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DON’T WASTE THE WINDFALL

Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

What do you call a state that has $35.8 billion in assets, but $41.2 billion of debt? You could call it broke. Or Virginia. The commonwealth’s finances are in the red zone, according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab, which gave Virginia a mediocre “C” for the way it handled its finances last year.

VaNews October 23, 2018



REP. DAVE BRAT, AN ECONOMIST, BORROWED HEAVILY FROM BERNANKE IN ACADEMIC PAPER

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va) often touts his status as the “only PhD economist in Congress” to suggest he has special insight into the nation’s economy. But his academic background is under scrutiny amid revelations that a paper he wrote as a Randolph-Macon College professor borrowed heavily — and exactly — from one co-authored by former Fed chief Ben S. Bernanke.

VaNews October 23, 2018



WITTMAN, WILLIAMS DISCUSS HEALTH CARE, IMMIGRATION DURING 1ST DISTRICT DEBATE

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican Congressman Rob Wittman and his Democratic opponent, Vangie Williams, discussed a variety of hot-button topics—including President Donald Trump, health care and immigration—at a debate Monday night in front of a lively audience at the University of Mary Washington’s packed Dodd Auditorium.

VaNews October 23, 2018



TRUMP OVERSHADOWS EVENT AS GRIFFITH, FLACCAVENTO MEET IN FINAL DEBATE

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Already starkly different candidates in the 9th District House of Representatives race did little to further distinguish themselves from one another in their third and final debate Monday night. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, and Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon fielded 17 questions during a fast-paced debate hosted by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce.

VaNews October 23, 2018



ONE DEM HOPEFUL IN VIRGINIA WON’T STOP TALKING ABOUT TRUMP — ANOTHER BARELY MENTIONS HIM

By SCOTT WONG, The Hill

Democrat Jennifer Wexton can’t stop talking about Donald Trump. Wexton’s TV ad playing on repeat in the D.C. media market calls two-term Rep. Barbara Comstock, her GOP opponent, “Barbara Trump-stock.” At their only debate, Wexton slammed the GOP tax cuts as the “Comstock-Trump tax scam.”

VaNews October 23, 2018



6TH DISTRICT CANDIDATES FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE, BUSINESS TOPICS

By DAVID SEIDEL, WVTF

Running in what is considered a reliably Republican district, Democrat Jennifer Lewis made it clear from the start that she was running a progressive campaign.

VaNews October 23, 2018



5TH, 6TH DISTRICT CANDIDATES MEET IN FINAL DEBATE IN LYNCHBURG

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

With the midterm elections just two weeks away, the congressional candidates in the 5th and 6th districts met for the final time Monday night. The forum in Lynchburg focused on economic and business topics, with questions about issues such as trade, regulation and education developed by members of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.

VaNews October 23, 2018



NEWLY DRAWN VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE MAP WILL BE MADE PUBLIC IN DECEMBER, FEDERAL JUDGES ORDER

Associated Press

A potential new Virginia legislative map will go public in early December. Federal judges have ordered a special expert hired to help redraw some of the state's state legislative districts to submit a map by Dec. 7. Other groups can submit their proposed maps before then as well.

VaNews October 23, 2018



LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FOLLOW PARTY LINE

By SHANNON KEITH, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Four hopefuls for the U.S. House Representatives sparred about issues including healthcare, tax cuts, immigration and government regulations during a forum in Lynchburg on Monday. Democrat Leslie Cockburn and Republican Denver Riggleman — who are seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, in Virginia’s 5th District — and Democrat Jennifer Lewis and Republican Ben Cline — who are vying to replace U.S. Rep Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, in Virginia’s 6th District — attended Monday’s forum at the Lynchburg Business Alliance.

VaNews October 23, 2018



9TH DISTRICT CANDIDATES DISCUSS IMMIGRATION REFORM DURING FINAL DEBATE

By NICK GILMORE, WVTF

As thousands of Central American migrants continue to make their way toward the U.S. southern border, immigration reform took center stage at a debate last night between the two 9th District candidates.

VaNews October 23, 2018