The Bulletin

GOP cements House majority and more headlines

By: - December 6, 2021 8:09 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• “A three-judge panel overseeing a recount in a close Virginia Beach state House race upheld the Republican candidate’s victory on Friday, a decision that also reaffirms the GOP’s takeover of the chamber and completes the party’s sweep of last month’s elections.”—Associated Press

• Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s victory cost him $20 million in personal money. Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial race shattered state fundraising records.—Associated Press

• Youngkin’s campaign trail pledge to eliminate the grocery tax “would be a big hit to cities and counties across Virginia,” say policy analysts.—WVTF

• Virginia Republicans’ annual gathering at Hot Springs enjoyed an unusually triumphant atmosphere. One lawmaker said it was the happiest one he had attended.—Washington Post

• The latest projection from University of Virginia researchers “indicates COVID-19 cases through the winter will likely stay below levels reached in September, but waning immunity is becoming a key player in individual outcomes.”—Danville Register & Bee

• State officials abruptly announced Sunday that they plan to remove by the end of the year the graffitied pedestal of the Lee statue in Richmond, which the New York Times named the country’s most influential work of protest art since World War II.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “A newly released state-ordered audit found Virginia agencies have failed to competently provide information to the almost half a million residents who speak little to no English, forcing them to navigate documents and websites that barely meet basic standards of translations.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Arlington County, where a quarter of all residents are foreign-born, is struggling what kind of relationship it should have with federal immigration officials, with local activists pushing the county to cut ties entirely.—Washington Post

• Soaring property values in Richmond mean the city could have to pay for as much as $30 million more in school costs split between state and local governments between 2022 and 2024.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The head of the authority that oversees Bristol’s troubled landfill said that if the city had responded to reports of pollution in the site’s wastewater going back to 2018, the current crisis could have been avoided or lessened.—Bristol Herald-Courier

• Local governments in the Roanoke and New River valleys want the upcoming General Assembly to give them more state funding for education, policing and children’s services.—Roanoke Times

• A Norfolk World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of the company that inspired “Band of Brothers” died.—Virginian-Pilot

• Some hunting traditions are disappearing after the state agency that oversees the activity finally discontinued the use of paper check cards to record game totals.—Daily News-Record


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