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A federal investigation of Justin Fairfax allegations and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 26, 2022

•​​​​ “Federal investigators are probing the origin of twin allegations against then-Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, according to five sources who’ve been interviewed by the FBI.”—The Intercept •​​​​ Antisemitic flyers claiming leading Jewish figures at Disney are responsible for “child grooming” were distributed around a Virginia Beach neighborhood over the weekend.—Newsweek •​​​​ The Virginia Employment Commission mistakenly sent […]

Hospital price transparency in Virginia and more state headlines

BY: - July 25, 2022

•​​​​ U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with a group of Democratic Virginia legislators Saturday in Henrico, urging them to protect abortion rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, VPM •​​​​ Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, the lowest it’s been since before the pandemic, but staffing problems persist.—Richmond Times-Dispatch •​​​​ The Novavax COVID-19 […]

COMMENTARY

Unheeded lessons: Torpid U.S. and state monkeypox responses evoke dark early months of COVID

BY: - July 25, 2022

Why is it that when a new transmissible pathogen arrives in Virginia, it seems as though governmental agencies responsible for coordinating the response are mired knee-deep in wet cement? Did COVID-19 teach us nothing? Last week, the Mercury’s Kate Masters revealed that Virginia was behind the curve in responding to monkeypox, a viral infection growing […]

State ends fiscal year with a fat surplus and more headlines

BY: - July 22, 2022

•​​​​ Virginia state government ended the fiscal year with a nearly $2 billion surplus.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to force new House of Delegates elections this year.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • About half of the traffic fatalities Virginia saw in 2021 involved unrestrained passengers or drivers— meaning […]

Mercury reporting prods change in Norfolk and more headlines

BY: - July 21, 2022

• Following an investigative series by the Virginia Mercury, a subsidiary of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will be required to use its “best efforts” to pursue projects in Norfolk instead of elsewhere and will be required to better share profits.—Virginian-Pilot • It’s gonna get hot in most of Eastern Virginia. —NBC12; Virginian-Pilot • […]

U.S. Senate bills would ban fake electors, clear up Electoral College procedures

BY: - July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Wednesday that aims to clarify the 1887 law that governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes following a presidential election. The legislation caps off months of negotiations between Republican and Democratic senators, who hope to remove the vagueness from the Electoral Count Act that led […]

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

BY: - July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear. The 267-157 bipartisan vote stemmed from concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the constitutional right to an […]

Former Gov. Wilder sues VCU prez and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 19, 2022

• A judge tossed a defamation lawsuit filed by the former Virginia Parole Board chairwoman (now Portsmouth’s new city manager) against a Richmond TV station.—Associated Press • Former Gov. Doug Wilder filed a $5 million lawsuit against the president of VCU, which named its school of government after him and where he works as a professor. The […]

Youngkin calls for disaster relief fund after Buchanan flooding and more Va. headlines

BY: - July 18, 2022

• Some residents of Buchanan County say the recent flooding “could nudge the tightknit but dwindling coal-mining community, population 20,000, a little closer to extinction.”—Washington Post • Gov. Glenn Youngkin got a tour of the damage and said Virginia needs a state disaster relief fund.—Cardinal News • At least half of the state remains in […]

Criminalizing the vote: GOP-led states enacted 102 new election penalties after 2020

BY: - July 18, 2022

First in a two-part series During the 2020 election, Rhonda Briggins and her sorority sisters spent days providing voters in metro Atlanta with water and snacks as they waited in long lines at polling places. The lines for early voting and on Election Day at times stretched on for hours. As the national co-chair for […]

U.S. House passes bills to ensure nationwide abortion access, interstate travel

BY: - July 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed legislation Friday that would reinstate access to abortion, though it’s highly unlikely the two bills approved on mostly party-line votes — or more that will come in the weeks ahead — would clear the 50-50 Senate. One measure that House members engaged in passionate debate over Friday would make […]

All residents accounted for after Buchanan flood and more headlines

BY: - July 15, 2022

• All Buchanan County residents appear to be accounted for after flooding that caused “apocalyptic” damage to buildings and roads.—Cardinal News • A 67-year-old Buchanan woman said she survived the night in a tree after escaping her flooded home.—Bristol Herald Courier • A Bedford County library moved a Pride Month display after an aggressive backlash […]