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Youngkin meets with GOP megadonors and more Virginia headlines

By: - June 29, 2022 7:51 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• “Gov. Glenn Youngkin flew to New York last week to meet privately with GOP megadonors in Manhattan, a move that underscores recent hints that the Republican is considering a run for president in 2024.”—Washington Post

• As the U.S. House’s Jan. 6 committee continues hearings, “many of the Republican lawmakers from Virginia who previously supported former President Donald Trump’s push to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election either try to avoid discussing the panel’s findings or remain unimpressed and convinced that the election had been stolen.”—Cardinal News

• State Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, who is one of four lawmakers convened by Gov. Glenn Youngkin to draft legislation limiting abortion in Virginia, said such a law would not target pregnant women but would likely focus on pulling licenses from doctors who perform abortions after the cutoff.—WTOP

• Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, told Politico that Democrats won’t allow any legislation to limit abortion access out of committee in that chamber. “What a woman does is nobody’s business but hers.”—Politico

• Two Hampton Roads commonwealth’s attorneys joined a group of progressive prosecutors pledging not to use their offices’ resources “to criminalize reproductive health decisions” and to “refrain from prosecuting those who seek, provide, or support abortions.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, who has the authority to break tie votes in the Senate, said she supports banning most abortions after 15 weeks despite comments during her campaign in favor of banning the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which usually occurs around six weeks.—WRIC

• In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling over the ability to carry a concealed weapon, the Virginia Citizens Defense League has expressed interest in suing the city of Richmond over its ordinance banning firearms in many public places.—WRIC

• Energy company Avangrid is proposing to bring underground transmission cables for its Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project ashore in Sandbridge in Virginia Beach, spurring opposition from neighborhood residents.—Virginian-Pilot

• Community members clashed in a tense meeting over whether to remove Jefferson and Madison’s names from a Charlottesville regional library because of their ownership of slaves.—Charlottesville Tomorrow

• Gainesville residents are seeking to recall a Prince William County supervisor over his involvement with a controversial data center project.—InsideNoVa

• Richmond’s mayor is proposing an overhaul of the city’s noise ordinance in response to thousands of annual complaints about protest activities outside clinics that provide abortions, including regular use of megaphones.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The University of Richmond’s rector, who last year became embroiled in a tumultuous debate over building names that eventually led to a faculty censure and vote of no confidence in him, is stepping down at the end of his term.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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