Most Read Articles Sept. 19, 2017


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RON CARRIER, VISIONARY WHO TRANSFORMED JMU, DIES AT 85

By VIC BRADSHAW, Daily News Record (Subscription Required)

Ronald E. Carrier, the gregarious and bold visionary who led the transformation of James Madison University from a small teacher’s college into a nationally recognized university, died today of unspecified causes. He was 85.


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‘YOU’VE LOST THAT CENTRIST FEELING’: COMSTOCK CHALLENGER HITS CRINGE-WORTHY NOTES

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

If congressional races hinged on singing talent, Dan Helmer might have lost the race before it has really begun. Helmer, one of the Democrats competing to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) next year, released a painful-to-watch web ad Monday spoofing a “Top Gun” scene.


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STATE LAWMAKERS TO BUILD REVENUE RESERVES AS HEDGE AGAINST RISKS RAISED BY BOND AGENCY

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Virginia General Assembly will not convene for almost four months, but a senior budget leader says the legislature’s top priority will be to build its revenue reserves to hedge against risks that have given at least one bond-rating agency the jitters.


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CUCCINELLI AND MILLER: HERE'S WHY YOUR ELECTRIC BILL'S TOO HIGH

By KEN CUCCINELLI AND ANDREW P. MILLER, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

If you live in Virginia, you know your electric bill is too high. Here’s why: In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly — your state delegates and senators — passed a bill, which Governor McAuliffe signed, that locked in profits for Virginia’s two major utilities: Dominion Power and Appalachian Power Co. (APCo).

Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II served as Virginia’s attorney general 2010-2014. Democrat Andrew P. Miller served as Virginia’s attorney general 1970-1977


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DMV SHORTFALL TOPS $16M, RAISING POSSIBILITY OF INCREASED FEES

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The costs keep coming for lawmakers on Virginia’s budget committees, now faced with an estimated $16.4 million operating shortfall at the Department of Motor Vehicles and a bill of $1.1 million — and counting — for repairing and ultimately rebuilding the Virginia State Police’s stricken email network.


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TUBE GROUNDBREAKING STARTS NEW CHAPTER FOR "ENGINEERING WONDER" CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

When it was built, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was called “one of the seven engineering wonders of the world.” Now 53 years after the 23-mile bridge-tunnel opened, it’s adding another tube for the first time.


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GILLESPIE, NORTHAM TO SQUARE OFF IN SECOND DEBATE

Associated Press

The two major party candidates running to be the next governor of Virginia are set to square off at the their second debate. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will met Tuesday evening at Capitol One's headquarters in Northern Virginia.


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THE VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE STILL HEARS A LOT FROM THE GUYS WHO LOST THE NOMINATION FIGHTS

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former congressman Tom Perriello joined a handful of college students on Monday as they pressed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, a former Washington lobbyist and strategist, to disclose the names of clients he has represented over the past five years. It’s the kind of campaign event that would have been expected of Perriello had he won the June 13 Democratic primary for governor. He lost to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, but there he was anyway, stumping for Northam.


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VIRGINIA ESTIMATES $1.2 BILLION HIT TO MEDICAID PROGRAM UNDER LATEST SENATE HEALTH PLAN

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe estimated Monday that Virginia would lose $1.2 billion in federal funding for its Medicaid program over the next seven years under legislation proposed in U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


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RYAN’S TOTAL PAY COULD TOP $1M A YEAR

By RUTH SERVEN, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

James E. Ryan could receive more than a million dollars a year as the University of Virginia’s president. Ryan’s seven-year contract will make him one of the highest-compensated university presidents and state employees in Virginia when he takes over for Teresa A. Sullivan next summer. However, there is little oversight of Ryan’s perks and outside activities provided in the contract’s terms.