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Record $13 billion in biennial state revenues expected and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 17, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Two incumbent Democrats who trail Republican challengers in close races in Virginia’s House of Delegates announced Tuesday that they will seek recounts, leaving control of the chamber in limbo.”—Associated Press • State budget officials are projecting a record $13 billion in new state revenues […]

Northam defends inclusivity push at VMI and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 16, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin told representatives of the tourism industry he will declare Virginia “open for business” the day he is inaugurated. “We will not have shutdowns, we will not have lockdowns — we will be open.” Youngkin has said he would not intervene […]

Widespread teacher burnout and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 15, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Three out of four adult Virginians is fully vaccinated for COVID-19. It’s the highest vaccination rate in the South and the 10th in the nation.—Virginian-Pilot • Ballad Health, the largest healthcare provider in Southwest Virginia, is worried it will lose hundreds of employees who […]

Youngkin won more of the evangelical vote than Trump and other Virginia headlines

By: - November 12, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s wins in congressional districts represented by three Democrats highlight the tough reelection bids the party will face. Youngkin beat McAuliffe by 11 percentage points in Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s Henrico-anchored district and by eight points in Rep. Elaine Luria’s Virginia […]

Youngkin announces transition team and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 11, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin rolled out a transition team that includes four former governors: Republicans Bob McDonnell, Jim Gilmore and George Allen and Democrat L. Douglas Wilder.—Washington Post • The state elections commissioner said recounts are unlikely to change the outcomes of two […]

Lt. Gov-elect Sears reflects on historic win and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 10, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears, the first woman of color to win any statewide office in Virginia, toured the Senate chamber over which she will soon preside. “It hit me this morning that a Black lieutenant governor was handing off to another Black lieutenant […]

Recounts possible for two House races and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 9, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, appears to have cinched support within his caucus to take over as speaker. He and his only announced competition, Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, reached an agreement in which Kilgore would support Gilbert for speaker and Gilbert would […]

Democrats concede House majority and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 8, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Republicans ran up their margins last week in rural counties, showing Democrats who thought they’d bottomed out in the far-flung reaches of the state that they could still sink lower.—New York Times • House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, issued a statement conceding her party […]

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Miyares plans to re-investigate potential Parole Board misconduct and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 5, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A top strategist for Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin says the GOP won back the suburbs because “Democrats have talked so far past their own voters and their own swing voters that they’ve become radicals and revolutionaries.”—POLITICO The Virginia results upended the conventional wisdom that […]

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Republican strategy pivots to schools after Youngkin win and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 4, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger had strong words for President Joe Biden after Democrats’ crushing losses in Virginia. “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R., they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.”—New York Times • Biden downplayed the warning signs for Democrats coming […]

Virginia returns to swing state status and more headlines

By: - November 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Youngkin’s win may provide a playbook for the GOP to compete in suburbs that scorned them in the Trump years.—Associated Press • Opponents of a proposed casino referendum in Richmond declared victory Tuesday night.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Exit polling provides some clues about this year’s Virginia […]

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Today is Election Day and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe made their closing pitches to voters.—NBC12; WTVR; WVTF; Associated Press • The battle for the House of Delegates has seen “an unusual amount of interest” this year, with 91 of 100 seats being contested.—Washington Post • At an invitation-only “tele-rally” that was closed […]