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Rappahannock County sends 2A Sanctuary resolution to General Assembly

By EMMET FITZ-HUME, Blue Ridge Independent

The BRI obtained a copy of official letters sent by Garrey W. Curry, Jr.., P.E., the County Administrator for Rappahannock County to the county’s elected members of the General Assembly in Richmond. The letter was sent to both Delegate Michael Webert (VA House of Delegates, 18th District) and Senator Mark Obenshain (VA Senate, 26th District).

VaNews December 6, 2019


Wary of potential Redskins stadium giveaways, Virginia delegate pushes pact with D.C. and Maryland

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

A Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill intended to head off a potential bidding war for a new Redskins stadium, proposing that his state enter into an agreement with Maryland and the District not to provide certain incentives to the National Football League team. The bill from Del. Michael J. Webert (R-Fauquier) would prohibit Virginia from offering the team tax incentives, state or local appropriations or loans to build a stadium in the state.

VaNews January 7, 2019


Northam signs legislation aimed at reopening Colonial Downs

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A new push to revive the shuttered Colonial Downs racetrack is off to a running start with legislation signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday to allow gambling on historical — not live — horse races. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Michael Webert, R-Fauquier, is aimed at reopening Colonial Downs in New Kent County by sweetening the purse for the proposed buyer of the track

VaNews April 10, 2018


With state budget in limbo, Fauquier lawmakers remain split on Medicaid

By JONATHAN HUNLEY, Prince William Times

About 1,600 Fauquier residents would be eligible for Medicaid if the federal health-insurance program is expanded in Virginia, according to a recent analysis, but only one of the county’s four representatives in the General Assembly has so far taken a budget vote that supports that move.

VaNews March 16, 2018


A look at the strange bills from the 2018 General Assembly session

Associated Press

Here is a look at some of this session's oddball bills and how they fared: Dogs in wineries: You could soon be able to bring your dog inside with you on your drinking adventure under legislation that passed both chambers by a wide margin.

VaNews March 11, 2018


As Freitas' guns speech goes viral, Virginia Democrats say slavery remarks reopened racial wounds

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, was riding a wave of national publicity Monday after a fiery pro-gun speech last week that several African-American Democrats condemned as racially insensitive for its references to poverty and slavery. Freitas — one of several Republicans running to take on U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., this fall — appeared on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning to recap his speech,

VaNews March 6, 2018


Senate advances bill to bring betting machines to Colonial Downs in New Kent

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A bill to bring slots-like betting machines to the former Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County passed the Senate with mild opposition on Wednesday. House Bill 1609 by Del. Michael Webert, R-Fauquier, had already passed the House and now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam.

VaNews March 1, 2018


Horse race wagering bill passes General Assembly

By ASHLEY LUCK, Tidewater Review

Legislation that would make a new form of betting legal in Virginia and could help pave a path to allow a new owner to reopen Colonial Downs heads to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. The bill proposed by Del. Michael Webert, R-Marshall, would allow slot-like machines to be used to bet on historical horse races, which are previously contested races that generate winning numbers on the machine.

VaNews March 2, 2018


Virginia lawmakers warm up to new betting machines

By ALAN SUDERMAN , Associated Press

Virginia lawmakers may permit new betting machines at a once-popular horse racetrack after years of batting down pro-gambling measures. The General Assembly is advancing legislation to allow historical race terminals at Colonial Downs, a recently shuttered horse track about 30 miles outside of Richmond. The legislation would allow for machines that let people bet on past horse races without knowing which horse they are betting on.

VaNews February 27, 2018


National Democrats pick their candidate for the 2nd Congressional district

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which usually forswears endorsing candidates in primary races, this year is breaking with that tradition, giving its nod to 24 hopefuls, including Norfolk business owner Elaine Luria in the 2nd Congressional District. Luria hopes to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach.

VaNews February 26, 2018