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Most Read Articles Sept. 28, 2020


Charlottesville activists say mayor, police chief need to go

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Charlottesville officials are coalescing around the city’s response to unsanctioned events while fending off accusations from activists about personal vendettas. Several activists spoke during last week’s City Council meeting about the response to events after Rosia Parker was informed earlier in the day that her permit for a Sunday march had been denied.


From VPAP Maps, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Our COVID-19 dashboard makes it easy to track the latest available data for tests performed, infections, deaths and hospital capacity. There's a filter for each city and county, plus an exclusive per-capita ZIP Code map. Updated each morning around 10:30 a.m.


61 and counting: evictions continue in Richmond area despite federal moratorium

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The notice posted on Ladontis Holland’s front door in the second week of September forewarned an impending eviction. The 29-year-old knew he could not pay the thousands in back rent he owed his landlord. At least six calls he made to a local nonprofit fielding rent relief requests went unreturned, he said. He sought out a legal aid lawyer who told him there was another way he could save his home, at least through the end of the year: by filling out a Centers for Disease Control declaration under the federal evictions moratorium.


EDITORIAL: What took so long with the state budget?

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

When Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly in July, the topline concern prompting the return of legislators to Richmond was the state’s budget. The language in the governor’s proclamation was crystal clear: The special session would commence on Aug. 18 “for the purpose of adopting a budget based on the revised revenue forecast and consideration of legislation related to the emergency of COVID-19 and criminal and social justice reforms.”


Debate around statewide definition of affordable housing belies larger crisis

By WYATT GORDON, Virginia Mercury

Long before the COVID-19 recession put millions of Virginians on the precipice of losing their homes, the commonwealth already suffered from the country’s worst eviction epidemic. After five Virginia cities landed in the top 10 of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab rankings in 2016, the data served as a clarion call to action for policymakers and local officials. In the intervening four years, Gov. Ralph Northam has made reducing the rate of evictions across the state a priority.


Rozell: A 2020 GOP thrashing could set up a Virginia Republican rebound in 2021

By MARK J. ROZELL, published in Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

As a diverse Democratic field of candidates for next year’s Virginia gubernatorial race grew over the summer, Republicans had watched, seemingly paralyzed, as state Sen. Amanda F. Chase (R-Chesterfield), a far-right provocateur who openly panders to White grievance, planted her flag as the party’s lone declared candidate. When former House of Delegates speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) lofted a trial balloon about a possible candidacy in August, it brought a palpable sigh of relief to many Republicans fearful that today’s juggernaut Democratic Party would steamroll a fringe Republican nominee who had been disavowed by her own local party.

Mark J. Rozell is dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University


Marks: On Amendment 1, let’s say the quiet part out loud

By TAVORISE K. MARKS, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Over the past several months, there has been a growing debate within Black political circles about how our votes can be lifted to become more powerful. Much of this conversation has been around how Virginia draws its electoral district lines. For context, every 10 years, all 50 states redraw their districts and the Virginia Constitution mandates that the General Assembly take on this responsibility. That means that politicians can pick and choose exactly who they want representing them for an entire decade.

Tavorise K. Marks of Chesterfield County is a civil rights leader in central Virginia and a former candidate for the House of Delegates.


EDITORIAL: Yes on Virginia's Amendment 1

Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginians who cast a ballot this fall face what may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dampen political opportunism and manipulation in the process by which their state legislative and congressional districts are drawn. They should seize it by voting “yes” on Constitutional Amendment 1. The amendment would not remove politics from redistricting. But as a tough compromise struck between Democrats and Republicans in Richmond, it would form a thoroughly bipartisan commission that would forge voting districts — not in hidden backrooms, as has been the practice for decades, but in public, for all to see.


Pledge to delay aside, Cox sounds like a candidate for governor

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

Even though he has not officially entered the race and vows he will not make his intentions known until after the November election, Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights is sounding more and more like a candidate for governor in 2021. In a radio interview Thursday afternoon with former GOP delegate Chris Saxman, Cox all but formally declared his candidacy, saying there was an "urgency" for Republicans to retake the governor's mansion and he felt that with three decades of experience in the House, he has a record of getting things done.


Jurors seek to lessen 74-year sentence in Va. case

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A decorated retired Army major and counterintelligence official, drunk and angry on Christmas Eve in 2017, shot and wounded two Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies who were trying to arrest him after a domestic dispute. On Wednesday, a Loudoun County Circuit Court judge will decide whether to formally sentence Douglas Vernon Johnson Jr., 42, to the 74 years in prison set by a jury. But several jurors now say they either believed they were giving him a lower sentence or wish they had the power to do so.