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Most Read Articles July 16, 2018


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NORTHERN VA. STATE LAWMAKER MAKES MOVE TO REPLACE TOSCANO AS DEMOCRATIC HOUSE LEADER

By PATRICK WILSON AND GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

A group of Democrats in the House of Delegates want to hold a vote to replace party leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. Del. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, who is in her second term, wants the party’s top leadership post, according to interviews with multiple Democratic lawmakers on both sides of the debate.


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EDITORIAL: OUR LEGISLATIVE ALL-STARS

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball pauses for its mid-season All-Star Game. In that same spirit, let’s recognize the political all-stars in Virginia who have had notable performances so far this year. Just as both the Yankees and Red Sox have players in Tuesday’s game, we also include politicians who have been on opposite sides on the same issue, but still played starring roles.


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VIRGINIA PROGRAM AIMS TO INCREASE NUMBER OF BEE COLONIES

Associated Press

Bring on the bees. Virginia has a new program that distributes beehives in an effort to increase the number of actively managed bee colonies around the state. The program provides beehive equipment directly to new and established beekeepers.


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FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER JOINS MCGUIREWOODS CONSULTING

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

Former Virginia Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, has joined McGuireWoods Consulting — a lobbying, advocacy and public affairs powerhouse — in a non-lobbying capacity, according to the organization. As a senior adviser, Howell will work to “help clients achieve business goals in statehouses nationwide,” according to McGuireWoods Consulting.


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MATHWIN: STOP KILLING THE POTOMAC’S SNAKEHEAD

By JOHN MATHWIN, Published in the Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

My brother and I had been fishing under an exit ramp to Interstate 495 on a tributary of the Potomac River when we heard shouts from my son and nephew. Finally, someone had hooked a snakehead. We paddled our canoe as fast as we could toward my son’s canoe, where my nephew was battling a fish from the bow. It’s hard for non-anglers to understand how riveted the four of us were on the outcome of the fight. We would vividly remember the details of the duel years six years later.


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EDITORIAL: WHY IS IT OK TO SLUR APPALACHIA?

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Here’s today’s question: Why, in the year 2018, is it still OK to slur Appalachia and the people who live there? This isn’t the first time we’ve had to ask this question and, sadly, it probably won’t be the last.


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VIRGINIA AG ASKS COURT TO THROW OUT FEDERAL LAWSUIT CHALLENGING ABORTION RESTRICTIONS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit filed by abortion-rights advocates that seeks to loosen state regulations on abortion providers. The suit — filed last month by the national Center for Reproductive Rights in conjunction with Planned Parenthood, the ACLU of Virginia and several Virginia-based abortion providers — forced Herring, a Democrat who supports abortion rights, to choose between defending state laws or siding with abortion-rights allies.


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BIG BILLS FOR VIRGINIA'S REDISTRICTING BATTLE

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

The long legal battle over whether the General Assembly’s 2011 redistricting packed African-Americans into 11 House of Delegates districts in a way that diluted voting power hasn’t come cheap. Now on its way, for the second time to the U.S. Supreme Court, the cost to taxpayers of the House’s intervention in the case has reached $4,067,098.03, according to Speaker Kirk Cox’s office


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NORTHAM IN EUROPE THIS WEEK

By STAFF REPORT, Va Business Magazine

Gov. Ralph Northam is leading a five-day international trade and marketing mission this week to the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. He is accompanied by First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, in addition to representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Virginia Tourism Corp.


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GENERAL ASSEMBLY COULD SEE EFFORTS TO ALLOW SPORTS GAMBLING, OFFICIAL SAYS

By PETER COUTU, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for legal sports gambling could unleash a flurry of legislative proposals to secure Virginia a cut of the action, the state’s secretary of finance predicts. “You’re going to see a big push in the General Assembly session, probably the beginning of this year,” Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said at a public lottery meeting Wednesday.