation wasn’t just about legislation, as Sen. Creigh Deeds of Bath County discovered. Deeds was nursing a Jameson on the rocks when McAuliffe sidled up to him, talking about a gubernatorial primary eight years ago in which they, and then-Del. Brian Moran of Alexandria, were opponents.

 

THE FRIDAY READ

 

ALONG NC-VIRGINIA BORDER, A TINY TURN IN THE MAP AND A HISTORY OF LIES AND CONTROVERSY

By JEFF HAMPTON , Virginian-Pilot

January 5, 2017

Gates County, N.C. historian Linda Hofler pointed to a tiny place on the map where the boundary between North Carolina and Virginia turns just a little. About a half-mile is all. “It’s one of those quirks, and you wonder why in the world,” said Hofler, who taught history in Gates County, southwest of Suffolk, for more than 30 years.

Dec. 29, 2017

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