Charlottesville City Council will appeal Confederate monument decision; Mike Pence plans visit to make Spanberger “pay for impeachment” and more headlines

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• Virginia voters want to see Democrats take control of the General Assembly, according to a poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, which found 53 percent of likely voters would like to see Democrats lead the legislature. – The Washington Post
• Charlottesville City Council members voted to appeal a local judge’s ruling that the city can’t remove two Confederate monuments on public property. – The Daily Progress
• Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit the House district represented by Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, as part of a nationwide tour that aims “to make vulnerable House Democrats pay for impeachment.” – Politico
• “An FBI investigation of Atomwaffen Division, a homicidal neo-Nazi guerrilla organization, is gathering steam, with criminal charges filed in recent weeks against two members of its Virginia cell and an active-duty soldier who belongs to an offshoot group.” – Daily Beast
• An audit of the state agency that oversees IT infrastructure found workers in one office went without phones for 27 days, one of many lingering problems as the state transitions its approach to outsourcing tech needs. – Daily Press
• “The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear an appeal from a group of Southwest Virginia landowners whose property was taken, before they were paid, for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.” – The Roanoke Times
• Under the state’s new accreditation standards, a Richmond elementary school where fewer than one in four students passed reading tests retains the state’s seal of approval. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Virginia prisons are relaxing some of their restrictions on group worship activities and providing religiously compliant meals to inmates following a federal investigation.” – Associated Press
• Wegman’s said it will stop using plastic grocery bags and begin charging 5 cents per paper bag at its two Richmond-area stores to test how customers react to a push toward reusable bags “when a change in the law isn’t the driving factor.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The state honored a Greene County man for tagging the largest bear in Virginia during last year’s hunting season  a 484 pound male. “I just kept easing, sneaking, sneaking, easing and got to within 28 yards and I shot my crossbow. I knew he was in the area but I was not bear hunting really. It was the first bear I’d killed in several years. It’s a pretty simple story, really.” – Greene County Record

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Correction: An earlier version of the headline on this post incorrectly stated the location of Pence’s visit. The vice president has not said where in Spanberger’s district he plans to appear.