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2021-10-20 23:18:55
by Dan McCue
Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat... Read More

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. A widening partisan gap in voter engagement and an apparent shift in issue priorities are bolstering... Read More

Top Democrats Woo Black Voters in Virginia Governor's Race

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry... Read More

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will "show... Read More

2021-09-17 21:12:41
by Dan McCue
Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls

Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election began Friday morning, the start of a 45-day period in which those registered... Read More

Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election began Friday morning, the start of a 45-day period in which those registered to do so can cast ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the House of Delegates and in local races.... Read More

2021-09-08 20:33:39
by Tom Ramstack
Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee Removed in Virginia Capital

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of General Robert E. Lee that has held a prominent place in the former Confederate... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of General Robert E. Lee that has held a prominent place in the former Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, for 131 years was taken down Wednesday morning. Disputes over whether the statue is a symbol... Read More

2021-08-26 15:55:20
by Dan McCue
Port of Virginia, Dominion Energy Reach Deal to Propel Offshore Wind Industry

RICHMOND, Va. - The Port of Virginia says it will lease a portion of its Portsmouth Marine Terminal to Dominion... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - The Port of Virginia says it will lease a portion of its Portsmouth Marine Terminal to Dominion Energy in a bid to accelerate construction of the largest commercial offshore wind farm in the United States, and ensure... Read More

2021-08-12 19:16:45
by Dan McCue
Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in all indoor settings in the state's K-12 schools. The move comes after a handful of school districts in recent days... Read More

2021-08-12 16:05:32
by Dan McCue
Four Years Later, Northam, Biden Reflect on Violence in Charlottesville

Four years after a White supremacist rally left three people dead in the home city of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson,... Read More

Four years after a White supremacist rally left three people dead in the home city of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says there’s “still much work to do” when it comes to... Read More

2021-08-03 14:46:26
by Dan McCue
Virginia to Honor Asian American Pacific Islanders With Historical Markers

RICHMOND -- The state of Virginia will erect five new state historical highway markers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander history... Read More

RICHMOND -- The state of Virginia will erect five new state historical highway markers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander history in the Commonwealth, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. The markers were submitted by Virginia students through the inaugural AAPI Heritage... Read More

2021-08-03 14:31:55
by Alexa Hornbeck
Half of Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals Forced to Close to New Patients Due to Overcrowding

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has struggled for years with patient overcrowding in state mental health... Read More

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has struggled for years with patient overcrowding in state mental health hospitals. Then, on July 9, five out of the eight state psychiatric hospitals were forced to temporarily close to new... Read More

2021-07-16 21:17:07
by Dan McCue
Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to provide universal broadband to its residents by 2024. “It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat... Read More

2021-07-11 12:08:24
by Dan McCue
Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated

While states across the country have been grappling with a delay in the reporting of U.S. Census Bureau data as... Read More

While states across the country have been grappling with a delay in the reporting of U.S. Census Bureau data as they contemplate drawing new election district maps, the pandemic-caused slowing of the information could impact Virginia House of Delegates races... Read More

GOP Candidate's Private Equity Resume Draws Scrutiny in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Newly retired, Judy Pavlick was among hundreds of seniors who enjoyed the low cost-of-living and friendly... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Newly retired, Judy Pavlick was among hundreds of seniors who enjoyed the low cost-of-living and friendly atmosphere at Plaza Del Rey, a sprawling mobile home park in Sunnyvale, California. Then the Carlyle Group acquired the property... Read More

2021-06-21 18:32:54
by Brock Blasdell
Spanberger Secures Commitment for $22.7M in Projects in Pending Infrastructure Bill

Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured central Virginia’s spot today onlist of proposed projects areas that will be covered by the Biden... Read More

Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured central Virginia’s spot today onlist of proposed projects areas that will be covered by the Biden administration’s proposed INVEST in America Act.  If passed, more than $22.7 million in federal resources will be dedicated to infrastructure... Read More

2021-06-09 18:19:03
by Brock Blasdell
Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries

Jack Ciattarelli, a moderate Republican from New Jersey, and Terry McAuliffe, an establishment Democrat from Virginia, both had strong victories... Read More

Jack Ciattarelli, a moderate Republican from New Jersey, and Terry McAuliffe, an establishment Democrat from Virginia, both had strong victories in last night's gubernatorial primaries against their respective party’s political competition. Now in the last stretch of a race to... Read More

2021-06-08 21:05:36
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Teacher Reinstated After Dispute Over Transgender Students

A judge on Tuesday ordered a Leesburg, Va., elementary teacher reinstated in his job after he was suspended for refusing... Read More

A judge on Tuesday ordered a Leesburg, Va., elementary teacher reinstated in his job after he was suspended for refusing to address transgender and nonbinary students according to their gender preferences. Physical education teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross refused to address... Read More

2021-05-08 19:56:16
by Dan McCue
Virginia Republicans to Select Statewide Nominees Saturday

Republicans will gather at 39 sites around Virginia Saturday to choose a slate of statewide candidates, with no choice, of... Read More

Republicans will gather at 39 sites around Virginia Saturday to choose a slate of statewide candidates, with no choice, of course, being more important than that of governor. In a year in which the battle for the future of the... Read More

2021-04-13 13:18:38
by Tom Ramstack
Maryland Enacts Sweeping Reforms to Make Police More Accountable

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland's General Assembly on Saturday enacted the nation’s most sweeping police reform legislation to make officers more... Read More

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland's General Assembly on Saturday enacted the nation’s most sweeping police reform legislation to make officers more accountable to the public. The new rules place more restrictions on use of force and no-knock warrants. Other provisions require... Read More

2021-02-22 21:22:27
by TWN Staff
Northam to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Bill

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in the Commonwealth.... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in the Commonwealth. The legislation now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia... Read More

2021-02-05 19:37:17
by Dan McCue
Governor Wants Virginia Schools to Offer In-Person Learning by March 15

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he wants Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15. “Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” he said during... Read More

2021-01-20 17:18:29
by Sara Wilkerson
Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent... Read More

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a... Read More

2021-01-04 14:36:25
by Sean Trambley
Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund

RICHMOND, Va. – This week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam allocated an additional $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. – This week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam allocated an additional $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund to meet demand for the program and fulfill pending grant applications.  This new funding... Read More

2021 Marquee Contest: Virginia Governor's Race in High Gear

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An unusually broad field of candidates are vying for the governor's seat in Virginia as the... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An unusually broad field of candidates are vying for the governor's seat in Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. Only New Jersey and Virginia are set to elect governors this... Read More

2020-12-21 18:49:37
by Dan McCue
Robert E. Lee No Longer Honored In Capitol's Statuary Hall

WASHINGTON - A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111... Read More

WASHINGTON - A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years was removed from the building Monday morning. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had requested the removal and a state commission... Read More

2020-12-09 18:57:40
by Dan McCue
McAuliffe Makes it Official, He's Running Again for Virginia Governor

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia’s former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a widely anticipated move official Wednesday, announcing he's once again... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia’s former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a widely anticipated move official Wednesday, announcing he's once again running to lead the Commonwealth. The governor's race in Virginia is expected to be one the marquee political contests of... Read More

2020-12-08 16:48:55
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Churches Challenge COVID Rules as Infection Rate Grows

Members of two Virginia churches are trying again in a lawsuit filed on Friday to challenge the governor’s restrictions intended... Read More

Members of two Virginia churches are trying again in a lawsuit filed on Friday to challenge the governor’s restrictions intended to control the spread of coronavirus. The lawsuit says the restrictions Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced in mid-November “discourage the... Read More

2020-11-17 20:19:26
by Dan McCue
Legal Marijuana Could Net Virginia $300 million in Yearly Tax Revenue

Richmond, Va. - Virginia could reap more than $300 million in tax revenue a year if lawmakers were to legalize... Read More

Richmond, Va. - Virginia could reap more than $300 million in tax revenue a year if lawmakers were to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the Commonwealth's legislative watchdog. In a new report, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says... Read More

2020-11-17 16:53:45
by Sara Wilkerson
Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives... Read More

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program.  The tourism body revised its traditional marketing program, creating the... Read More

2020-11-12 21:20:46
by Sean Trambley
Gov. Northam Announces $25 Million in CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Day Support Providers

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will allocate $25 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund monthly retainer payments for day support programs that provide services for Virginians with developmental disabilities.  These... Read More

2020-11-04 17:44:46
by Dan McCue
Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Voters last night approved an amendment to the state constitution that will create a bipartisan redistricting... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Voters last night approved an amendment to the state constitution that will create a bipartisan redistricting commission, putting an end, once and for all, to years of court battles over partisan gerrymandering. With 98% of election... Read More

2020-10-31 01:03:45
by TWN Staff
VA-07: Nick Freitas (R)

About Freitas: Nick Freitas has been married to Tina Freitas since 1999. They have three children, Lillyana, Luke and Alexandria.... Read More

About Freitas: Nick Freitas has been married to Tina Freitas since 1999. They have three children, Lillyana, Luke and Alexandria. His mother was a president of a Republican Women’s organization, and he has been walking precincts for Republican candidates since... Read More

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