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Most Read Articles May 20, 2019


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INCUMBENTS IN SOME KEY RACES TRAIL IN FUNDRAISING

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

Eight incumbent members of the House of Delegates have challengers who have raised more money than they have during the first quarter of this year — three Democrats and five Republicans.


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NEXT YEAR, VIRGINIA’S $100 MILLION BRIDGE TO NOWHERE WILL FINALLY CONNECT TO A ROAD

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

For the past four years, the tallest bridge in the state has stood along the Kentucky border unconnected to any open roadways on either side. Some see it as a prime example of the politicization and mismanagement of transportation funding that led to the development of SmartScale, the state’s new point-based scoring system for road projects. Others see the slow pace of work as just another example of Richmond neglecting the needs of Appalachia.


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AFTER SCANDAL, NEW POLICIES EMERGE IN VIRGINIA

By SCOTT CALVERT AND JON KAMP, Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Months after a racist yearbook photo and sexual-assault allegations threatened to topple Virginia’s top elected officials, a surprising outcome is emerging: The scandal is helping advance causes particularly important to black voters.


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AS VIRGINIA PRIMARIES NEAR, PROGRESSIVES GET READY FOR A FIGHT

By JORDAN PASCALE, WAMU

Virginia’s upcoming primary pits many younger progressive Democrats against established incumbents, a trend mirroring national politics. And the Democratic party as a whole is hoping to retake control of the House of Delegates. The primaries are, in part, a referendum on the future of the party. Political scientists say turnout on June 11 could say a lot about the enthusiasm of voters, especially given that the state’s top Democrats have been mired in controversy.


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TRUMP CAMPAIGN DESCRIBES COREY STEWART SUPER PAC AS 'UNCONSCIONABLE'

By RACHEL FRAZIN, The Hill

President Trump's reelection campaign is disavowing a Keeping America Great super PAC run by Corey Stewart, arguing the former Senate candidate in Virginia is trying to trick people into thinking they are supporting Trump by giving money to his PAC.


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DEMOCRAT FILES IN VIRGINIA'S 97TH DISTRICT AMID PEACE-WYATT CLASH

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A Democratic candidate has filed to run for the House of Delegates in the 97th District, a conservative stronghold anchored in Hanover County, where Del. Chris Peace is in a chaotic fight for the Republican nomination.


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AFTER 25 YEARS OF SERVICE, TOSCANO SAYS HE’S NOT DONE YET

By CHARLOTTE RENE WOODS, Charlottesville Tomorrow

Del. David J. Toscano, D-57th, is stepping back from state politics for now, but he’s in no way a retired man. “One of the things that’s really hilarious is that people think that I’m retiring,” the former House minority leader said. “I’m retiring from the General Assembly, but I’m not retiring from my law practice,” Buck, Toscano, & Tereskerz in Charlottesville. He is also writing a book.


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200 ATTEND VIRGINIA TOWN HALL FOCUSED ON WOMEN OF COLOR GAINING POLITICAL POWER

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Women of color have never held statewide public office in Virginia, but in a year that saw the three men in the state’s top elected offices battle racial and sexual scandal, many suggested at an event Saturday that now may be the time.


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TRIAL IN CHALLENGES TO VIRGINIA ABORTION LAWS STARTS MONDAY

By FRANK GREEN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A two-week trial begins Monday in federal court in Richmond over challenges to four Virginia abortion laws as some other states, such as Alabama, have moved to further restrict abortions.


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WOMEN AT TWO VA. UNIVERSITIES WANTED MORE ACCESS TO THE MORNING-AFTER PILL. SO THEY TOOK ‘MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.’

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

The calls and text messages arrive directly to Michyah Thomas’s iPhone. They come from other students at Hampton University in need of the morning-after pill or in search of a ride to a health center or a hand to hold.