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FRESHMAN DELEGATES LEARN EVEN THE SIMPLEST OF BILLS ARE TOUGH TO PASS

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Let’s check in with the four new delegates from Hampton Roads just over halfway through their first session. Many of them expressed awe at the office and the historic Capitol designed by Jefferson and the little stuff – like the official stationary. They also said it was a lot harder to pass bills than they thought. They submitted 42 bills, and 11 of them have passed the House.

VaNews February 20, 2018



RICHMOND SHOULD CUT ITS LOSSES ON THE REDSKINS

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

Not a single soul in Richmond seems to be pleased with the Redskins training-camp deal these days, and no wonder: The city might soon be on the hook for $750,000 a year to pay off the cost of building the facility. That’s on top of the $500,000 the city is supposed to pay the team for practicing in town. At the same time, the hoped-for ancillary business for food vendors, hotels, and the like has fallen far short of expectations.

VaNews February 20, 2018



HARRY "BOB" PURKEY, FORMER VIRGINIA BEACH DELEGATE, DIES AT 84

By AMY POULTER , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former Del. Harry “Bob” R. Purkey, who represented part of Virginia Beach for 27 years, died Friday. He was 84. Purkey, a Republican member of the General Assembly from 1986- 2013, was once the chairman of the House Finance Committee and, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, and was a member of the House Commerce and Labor and the House Science and Technology committees for several years.

VaNews February 20, 2018



DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS MISTAKENLY RECALLS VOTING IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Dan Ward, one of the three Democrats seeking to challenge Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, was at first stumped during a recent forum when asked if he voted in the 2016 presidential primary. He then said he voted in it. But it turns out he didn’t. “After a moment’s thought, and my wife’s exaggerated head nod, I said I cast my vote but I actually did not vote in the 2016 primary,” Ward said in statement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Monday.

VaNews February 20, 2018



HIGH COURT REJECTS EX-NORFOLK TREASURER ANTHONY BURFOOT'S EFFORTS TO APPEAL REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The state’s highest court has rejected an attempt by former Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot to get some of the back pay he was denied last year after he was suspended and later removed from office. Burfoot’s attorney said his client still believes his removal was premature. Andrew Sacks said there is a chance Burfoot will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that no decision had been made.

VaNews February 20, 2018



8 HAMPTON ROADS ISSUES ADDRESSED IN THE PROPOSED STATE BUDGET

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The House and Senate released their proposed two-year budgets over the weekend. The bombshell news: The House included a Medicaid expansion, with work requirements, into its budget. The two chambers still need to hash out the differences between their proposals before Feb. 28.

VaNews February 20, 2018



USE CARE WHEN CUTTING STATE REGULATIONS

Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

STATE LAWMAKERS say many of the commonwealth’s regulations involving businesses are no longer needed and could be hurting Virginia’s economy and job growth. To address the problem, Del. Michael Webert, R-Fauquier County, introduced HB883, which would reduce regulations through a pilot program targeting two departments with the most regulations: the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

VaNews February 20, 2018



AT CONTENTIOUS MEETING, 5TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS DECIDE TO STICK WITH CONVENTION

By TYLER HAMMEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

After weeks of uncertainty and internal strife, the 5th District Democratic Committee voted Monday evening to stick with a convention for determining which candidate will receive the party’s nomination.

VaNews February 20, 2018



EXPANDING OUR OPTIONS

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

What do you do when you are sure you’ve been right about something, but circumstances change? All too often, if you’re a politician, you just stick to the same old positions, the same old talking points. That’s why this weekend saw something a bit unusual.

VaNews February 20, 2018



LYONS: OFFSHORE ENERGY COULD MEAN MORE JOBS

By JAMES LYONS JR., Published in the Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A compilation of studies over the past 10 years has yielded varying job growth projections, but they all seem to agree on one thing: harnessing oil, natural gas and wind off of Virginia’s coast will create good-paying jobs and benefit our economy.

Adm. James Lyons Jr., USN-Ret., of Warrenton was a U.S. Navy officer for 36 years, most recently as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet,

VaNews February 20, 2018