Republican PAC puts improperly released personnel records to use in new ad

BY: - September 6, 2018

Information about Democratic congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger found in improperly released federal personnel records is the focus of a new TV ad. The Congressional Leadership Fund works to get Republicans elected and released five new ads Thursday targeting Democratic candidates in Illinois, New Jersey and California, as well as Spanberger. The ad took aim at […]

Feeling ‘the love’ for Assad; DOC contests solitary confinement allegations; More pipeline treesitters and other headlines

BY: - September 6, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. State Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun, made another trip to Syria, where the state news service reported “he sensed the love of the Syrian people for [Assad’s] army and leadership.” – The Washington Post The Virginia Department of Corrections said allegations that a mentally ill […]

State officials say they no longer use ‘restraint chairs’ detailed in immigrant abuse allegations

BY: - September 6, 2018

Virginia juvenile justice officials say the state hasn’t strapped a child in their custody to a chair since 2015. “We don’t feel it’s necessary to use things like that,” Andrew Block, the director of the Department of Juvenile Justice, told members of the Board of Juvenile Justice at a meeting on Wednesday. But that’s not […]

Independent congressional candidate Shaun Brown outside the John Marshall Courthouse in Richmond on Sept. 5, 2018. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Congressional candidate removed from ballot in case that exposes gaps in state oversight

BY: - September 5, 2018

Shaun Brown, an independent running to represent the 2nd Congressional District in the eastern part of the state, will be removed from the ballot, a judge in Richmond Circuit Court ruled Wednesday. Lawyers for the Virginia Democratic Party asked the court to take remove her because the petitions she submitted to run as an independent […]

Herring goes after Purdue for pushing opioids into Virginia

BY: - September 5, 2018

Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue Pharma pumped opioids into Virginia, lying about the highly addictive quality of the prescription painkillers that have resulted in a seemingly unstoppable opioid epidemic, Attorney General Mark Herring claims. Herring filed a complaint against Purdue in the Circuit Court of Tazewell County early this morning, updating a lawsuit initially filed […]

Solitary confinement challenged; A ‘desperate smear’ in Spanberger-Brat race; Va. AG takes on opioid pill pushers

BY: - September 5, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Mentally ill man held in solitary for 12 years The ACLU of Virginia and the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center are suing the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The suit says convicted murderer Nicolas Reyes’ “mental health has deteriorated greatly over the […]

Virginia may be great for businesses, but a new report says it’s terrible for workers

BY: - September 5, 2018

Virginia leaders have long trumpeted the state’s high rankings in lists of states that are good for businesses. Over Labor Day weekend, the state landed on the wrong end of a different kind of list: The best states for workers. Virginia ranked dead last in the report by Oxfam, a left-leaning charity focused on fighting […]

Caroline County Virginia soybean field

‘I’d prefer they just stay out of it:’ Virginia farmers caught in the middle of trade war

BY: - September 5, 2018

Even as the trade war between the United States and China threatens to dramatically drive down the price of the nation’s top agricultural export, many Virginia soybean farmers are adopting a cautious stance of “wait and see.” “We’re hearing from some farmers that are understandably very upset with the administration because it is affecting the […]

Kaine, Stewart campaign through weekend; back to school through metal detectors; after Red Hen, Rockbridge frees up money for positive messaging

BY: - September 4, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.   Va. Senate: Opioids, Trump and Labor Day The long weekend brings us lots of news from the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Tim Kaine and GOP challenger Corey Stewart. Stewart blamed Medicaid and cheap prescription prices for the opioid crisis and says […]

24/7 vigilance, a live-in lawyer and embracing activism: two months of claiming sanctuary in a Richmond church’s basement

BY: - September 4, 2018

A knock on the locked church doors prompts an unexpected line of interrogation from a congregation member inside: ‘”Who are you? Why are you here?” It’s hard to hear through the heavy glass and the tone is surprisingly tense for a sunny afternoon on a quiet street outside a house of worship. The door eventually […]

The gaping dental gap: As Virginia prepares to expand Medicaid, thousands still lack access to dental care

BY: - September 4, 2018

ROCKY MOUNT — One of the patients the Free Clinic of Franklin County sent to Dr. Brian Alexander had a hole in the roof of her mouth. A dentist, Alexander has cared for dozens of low-income patients referred to him by the free clinic over the last several years. But that woman’s case stands out […]

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

Court says Republicans have to meet Oct. 30 map-redrawing deadline

BY: - August 31, 2018

A three-judge panel rejected Virginia House Republicans’ request to stay the Oct. 31 deadline to redraw 11 racially gerrymandered voting districts until the U.S. Supreme Court gets to the case. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the requested in a Thursday order after the General Assembly convened for a Special […]