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FEDERAL JUDGE REJECTS DEMOCRATS’ REQUEST, BUT LEAVES DOOR OPEN FOR NEW ELECTION

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

A federal judge refused Wednesday to issue a temporary restraining order to stop Virginia’s board of elections from certifying the results in two House of Delegates races in which more than 300 voters were apparently assigned to the wrong races. It is unclear how many of those voters cast ballots on Nov. 7.

VaNews November 23, 2017



DUVAL AND STEPHENS: YES, VIRGINIA: WE NEED A FUNCTIONING D.C. METRO SYSTEM

By BARRY DUVAL AND BRYAN K. STEPHENS, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s parting gift to the commonwealth next month will be a budget proposal that recommends creating a dedicated state funding source for Washington’s regional Metro system — a move likely supported by former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, based on the early copy of his report on Metro reforms released last week. Should Governor-elect Ralph Northam follow LaHood and McAuliffe’s lead?

Barry DuVal is CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Bryan K. Stephens is CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber.

VaNews November 23, 2017



JUDGE REJECTS EFFORT TO BLOCK CERTIFICATION OF DELEGATE RACE

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an effort to block the Virginia elections board from certifying the results in a House of Delegates race where election officials say some voters got the wrong ballots. Three voters, represented by a law firm closely aligned with the Democratic Party, asked a judge in federal court in Alexandria to block the certification in a race that could determine control of the House.

VaNews November 23, 2017



RELIGIOUS DAY CARES AVOID LICENSING IN VIRGINIA, BUT MANY STILL TAKE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES

By KATHERINE HAFNER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

For decades, unlicensed church-run day cares in Virginia have used the separation of church and state argument to avoid government oversight, yet more than a quarter of them collectively receive millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies each year.

VaNews November 23, 2017



THESE MAPS FROM THE 2017 GOVERNOR'S RACE SHOW THE URBAN-RURAL POLITICAL DIVIDE IN VIRGINIA

By WILL HOUP, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In Virginia's 2017 governor election, Democrats made a resounding splash ushering in Ralph Northam with a comfortable 9-point margin. As expected, he did well in the metropolitan centers, but, drilling down, the governor-elect’s representation in the more suburban precincts across the state helped propel him to victory while only winning about a third of the cities and counties in the commonwealth.

VaNews November 23, 2017



ELECTIONS BOARD REFUSES TO CERTIFY DISTRICTS’ BALLOTS

By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA

Virginia election officials aren’t quite ready to formally declare a winner in the race for the House of Delegates’ 28th District, as concerns over some voters receiving the wrong ballots have further complicated the hotly disputed contest. The State Board of Elections voted 2-1 on Nov. 20 to indefinitely delay certifying the results in both the 28th District and the 88th District. The race to replace retiring House Speaker Bill Howell has become particularly contentious, as the results could decide control of the chamber

VaNews November 23, 2017



VOTERS FILE NEW COURT CHALLENGE IN 28TH DISTRICT DISPUTE

By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA

Three Fredericksburg voters are hoping to prevent state elections officials from declaring a winner in the controversial race for the House of Delegates’ 28th District, alleging that they received the wrong ballots in the razor-close contest. House Democrats filed legal action in federal court Nov. 21 on behalf of Kenneth and Dolores Lecky and Phillip Ridderhof, all of whom said they were planning on voting for Democrat Josh Cole

VaNews November 23, 2017



SUPPORT IN VIRGINIA IS GROWING FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA

By MONIQUE CALELLO, News Leader (Metered Pay Wall)

In January 2017, at the Virginia General Assembly, Republican state Sen. Jill Vogel submitted medical marijuana bill SB 1298 to the Senate and House. The bill listed 12 conditions that would benefit from cannabidiol or THC-A oil treatment: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitus C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, nail patella, cachexia or wasting syndrome, multiple sclerosis and complex regional pain syndrome.

VaNews November 23, 2017



DEMOCRACY — OR JUST DEMOCRATS — DENIED?

News Virginian Editorial

In Waynesboro, Augusta County and Staunton, we have the good fortune — or the misfortune, depending on your political outlook — to have a single party, namely the Republican, that dominates state and national elections. (Local races are another thing, at least in Staunton, which is about as purple as you can get, though Democrats have a slight edge, and Waynesboro, where Republicans usually have the upper hand, but not by a whole lot.)

VaNews November 23, 2017



FEDERAL JUDGE REJECTS VA. DEMOCRATS' BID TO BAR STATE ELECTIONS OFFICIALS FROM CERTIFYING ELECTION RESULTS

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

A federal judge in Alexandria on Wednesday evening rejected Democrats' emergency bid to halt the State Board of Elections from certifying the vote totals in House District 28, increasing pressure on state elections officials to act in the Fredericksburg-area contest. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria held a hearing on the case by telephone, then denied Democrats' motion for a temporary restraining order. The top Republican in the House of Delegates said that the Democrats' "effort to litigate their way to victory" is failing.

VaNews November 23, 2017