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Most Read Articles July 22, 2019


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NORTHAM, REPUBLICANS INFURIATE DEMOCRATS BY INVITING TRUMP TO JAMESTOWN

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER AND HANNAH NATANSON, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Efforts to celebrate the origins of American democracy at Jamestown are becoming embroiled in modern politics as Virginia Democrats express outrage over an invitation to President Trump to attend a commemoration later this month. But their party leader, Gov. Ralph Northam (D), had joined with Republican lawmakers to invite Trump to the July 30 celebration


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VISUALIZATION: COMPARING CANDIDATES' SOURCE OF FUNDS

The Virginia Public Access Project

VPAP ranks General Assembly candidates by the percentage of money from six types of campaign donors, ranging from small donors who give $100 or less to businesses that lobby the state legislature. There's also an option to view each category by dollar amount. The campaign finance numbers cover 18 months through June 30.


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VIRGINIA ELECTIONS BOARD TAKES NO ACTION ON FREITAS CASE, LEAVING GOP-HELD HOUSE DISTRICT IN LIMBO

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The status of a Republican-leaning Virginia legislative district that suddenly has no Republican candidate remained unclear Friday as the State Board of Elections met behind closed doors to discuss the situation. The elections board emerged after 20 minutes, took no action, and declined to comment on the possible fate of Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper,


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WHY SECOND PHASE OF METRO’S SILVER LINE HAS BEEN MORE PROBLEM-PLAGUED THAN THE FIRST

By LORI ARATANI, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

When the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line was under construction, large sections of track had to be built over the Capital Beltway. Workers had to bore a tunnel in the middle of Tysons, one of the busiest retail and office centers in the country. In the end, the ­11.7-mile rail-line extension was completed six months late and more than $220 million over budget. Officials were confident construction of Phase 2 would be much smoother.


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CAMPAIGN STAFFERS FOR VIRGINIA DELEGATE JOIN GROWING UNION EFFORT

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The field director for Virginia Del. Lee J. Carter’s reelection effort has experienced poor working conditions in other political campaigns he’s joined, where aides labor up to 80 hours a week for little pay and no health insurance.


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MARIJUANA ARRESTS IN VA. REACH HIGHEST LEVEL IN AT LEAST 20 YEARS, SPURRING CALLS FOR REFORM

By JUSTIN JOUVENAL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Marijuana arrests in Virginia hit their highest levels in at least 20 years in 2018, a climb that has sparked calls for overhauls and bucked trends in a number of other states that have moved toward decriminalizing the drug.


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AMID TEACHER SHORTAGES, VIRGINIA TAKES STEPS TO LURE STUDENTS INTO THE PROFESSION

By DEBBIE TRUONG, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

They have sought help from employment agencies. They have fanned up and down the East Coast. And when they weren’t able to find teachers before the start of the school year, officials in Petersburg City Public Schools in Virginia had students live-stream classes.


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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN WEIGH IN ON VIRGINIA’S PROPOSED NEW GUN LAWS

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A few dozen bills originally scheduled to be heard during a special session on guns have been punted to a group that will study the legislation instead, and the public is invited to share its thoughts on them.


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SCHAPIRO: PERHAPS MCAULIFFE SHOULD RETHINK HIS SECOND ACT

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

For some Democrats, Terry McAuliffe’s governorship represents a golden age. The party reclaimed statewide power on the strength of an increasingly nationalized electorate. McAuliffe, ever the happy warrior, was unafraid of confronting the legislature’s conservative Republican majority.


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BAJOGHLI: NORTHAM’S VETO OF THREE HEALTH INSURANCE BILLS LIMITS CHOICES, INCREASES COSTS

By AMIR BAJOGHLI, Published in the Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) vetoed three health insurance bills that would have made it possible for small-business owners and independent contractors to band together and purchase group health insurance plans at competitive rates.

Amir Bajoghli is president of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia.