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Ned Oliver

Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.

Kaine, Stewart campaign through weekend; back to school through metal detectors; after Red Hen, Rockbridge frees up money for positive messaging

By: - September 4, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   Va. Senate: Opioids, Trump and Labor Day The long weekend brings us lots of news from the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Tim Kaine and GOP challenger Corey Stewart. Stewart blamed Medicaid and cheap prescription prices for the opioid crisis and says […]

24/7 vigilance, a live-in lawyer and embracing activism: two months of claiming sanctuary in a Richmond church’s basement

By: - September 4, 2018

A knock on the locked church doors prompts an unexpected line of interrogation from a congregation member inside: ‘”Who are you? Why are you here?” It’s hard to hear through the heavy glass and the tone is surprisingly tense for a sunny afternoon on a quiet street outside a house of worship. The door eventually […]

Virginia Mercury

USPS: Spanberger release a mistake; New utility bill has a big price tag; Arrests at Albemarle meeting about Confederate symbols

By: - August 31, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Postal Service says release of Spanberger security form was a mistake The U.S. Postal Service acknowledged it released Democratic congressional hopeful Abigail Spanberger’s security clearance application to a GOP group collecting opposition research. The USPS said the release was due to “human error,” Patrick Wilson at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. […]

Virginia Mercury

Encyclopedia Va. won’t remove white supremacy references from United Daughters of the Confederacy entry

By: - August 30, 2018

The editor of Encyclopedia Virginia says the reference website is standing by its entry on the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which includes references to the group’s role promoting white supremacy. The statements came in response to a letter-writing campaign initiated by the Confederate heritage group’s leader, who complained in a letter to members that […]

Virginia Mercury

Inquiry into release of Spanberger’s security form; Newport News dreams big; Albemarle disavows Trump ‘chicken’ and other headlines

By: - August 30, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Post Office ‘looking into’ whether it released Spanberger’s personnel file Former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Dave Brat, a Richmond-area Republican, accused a Republican PAC of obtaining her unredacted security clearance illegally. But it looks like the […]

Explained: What went wrong with the 11 disputed House Districts, including a Republican delegate’s ‘murky recollection’ in court

By: - August 30, 2018

Everyone knows the short version at this point: A panel of federal judges ruled that the General Assembly illegally packed black voters into 11 House of Delegates’ districts and has ordered lawmakers to redraw them, a process that’s beginning today. But the long version is a bit more nuanced and involves two important protections for […]

House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, is flanked by Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, and Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, as he introduces Democrats redistricting proposal. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 29, 2018)

House Democrats’ proposed redistricting plan targets five vulnerable Republicans

By: - August 29, 2018

A redistricting plan floated by Democrats in the House of Delegates this afternoon would move 55,000 black voters out of majority-minority districts that a court has ruled are unconstitutional. Most of them would instead be placed in the districts of five vulnerable Republicans. The plan cuts another two Republicans out of the districts they currently […]

Bird moves into Norfolk, gets its scooters impounded in a whole new Va. city

By: - August 29, 2018

Fresh from getting run out of Richmond by the city’s aggressive towing contractor, an electric scooter rental company popped up in Norfolk on Thursday, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Authorities in Norfolk appear to be acting even quicker than Richmond to get the scooters, which people can rent for $1 with a smartphone app, off city […]

Candidate says PAC illegally got her security clearance; Restraints in public schools; Vikings batted climate change and other headlines

By: - August 29, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Spangberger says PAC illegally obtained her federal security clearance application The former CIA officer running for Congress against Dave Brat, Abigail Spanberger, says there’s no way the Republican group could have gotten the document legally, The New York Times reports. The PAC, meanwhile, insists […]

Virginia State Capitol

During special redistricting session, will Republicans stall, play ball or both?

By: and - August 29, 2018

The General Assembly will reconvene at noon on Thursday, called back to Richmond by Gov. Ralph Northam to address a federal court order requiring lawmakers to redraw 11 House of Delegates districts. The court ruled in June that the districts were racially gerrymandered to contain a set threshold of black voters, diluting their political influence […]

Attorney general says plan to arm teachers in Lee County is unlawful

By: - August 28, 2018

Attorney General Mark Herring said in an opinion Tuesday that a plan approved last month by the Lee County School Board to arm teachers is unlawful. “For five years in a row the General Assembly rejected specific proposals to arm teachers, so there’s really no ambiguity,” Herring said in a statement. In an effort to get […]

A police-shooting jury award; more money for opioid treatment; 5th district race sinks deeper into mud

By: - August 28, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. After four hours of deliberation, a jury found two Virginia Beach police officers acted with gross negligence when they shot and killed a Navy veteran in 2015. The jury cleared two other officers. They recommended $800,000 in compensation be paid to her estate. – The […]