Virginia onAir News Digest for 3/30 to 4/5

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“Virginia’s getting a fraction of the protective equipment needed from the federal government, documents show”-Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

“COVID-19 threatens census count. At stake: money, political power.”-Allison Stevens, Virginia Mercury

“How strictly are Virginia’s social distancing orders being enforced? Court records show just a few citations.”-Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations”-Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

Virginia onAir News Digest for 3/23 to 3/29

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“‘We’re talking semantics here’: Northam defends not issuing stay-at-home order for Virginians”-Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

“As groceries fly off shelves, farmers worry about next season’s crop”-Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

“Virginia made big commitments to renewables. What does the economic slump mean for them?”-Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

“Some Virginia cities are pushing to clear jails of nonviolent offenders. Others? Not so much.”-Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

VA onAir News Digest for 3/16 to 3/22

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“Virginia officials say all voters can cast ballots by mail for May municipal elections”-Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works”-Allison Stevens, Virginia Mercury

“Governor faces calls for special session, ‘bolder and swifter action’ on COVID-19”-Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Unemployment Claims in Virginia spiked 1,500% this week”-Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

 

 

Virginia onAir from 3/16 to 3/22

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Interviews with delegates Jason Miyares, Vivian Watts, Karrie Delaney, and Mark Levine

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Virginia onAir from 3/9/20 to 3/15/20

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Interviews with Delegates Alex Askew, Buddy Fowler, Rodney Willett, and Jeremy McPike

VA Senate Sessions: Monday March 9 thru Friday March 13

VA House Sessions: Monday March 9 thru Friday March 13

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Virginia News Digest 3/9/20 to 3/15/20

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“Top health officials warn of coronavirus: ‘It’s going to get worse’ “– Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

“Virus hangs over final day of legislative session as Northam declares state of emergency”– Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

“After standoff, House and Senate to seal deal to stem college tuition costs”– Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

“Schools, welfare and a tunnel: How new Democratic majorities put their mark on their first budget”-Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

 

Virginia News Digest 3/1/20 to 3/7/20

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“Liberal Supreme Court justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case”– Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

“Despite limits on testing capabilities, Northam says Virginia is prepared for coronavirus”-Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

“‘A momentous moment for Virginians’ after General Assembly unanimously passes legislation to end surprise medical bills”– Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

“After intense Dominion lobbying, Senate panel kills bipartisan Fair Energy Bills Act”– Sarah Vogelsong

Virginia onAir from 3/1/20 to 3/7/20

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Interviews with delegates Kirk Cox, Ken Plum, Dan Helmer, Dave Marsden

VA Senate Sessions: Monday March 2 thru Friday March 6

VA House Sessions: Monday March 2 hru Friday March 6

VA Senate Committees: See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings

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VA News Digest 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“Trump acquitted, with just one GOP senator joining with Democrats on removal” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

“General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021” – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“With a big decision coming on redistricting reform, House Democrats fine-tune their options” -Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“After long delay, Democrats unveil Clean Economy Act energy omnibus” – Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

VA News Digest 1/27 to 2/2/20

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“Speaker Eileen Filler-corn addresses 2020 House of Delegates” –  WAVY TV  on Jan.8, 2020

“Absent timely federal vaping regulation, Virginia and other states cobble together a regulatory patchwork” – Bob Lewis, Virginia Mercury

“Setting a deadline for farm conservation practices would be a major step for Virginia water quality” -Matt Kowalski

“Va. has 5 U.S. House rookies. Here’s how they spent their first year.” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

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VA News Digest 1/20 to 1/26/20

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“One day after the big gun rally, House Democrats wipe out GOP firearm bills” –  Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Virginia Senate passes red flag gun law after tightening due process protections” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Va. Senate votes to prohibit conversion therapy, create transgender school policy, repeal gay marriage ban” – Ned Oliver,Virginia Mercury

“My students will not be silenced on climate change — or anything else” – Christine Hirsh-Putnam

Article summaries inside this post.

Weekly Digest – 1/13 to 1/19/20

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“As Virginia Democrats advance new gun restrictions, militias organize, promising to resist” – Ned Oliver and Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

What US election officials could learn from Australia about boosting voter turnout” – Steven Mulroy, Law professor

Va. Democrats face a growing menu of redistricting reform options. Only one binds them for 2021”- Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Democrats seek repeal of mandatory ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period for abortions” -Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Article summaries inside this post.

Repealing mandatory abortion regulations

Title: “Democrats seek repeal of mandatory ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period for abortions”
Author: Graham Moomaw
SourceVirginia Mercury
Date: Jan. 17, 2020

Republicans imposed a 24-hour-waiting period and mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in 2012 when they last controlled both branches of the General Assembly and the Executive Mansion.

Now that Democrats have locked down their own trifecta, party leaders have filed an array bills to roll those and other restrictions back.

“It’s a woman’s right to choose, period,” said Sen. Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, who has filed legislation that would eliminate the ultrasound requirement, waiting period, requirement that women under age 18 obtain parental consent prior to a procedure and eliminate strict building-code requirements imposed on abortion clinics.

Redistricting reform options

Title: “Va. Democrats face a growing menu of redistricting reform options. Only one binds them for 2021”
Author: Graham Moomaw
SourceVirginia Mercury
Date: Jan. 15, 2020;

Virginia’s new Democratic majorities will have at least three different redistricting reform proposals to choose from in the 2020 session. But only one would take away the General Assembly’s constitutional power to redraw the state’s political maps next year.

For years, Democrats have called for the creation of an independent redistricting commission that would reduce or eliminate politicians’ ability to draw safe districts for themselves or their party. After taking power just before the 2021 redistricting process, they’re under a time crunch to figure out how to do it.

 

Australia boosts voter turnout

Title: “What US election officials could learn from Australia about boosting voter turnout
AuthorSteven Mulroy
Source: The Conversation
Date: Jan. 14, 2020

Not every country is plagued by rules that limit voters’ participation in elections, as is common in the United States.

In the past five years, restrictions on voting and voter registration purges have limited the number of Americans eligible to cast ballots.

In addition, the U.S. is the only major democracy that still allows politicians to draw their own district lines, an often-criticized conflict of interest in which public officials essentially pick their voters, rather than the voters picking their officials. That computer-aided gerrymandering of electoral districts reduces the number of districts with competitive races, contributing to low voter turnout.

Perhaps the fundamental problem, though, is that the system yields results the people don’t actually want. Twice in the last two decades, U.S. voters chose a president, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, who got fewer votes than his rival, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton.

All these problems are avoidable and don’t happen in countries that have different voting laws. Perhaps the best example is Australia, a country which is culturally, demographically and socioeconomically similar to the U.S. In my book “Rethinking U.S. Election Law,” written while I lived and studied their system Down Under, I outline many of the ways Australia has solved voting quandaries that persist in the U.S.

Militias organize, promise to resist

Title: “As Virginia Democrats advance new gun restrictions, militias organize, promising to resist
Author: Ned Oliver and Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: Jan. 13, 2020

Opponents of new gun laws in Virginia are organizing militias in the state, but promise they’re not planning to use the new paramilitary organizations to launch a violent insurrection against the government.

“We’re just a group of like-minded individuals trying to protect our rights,” said a man standing in the gravel parking lot of an auto repair shop in rural King William County Sunday, where a “call to muster” had asked anyone interested in forming a local militia to meet for preliminary discussions. “We’re not trying to overthrow anyone.”

Weekly Digest – 1/6 to 1/12/20

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“No, Virginia. The governor’s budget doesn’t fund an 18-officer gun confiscation squad.” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Culpeper rally rouses hundreds for gun rights” – Clint Schemmer, Culpeper Star-Exponent

“‘Madam Speaker’: After 400 years, Filler-Corn becomes first woman to lead Virginia House” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

ERA begins its journey to near certain ratification in Virginia” – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

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