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Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart. (Katrina Tilbury/Capital News Service)

Who’s financing Corey Stewart’s controversial campaign? A baseball team owner, an oil delivery company and a retired developer not sure what he’s running for

BY: - October 23, 2018

Corey Stewart’s fundraising troubles are well established at this point. His opponent, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine has raised more than $20 million for his reelection campaign. Meanwhile, Stewart’s Senate campaign has so far been able to pull in just over $2 million, eschewed by major Republican donors amid constant controversy and past associations with white […]

Photos from Vice President Mike Pence’s stop in Richmond

BY: - October 22, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Richmond on Saturday to campaign for three Republicans running for Congress: 7th District incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, 5th District candidate Denver Riggleman and 4th District candidate Ryan McAdams. Pence met with Brat and Riggleman on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport and later at a private roundtable with […]

Study finds there’s only one state in the U.S. where it’s harder to vote than in Virginia

BY: - October 22, 2018

A recent study from Northern Illinois University ranked Virginia as the second-hardest state to vote in, falling behind only Mississippi. The study used a “Cost of Voting Index,” which judged states based on the ease of registration and other voting laws, with registration deadlines carrying the most weight. Authors of the study considered whether states […]

Virginia Mercury

Surprise, Corey Stewart has a take on murdered WAPO columnist; Richmond detectives clear cases; A puzzling Pence appearance and more headlines

BY: - October 22, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   The Washington Post profiled the Richmond Police Department’s homicide detectives after an analysis earlier this year found they have one of the highest murder clearance rates in the country. (The Washington Post) Vice President Mike Pence came to Richmond and campaigned with […]

‘Ice water on the bonfire:’ Delegate bucks convention on economic development deal

BY: - October 22, 2018

Public officials in Virginia love jobs announcements. The governor trumpets at least a handful every month and elected officials all the way down the food chain, regardless of party, tend to get in on the action, offering laudatory quotes and posing for pictures at ceremonial groundbreakings. So eyebrows collectively shot skyward when Del. Lee Carter, […]

Congressman’s office says staffers accused of participating in forgery scandal are no longer with the campaign

BY: - October 22, 2018

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican, says the campaign staffers who were accused of forging signatures to get a third-party candidate on the ballot are gone. “None of the people accused of any wrongdoing is working with the campaign,” Taylor’s spokesman, Scott Weldon told The Mercury. Talking Points Memo reported […]

Why did Del. Lee Carter tell all last month on Twitter? To beat opponents to the punch.

BY: - October 19, 2018

Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, spent a Friday evening in September on his couch, tweeting every campaign manager’s worst nightmare, The Washington Post reports. “They tried ignoring me, and when that didn’t work they tried redbaiting,” Carter tweeted. “That didn’t work either, so they’re smearing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julia Salazar. Which means they’ll probably try personal smears […]

Virginia Mercury

Virginia’s unemployment rate hits lowest level in 11 years

BY: - October 19, 2018

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row, hitting the lowest number since 2007, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced. “The September 2018 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago and is the lowest rate since the June 2007 rate of 2.9 percent,” Northam’s office […]

Tropical Storm Michael cost Danville $8.7M; Congressmen oppose a Norfolk pipeline and a Roanoke shoe thief who only managed to get the right foot

BY: - October 19, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Danville estimates damage from Tropical Storm Michael totals $8.7 million. Major flooding destroyed four residential structures and damaged another 151. The city’s infrastructure had about $2.9 million in damage. – The Danville Register & Bee A student of Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics […]

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

California professor from 2015 gerrymandering case will redraw Virginia’s voting map

BY: - October 18, 2018

Bernard Grofman, a political science professor at University of California, Irvine, who has worked on another Virginia redistricting case, will redraw more of the state’s voting maps as a court-appointed “special master” to fix 11 House of Delegates districts that were ruled to be racially gerrymandered. The contested districts were originally approved by Republicans and Democrats […]

State secures federal permission for Medicaid expansion and prepares to start enrollment Nov. 1

BY: - October 18, 2018

The federal government has approved all the changes Virginia needed to officially expand its Medicaid program in January, allowing the state to start enrollment on Nov. 1. Virginia must change its state plan amendments in order to increase eligibility for the program to up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $16,753 a year […]

Virginia Mercury

NYT: Northern Virginia seen as increasingly likely contender for Amazon HQ2

BY: - October 18, 2018

The New York Times put the spotlight Thursday on Northern Virginia’s Crystal City as the most likely contender for Amazon’s much sought-after second headquarters, a project that promises 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment. Beyond releasing a list of 20 finalists, Amazon has remained steadfastly silent on its plans, saying it will announce its […]