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GO VIRGINIA REPORTS CHALLENGE BOTH PARTIES

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam are doing a good job talking about Confederate statues and lots of other things that the next governor can’t do anything about. (Lest anyone forget, those aren’t state statues; they’re local ones). We have a suggestion for the candidates. Take a day off from campaigning. Spend it reading the nine different reports recently prepared on the regional economies in nine different parts of Virginia. It’ll take you about a day, too — some of these run 300-plus pages.

VaNews September 19, 2017



RICHMOND SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO HOLD SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL VACANT SEAT

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Richmond school officials voted Monday to hold a special election next November to replace 7th District School Board representative Nadine Marsh-Carter, who resigned this month. Marsh-Carter, the CEO of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia, resigned from the board Sept. 5 citing the unexpected death of her husband July 30 after a brief illness.

VaNews September 19, 2017



‘YOU’VE LOST THAT CENTRIST FEELING’: COMSTOCK CHALLENGER HITS CRINGE-WORTHY NOTES

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

If congressional races hinged on singing talent, Dan Helmer might have lost the race before it has really begun. Helmer, one of the Democrats competing to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) next year, released a painful-to-watch web ad Monday spoofing a “Top Gun” scene.

VaNews September 19, 2017



THE VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE STILL HEARS A LOT FROM THE GUYS WHO LOST THE NOMINATION FIGHTS

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

Former congressman Tom Perriello joined a handful of college students on Monday as they pressed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, a former Washington lobbyist and strategist, to disclose the names of clients he has represented over the past five years. It’s the kind of campaign event that would have been expected of Perriello had he won the June 13 Democratic primary for governor. He lost to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, but there he was anyway, stumping for Northam.

VaNews September 19, 2017



NEW POLL: NORTHAM HAS SLIGHT EDGE, BUT VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE LOOKS LIKE A SQUEAKER

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia’s race for governor continues to look like a close contest, as Democrat Ralph Northam has a slight but statistically insignificant edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in one new poll of likely voters and another new poll shows a dead heat. Northam is the pick for 44 percent of likely voters and Gillespie gets 39 percent in the University of Mary Washington survey released Monday. That five-point difference is within the poll’s margin of error of 5.2 percentage points for likely voters.

VaNews September 19, 2017



PRECAUTION AND RESTRAINT HELPED KEEP SATURDAY'S DEMONSTRATIONS NONVIOLENT

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

Happily, Saturday’s demonstration by Confederate revanchists on Monument Avenue turned out to resemble Y2K, the 1999 panic over a flaw in computer programming. It caused a great deal of alarm and stress beforehand, but turned out to be almost a nonevent.

VaNews September 19, 2017



DMV SHORTFALL TOPS $16M, RAISING POSSIBILITY OF INCREASED FEES

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The costs keep coming for lawmakers on Virginia’s budget committees, now faced with an estimated $16.4 million operating shortfall at the Department of Motor Vehicles and a bill of $1.1 million — and counting — for repairing and ultimately rebuilding the Virginia State Police’s stricken email network.

VaNews September 19, 2017



VIRGINIA ESTIMATES $1.2 BILLION HIT TO MEDICAID PROGRAM UNDER LATEST SENATE HEALTH PLAN

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe estimated Monday that Virginia would lose $1.2 billion in federal funding for its Medicaid program over the next seven years under legislation proposed in U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

VaNews September 19, 2017



CONGREGATION ONCE LED BY ROBERT E. LEE VOTES TO REMOVE HIS NAME FROM THEIR LEXINGTON CHURCH

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

Leaders of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington voted Monday evening to change the parish’s name to Grace Episcopal Church — what it was originally called when the Confederate general moved to town after the Civil War and joined the congregation.

VaNews September 19, 2017



UVA MAKES A GREAT PICK FOR ITS NEXT PRESIDENT

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

The University of Virginia has suffered from contention and bad press in recent years, some of it self-inflicted. But the school’s choice of a new president is inspiring widespread cheers, and for good reason. It could scarcely have done better than Jim Ryan, currently the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

VaNews September 19, 2017