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Progressive prosecutors (mostly) mark victories
A slate of commonwealth’s attorneys promising liberal reforms won elections around the state, with one exception.
The Washington Post reports that progressive candidates won in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William County, promising “sweeping changes such as moving away from the death penalty, dropping prosecutions for marijuana possession, ending cash bail and limiting cooperation with immigration authorities.”
Likewise, The Daily Progress reports that a candidate in Albemarle County outside of Charlottesville successfully beat a Republican incumbent on a promise to bring reforms “in the face of mass incarceration.”
Things went in the opposite direction in Chesterfield County, however, where a reform-minded candidate who won in a special election last year was ousted in favor of a Republican who promised to roll back changes he had made to the office, including decisions to eliminate cash bail and launch a diversion program for felony drug offenders, which local police opposed, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Voters approve two new mini-casinos
Referendums in two localities — one in Northern Virginia and one in Southside — gave Colonial Downs permission to open two new branches of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, bringing the New Kent horse track’s portfolio of slot machine-style game rooms to six locations around the state.
Voters in the Prince William County town of Dumfries approved the facility by a wide margin, with 60 percent of voters signing off on the change. The referendum was tighter in Danville, where only 52 percent of voters said they approved of the change.
“We are extremely pleased,” a Colonial Downs spokesman told the Danville Register & Bee. “It’s great that voters in Danville saw the potential for good jobs and significant tax revenues and making Danville a better place.”
• “The woman who lost her job after displaying her middle finger at President Donald Trump’s motorcade has won a seat on a county board of supervisors in Virginia.”—Associated Press
• A Fairfax County woman says that when she responded to an ad for free dirt, the broker showed up at her house with more than 100 loads, drowning her lawn in the stuff. The contractor insists he only did what she asked, and a lawsuit is pending.—The Washington Post
• The return of the famed Popeye’s chicken sandwich is causing traffic jams in Arlington.—ARLnow
• A Virginia brewery launched a new IPA that takes a shot at the Washington Redskins’ owner, Dan Snyder. Its name: Sell The Team IPA.—WTOP
• A Henrico County man was sentenced to 100 days in jail after he drove his car around the Capitol, ditching the vehicle at the building’s front steps.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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