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The lengths Republicans are going to do avoid Corey Stewart; Also, stinkbugs and calculating partisan lean

By: - August 21, 2018 2:00 pm

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

Avoiding Corey
The state’s Republican congressional candidates are going to lengths to avoid appearing with (or even near) Corey Stewart as they campaign for office, citing his past associations with white supremacist groups and penchant for saying things that draw negative attention.

One candidate’s campaign manager told GOP officials to Google him if they didn’t understand why they wanted to keep Corey’s campaign away, reports Patrick Wilson at the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

“I am sure you are aware of some specific statements or photos that Mr. Stewart [has] been quoted on or seen with, and deeply ‘frowned upon’ by the public.’”

That partisan lean
What do delegates Will Morefield and Jeff Bourne have in common? According to VPAP, they represent House of Delegates districts with the most extreme partisan lean at either end of the political spectrum.

A visualization they published yesterday ranks every House and Senate district in what they’re calling the VPAP Index.

More news

  • The Virginia Water Control Board is meeting today to consider how Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline stream crossings should be reviewed. — WVTF
  • The U.S. Supreme Court set a Nov. 5 hearing for arguments in a case seeking to overturn Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. – The Danville Register and Bee
  • A 22-year-old was charged with threatening to kill people at a mosque in Fairfax County. – The Washington Post
  • The Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal named three rare and endangered wild Mongolian horses born earlier this year:  Gobi Wan Kenobi, Seppenhoof and Takhi Twist. – The Washington Post
  • Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, attended a White House event Mondaypraising ICE. – The Roanoke Times
  • Three former colleagues of the Virginia Tech researcher credited with exposing the Flint Water crisis have filed paperwork to get a defamation suit he filed last month dismissed. The original suit claims the former colleagues defamed him in a letter accusing him of, among other things, abusing his scientific authority. – The Roanoke Times
  • A juvenile dusky shark washed up on Virginia Beach. “It was like a scene out of ‘Jaws.’” – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Shaun Brown, the independent congressional candidate Democrats are trying to get removed from the ballot amid a signature scandal, accused state Democrats of “a long history of racism” in a filing seeking to intercede in the suit. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Gov. Ralph Northam will visit one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in the state Friday to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans to English North America. – Daily Press
  • Charlottesville officials say they’ll try to strike a balance on the next anniversary of last year’s deadly Aug. 12 rallies between the lax approach that let the rally spin out of control in the first year and the aggressive response this year that upset some residents. – The Daily Progress
  • Virginia Tech researchers say they think they can control stink bugs by engineering decoy plants that produce mating pheromones and lure them away from farmers’ actual crops. – WVTF

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.