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Most Read Articles Sept. 20, 2019


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VISUALIZATION: MONEY IN THE BANK

The Virginia Public Access Project

A record 70 General Assembly incumbents face a major party challenger this November. As Labor Day approached, how many incumbents held a cash advantage?


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EDITORIAL: DARK CLOUDS ON VIRGINIA’S ECONOMIC HORIZON

Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia finance secretary Aubrey Layne offered an ominous forecast for commonwealth lawmakers this week — and its one that could thrust tough choices on the General Assembly and citizens alike in the coming months.


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POLITICAL CONTROL IN VIRGINIA UP FOR GRABS IN TIGHT ELECTION

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

ASHBURN—Democrats are banking on this affluent, fast-growing suburb of Washington, D.C., to help the party claim simultaneous control of Virginia’s legislative and executive branches for the first time in a quarter-century. Virginia is one of just four states holding state legislative elections in November, and the showdown there could offer clues on party strength in suburban swing districts for next year’s presidential election.


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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF VIRGINIA REJECTS POLITICAL DOLLARS FROM DOMINION

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

The Democratic Party of Virginia will no longer accept political contributions from Dominion Energy, the Richmond-based electric monopoly that serves most Virginia residents. Party Chairwoman Susan Swecker said Dominion’s contributions are a “very contentious issue with a lot of folks all across the commonwealth, and we thought it was time for us to just step up and say this is where we are,” according to an interview published on the left-leaning blog Blue Virginia.


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VIRGINIA GOP RENEWS CALL FOR HEARING ON FAIRFAX ALLEGATIONS

Associated Press

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor. House Courts of Justice Committee Chairman Del. Rob Bell pressed Democrats on Thursday


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AMID A SURGE OF SLOTS, BINGO’S LAST GASPS IN VIRGINIA

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

Two hours into a Sunday afternoon session at Pop’s Bingo World, the hall is less than a quarter full and the charity running the game is on track to lose more than $1,500 after all the jackpots are paid out. Everyone in the room knows bingo — once Virginia’s only legalized form of gambling and a lifeline for nonprofits like VFW Posts and volunteer fire departments around the state — can’t go on much longer like this.


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VIRGINIA BOARD VOTE OVER SPRINKLER MANDATE SPARKS OUTCRY FROM FIREFIGHTERS

By MARTIN AUSTERMUHLE, WAMU

Plenty of new housing needs to be built in Northern Virginia over the next few decades to keep up with expected job growth, but for now some of it won’t include built-in sprinkler systems. This week, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development voted against an update to the Commonwealth’s construction code that would have required that sprinklers be put in all new single-family homes and townhouses. Federal law already requires most larger commercial and retail buildings have sprinkler systems.


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POLITIFACT: HUGO "MOSTLY FALSE" ON OPPONENT'S INSURANCE RECORD

By WARREN FISKE, WCVE

Tim Hugo, the last-standing Republican state delegate in Northern Virginia, is telling voters that Democratic challenger Dan Helmer wants to abolish private health insurance. Hugo has made the claim in at least four campaign mailings in the 40th House District, which spans portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties.


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AG: PROSECUTORS SHOULD QUIT ENFORCEMENT OF HABITUAL DRUNKARD LAW

By PETER VIETH, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Paywall for some articles)

Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia prosecutors should stop seeking “interdiction” orders against people alleged to be “habitual drunkards” under a state law ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.


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AFTER REPORT ON NEPOTISM, RELATIVES STILL HAVE CITY JOBS

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

High-ranking Richmond administrators linked to a City Hall nepotism scandal kept their jobs Thursday, a day after a scathing inspector general report prompted Mayor Levar Stoney to fire his chief administrative officer.