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Most Read Articles April 22, 2021


VPAP Visual Gubernatorial Candidate Fundraising by ZIP Code

The Virginia Public Access Project

This interactive map makes it easy to see which candidate for Governor has raised the most money (or has the largest number of donors) in each postal zone. There are separate filters for GOP and Democratic nomination contests. You can click on each Zip Code to get a complete list of donors for each candidate.


Virginia explores plan to end advanced diplomas


The Virginia Department of Education is taking steps to end advanced diplomas in the name of equity. Leslie Sale, director of the Virginia Education Department's office of policy, on Tuesday announced an exploratory effort to review Virginia's diploma and graduation requirements in a live-streamed meeting with the department's Special Committee to Review the Standards of Accreditation.


Virginians can sit at a bar for the first time in more than a year as Northam relaxes some pandemic restrictions

By SIERRA JENKINS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

People can sit at bars in Virginia for the first time in over a year under a new order signed Wednesday by Gov. Ralph Northam. The changes are contained in an amended executive order posted to the governor’s website without any public announcement. Restaurants, dining establishments, and other venues can allow people to sit at bars only if there is six feet between each person, the order says.


Roanoke attorney who won acquittal in stepson's murder trial claims police retaliation

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Three days after a Roanoke attorney represented her stepson in a murder trial that ended with his acquittal, city police targeted her home in a search that violated her constitutional rights, she claims in a federal lawsuit. The acquittal “sparked outrage in the Roanoke law enforcement community,” a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Cathy Reynolds asserts.


Three Republicans running for Virginia governor wary of vote-counting software

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Three Republicans running for Virginia governor are raising alarms about a ballot-counting system being pitched to the state party, saying the technology cannot be trusted to tabulate votes at the party's May 8 nominating convention. State Sen. Amanda F. Chase (Chesterfield), Del. Kirk Cox (Colonial Heights) and businessman Glenn Youngkin wrote a letter to state GOP Chairman Rich Anderson on Wednesday warning the party against hiring a certain elections software vendor under consideration.


Wason Center Poll: McAuliffe running away with Democrats’ governor bid


Six weeks before Virginia Democrats’ June 8 primary, nearly half of the Democratic voters surveyed (47%) back former governor Terry McAuliffe for the gubernatorial nomination, according to a survey released Thursday by the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University. With 27% of Democratic voters undecided, none of the other four candidates reach double-digit support: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (8%); Sen. Jennifer McClellan (6%); former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (5%); Del. Lee Carter (1%).


From VPAP Maps, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Our Virginia COVID-19 dashboard features VDH vaccination data, including what percentage of the state's population has received at least one shot and the number of vaccinations per 100,000 residents in each city and county. Our dashboard also makes it easy to track the latest available data for tests performed, infections, deaths and hospital capacity. There's also a filter for each city and county, plus an exclusive per-capita ZIP Code map. Updated each morning around 10:30 a.m.


Politifact: McAuliffe: “I restored felons’ rights - 173,000 - more than any governor in the history of America.”


Former and possibly future Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he holds the national record for restoring voting rights to people who have finished felony prison sentences. . . . When a candidate claims a record, our ears perk up. We fact checked McAuliffe’s statement.


Virginia governor signs recreational marijuana legislation into law

By ANDREW BLAKE, Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation into law Wednesday permitting adults 21 years old and up to legally possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for personal use starting July 1, 2021. Once the law takes effect, Virginia is slated to become the first southern U.S. state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, or cannabis, joining more than a dozen others across the country.


After two sessions and with elections looming, Filler-Corn says Democrats have delivered while GOP is ‘stuck’

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Virginia Mercury

When she was sworn in as the first woman to serve as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Eileen Filler-Corn said she was struck by the diversity of the new Democratic majority looking back at her. A year later, she was standing in a mostly empty room, speaking to “squares on a computer” as the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western Hemisphere tried lawmaking via Zoom. It’s not yet clear when the House will return to normal. But after two years in power, Filler-Corn says she’s confident Virginia voters still want Democrats in charge.