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GRAY WANTS STATE TO PAY BUSINESSES ON PULSE ROUTE

By MARK ROBINSON AND ROBERT ZULLO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Richmond City Council member wants the state to compensate business owners along Broad Street who have seen sales fall during construction of the Pulse bus rapid transit line, drawing strong opposition from Virginia’s secretary of transportation.

VaNews November 16, 2017



GUN CONTROL GROUPS SAY VIRGINIA ELECTION MEANS ‘ENTHUSIASM GAP’ HAS CLOSED

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gun control advocates say they hit a major milestone during last week’s Democratic sweep in Virginia: they turned out as many of their supporters to the polls as their opponents did. Exit polls showed gun policy ranked as the second most important issue in the governor’s race, and voters motivated by guns were evenly split between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie.

VaNews November 16, 2017



HALF A DAY LATE, 55 BALLOTS LAND WITH DISCONCERTING THUD IN TIGHT VA. HOUSE RACE

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The morning after an Election Day that left control of Virginia’s House of Delegates in doubt, the U.S. Postal Service delivered 55 absentee ballots to Stafford County Registrar Greg Riddlemoser. The ballots, which arrived at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, were 15 hours too late. Under state law, they needed to arrive by 7 the night before — the hour polls closed — to be counted in a tight delegate race that could determine whether Republicans hang on to power in the lower chamber.

VaNews November 16, 2017



EX-PETERSBURG CITY ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY AFTER APPEALING CONVICTION ON BOGUS THREAT

By MARK BOWES , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to police last year about a racial threat to city leaders he falsely claimed he received from an unknown “redneck” caller when in fact Telfair orchestrated the call.

VaNews November 16, 2017



REVIEW SAYS POLICE WERE UNCERTAIN OF 'RULES OF ENGAGEMENT' AS VIOLENCE GREW IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A state review of the police response to the chaotic white nationalist protest in Charlottesville this summer describes a confused command structure, a breakdown in communication, and uncertainty among officers about the “rules of engagement” with protesters.

VaNews November 16, 2017



DEMOCRATS EARNED A MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

With control of the House of Delegates teetering on a knife’s edge, Republicans are worried that Gov.-elect Ralph Northam could pick off a couple of Republicans by offering them sinecures in the executive branch — and give Democrats a majority in the chamber.

VaNews November 16, 2017



NORFOLK COUNCIL DELAYS VOTE ON GAS PIPELINE THAT WOULD RUN UNDER DRINKING-WATER RESERVOIRS

By ERIC HARTLEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The City Council postponed a vote Tuesday on whether to approve easements for a natural-gas pipeline that would run underneath two city drinking water reservoirs. Council members rescheduled the vote for Dec. 19. More than 20 people then spoke, most of them opposed to the plan to run the Atlantic Coast pipeline under the Lake Prince and Western Branch reservoirs in Suffolk, which are on land owned by Norfolk.

VaNews November 16, 2017



DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS FILES SUIT OVER ABSENTEE BALLOTS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Democratic caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates filed a federal lawsuit against Stafford County this week demanding that 55 late-arriving absentee ballots be counted in a close Fredericksburg-area election that could tip control of the House.

VaNews November 16, 2017



WAVE ELECTION POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF VIRGINIA'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS

By SCOTT BLACKBURN, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The recent election in Virginia was a wave. Democrats swept the races for statewide office. Republicans, previously a supermajority in the House of Delegates, may wind up in the minority.

Scott Blackburn is a senior research analyst at the Institute for Free Speech in Alexandria. Contact him at sblackburn@ifs.org

VaNews November 16, 2017



ONLY 1 OF SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS' FEDERAL LEGISLATORS BACKS GOP TAX PLAN

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor stands alone among federal legislators from South Hampton Roads in pledging to vote for a controversial tax overhaul that would cut several taxes, eliminate many deductions and add about $1.5 trillion to the national debt. “This is a good thing for our district,” Taylor said in a Wednesday phone interview from Washington.

VaNews November 16, 2017