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Virginia Supreme Court Rejects GOP Redistricting Nominees
Redistricting
Virginia Supreme Court Rejects GOP Redistricting Nominees
2021-11-13 16:18:55
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — In a unanimous ruling, the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday rejected all three Republicans nominated to help it draw new legislative district maps based on 2020 census data. The move is the latest development since a bipartisan... Read More

Political News
Youngkin Wins In Virginia; In Stunner, NJ Remains Too Close to Call
2021-11-03 17:42:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a race widely seen as an early referendum on the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats. As of Wednesday morning, with... Read More

In The States
Virginia Gives Democrats a Test of Black Turnout Before 2022

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University's homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. "Everybody I talked... Read More

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

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

In The States
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 McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will "show... Read More

Social Media
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit
2021-10-12 18:40:45
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your... Read More

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

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

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

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

Law
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
2021-09-02 20:34:36
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns. The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, cited... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In The States
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 atmosphere at Plaza Del Rey, a sprawling mobile home park in Sunnyvale, California. Then the Carlyle Group acquired the property... Read More

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

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

Elections
New Jersey, Virginia to Hold Statewide Primaries Tuesday
2021-06-05 16:15:34
by TWN Staff

New Jersey and Virginia will both hold statewide primaries on June 8.  New Jersey will hold primaries for governor, state Senate, and state House. Virginia will hold Democratic primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.  In addition, both parties... Read More

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

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

In The States
Virginia Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults
2021-04-16 18:41:46
by TWN Staff

RICHMOND -- The Commonwealth of Virginia is expanding eligibility to get a COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 16 or older, beginning Sunday. The expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program— approximately half of all... Read More

Taxes
Spanberger Calls on IRS to Extend Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
2021-03-15 20:41:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to immediately extend the 2020 tax filing deadline an additional three months — to July 15, 2021. Central Virginia taxpayers currently have until Thursday, April 15, 2021... Read More

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

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

State News
Virginia Lawmakers Set to Abolish Long-Standing Death Penalty
2021-01-22 16:42:28
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia General Assembly bill introduced last week to abolish the death penalty has the added backing of the governor in a state that has led the nation in the number of convicts given capital punishment. At... Read More

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

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

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

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

State News
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 marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. Only New Jersey and Virginia are set to elect governors this... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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