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WHY ARE REPUBLICANS ARGUING AGAINST A KEY DRIVER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH?

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

Virginia Republicans — who ordinarily fashion themselves as the pro-business party of economic growth — have taken a position that actually has them arguing against one of the key drivers of economic growth. This seems odd.

VaNews September 20, 2017



POLLS DISAGREE IN VA. GOVERNOR'S RACE: IS NORTHAM AHEAD OR IS IT A TIGHT HORSERACE?

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

Four independent polls made public within days of Tuesday night’s Virginia gubernatorial debate offer sharply different views of the race between two of the three candidates. As Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie faced off in their second debate, three new polls of likely voters indicate the race between them is too close to call. However, a fourth poll released Tuesday reported Northam has a strong lead over Gillespie.

VaNews September 20, 2017



NORFOLK MAY ASK STATE TO LIMIT PROPERTY-AUCTION FEES THAT CAN EARN LAWYERS MORE MONEY THAN THE CITY

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

The City Council may ask state lawmakers to limit the fees attorneys can charge for selling off delinquent taxpayers’ land on Norfolk’s behalf. The legal fees, which were highlighted in a Virginian-Pilot article in August, can reach thousands of dollars – sometimes more than the underlying tax bill. Those charges can make it hard for people to save their properties from the auction block.

VaNews September 20, 2017



POLL FINDS 10 POINT LEAD FOR DEMOCRAT IN VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE; OTHERS SHOW DEAD HEAT

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

Democrat Ralph Northam has a 10-point lead in the Virginia governor’s race, according to a new poll of likely voters released on Tuesday. Quinnipiac University found 51 percent of likely voters supported or were leaning toward Northam, compared to 41 percent for Republican Ed Gillespie. Libertarian Cliff Hyra drew 3 percent.

VaNews September 20, 2017



WHAT NEXT FOR MONUMENT AVENUE?

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

Now that Richmond has had its DEFCON-2 moment over Confederate protests, it would be nice to think the region could settle on a solution to the monuments question and move on. But anyone even passingly familiar with the region’s dithering over the prospect of a new baseball stadium knows that’s probably a pipe dream.

VaNews September 20, 2017



RICHMOND'S TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM NETS $485,000 IN COMMITMENTS IN FIRST MONTH

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

At the halfway point of Mayor Levar Stoney’s two-month tax amnesty period, delinquent taxpayers have committed to pay Richmond $485,000 in back taxes. The sum is current as of Tuesday, said John Wack, the city’s finance director. The program began Aug. 15 and will run through Oct. 16. Stoney’s administration set a goal of recouping $2.4 million owed to the city at the program’s outset.

VaNews September 20, 2017



HOW THE RICHMOND COMMUNITY FEELS ABOUT QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN CITY SCHOOLS

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

Fewer than one in five people in the Richmond community approve of the overall quality of education in Richmond Public Schools, according to a survey done by a consulting firm hired by the division. At Monday’s School Board meeting, Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, the consulting firm hired to assist in the search for a new superintendent, presented its leadership profile report, a document summarizing the input the firm got from the Richmond community in interviews, focus groups and an online survey.

VaNews September 20, 2017



SHROUDING AN HONEST LOOK AT TRUTH

Daily Progress Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Protesters’ shrouding of the Thomas Jefferson statue last week at the University of Virginia was unsettling and ill-omened. And it wasn’t just the shrouding itself that was the problem; it was all the rhetoric that accompanied it — including signs claiming that Mr. Jefferson was a “racist” and a “rapist.”

VaNews September 20, 2017



VA. GUBERNATORIAL CONTENDERS CLASH OVER MONUMENTS, THE ECONOMY IN FIRST TV DEBATE

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

Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie jousted over the economy, race relations in the aftermath of Charlottesville and health care Tuesday night at their most lively encounter yet in the high stakes race for Virginia governor. In their first televised debate, the two contenders sparred over issues in a spirited but genteel manner, and refrained from the personal attacks that have recently begun to flavor their campaign commercials and social media posts.

VaNews September 20, 2017



NORTHAM AND GILLESPIE DEBATE TAXES, MONUMENTS AND TRUMP

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

Democrat Ralph S. Northam painted his rival as a follower of President Donald Trump and Republican Ed Gillespie sought to separate himself from Washington with a wall of state policy proposals Tuesday night in the second debate of Virginia’s governor’s race. Both candidates avoided gaffes and stayed mostly on message during an hourlong debate at the glassy Tysons headquarters of banking giant Capital One, where Gillespie and Northam met for their first televised faceoff after a relatively sleepy summer campaign season.

VaNews September 20, 2017