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Northam-backed bill would levy 35% tax on electronic 'skill' games; casino competition intensifies

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam has upped the ante for regulating electronic “skill” games with a proposed 35% tax on gross profits and a limit of five for each location, as the battle over expanded gaming in Virginia intensifies in the new General Assembly. Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, has introduced legislation on behalf of the Northam administration for the Virginia Lottery to license, regulate and tax a fast-emerging business that has become its biggest competitor

VaNews January 17, 2020

Republican Sen. DeSteph worries General Assembly committee assignments will impact Virginia Beach


There’s already a fallout over Republicans not being in control for this year’s General Assembly session, and it could hurt Virginia’s largest city, Virginia Beach. The General Assembly handled committee assignments Thursday. Democrats control the assignments, and a Democratic leader, Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, told WAVY News Wednesday both parties would be treated fairly.

VaNews January 10, 2020

Virginia’s Legislative Black Caucus swells to 23

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, is still a little giddy. “We all thought it was too good to be true,” the chairman of Virginia’s legislative black caucus said of Tuesday’s election results. “I’m still in pinch-me mode.”

VaNews November 7, 2019

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

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 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

Richmond Mayor Stoney advocates for House version of state budget, which has more funds for city schools

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is again turning to state legislators for help fund the city’s public schools. At a brief news conference Monday, Stoney endorsed the House of Delegates version of the state budget, which would mean $2.4 million more for Richmond Public Schools compared with the Senate version. A group of 13 negotiators from the House and Senate is hammering out a budget compromise in conference.

VaNews March 6, 2018

At session’s midpoint, black legislators hail success

By THOMAS JETT, VCU Capital News Service

African-American lawmakers said Monday they have been successful this legislative session in addressing the problem of food deserts, funding apprenticeships for high school students and relaxing overly harsh school disciplinary policies.

VaNews February 21, 2018

House passes utility overhaul with crucial amendment aimed at "double dip"

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The House of Delegates passed its own version of a major utility regulatory overhaul Tuesday, a day after nearly unanimously approving a key amendment intended to prevent Virginia utilities from charging customers twice for billions of dollars in new spending to upgrade the electric grid and build new renewable energy generation.

VaNews February 14, 2018

What A Battle Over Virginia’s Most Powerful Monopoly Can Teach Democrats Everywhere

By DANIEL MARANS, Huffington Post

A few days into Virginia’s 2018 legislative session, a Democratic delegate named Sam Rasoul stood on the floor of the state House and gave a speech straight from the angry populist heart of his party’s new national platform. It wasn’t just a criticism of corporate monopoly, though it certainly was that. It was a jeremiad against the politics of monopoly, wherein politicians at all levels truckle to the very entities they have both the power and the popular support to regulate.

VaNews February 13, 2018

Facing new scrutiny, powerful utility turns to old friends

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

When the Democratic Party of Virginia publicly criticized a Republican state senator a few years ago for being too cozy with Dominion Energy, the state’s biggest corporate political donor vented to one of its most reliable political allies. “I was very disappointed to see this, especially considering how our company has supported Democrats over the years,” Dominion executive Bob Blue wrote in an email to Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw. “As you know, many of us have been personal supporters as well.”

VaNews January 30, 2018

Bills are filed to overhaul controversial 2015 utility rate freeze

By ROBERT ZULLO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The legislative battle over how to reset the regulatory landscape for Virginia's two largest electric utilities — nearly three years after the controversial 2015 rate-freeze law that has allowed Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power to keep millions in excess earnings — can now begin in earnest. Watched for since the powerful Senate Commerce and Labor Committee killed a rate-freeze repeal bill Monday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers filed a sweeping, Dominion-backed legislative package Friday

VaNews January 20, 2018