The Bulletin

Failed referenda, a state of emergency for wildfires and more Va. headlines

By: - November 8, 2023 7:30 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• “Voters on Tuesday also cited other issues in addition to abortion, such as the economy, education and crime. But it was clear — particularly in the D.C. suburbs — that many voters were motivated by national issues as much as local concerns. Again and again, they mentioned the southern border, President Biden, former president Donald Trump, Israel, Ukraine, inflation — general dysfunction in Washington feeding a sense that something needs to change, one way or the other.”—Washington Post

• Republican Sen. David Suetterlein’s victory over Democratic Roanoke City Council member Trish White-Boyd in a race for a new Senate seat “means that beginning in January, Democrats will no longer have a state senator from west of the Blue Ridge in the new General Assembly.”—Cardinal News

• Voters in Manassas Park rejected a referendum that would have allowed horse racing-themed slots machines in the city, where Churchill Downs has been pursuing a new Rosie’s Gaming Emporium.—InsideNoVa 

• Gloucester County voters defeated a $39.5 million bond referendum that would have raised real estate taxes by about 3.4% to cover the costs of a new fire station and renovations and improvements to county parks and schools.—WHRO

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency allowing deployment of the Virginia National Guard to assist with the Quaker Run Fire in Madison County and the Tuggles Gap fire in Patrick County after both jumped containment lines over the weekend.—Daily Progress, Martinsville Bulletin


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