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CANDIDATES SHARPLY DISAGREE ON GUNS IN VIRGINIA GOV'S RACE

By ALAN SUDERMAN , Associated Press

The two major party candidates in Virginia's race for governor sharply disagree when it comes to guns. Republican Ed Gillespie has an A rating from the National Rifle Association. He pledged to "oppose any and all attempts to weaken the Second Amendment."

VaNews October 20, 2017



VIRGINIA NEEDS TO SAVE MORE FOR A RAINY DAY

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

STANDARD & Poor Global announced this week that it would continue its “negative outlook” on Virginia bonds made six months ago because the commonwealth has been tapping into its Revenue Stabilization Fund (popularly known as the rainy day fund) and may not have sufficient reserves to weather another economic downturn.

VaNews October 20, 2017



RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL PANEL SUPPORTS SETTING SURPLUS FUNDS ASIDE FOR ROAD, SIDEWALK PROJECTS

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

A Richmond City Council panel on Thursday endorsed setting aside a portion of the city’s still undetermined surplus from the previous fiscal year to pay for road and sidewalk improvements. The council’s Finance Committee recommended the creation of a reserve fund balance to pay for up to $2 million in infrastructure improvements: $1.25 million for road projects and $750,000 for sidewalk repairs. Councilwoman Kristen Larson, the 4th District representative, proposed setting the funds aside for an area of the budget she called “extremely underfunded.”

VaNews October 20, 2017



VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES TO FACE OFF IN FINAL DEBATE

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia’s two attorney general candidates, locked in a low-profile but increasingly heated and expensive campaign, will debate Friday in Leesburg, their second and final formal matchup before the Nov. 7 election.

VaNews October 20, 2017



WILL VIRGINIA BE A NATIONAL REFERENDUM?

By ERICH REIMER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Many eyes in the nation are on Virginia, as the gubernatorial election has risen to national prominence not only because it is the only truly contested regular statewide election in the country this year but also because of the big names that are increasingly intervening.

VaNews October 20, 2017



RALPH NORTHAM IS NOT A CORPORATE STOOGE. CUT HIM SOME SLACK.

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

Oh, come on. Certain critics of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline want you to fret and furrow your brow over the fact that Ralph Northam, Virginia's lieutenant governor and the Democratic candidate for governor, owns stock in Dominion, which wants to build the pipeline. They worry his financial interest - a few tens of thousands of dollars, at least according to a 2013 report - could sway his decisions concerning the company. They note, for instance, that as a state senator he voted for a pro-Dominion bill four years ago. (He also has voted against Dominion interests.)

VaNews October 20, 2017



OBAMA BACK ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO RALLY FOR RALPH NORTHAM IN RICHMOND

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

Former president Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Thursday to deliver a catharsis to a raucous crowd of thousands despondent over the presidency of Donald Trump. And he sought to channel their frustrations into electing Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s high-stakes gubernatorial election that is just three weeks away.

VaNews October 20, 2017



SPEAKING TO THOUSANDS IN RICHMOND, OBAMA URGES VIRGINIA VOTERS TO 'REACH OUT FOR HOPE, NOT FEAR'

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

Speaking to a crowd of roughly 7,500 in downtown Richmond on Thursday night, former President Barack Obama urged Virginians to “reach out for hope, not fear” by supporting Democrat Ralph Northam for governor in an election now less than three weeks away.

VaNews October 20, 2017



STUDENT-DRIVEN RACIALLY CHARGED DISPLAYS RAISE QUESTIONS IN HENRICO, CHESTERFIELD

By MICHAEL O’CONNOR AND VANESSA REMMERS , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Racially insensitive displays by middle and high school students in Henrico and Chesterfield counties have fueled investigations and introspection in recent weeks. In Henrico, school and law enforcement officials have been looking into an obscene video originally posted on Snapchat that is laced with racist comments. The video shows middle school students simulating sex acts on their black peers and came to light on Wednesday in a local news report.

VaNews October 20, 2017



HAMPTON ROADS' CONGRESSMEN LAUD THEIR CAMARADERIE AT NORFOLK EVENT, BUT SHOW THEY'RE WIDE APART ON TAX CUTS

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

Hampton Roads’ four congressmen eagerly stressed at a luncheon Thursday that they work closely together on many issues such as defense spending, a linchpin of the region’s economy. But they also displayed sharp partisan differences on fundamental issues such as taxes and health care.

VaNews October 20, 2017