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Most Read Articles Jan. 21, 2020


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HEATHER HEYER'S MOM OWNS GUNS AND SAYS DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TOO FAR

By JOHN BACON, USA Today

The mother of Heather Heyer, a Virginia woman killed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, owns a gun, and she said some proposed gun restrictions in the state might go too far. Susan Bro had a message for any gun rights supporters considering violence at a rally Monday at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond: "We don't need your help."


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BILL ALLOWING NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING PASSES VIRGINIA SENATE

By DEAN MIRSHAHI, WRIC

On the day thousands of gun-rights supporters converged on Capitol grounds for Lobby Day, the Virginia State Senate advanced a bill that would allow no-excuse absentee voting. Senate Bill 111, introduced by state Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) passed with a 31-9 vote on Monday. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), the co-patron on SB 111, shared a tweet following the vote.


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SENATE PANEL KILLS BILL REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT LOBBYISTS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A transparency bill for local government – requiring lobbyists who are paid to influence city and county governments tell the public who they are and whose interests they push – died in a state Senate Committee Monday. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Jeremy McPike, D-Prince William, would have required lobbyists who deal with local government officials and agencies file a disclosure form


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EDITORIAL: LESSONS FROM GUN LOBBY DAY

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Monday’s Gun Lobby Day at the General Assembly passed without incident, which means two things. One: Virginians will continue to debate guns with the same passion they did before. Two: They can now debate whether Gov. Ralph Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency — which banned guns on the grounds of the state Capitol for the duration of the event — was (a) a necessary precaution or (b) a hysterical over-reaction.


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LEIGHTY: A VIRGINIA SOLUTION FOR PROTECTING MIGRATORY BIRDS

By WILLIAM H. LEIGHTY, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

As Gov. Ralph Northam enters the second half of his term, he has every chance to be the most consequential governor in modern Virginia history. With a first-year win on expanding Medicaid, he has continued to roll out major announcements and propose significant initiatives.

William H. Leighty was chief of staff to Govs. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and is a former board member of the American Bird Conservancy.


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THOUSANDS DESCEND ON VIRGINIA’S STATEHOUSE TO PROTEST PROPOSED GUN LAWS

By BROCK VERGAKIS, MARIE ALBIGES, GORDON RAGO AND ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Thousands of mostly white men — many decked out in camouflage and armed with assault-style rifles — packed Richmond’s streets Monday, circling the gun-free Capitol Square, where thousands more waved signs and listened to speeches, all wanting to make one point: They weren’t going anywhere, and their gun rights shouldn’t either.


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AMID TIGHT SECURITY, VIRGINIA GUN RALLY DRAWS THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, SABRINA TAVERNISE, ZOLAN KANNO-YOUNGS AND SARAH MERVOSH, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Some people streamed in on buses from faraway cities. Others drove cars through the night from places like Indianapolis and Fredericksburg, Texas, logging hundreds of miles and leaning on coffee and Red Bull. Still others came from only a few counties over, but carrying the same vehement message as the rest: Leave gun laws alone.


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GUN-RIGHTS RALLY DRAWS 22,000 TO CAPITOL; NO VIOLENCE

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

A much-anticipated gun-rights rally Monday attracted an estimated 22,000 people to the heart of Virginia’s capital for a passionate yet nonviolent protest of gun control legislation. Officials had raised concerns about the possibility of violent clashes or targeted attacks involving white supremacists, but no such confrontations materialized.


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WEAPONS, FLAGS, NO VIOLENCE: MASSIVE PRO-GUN RALLY IN VIRGINIA CAPITAL

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, LAURA VOZZELLA, PATRICIA SULLIVAN AND MICHAEL E. MILLER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Thousands of gun rights advocates packed the streets around the Virginia Capitol on Monday, bristling with weapons, flags and threats of insurrection but never erupting into the violence authorities had feared. Armed militias carrying assault-style weapons marched in formation until the crowds grew too thick. Protesters without firearms filed through 17 metal detectors


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'FOR A SHORT PERIOD, RICHMOND WAS THE SAFEST CITY IN VIRGINIA — MAYBE THE NATION'

By JOSH JANNEY, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Cross Junction resident Abe Wine was among numerous local residents who attended a rally in support of gun rights at the state Capitol on Monday. “The streets were completely packed full,” Wine said. “It was just people that want to have their voices heard. There was no violence. There was no ignorance. It was just people exercising their First Amendment right in support of their Second Amendment right, plain and simple.”