By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury
The Equal Rights Amendment only needed two Republican votes to pass the House of Delegates. And two Republican delegates signed on as co-patrons to the ratification resolution that passed the Senate, where the chief sponsor was also a Republican. So what happened?
By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
State employees would receive an extra boost in pay under a tentative agreement that General Assembly budget negotiators were close to completing on Thursday night. The 1 percent increase — a combination of across-the-board raises and merit pay — would go on top of the 2 percent raise and 2 percent merit pay already scheduled to take effect on July 1 for state employees. It would eliminate a one-time, 1 percent bonus that Gov. Ralph Northam proposed.
By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
Just in case you think the rivalries in the General Assembly are all about Democrats and Republicans, some ill feelings about what senators (more or less politely) call “the other body” (that is, the House of Delegates) erupted Thursday. The issue was a bill sponsored by Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, stating that appointments and promotions in state government should be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness.
By LAURA VOZZELLA AND GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)
Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox said Thursday that he has been quietly laying the groundwork for a bipartisan investigation of sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax but Democrats have refused to cooperate.
By JULIA VARNIER, WTKR
A bill to get rid of the annoying spam calls that pop up on your caller ID and also appear as a familiar phone number has passed both the Virginia House and Senate. Delegate Emily Brewer introduced HB 2170 that says it would give law enforcement another unique approach to being able to go after scammers.
By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)
One of the youngest members of the Virginia House of Delegates received a standing ovation Thursday after delivering a deeply personal floor speech detailing his family’s experiences with racism and urging colleagues to respond to the state’s blackface scandals by working to “address the chasm between black Virginia and white Virginia.”
By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)
The Republican-controlled House of Delegates killed Democrats’ last-ditch efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, as advocates promised retribution at the ballot box.
By URIAH KISER, Potomac Local (Subscription Required)
Democrats in Manassas appear to favor Mark Wolfe as the candidate to run for House of Delegates in the 50th District. The seat is held by Lee Carter, a Democrat and the state’s first elected member of the Democratic Socialists of America activist group. Wolfe, a Republican turned Democrat announced his campaign earlier this month, more than two years after being elected to another term on the Manassas City Council.
By ELI ROSENBERG AND LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)
The women’s rights protester who was arrested for exposing her chest outside the Virginia Capitol was released from jail on Thursday after being initially held without bail.
By DEBBIE TRUONG, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)
An elementary school in Northern Virginia is apologizing for trivializing slavery after students played a game in a physical education class that required them to simulate moving through the Underground Railroad.