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HERRING: WITH RECORD MARIJUANA ARRESTS, TIME NOW TO DECRIMINALIZE

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

With arrests for marijuana possession hitting their highest level in 20 years, Attorney General Mark Herring figures Virginia is getting farther and farther out of step with the rest of the nation — and with those stats show our state’s tough on dope stance is hitting African Americans unfairly hard, he’s reiterating his call for decriminalizing marijuana possession. “While other states are moving to a more sensible approach to cannabis, Virginia is still moving in the wrong direction. It makes absolutely no sense,” Herring said.

VaNews July 19, 2019



PROSECUTOR MIKE HERRING SAYS RICHMOND CAN’T COMBAT CRIME WITHOUT ADDRESSING PUBLIC HOUSING

By WHITTNEY EVANS, WCVE

The conversation around demolishing Richmond’s majority black public housing projects has been reignited recently, and one big supporter of this idea is outgoing Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring. He’s resigning next month to become a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods. In an interview before his resignation, he said poverty, specifically in the big six courts is largely to blame for the city’s ongoing battle with crime.

VaNews June 19, 2019



COLLINS, LAROCK DON'T SUPPORT HERRING'S CALL TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring this week called for legalizing recreational marijuana use, but at least two area legislators don’t support the idea.

VaNews June 19, 2019



HERRING CALLS FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN VIRGINIA

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

Attorney General Mark Herring says he will push Virginia to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults — a first for a statewide official in the commonwealth, which has traditionally taken a conservative approach toward drugs.

VaNews June 18, 2019



VIRGINIA AG CALLS FOR STATE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

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

Virginia should stop putting people in jail for simple possession of marijuana because it wrecks too many young lives and in practice targets African Americans, Attorney General Mark Herring says. Herring called for decriminalization, and eventual legalization, of marijuana possession in an op-ed essay published today in the Daily Press.

VaNews June 17, 2019



VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING CALLS FOR DEBT RELIEF FOR DISABLED VETERANS

By LES SMITH, WTKR

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joined Attorneys General from across the country asking the Department of Education to automatically forgive the student loan debt of disabled military veterans. Veterans who are totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service are eligible for debt forgiveness, but Herring says the process is too complicated.

VaNews May 30, 2019



MORSE: HERRING'S "HEALING" PUSH IGNORES PAST EFFORTS

By GORDON C. MORSE, Published in the Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Let's assume that Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has good intentions. Let’s assume, as The Washington Post reported last weekend, that he’s “trying to move past his admission that he wore blackface at a party when he was 19” and that he believes “Virginia needs to reckon with its painful history around race.”

Gordon C. Morse wrote editorials for the Daily Press and The Pilot in the 1980s. He later wrote speeches for Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, then worked for corporate and philanthropic organizations

VaNews May 20, 2019



AFTER RACE SCANDAL, A NEW GOAL FOR HERRING

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring, trying to move past his admission that he wore blackface at a party when he was 19, told a gathering of African American leaders that Virginia needs to reckon with its painful history around race. At Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Leesburg on Thursday night, Herring shared strategies to attract more judges of color, eliminate Confederate symbols from public spaces and reduce hate crimes.

VaNews May 13, 2019



VIRGINIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFERS SOLUTIONS TO RACIAL INEQUALITY

By JAY KORFF, WJLA

A historic African American church was the backdrop Thursday night for a forum on how to counter racial inequities in Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia not with words but with priorities and a plan. “We’ve been too quiet as a county and a commonwealth we’ve just accepted this is just the way it is," says Leesburg Town Council member Ron Campbell.

VaNews May 10, 2019



VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL URGES FCC TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ROBOCALLS, SPOOFING

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Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring joined 41 other attorneys general in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop illegal robocalls and spoofing. In the formal legal comments, the attorney general urged the FCC to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, while also addressing spoofing in text messaging and alternative voice services.

VaNews May 7, 2019