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Youngkin apologizes for mix-up and more Va. headlines

By: - February 14, 2022

• “Pleas for civility accompanied by a verbal smackdown … are something of a hallmark for Youngkin (R), a political neophyte whose campaign last year depicted him as both a mainstream moderate and a bright red admirer of Donald Trump.”—Washington Post  • Youngkin apologized for mistaking one Black lawmaker for another when he sent a text congratulating […]

Deputy attorney general resigns over Jan. 6 Facebook claims and more Va. headlines

By: - February 11, 2022

• “A top deputy overseeing election issues for Virginia’s new Republican attorney general resigned Thursday after The Washington Post questioned the office about Facebook posts she had made praising rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and falsely claiming President Donald Trump won the 2020 election.”—Washington Post • Democrats in the Virginia Senate […]

House Republicans vote down campaign finance reform and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 10, 2022

• Republicans in the Virginia House voted down a prohibition on using campaign donations for personal expenses like vacations and country club memberships. The measure had passed unanimously last year and was called “the lowest-hanging fruit” by campaign finance reform advocates.—Associated Press • Attorney General Jason Miyares says the office is no longer endorsing an […]

Biden to visit Culpeper Thursday and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 9, 2022

• “President Joe Biden is traveling to Culpeper County on Thursday to call for federal action to lower the price of prescription drugs and other health care costs.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Virginia Senate panel rejected legislation pushed by law enforcement groups to reinstate the death penalty for people convicted of killing police officers.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The EPA is […]

Mandatory minimum sentences endure and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 8, 2022

• “Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) distanced himself Monday from a tweet mocking a teenager that his campaign account posted Saturday, calling it ‘unauthorized,’ but the teen and his mother said they would like an apology after enduring two days of ‘bullying’ on social media.”—Washington Post • Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate voted down legislation that would […]

Judge pauses Youngkin’s school mask order and more Va. headlines

By: - February 7, 2022

• “A judge on Friday temporarily halted Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that sought to allow parents to opt out of classroom mask mandates for their children but had been met with resistance from some school districts.”—Associated Press • The judge who issued the mask ruling, Louise DiMatteo, is married to an Arlington teacher — […]

Lawmakers vote down key pillars of Youngkin’s education plan and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 4, 2022

• Democratic lawmakers in the Virginia Senate voted down key elements of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s education plan, including bills that would have made it easier to open charter schools, required police officers in every school and banned teaching of “divisive concepts.”—Associated Press • Youngkin’s tax cut package suffered another blow when a Senate panel voted to defer […]

Obscene gesture violated Mattaponi chief’s protective order, court finds

By: - February 4, 2022

A member of Virginia’s Mattaponi tribe who has protested tribal government was convicted Thursday of violating a court-issued  protective order by giving the tribal chief the finger in December. Steven “Wahoo” Custalow was sentenced to five days in jail and fined $200 plus court costs by King William County General District Court Judge Stephen A. […]

No rulings yet in lawsuits over Youngkin’s mask order and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 3, 2022

• An Arlington judge says she plans to issue a ruling soon on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order overturning mask mandates. Cases on the issue are also pending in Loudoun County and the Supreme Court of Virginia. “I haven’t decided,” the judge said.—Washington Post • The 27-year-old former student accused of a double shooting at […]

Gunman kills campus officers at Bridgewater and more Va. headlines

By: - February 2, 2022

• A gunman shot and killed two campus officers at Bridgewater College, a small Christian school in Rockingham County. The suspect, a 27-year-old who attended the school, has been charged with two counts of capital murder, among other charges. The two slain officers were close friends, “known to many of us as the ‘dynamic duo,’” said […]

Virginia universities end vaccine mandates and more headlines

By: - February 1, 2022

• At least four state universities — VCU, UVA, Virginia Tech and George Mason — announced they are ending COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students in line with an opinion issued by Attorney General Jason Miyares.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Department of Taxation sent thousands of people in Virginia Beach their neighbors’ tax forms. “It’s just wrong,” one […]

A tussle over VMI’s equity efforts and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 31, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he plans to serve four years, but his aggressive start is fueling speculation he could run for higher office.—Associated Press • The first Black superintendent of VMI took to Facebook to blast critics of the military school’s diversity and equity efforts.—Washington Post • Youngkin went for a face-to-face meeting last week with a […]