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Virginia elections offices hiring PR pros to fight misinformation and more headlines

By: - October 21, 2022

• “To battle misinformation, more elections offices are hiring PR pros.”—WVTF  • Officials said a deadlier form of fentanyl, which is responsible for three-quarters of all overdose deaths in the state, has arrived in Virginia. The lab-made opioids known as nitazenes are estimated to be several times more potent than fentanyl.—Richmond Times-Dispatch   • Virginia is now offering contractor […]

Palmyra court ruling on Afghan child who couple says Marine abducted and more Va. headlines

By: - October 20, 2022

• An Afghan couple is accusing a Marine who previously lived in Virginia of abducting a baby girl they’re related to and were raising after her parents were killed. The Marine, a devout Christian and graduate of Liberty University, says he saved a war orphan who was in danger. “The fate of the Afghan child is […]

Hispanic voters could be key in Vega-Spanberger race and more Va. headlines

By: - October 19, 2022

• Republican congressional candidate Yesli Vega, who’s campaigning heavily against “reckless spending” and for fiscal conservatism, went through bankruptcy in 2009.—Prince William Times • Hispanic voters could be a key demographic in the contest between Vega and Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger—Washington Post • U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., says the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package was too […]

A Caribbean cruise in a Fairfax sheriff’s office contract and more Va. headlines

By: - October 18, 2022

• Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger pulled out of a planned debate Friday with Republican challenger Yesli Yega, citing logistical concerns like the choice of moderator and security plans. Vega had declined to participate in a separate debate last month.—Prince William Times • Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he’ll ask the General Assembly to approve $30 million to help […]

Judge rules in favor of Times-Dispatch in FOIA case and more Va. headlines

By: - October 17, 2022

• Democrats distanced themself from a proposed LGBTQ child abuse bill floated by Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Prince William, even as she claimed its purpose was being misconstrued and wasn’t meant to punish parents who don’t affirm transgender children.—Washington Post • Critics say Albemarle County school leaders quietly disapprove of staffers making displays of LGBTQ support, despite the […]

A bill on parental mistreatment of LGBTQ kids and more Va. headlines

By: - October 14, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s PACs are spending $650,000 to $1 million on ads to help three Republicans running to unseat Democrats in Virginia’s closest midterm contests.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Prince William, says she’s planning to reintroduce a bill to make it easier to punish parents who mistreat or refuse to support an LGBTQ child. “It’s […]

New polling shows nuanced views on abortion and more Va. headlines

By: - October 13, 2022

• A new CNU poll of Virginia voters found a 50% approval rating for Gov. Glenn Youngkin and a slight edge for Democrats on a generic congressional ballot.—Washington Post • The same poll showed nuanced results on abortion. A majority of respondents, 58%, disapproved of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but 51% said they support […]

Luria and Kiggans to debate today and more Va. headlines

By: - October 12, 2022

• Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria and Republican state Sen. Jen Kiggans will debate today in the highly competitive 2nd District congressional contest.—Associated Press • Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of the e-commerce giant,  is opening a training center in Arlington.—Washington Post • A prominent Roanoke lawyer is calling for renaming the city’s federal courthouse. It’s currently […]

Maryland Republicans plan ‘Unite the Right’ event and more Va. headlines

By: - October 11, 2022

• Former Republican congressman Denver Riggleman endorsed Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger in a new ad.—Washington Post • Republican activists in Maryland are planning an event called “Unite the Right.” One of the co-hosts said she had no idea the term was associated with the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.—Baltimore Banner • A lawsuit aiming to block Charlottesville’s […]

Gun group planning push to roll back new state gun laws and more Va. headlines

By: - October 10, 2022

• Former Prince William County registrar Michele White claims her prosecution on charges related to the 2020 election season is a politically motivated ploy to support the creation of an “election integrity unit.” A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jason Miyares called the accusation “utterly false.”—Washington Post • Lance Allen, a Republican running for a state Senate seat […]

Windsor discriminatory policing case moves forward and more headlines

By: - October 7, 2022

• Democratic leaders formally requested an investigation by the Office of the State Inspector General into why tourism officials used the firm that made Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s political ads to make a tourism video featuring the governor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Department of Education refused to release records detailing how Youngkin’s proposed K-12 transgender policy was created.—VPM […]

Fallout over Youngkin tourism ad and more Va. headlines

By: - October 6, 2022

• The CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation said her agency used the firm that made Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s political ads to produce a tourism video featuring the governor partly due to the firm’s “familiarity” with Youngkin. Tourism officials said late Wednesday that the governor’s office had insisted on competitive bidding, even though the firm won […]