Briefs

How we feel about federal agencies now depends on party affiliation

BY: - July 25, 2018

Americans’ feelings about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that enforces laws on border control, customs, trade and immigration, are split almost evenly down the middle, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. But when factoring in respondents’ political affiliations, the difference in opinion is more stark. Seventy-two percent of the […]

UVA Center for Politics: These Virginia congressional races could be Democratic victories

BY: - July 24, 2018

The University of Virginia Center for Politics says the odds that chambers of Congress will be split between parties after the November election are getting better. Democrats now have a slightly better than 50-50 chance of winning a majority in the U.S. House, analyst Kyle Kondik wrote in a newsletter this week. And although Democrats […]

Danville responds to Corey Stewart’s claims about the city

BY: - July 24, 2018

One of Danville’s top elected officials and the Danville Register & Bee took issue with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart’s description of the city during Saturday’s debate. Stewart described Danville as being ground zero for Democrats’ failed economic policies. The city, according to Stewart, is full of boarded-up storefronts, riddled with residents addicted to opioids […]

Lobbyists dodge disclosure, Charlottesville considers an elected mayor and more headlines

BY: and - July 24, 2018

Our round-up of headlines from around the state and elsewhere. Sign up for our newsletter for direct delivery to your inbox every weekday morning. Lobbyists dodge disclosure Recently unmuzzled veteran lobbyist and former journalist Steve Haner, who is now a contributing editor to the public policy blog Bacon’s Rebellion, has a column in the Times-Dispatch about a […]

Bon Secours merging with another Catholic health system

BY: - July 23, 2018

Bon Secours Health, which operates four hospitals in the Richmond area and three in Hampton Roads — in addition to facilities in five other states — is merging with Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio. Once combined, the two entities will “create one of the five largest Catholic health care systems in the […]

Virginia makes more money available for school security grants

BY: - July 23, 2018

With Lee County announcing its intention  earlier this month to become the first school system in Virginia to arm teachers, partly because it’s cheaper than hiring officers, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says an additional $1.3 million is available in grants for police and security. “Ensuring the safety of Virginians, especially of our youth, is a […]

Alternate universe Senate race, update on Unite the Right anniversary and Richmond’s attendance woes, among other headlines

BY: - July 23, 2018

A different result with ranked-choice voting? Could instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, have installed Nick Freitas as the GOP Senate candidate instead of Corey Stewart? Marla McKenna at  The Culpeper Star-Exponent quotes Freitas as in favor of the method, calling it “a solid policy” and pledging to support legislation that would give Virginia voters that […]

COMMENTARY

FROM THE EDITOR: Judge us on our journalism

BY: - July 20, 2018

As Jim Bacon at Bacon’s Rebellion chronicles ably and fairly here, an email by David Poole, executive director of the Virginia Public Access Project, to the nonprofit’s board of directors that raised concerns about the source of our funding, leaked out to a wider audience this week. Poole had asked me for more information beyond […]

Advocacy group will monitor Staunton detention center

BY: - July 20, 2018

The disAbility Law Center of Virginia will look for signs of abuse and neglect at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, the Staunton News Leader reports. Immigrant children being held at the facility have alleged they were “beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering concrete cells,” the […]

Chincoteague looking for new drinking water, mass transit in Pittsylvania and other Va. headlines

BY: - July 20, 2018

Chincoteague looking for new drinking-water wells  Figuring out how widespread contamination at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility from dangerous industrial chemicals used in firefighting foams that made their way into drinking water at the nearby island town of Chincoteague will take years, Sarah Rankin from the AP reports. The Eastern Shore tourist town known for the […]

What a Corey Stewart staffer, a white nationalist Facebook discussion group and an alleged break-in have in common

BY: - July 19, 2018

Here’s a weird one that broke Thursday: Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart says Stephanie Saul, a New York Times reporter seeking an interview with Brian Landrum, a Stewart staffer, entered Landrum’s Woodbridge apartment uninvited, the Washington Post reported. Landrum, who works part-time for Stewart’s campaign as well as for Prince William County, where Stewart […]

Bad week in court for two Virginia public officials and other news from around the state

BY: - July 19, 2018

The trials of two public officials, one current, one former, wrapped up this week. —In Portsmouth, a jury found Councilman Mark Whitaker guilty of falsifying signatures on financial documents but recommended he serve no jail time, the Virginian Pilot reports. —In Danville, former School Board Chairwoman Sharon Jones was sentenced to serve 60 days in […]