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Little payoff from state-funded Martinsville institute and more Va. headlines

By: - November 14, 2022

• Martinsville’s state-funded New College Institute is supposed to improve the economic prospects of people in one of the state’s poorest regions. An investigation by the Martinsville Bulletin found the educational facility “spent millions on salaries and programs that offered little payoff.” —Martinsville Bulletin • New history and social science standards rolled out by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s […]

Youngkin ‘cautiously optimistic’ about 15-week abortion ban and more Va. headlines

By: - November 11, 2022

• D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a consumer protection lawsuit accusing the Washington Commanders, franchise owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and league Commissioner Roger Goodell of misleading the public to protect profits.—Washington Post • In an appearance on Fox Business, Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears said it’s time for Republicans to move on from Donald Trump. […]

Youngkin dodges questions about Trump run and more Va. headlines

By: - November 10, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s winning formula in Virginia’s governor’s race mostly didn’t transfer to the 15 GOP gubernatorial candidates he campaigned with ahead of the midterms. Just four had clear victories as of Wednesday. A Youngkin advisor said “every state is different, every candidate is different.”—Washington Post • Youngkin said the midterm results show a “divided country” […]

Dems sweep Roanoke council races while Rs sweep Lynchburg and more Va. headlines

By: - November 9, 2022

• Democrats swept the Roanoke City Council races, ending GOP hopes of electing the first Republican to the body since 2004.—Roanoke Times • Republicans swept Lynchburg City Council elections.—News & Advance • A Republican-backed slate of six candidates swept elections for the Chesapeake School Board.—Virginian-Pilot • Two Virginia Beach School Board members appeared to be in danger of losing […]

Virginia Election Day 2022: Updates

By: - November 8, 2022

As Virginians head to the polls today, Mercury staff are covering how the election unfolds across the commonwealth. On the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot: all 11 Virginia seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The big ones to watch: 2nd Congressional District: Democratic incumbent Elaine Luria v. Republican challenger Jen Kiggans 7th Congressional District: Democratic […]

Election Day in Virginia and more state headlines

By: - November 8, 2022

• U.S. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy spent Election Eve campaigning for Republicans in Virginia. First Lady Jill Biden also stumped for Democrats in Northern Virginia.—POLITICO • A longshot lawsuit aiming to force Virginia to stop using ballot counting machines and hand count every ballot was thrown out of court after state lawyers called it “long […]

Predictions and endorsements ahead of midterms and more Va. headlines

By: - November 7, 2022

• In an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin predicted Republicans will win full control of Congress in the midterms and dodged questions about whether the GOP should try to impeach President Joe Biden.—ABC News • Anti-Trump Republican Liz Cheney endorsed Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger in Virginia’s closely watched 7th District race, saying Spanberger […]

Trump supporters challenge Loudoun voting machines and more Va. headlines

By: - November 4, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office shut down its controversial education tip line in September because it was getting “little to no volume.”—VPM • Jeff Bezos is reportedly interested in buying in the Washington Commanders, possibly in a partnership with Jay-Z.—People • Trump supporters filed a lawsuit challenging Loudoun County’s voting machines, despite the equipment being certified by […]

A glimpse at the Youngkin school tip line emails and more Va. headlines

By: - November 3, 2022

• Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder announced he’s hired a bank to help facilitate a possible sale of the team. Earlier this year, the franchise tried unsuccessfully to get Virginia’s help in building a new stadium.—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • On the same day the Snyder news broke, ESPN reported federal prosecutors in Virginia have opened an […]

A $20,000 FOIA bill on election integrity unit and more Va. headlines

By: - November 2, 2022

• The Virginia NAACP paid a roughly $20,000 FOIA bill to get records related to the election integrity unit Attorney General Jason Miyares created.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Murder charges against the man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Norfolk bar, including a Virginian-Pilot journalist, were dropped Tuesday after two witnesses failed to show up in court.—Virginian-Pilot […]

Another try at automatic voter restoration for felons and more Va. headlines

By: - November 1, 2022

• Metro’s Silver Line extension to Dulles International Airport is set to open Nov. 15, “expanding the system’s footprint deeper into Washington’s suburbs after years of cost overruns and delays.”—Washington Post • Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, says she’ll try again on the long-blocked effort to automatically restore voting rights to Virginians with felony convictions upon release from […]

Controversial Youngkin comments on Pelosi attack and more Va. headlines

By: - October 31, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin didn’t back down from a controversial stump-speech comment he made about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband. “There’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in California,” the governor said.—Washington Post • Federal prosecutors said they lacked evidence to prove that one […]