By MARK J. ROZELL, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
You don’t have to look back too many years to find leaders who, by all rights, should make modern day Virginia Republicans cringe at how their party has changed. In my lifetime three Virginia Republicans especially exemplified qualities that today are out of political fashion: putting public good before party interests, fighting for social justice, and taking responsibility for their actions.
Rozell is dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
By NICOLE GAUDIANO, USA Today
How did a former undercover CIA operative who spent more than eight years fighting terrorism get branded as a teacher at “Terror High?" The strange ordeal for Abigail Spanberger, now a Democratic House candidate, began when U.S. Postal Service employees wrongly delivered her confidential personnel file to Republican operatives.
By LISA DESJARDINS, PBS Newshour
Americans know the nation is divided. And they believe race relations are getting worse. Black and white voters are far apart on what “racism” is, and politicians seldom address the most uncomfortable differences directly. But not so Corey Stewart. The unconventional Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Virginia sat down with the PBS NewsHour for a story about how the GOP is struggling with identity and dealing with openly-declared racists who are running as Republican candidates in the 2018 midterms.
By JAY KORFF, WJLA
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and his Republican opponent, Prince William County Board of Supervisors chairman Corey Stewart, talked environmental policy Tuesday night at the Virginia Climate Crisis Forum sponsored by the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions.
Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
U.S. News & World-Report recently released its annual college rankings. In the category of “most innovative schools,” James Madison University placed second and Christopher Newport University ranked 13th in the “regional schools” category. ... There are many remarkable things about this ranking, not the least of which is: Sweet Briar wasn’t even supposed to be here.
By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
When people go to the polls Nov. 6 to vote in the special election to fill the vacant seat in the Virginia House of Delegates’ 8th District, both candidates say voters will choose between two philosophies about the role of government.
By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)
Virginia has secured federal approval of two new taxes paid by hospitals that will fund the state’s share of expanding its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, while boosting the reimbursement rate paid to hospitals for treatment of patients under the program.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
We continue to oppose Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to use federal tax reforms as an excuse to raise state income taxes for hard-working middle-class Virginians.
By CHRIS HORNE, WAVY
"Oh, no. I'm a Republican." Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) was quick to point out when 10 On Your Side asked him about an ad getting a lot of airplay on WAVY-TV 10. It mentions "independent leadership" and displays those words on the screen, but does not mention that he's a Republican.
By MARGARET EDDS, Style Weekly
In the summer of 1978, a Richmond bus driver named Paul Allen Coles visited the Camelot Townhouses near Regency Mall in western Henrico County looking for a new home. A rental agent informed Coles, who is black, that there were no vacancies at Camelot and politely directed him to the adjacent Colonial Court Apartments. Within hours, a white applicant heard a different story. Housing was, indeed, available at Camelot — for him.