Post-crossover speechifying, bipartisan redistricting commission, antifa impersonation, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, delivered a “eulogy for his party’s era of leadership,” telling colleagues that “this was truly an historic week in Richmond,” but “not all history is necessarily good.” Democratic Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, responded that Democrats won because voters “were tired of the restrictive Republican policies on the other side of the aisle.”—The Washington Post

• The day after a 14-hour floor session in the Senate, Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, admonished his colleagues to “exercise some individual discipline” in the number of bills they introduce and stop showing up late so meetings can start on time.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan state redistricting commission is advancing despite opposition among some Democrats.—VPM

• About 300 prison inmates sentenced by juries unaware the state had abolished parole will get their first chance at supervised release under legislation that passed the House and Senate this week.—The Virginian-Pilot

• “A public defender’s office is likely coming to Prince William County after getting overwhelming support from Virginia lawmakers in both chambers. Supporters of the new office say it could prove life-changing for residents of the county who can’t afford private attorneys.”—WAMU

• Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Loudoun, will preside over the U.S. House of Representatives today as the chamber votes on legislation aimed at eliminating the deadline for including the Equal Rights Amendment in the constitution.—The Washington Post

• After the Civil War, most former slave auction sites were forgotten. “Except for the occasional marker or museum, there was no record of the horror of separation suffered by many black families.”—The New York Times

• A judge sentenced a postal worker in Chesapeake to two weeks in jail for renting a storage locker to stockpile mail he was too overwhelmed to deliver.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Naval Station Norfolk tested a drone ship armed with a .50 caliber machine gun to protect the installation from waterborne attacks.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Federal authorities are accusing a disgruntled Civil War reenactor from Virginia of impersonating antifa activists as he threatened other reenactors with bombings, shootings and rapes. Authorities say the 61-year-old sex offender was upset about getting kicked out of a Frederick County reenactment group.—Quartz

• “An orphaned bear cub rescued Wednesday after a pet dog in Washington County gently carried it home will be fostered out to a female bear nursing cubs of her own.”—Bristol Herald Courier

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