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VaNews for 2019 State Senate - District 16 - Regular General and 2019 State Senate - District 16 - Regular Primary



RACE BEGINS WITH SWAP OF ‘LIE’ CLAIMS

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

The opponents in November’s 16th Senate District election are swapping charges of spreading lies about each other. Democrat Joseph D. Morrissey, who once employed independent challenger Waylin K. Ross as a legislative assistant during his days in the House of Delegates, is accusing Ross of not telling the truth in a recent newspaper interview

VaNews June 20, 2019



FORMER MORRISSEY AIDE QUALIFIES TO RUN AGAINST HIM AS INDEPENDENT

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The only man standing between Joe Morrissey and a spot in the Virginia Senate is a 29-year-old former Morrissey aide who helped Morrissey pull off a statehouse stunt by getting an assault-style rifle onto the House floor. Waylin Ross, a Petersburg native, has filed to run as an independent

VaNews June 18, 2019



DVORAK: ‘FIGHTIN’ JOE’ MORRISSEY IS THE PERFECT DEMOCRAT TO TAKE ON DONALD TRUMP

By PETULA DVORAK, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Here he is, right here in Virginia — the Democrats’ best true hope for winning the White House in 2020: Joe Morrissey. Yes, two dozen Democrats are already vying to take down President Trump. But the proper way to challenge Trump isn’t to aim high with candidates who are experienced and effective lawmakers or Rhodes scholars or Harvard graduates or military veterans — people who have actual plans to solve some of our nation’s biggest crises.

VaNews June 14, 2019



VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WORRY ABOUT ‘FIGHTING JOE’ MORRISSEY AND HIS MAVERICK WAYS

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

Richmond’s most infamous man about town — jailed in his late 50s for his relationship with a 17-year-old girl whom he later married — will have a seat in the Capitol’s august Senate chamber come January. And that has fellow Democrats worried.

VaNews June 13, 2019



WITH PRIMARY WIN, JOE MORRISSEY IS VIRGINIA’S NEWEST COMEBACK KID

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

A scandal-tarred pariah to Virginia’s Democratic Party only five years ago, Joe Morrissey on Tuesday took a giant step toward returning to the General Assembly despite fierce opposition from his party’s leaders. “It’s somewhat sweet that three governors campaigned against me,” said Morrissey, 61

VaNews June 12, 2019



AFTER SCANDAL AND STINT IN JAIL, JOE MORRISSEY WINS VIRGINIA STATE SENATE PRIMARY

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER , JENNA PORTNOY AND LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Democratic voters signaled impatience with establishment politicians in primary elections Tuesday, sending home one high-profile state Senator who had been embraced by top leaders and giving the scare of a lifetime to another.

VaNews June 12, 2019



PETERSBURG 'GROUND ZERO' AS JOE MORRISSEY CHALLENGES SEN. ROSALYN DANCE IN PRIMARY TUESDAY

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, and former Del. Joe Morrissey of Richmond don’t agree on much — the veracity of her campaign literature and his campaign expense reports, for example, much less the rules for a debate between them that never happened.

VaNews June 8, 2019



ISSUES OF RACE AND SCANDAL PULSE THROUGH VIRGINIA PRIMARY CONTEST

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

Rosalyn R. Dance is a black state senator facing a tough Democratic primary challenge in one of the most heavily African American districts in Virginia. And she is getting help from an unlikely source: Gov. Ralph Northam, the white Democrat spurned by his party over a racist yearbook photo and blackface incident from his past.

VaNews June 7, 2019



DANCE BLASTS OPPONENT OVER FINANCE REPORTS

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

State Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance launched an attack on her opponent attack Wednesday, criticizing Joseph D. Morrissey for not being transparent about his political expenditures and choosing to “thumb his nose” at the voters of the 16th Senate District over reporting of those expenses.

VaNews June 6, 2019



16TH SENATE PRIMARY KICKS INTO FIERY HIGH-GEAR

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

With less than a week to go before the June 11 Democratic Senate primary, both campaigns vying for the nomination are not holding anything back in their battle. On Tuesday, the campaigns exchanged barbs over what challenger Joseph D. Morrissey said was a “blatant lie” in incumbent Rosalyn R. Dance’s latest campaign flier claiming Morrissey was a pro-lifer dressed in pro-choice clothing on women’s issues.

VaNews June 5, 2019