By LAURA VOZZELLA AND GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday was the best day yet of his young governorship, and not just because he felt he’d gotten his relationship with Republican legislative leaders back on track. The alarm clock that former governor Terry McAuliffe (D) had hidden in the bedroom of the mansion to torment him had finally turned up — in a linen chest, attached with double-sided tape.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The Virginia Senate on Friday voted 23-16 to pass “ban the box” legislation governing public employment.
By STAFF REPORT, News Virginian
A federal judge Friday barred further enforcement of a Virginia law that allows incumbent office holders to choose the method used by their parties to nominate candidates. Judge Michael Urbanski's ruling on the Incumbent Protection Act in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg came in response to a suit brought by the 6th Congressional District Republican Committee.
By CAITLIN BARBIERI AND LIA TABACKMAN , VCU Capital News Service
More than half a century after the end of Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation in the South, legislators are finding remnants of racism in Virginia law. The Code of Virginia makes it legal for employers to pay less than minimum wage to "newsboys, shoe-shine boys, caddies on golf courses, babysitters, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and cashiers in theaters."
By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox rejected a request from Democratic leader David Toscano this week for two additional seats on the House Rules Committee, saying the disproportionately Republican panel was part of the deal the two struck while negotiating how the House would be organized.
By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press
New utility-backed legislation in Virginia would mean lower monthly bills in the short term but would still allow electric monopolies to charge rates that currently produce excessive yearly profits of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he plans to continue his medical practice as a pediatric neurologist on a limited basis. Northam told WFIR-AM on Thursday that he plans to see some patients every other month or so. He had also continued the practice while serving as a state senator and lieutenant governor.
By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
When Terry McAuliffe left the governorship, statehouse politics was supposed to be a lot quieter - and not just because The Macker, as a human vuvuzela, is for now out of earshot, having returned to Northern Virginia, perhaps to plot a play for the presidency. In the eight days since fellow Democrat Ralph Northam was sworn in as McAuliffe's successor, the political parties have been quarreling, laying waste to expectations that Virginia was entering an era of good feeling.
By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Legislators unveiled bipartisan bills Friday to overhaul the controversial utility rate freeze that has shielded Dominion Energy from review since 2015 and issue rebates to customers who overpaid during that time. The legislation would once again subject the state’s largest utility to rate reviews by the Virginia State Corporation Commission,
By ANGELA WOOLSEY, Fairfax Times
Kathy Tran has come a long way since she first arrived in the U.S. with her parents as refugees from Vietnam. The 42nd District’s new representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates was not even 2 years old when her family fled their home country, but she still remembers the experience of watching her parents rebuild their lives in a foreign place with empty pockets.