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Battle over new elections next year continues, pipeline protest and more headlines

By: - December 13, 2021

• Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General filed a brief seeking to dismiss a lawsuit that calls for new elections in the state House of Delegates next year.—WVTF • Federal and state officials are putting restrictions on aid to Afghan refugees as local resettlement groups struggle to keep up with an influx in demand.—Washington Post • The […]

Northam pushes for more HBCU funding, ‘pirate boat’ removed and more headlines

By: - December 10, 2021

• “The newly proposed Virginia congressional map sent candidates scrambling Thursday to rethink their campaigns after the draft gutted the state’s competitive 7th Congressional District and moved it to a completely new part of the state.”—Washington Post • Continuing his farewell tour, Gov. Ralph Northam announced he will include an additional $297 million in his […]

Republicans solidify two-seat majority in Va. House of Delegates and more state headlines

By: - December 9, 2021

• Republicans solidified their two-seat majority in the House of Delegates after a recount affirmed Republican A.C. Cordoza’s win over Democratic incumbent Martha Mugler in a close race in Hampton.—Washington Post • “New maps proposed in Virginia’s redistricting process published Wednesday could deliver more compact districts and slightly more political opportunity for voters of color, but result […]

Details on Youngkin inauguration, troopers sue over overtime and more headlines

By: - December 8, 2021

• “Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is planning a celebratory inaugural weekend that will include a mix of high-dollar ticketed events and other functions open to the public, according to a program that also touts an appearance by an unspecified Grammy-winning musical artist.”—Associated Press • As Gov. Ralph Northam continues his farewell tour of the […]

Skill game ban injunction, a teacher raise proposal and more Va. headlines

By: - December 7, 2021

• A federal judge temporarily halted enforcement of the state’s ban on skill games until a trial scheduled for May.—Associated Press • Gov. Ralph Northam will propose a 10 percent raise for teachers over the next two years as part of his outgoing budget proposal.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • “Virginia’s tax code is likely to dominate the […]

GOP cements House majority and more headlines

By: - December 6, 2021

• “A three-judge panel overseeing a recount in a close Virginia Beach state House race upheld the Republican candidate’s victory on Friday, a decision that also reaffirms the GOP’s takeover of the chamber and completes the party’s sweep of last month’s elections.”—Associated Press • Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s victory cost him $20 million in personal […]

Ballad Health suspends employee vaccine mandate and more Virginia headlines

By: - December 3, 2021

• Ballad Health System, a major provider in Southwest Virginia, suspended its vaccine mandate for employees after a judge issued an injunction on the federal mandate. The health system had worried it could lose as much as a third of its workforce.—Bristol Herald Courier • Recount results are still underway from the race between Del. […]

Recount underway in contested Va. House district and more state headlines

By: - December 2, 2021

• “One of the two outstanding vote recounts that will settle whether Virginia Republicans have reclaimed the majority in the House of Delegates is set to get underway Thursday in Virginia Beach.”—Associated Press • The family of Donovon Lynch, shot and killed by police responding to a shooting on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, is calling […]

Black parents say views sidelined in education debates and more Va. headlines

By: - December 1, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler, D-Virginia Beach, accused Sheriff Ken Stolle (R) of firing her husband after she raised concerns that another employee of the department was present at the Jan. 6 insurrection. Stolle said the dismissal was unrelated and that none of his employees […]

State monitoring COVID through sewage and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The state is deploying more than two dozen sewage monitoring sites to monitor for COVID-19 infections.—Danville Register & Bee • A misinformation campaign targeting Latino voters during the gubernatorial election included Spanish-language news stories that falsely claimed Biden had ordered the arrest of a […]

Youngkin’s transition teams and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 29, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s “landing teams” of transition advisers are “heavy on Republican lawmakers to help set up his administration ahead of the Jan. 15 inauguration.”—Washington Post • What you need to know about the omicron variant.—Daily Progress • It’s not just newly empowered Republicans who are […]

Closing arguments conclude in Unite the Right rally trial and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 19, 2021

• Closing arguments concluded in the lawsuit that seeks to hold organizers of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville financially responsible for the death and injury of protesters. The jury is expected to begin its deliberations today.—Daily Progress • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin “played a starring role” at the Republican Governors Association’s annual conference. “The […]