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Most Read Articles Nov. 18, 2019


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SOCIAL SERVICES FAILURES IN DEATH OF ROCKBRIDGE INFANT UNDERLINES LARGER, LONG-TERM PROBLEMS IN VIRGINIA

By ALISON GRAHAM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Charlee Marie Faith Ford came into the world struggling to live. After an emergency C-section at 37 weeks, her lungs failed for nine minutes before doctors revived her. She was born with opioids and marijuana in her system. Doctors diagnosed her with cerebral palsy and she suffered from severe seizures. Her mother was a drug addict, her father a convicted felon.


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VISUALIZATION: REPUBLICAN HEADWINDS

The Virginia Public Access Project

The challenging environment this fall for Republican legislative candidates extended well beyond the suburbs. An analysis of precinct-level results found that even in rural areas many GOP candidates drew a smaller share of the vote than Republican candidates had in 2015, the last time all 140 General Assembly seats were on the ballot.


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VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS PLAN SWIFT GUN CONTROL. GUN-RIGHTS GROUPS PROMISE “A BIG BACKLASH.”

By MARIE ALBIGES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

In the days following the election, a pro-gun-rights group compared Virginia Democrats’ impending passage of gun control measures to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve,” Philip Van Cleave*, the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, wrote in an email to members


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HOUSE REPUBLICANS PICK GILBERT FOR MINORITY LEADER, BYRON FOR CAUCUS CHAIR

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The floor leader of Republicans in the House of Delegates hasn’t changed, but Del. Todd Gilbert will preside over a GOP minority when the General Assembly convenes in January. Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, the current House majority leader, was chosen minority leader by an estimated 42 Republican delegates and delegates-elect who gathered in Richmond on Sunday afternoon to elect their leadership.


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VIRGINIA CANDIDATES RAKED IN MILLIONS. WHAT CAN THEY DO WITH WHAT’S LEFTOVER?

By BEN PAVIOUR, WCVE

This month’s General Assembly elections brought in huge fundraising hauls for candidates. Now November 5th’s winners and losers are left with a difficult decision: how to spend the leftover cash. Virginia election law gives the former candidates lots of options, ranging from work-related meals at Arby’s to five-figure donations to a favored political action committee.


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REDISTRICTING? IT’S COMPLICATED, A CNU POLITICS PANEL NOTES

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

A former governor’s hesitation on a post-Election Day radio talk show prompted Christopher Newport University political scientist Quentin Kidd to press on a political sore point during the CNU Wason Center’s own post-election forum on Thursday — namely, what will the new General Assembly do about redistricting?


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NO PUNISHMENT FOR STONEY FOR $1,000 HAWAII HOTEL CHARGE ON CITY CREDIT CARD

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

Racking up personal charges on a city-issued credit card is explicitly forbidden under Richmond’s procurement rules. But after charging a $1,000 hotel stay during his personal vacation, Mayor Levar Stoney didn’t receive a slap on the wrist.


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EDITORIAL: IS VIRGINIA REALLY BLUE?

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

After this month’s elections, Gov. Ralph Northam held a public cabinet meeting to celebrate the Democratic triumph and talk about some of the things his administration would like the new Democratic majority in the General Assembly to accomplish. When a reporter referred to Virginia as “a pretty purple state,” the governor corrected him. “This is a blue state,” Northam said. “Virginia’s blue. I want everybody to know that.” Is he right? Is Virginia really blue?


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‘LIKE CHASING SHADOWS’: UNCOVERING COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG’S LGBTQ HISTORY

By SAMANTHA SCHMIDT, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Aubrey Moog-Ayers was outside of an apothecary shop a few years ago, working as an orientation interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, when two men pulled her aside. The men, who said they were partners, asked her questions that stayed with her years later: What did she know about queer people in 18th-century America? Did anyone ever cross dress?


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CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO REMOVE LEWIS-CLARK-SACAGAWEA STATUE

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

This time, Charlottesville can move a statue. The City Council voted to direct city staff to create a plan for the removal of the West Main Street statue commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition during a work session Friday.