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IN REDRAWN LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS, CAMPAIGNING CANDIDATES WRITE LETTERS, GO DOOR-TO-DOOR TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, walked into a neighborhood newly attached to his district looking for votes and walked out with a new tighthead prop for the high school rugby team he coaches. That can be the way of things when legislative candidates head out to meet voters, especially when recently-redrawn district lines mean they’re talking to people they’ve never met before.

VaNews September 16, 2019



SIMONDS FOCUSES ON DRUG PRICES

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Sometimes, the important thing about campaigning is what you hear. For Shelly Simonds, seeking to represent Newport News in the General Assembly, that’s included listening to how big a worry the price of medicine is to many constituents — and something that a Maryland legislator she called in her fundraising push mentioned. “This is something that’s really risen to the top as we talk to people on the doors,” she said.

VaNews August 9, 2019



GOT A NEW IDEA ON GUNS, GET A TON OF ANGRY CALLS, YANCEY FINDS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Guns, to be sure, are one of those issues that stir the passions — strong enough that Del. David Yancey’s proposal to give police and prosecutors another tool to investigate gun thefts has prompted angry phone calls accusing the life-long Republican of being a Democrat. His idea was, evidently, a way of becoming famous, since some of the calls came from as far away as Florida and Iowa, says legislative aid Gretchen Heal, who gets to field them.

VaNews July 8, 2019



BOTH PARTIES OPEN TO NEWPORT NEWS LAWMAKER’S BILL TO HELP POLICE TRACK STOLEN GUNS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A GOP legislator’s unexpected proposal to help police track down gun thieves and dealers in stolen weapons is drawing interest from across Richmond’s Capitol Square. Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, thinks a state version of the long-standing federal practice of cutting convicts’ time if they help bring other criminals to justice could cut the flow of stolen guns — which are often used in shootings in Newport News and other cities.

VaNews June 24, 2019



ONE VIRGINIA LAWMAKER HAS AN IDEA FOR A GUN LAW THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY PASS

By DAVE RESS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

As the Democratic governor and GOP legislators square off for a repeat of the usual gun legislation at next month’s post-Virginia Beach mass shooting special session, one Peninsula lawmaker wants to float an entirely new idea. Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says that when he talks to police and prosecutors about guns, they tell him they need more tools to crack down on gun-theft rings and the black market in stolen firearms.

VaNews June 19, 2019



A MOTHER'S STORY AND THE ERA

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A mom’s story, and the words of women from across Newport News, could help break the traditional log jams that’ve blocked Virginia from ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says he’s planning to speak up for the amendment before before the House Privileges and Elections Committee, one of the panels that have in years past blocked the ERA.

VaNews January 21, 2019



LOBBY STALLS NEW RULES ON HIGH-RATE LOANS

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. David Yancey stood before a panel of his colleagues as they considered one of his bills. The legislation aimed to tackle high-interest-rate open end lines of credit, which use a decades-old loophole in Virginia’s usury law originally intended to allow stores to offer charge cards. They charge triple-digit interest rates, and debt can balloon if borrowers only make their basic monthly payments.

VaNews December 31, 2018



HOUSE BILL AIMS TO CLEAN UP RECOUNT CONFUSION AFTER 94TH HOUSE DISTRICT TIEBREAKER

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

When the 94th House District Race ended in a tie and Del. David Yancey's name was pulled out of a bowl, making him the winner, there were questions as to what was next. Could Democrat Shelly Simonds ask for another recount? Many guessed so, but because the event was so rare, almost no one had straight answers and the code was unclear.

VaNews January 17, 2018



BILL WOULD CLARIFY LAW ON RECOUNTS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Nobody really knew what could happen next after state election officials drew Del. David Yancey’s name from a bowl to settle the election in Newport News’ 94th House District. But legislation introduced by Del. Marcus Simon, D-Falls Church, would make it clear the next time such a once-in-lifetime recount ends up with a tie.

VaNews January 17, 2018



SIMONDS CONCEDES, YANCEY TAKES HIS SEAT

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

To Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-McLean, Shelly Simonds was the rightful winner of the 94th District House of Delegates race when she apparently won a recount by a single vote on Dec. 18. But on the first day of the legislative session, all the events since Dec. 18 — a court ruling that tied the race, a legal challenge and a tiebreaker that called Del. David Yancey the winner — didn’t matter.

VaNews January 11, 2018