Briefs

After restaurant raid, Youngkin says state should stop enforcing COVID-19 violations

BY: - December 6, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order Tuesday instructing state agencies to report any punishments they might have handed out during the COVID-19 pandemic and indicated he wants the state to reimburse individuals and businesses who paid “unjust COVID-19 fines and fees.” The order comes a few days after Gourmeltz, a Fredericksburg-area restaurant, was raided […]

Scathing grand jury report on Loudoun schools assaults and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 6, 2022

• A former political consultant for ex-congressman Scott Taylor avoided prison time by pleading no contest to three misdemeanor charges tied to a petition fraud scandal from Taylor’s 2018 election campaign.—Virginian-Pilot • A grand jury report released Monday blasted the Loudoun County school system’s handling of a pair of sexual assaults by the same student last year […]

Virginia Elections Board certifies midterm results with no drama

BY: - December 5, 2022

Virginia’s Republican-controlled State Board of Elections certified the midterm election results in a drama-free, unanimous vote Monday. The vote, which occurred with little discussion and no public comments objecting to the procedure, finalizes a disappointing election cycle for the state GOP. The party gained one additional seat in the state’s congressional delegation after state Sen. […]

Who helped draft Virginia’s new history standards and more headlines

BY: - December 5, 2022

• Former Reagan education secretary William Bennett and several conservative-leaning groups were involved in drafting the new history and social science standards proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration, according to a newly released list.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Tourism Corporation, which stoked controversy by awarding a tourism ad contract to Youngkin’s political ad firm, authorized more than […]

Inadequate education for Fairfax disabled students and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 2, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin bucked tradition by becoming the first governor in almost three decades not to take an overseas trade trip during his first year in the job, a period when he took 19 out-of-state trips for political purposes. A Youngkin spokesman defended the lack of trade missions, saying Youngkin’s extensive business connections made travel […]

COMMENTARY

Miyares’ integrity unit is sop to election deniers  

BY: - December 2, 2022

The state Attorney General’s Office doth protest too much.   Victoria LaCivita, spokeswoman for Attorney General Jason Miyares, says the Virginia NAACP owes the office’s lawyers and other employees “an apology” for reputedly “groundless attacks” about starting a 20-person election integrity unit to root out voting irregularities.   She and Miyares shouldn’t hold their breaths.  The NAACP […]

Parental notification in Loudoun schools and more Va. headlines

BY: - December 1, 2022

• Fresh off a hard-fought election win, Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger wants to fill a new “battleground” leadership position for the U.S. House Democrats. “We have a front-row seat to the concerns of swing voters and voters from various backgrounds and political viewpoints.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Loudoun County School Board approved a policy requiring parental notification for […]

Virginia reports first pediatric flu death of season as cases remain high

BY: - November 30, 2022

Virginia recorded its first influenza-related pediatric death of the 2022-23 flu season Wednesday. According to a release from the Virginia Department of Health, a child between the ages of 5 and 12 in the state’s southwestern region died “from complications associated with influenza.”  “Flu can be a very dangerous illness,” said State Health Commissioner Colin […]

Lawsuit against Chesapeake Walmart over warning signs and more Va. headlines

BY: - November 30, 2022

• A worker at the Chesapeake Walmart filed a $50 million lawsuit claiming the company failed to act on her prior complaints about the coworker who killed six store employees and took his own life in last week’s mass shooting. The suit, which says “employers have a responsibility to understand the warning signs and take threats […]

Vigil in Chesapeake after Walmart shooting and more Va. headlines

BY: - November 29, 2022

• “The suspect in a Southern California triple homicide who died in a shootout with police was a Virginia law enforcement officer who investigators believe drove across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family.”—Associated Press • At a vigil last night in Chesapeake following last week’s mass shooting at a […]

Miyares asks for freeze on loan payments for Pink Energy projects

BY: - November 29, 2022

Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares joined a coalition of states in asking five solar lending companies to freeze loan payments and interest accruals for customers who had solar installed by Pink Energy but haven’t received a working system.  Pink Energy, which also does business as Power Home Solar, filed for bankruptcy this October in North […]

Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin dies at 61

BY: - November 28, 2022

Virginia Congressman Donald McEachin, a Democrat who represented the commonwealth’s 4th District, died Monday night, according to a statement from his office. He had recently won re-election Nov. 8. “Valiantly, for years now, we have watched him fight and triumph over the secondary effects of his colorectal cancer from 2013,” said the statement. “Tonight, he […]