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VaNews for 2020 US Representative - District 7 - Regular General and 2020 US Representative - District 7 - Regular Primary

Freitas reintroduces ‘Tebow’ bill to allow homeschoolers to play public school sports

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

In a session dominated by debate over guns, Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, is again going to bat for home-schooled students. For the second year in a row, the local delegate is chief patron of a measure that would allow children taught at home to participate in public school sports. Also known as the Tebow bill, House Bill 226 was referred Wednesday to a Virginia House of Delegates education subcommittee.

VaNews January 24, 2020

Knaggs claims he can and will defeat Spanberger

By EMILY JENNINGS, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

GOP congressional candidate Andrew Knaggs came to Culpeper with a message of determination. “I can and I will defeat Abigail Spanberger,” Knaggs told about 30 people Saturday morning at the Culpeper County Republican Committee headquarters on Main Street. “All I need is for you to give me that chance.”

VaNews January 23, 2020

Spanberger bill aims to shed light on prescription drug pricing


Chances are you feel the pain when you fill a drug prescription. Prices are skyrocketing for many needed drugs. But there’s a mystery at play: What’s really driving up prices?

VaNews January 18, 2020

Spanberger: Congress must exercise its war powers

By CLINT SCHEMMER, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The authority and responsibility to make war rests with Congress, Rep. Abigail Spanberger said Thursday as the U.S.-Iran crisis prompted the House to reaffirm its war powers. Spanberger, a Democrat representing Central Virginia’s 7th District, voted with a majority of her colleagues to assert that President Donald Trump must seek congressional approval before more military action against Iran.

VaNews January 11, 2020

In Light of Recent Texas Shooting, One Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Allow Guns in Churches


Guns are not allowed in churches during services, at least not now. But Republican Delegate John McGuire wants to change that. He has a bill that would overturn that prohibition. “So I think that whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, I think that it’s a bipartisan issue because we should be able to defend ourselves," McGuire says. "If you look at some strictest cities or towns with the strictest gun laws, they have the most gun deaths. And those victims have the right to defend themselves too.”

VaNews January 10, 2020

Lake Anna’s harmful algae blooms have drawn the attention of a local state delegate

By STAFF REPORT, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Del. John McGuire, R–Louisa, has introduced a resolution asking the Virginia Department of Health to study the algae blooms in Lake Anna. He represents the 56th District, covering Louisa and parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties. McGuire said he decided to bring the matter to the General Assembly after hearing concerns from residents and Louisa’s Board of Supervisors.

VaNews January 9, 2020

Spanberger assesses her freshman year in House

By CLINT SCHEMMER, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

A current Republican talking point is that “Do Nothing Democrats” are obsessed with impeachment. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, the centrist Democrat who represents Central Virginia’s sprawling 7th District, doesn’t buy it. On Friday, her first anniversary as a member of the 166th Congress, Spanberger said she is proud of what she has achieved on health care, broadband access, fair trade, immigration, agriculture and election security.

VaNews January 6, 2020

Cruz endorses Freitas to face Spanberger in 7th

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has endorsed Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Congress next year in the 7th District. Freitas is one of seven Republicans seeking the chance to run against Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th.

VaNews December 20, 2019

Virginians in U.S. House vote along partisan lines on impeachment

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

Virginia’s members of the House of Representatives divided along partisan lines Wednesday in voting on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The seven Democrats in the state’s delegation voted for impeachment. The four Republicans voted against it. Members under the closest watch are Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, and Elaine Luria, D-2nd, who in 2018 flipped GOP-held districts that Republicans hope to win back next year.

VaNews December 19, 2019

Spanberger turns to tough reelection bid in Trump district

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A year ago, Abigail Spanberger was savoring unlikely victory, having defeated Republican Dave Brat to win a seat in Congress. She was eager and inspired, feelings that still stir when she sees the Capitol illuminated against the night sky. “Whatever has caused me to be at the Capitol that I’m leaving after hours and it’s cold and it’s lit up and it’s beautiful, is why I’m here. This is a beautiful symbol,” said Spanberger, a Virginia Democrat whose district includes the suburbs outside Richmond.

VaNews December 16, 2019