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Lt. Gov-elect Sears reflects on historic win and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 10, 2021 8:02 am

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• Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears, the first woman of color to win any statewide office in Virginia, toured the Senate chamber over which she will soon preside. “It hit me this morning that a Black lieutenant governor was handing off to another Black lieutenant governor,” she said. “And that has never happened. That is history. And that tells you we’ve got progress.”—Washington Post

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, spoke at length to The Daily about the infrastructure bill, the governor’s race in Virginia and her remark that “nobody elected (Biden) to be F.D.R., they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.”—The New York Times

• White supremacist defendants in the 2017 Unite the Right rally lawsuit are using their time in court “as an opportunity to spew the hate they’ve been banned from some social media platforms for expressing.”—Washington Post

• Medical marijuana businesses in Virginia say they’ve been hampered by a ban on advertising. “We have a ways to go, we have to get the word out. I definitely see the lack of advertising as part of the reason we don’t have 60,000, 80,000 patients (statewide) at this point.”—Richmond BizSense

• “The Supreme Court of Virginia last week declined to hear two appeals related to the Shenandoah County School Board’s decision to rename schools and a mascot with Confederate ties.”—Northern Virginia Daily

• The state-financed bus service Virginia Breeze is launching a daily route between Bristol and Washington, D.C.—Bristol Herald Courier

• The school board in Hanover County voted down a policy that would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Charlottesville’s former police chief filed a discrimination complaint against the city, accusing city leaders and members of the police department of conspiring to fire her.—Daily Progress

• Liberty University filed a countersuit against its former communications director turned whistleblower, demanding $3 million in damages from the former employee and accusing him of playing a major role in the conditions he is now speaking out against.—News & Advance

• Liberty’s former president, Jerry Falwell Jr., is accusing the school of refusing to return his personal property, “including a .38 revolver, the JerryFalwell.com URL, legal files and three horses loaned to the university’s equestrian center.”—Virginia Business

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