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Most Read Articles April 19, 2019


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DEMOCRATS CHEER, REPUBLICANS JEER MCAULIFFE’S PLAN TO BOOST VIRGINIA CANDIDATES

By LAURA VOZZELLA, ANTONIO OLIVO AND GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Democrats cheered and Republicans lobbed their sharpest “T-Mac” barbs Thursday in response to former governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to forgo a White House bid and devote the next year to turning the General Assembly blue.


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CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL OFFICE PUT UP BIG FUNDRAISING NUMBERS

The Virginia Public Access Project

Eight candidates for local office reported raising more than $100,000 in the first quarter. VPAP provide a list of the top 50 local candidates for offices ranging from Sheriff to City Council, complete with links to their campaign finance reports filed earlier this month.


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VISUALIZATION: WIDE VARIATION IN ROLE OF MONEY IN BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ELECTIONS

The Virginia Public Access Project

In the first three months of the year, candidates running for the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County collectively raised nearly $1.8 million. In the Shenandoah Valley, candidates for the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors raised a total of $350. VPAP charts the differing role of money in the state's most populous counties.


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NORTHAM CALLS FOR JEFFERSON DAVIS ARCH ON FORT MONROE TO COME DOWN

By LISA VERNON SPARKS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam has called for the removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial arch at Fort Monroe, saying its continued presence has an “adverse effect” on the historic property and urged the authority’s board of trustees to initiate steps to take it down.


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NORTHAM PAC'S FINANCE DIRECTOR LEAVES FOLLOWING YEARBOOK PHOTO SCANDAL

By MEL LEONOR AND PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The finance director for Gov. Ralph Northam’s political action committee has left following the governor’s scandal. Jamie Maniscalco worked for Northam’s PAC, The Way Ahead, from February 2018 until last month, according to her LinkedIn page. House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, announced in a news release Wednesday that Maniscalco would be an adviser to Filler-Corn’s new PAC, Energized for Change.


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GRAFFITI PUNISHED BY READING - 'IT WORKED!' SAYS PROSECUTOR

BBC

In September 2016, an old school house in Virginia, used for teaching black students during the era of segregation, was sprayed with offensive graffiti. The culprits were given an unusual sentence - reading. Two-and-a-half years later, the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby asks whether the punishment worked.


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2 VIRGINIA POLICE OFFICERS ARE FIRED AMID ALLEGATIONS OF LINKS TO WHITE NATIONALISTS

By KAREN ZRAICK, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Two Virginia police officers who worked for different agencies were fired this week after an anti-fascist group linked them to white nationalist organizations....The first case involved Sgt. Robert A. Stamm of the Virginia Division of Capitol Police...In Facebook messages on Thursday night, Mr. Stamm said that he was discriminated against for his Asatru religion. “My religion is not politics, it is faith,” he wrote. “My constitutional rights were violated. Period.”


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LOOKING AT THE SMALLEST DONORS IN VIRGINIA POLITICS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Sometimes, a politician’s chase for campaign funds isn’t always about what money buys. Like convincing a supporter to put up a yard sign, asking someone for $5 or $10 is intended to remind them to show up and vote for you. So it’s always interesting to see which politicians are reporting lots of small donations. It’s a kind of early sign about grassroots campaigning.


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TWO-TERM VIRGINIA GOVERNORS RARE, BUT NOT UNPRECEDENTED

By BEN PAVIOUR, WCVE

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe told CNN on Wednesday that he won’t run for president, but he didn’t rule out a second stab for governor. If McAuliffe tries and succeeds in reaching the Executive Mansion again, he’ll be only the second governor to do so since Virginia began electing governors. ...Mills Godwin, a segregationist and holdout from the Byrd machine, was the only governor to be popularly elected twice: first as a Democrat in 1966, then again as a Republican in 1974, with Republican Linwood Holton sandwiched in between


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CANDIDATES SPAR OVER CAMPAIGN FUNDS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM DURING DEBATE

By AIREY, ArlNow

Disagreements over campaign contributions and criminal justice reform during a debate last night revealed fault lines between some of the Democrats running for the party’s nomination. Six candidates running for Commonwealth’s Attorney, state Senator and Delegate who sparred during the Wednesday night debate agreed on green energy and defeating Republicans. But their disagreements on other topics showed that even in an all-Democratic playing field there are shades of blue.