Another idea near proposed Norfolk casino; New campaign finance reports show Republicans with advantage and other headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, made waves when he called himself a Democratic Socialist. He knows most of his bills won’t pass in Virginia but thinks it’s important to try. “One of the biggest things has been trying to keep in mind that by electing a socialist, my constituents have made the choice to reject the status quo,” he said. “They want someone to go and fight, even if that person is on the losing end.” – The New York Times
  • Republicans are preparing for a tough campaign season to keep their slim majority in the legislature. The newly released campaign finance data shows where Republicans feel the most vulnerable, experts say. – The Daily Press
  • Two bills in the General Assembly would let schools off the hook for making up lost time if the governor issues evacuation orders, like during Hurricane Florence in September. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Lawmakers from Hampton Roads and Richmond want to expand a tax break that would incentivize landlords to rent to people who use housing vouchers. The proposals face an uphill battle in the legislature. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • A big-time Democratic donor in the Charlottesville area donated $100,000 to Sally Hudson, a University of Virginia professor challenging former House Minority Leader Del. David Toscano. – The Daily Progress
  • Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger was part of a bipartisan group of Congress members who met with President Donald Trump to discuss the government shutdown. “If I am given the opportunity to speak directly with the president and voice how the shutdown is hurting the people in my district, I think it would be a dereliction of my duty to not use that opportunity,” she said. – The Washington Post
  • John C. Whitbeck, the former head of Virginia’s Republican Party, announced he will take on a Democrat for the lead role on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. In an increasingly Democratic area, Whitbeck said he will focus on issues like traffic congestion and affordable housing. – The Washington Post
  • Lee County Public Schools wants a circuit court judge to order the state to let the school officials become a special conservators of the peace, which the county thinks would allow them to carry a gun on school property. – The Washington Post
  • There’s another development proposal near the site of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s proposed casino in Norfolk. The Foundation for the Advancement of African Descendants sent an unsolicited plan to the city for a $300 million African art museum and 26-story hotel. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • A bridge in Waynesboro that’s been closed for two years might finally get the repair it needs, thanks to recently discovered federal funding. – The News Leader


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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach.