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VaNews for Missy Cotter Smasal

Proposed legislation to impact watermen, farmers, gun owners

By MEGAN SCHIFFRES, Rappahannock Record (Paywall)

The Virginia General Assembly convened its 2020 session January 8 and began the process of considering over 1,000 bills and resolutions that were filed before the session began. ... House Bill 79 and Senate Bill 157, introduced by Del. Barry Knight and Sen. Bill DeSteph of Virginia Beach, propose to adopt regulations on the management of Atlantic menhaden fisheries order to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan.

VaNews January 10, 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

In Virginia Beach, Republicans hold one state Senate seat, lead in another

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Two Virginia Beach state Senate races came down to the wire Tuesday night, with Republicans appearing to have won both. The victories would run counter to a Democratic wave on a night when the party won control of both houses of the General Assembly.

VaNews November 6, 2019

Virginia Beach mass shooting takes center stage in Senate race

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A Navy veteran is using the topic of gun violence prevention to try to swing a GOP senate district blue during a crucial election year for the General Assembly. The site of the Virginia Beach mass shooting lies in the 8th Senate District, where the two candidates — Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal and Republican Sen. Bill DeSteph — are fighting over the airwaves on what to do about gun violence.

VaNews October 29, 2019

Gun policy gets its biggest political test in the Virginia Beach district that suffered mass shooting

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The ad begins with grainy footage of the municipal building, somber music and a woman’s voice: “May 31 started out like any other day,” Karen Havekost says, then describes walking out of the bathroom at work and seeing a gunman on a rampage that killed 12 people. She slams her state senator, Republican William R. DeSteph Jr., for failing to “make a difference” on gun violence. The campaign ad — sponsored by DeSteph’s Democratic opponent, Missy Cotter Smasal — has stirred raw feelings in Virginia Beach

VaNews October 19, 2019

Virginia Beach mass shooting being used in attack ad against GOP

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

One of the people who was in the building during the Virginia Beach mass shooting appears in a new gun-control-themed ad for a Democratic state Senate candidate trying to unseat the incumbent Republican who represents part of Virginia Beach.

VaNews October 1, 2019

Could changes be coming to Virginia’s alcohol laws?


For years, restaurant owners have struggled through the tangled bureaucracy of getting and keeping state permission to serve liquor. Virginia’s alcohol control laws — from its decision to keep retail liquor sales under the state’s purview and the liquor ratio rule that effectively bans bars — are relics of the post-Prohibition era.

VaNews January 4, 2019