Another Stewart staffer steps in it; cheating at a Richmond elementary school and other headlines

BY: - July 31, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Corey Stewart staffer called majority black cities “shitholes” His senate campaign has paid more than $100,000 to the consultant, whose racist social media posts were first reported by the Daily Beast. Rich Shafton, who works as Stewart’s spokesman, called majority-black cities “shitholes” and said football […]

Virginia’s senators pan Trump’s interference in new FBI headquarters project

BY: - July 30, 2018

For five years, the federal government has been planning for a new FBI headquarters to replace the J. Edgar Hoover building on Pennsylvania Avenue. A location in Springfield was among three finalists for a new building to house all 11,000 Washington-area FBI employees, according to a statement Monday from U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark […]

‘Bigfoots like sex, too:’ What congressional candidate Denver Riggleman wrote about sasquatch

BY: - July 30, 2018

Guns, grilled cheese and bacon are just a few things that could help you catch a glimpse of Bigfoot, according to congressional candidate Denver Riggleman. Riggleman’s interest in the legendary cryptid took center stage in Virginia over the weekend when his opponent, Democrat Leslie Cockburn, seized on past social media posts by Riggleman that she […]

Stiffer marijuana penalties for black residents; Habeeb to step down; RIP Butterfly Kisses

BY: - July 30, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Black Virginia residents face stiffer marijuana penalties They’re also more likely to be charged in the first place, making up 50 percent of all first-time arrests, reports Dave Ress at the Daily Press. That’s despite black residents representing just a fifth of the population […]

Photos: Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in full swing

BY: - July 30, 2018

Ongoing legal fights and permitting questions aside, construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia is in full swing. Hundreds of workers have flooded into the state to clear trees and install massive sections of 42-inch pipe. These photos show the state of construction in Montgomery County, where workers are still in the process of […]

Amid push from younger progressives, how much socialism are Democrats willing to embrace?

BY: - July 30, 2018

From a shouting match on “The View” to surveys that show the word has lost its Cold War stigma for millennials, socialism has been having a moment since New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a socialist, took down a longtime Democrat last month in the party’s primary election. Some Democratic leaders have rejected […]

Del. Greg Habeeb to leave the legislature

BY: - July 27, 2018

Republican Del. Greg Habeeb announced he will give up his spot in the state legislature, forcing a special election for his Roanoke-area district. “It has been my honor to serve you, but I passionately believe in our founders’ vision of a citizen legislature where regular people step up, take their turn at bat and then […]

Federal appeals court vacates Mountain Valley Pipeline approvals

BY: - July 27, 2018

In a significant victory for environmental groups and other opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond has vacated approvals that allowed the 300-mile natural gas pipeline, which is currently under construction, to cross the Jefferson National Forest near the Virginia-West Virginia border. In response to […]

Chesapeake Bay clean-up: Pennsylvania lagging in reducing pollution

BY: - July 27, 2018

The federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a largely positive assessment Friday of efforts to stem the flow of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution into the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.  Cutting those pollutants from farms, sewage treatment plants and municipal and suburban stormwater systems has been key to the recovery of the […]

Richmond’s yearly reminder that hosting the Redskins is a bad deal and other headlines

BY: - July 27, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The Redskins returned to summer training camp in Richmond, prompting a fresh round of agonizing about how terrible the agreement with the team has been for the city. Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council Members marked the occasion by reiterating they would rather […]

State lawmakers again urge Northam to act on pipelines

BY: - July 27, 2018

With a crucial meeting of the State Water Control Board looming next month on water-quality reviews for a pair of contentious natural gas pipelines, Democratic state lawmakers again urged Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday to halt the projects and insist on a stream-by-stream review of the hundreds of spots where they will cross Virginia waterways. “We […]

Blocked by-law proposals at Virginia’s largest electric cooperative prompt complaint to state regulators

BY: - July 27, 2018

Members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia’s largest co-op, have filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission in an effort to force a vote on more transparency at the organization, which provides electricity to more than 160,000 member owners in parts of 22 Virginia counties. Behind the petition —which seeks an injunction from regulators at […]