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An extraordinary reconvened session
Virginia Mercury, Ned Oliver et al., April 23, 2020 (Long)

Lawmakers delay minimum wage, maintain election schedule in extraordinary session

Protesters in cars honked endlessly as they circled the Capitol. The Speaker of the House collapsed on the dais as she led a floor session. A lawmaker cast votes from a Plexiglas enclosure.

The typically sleepy reconvened session of the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday fully reflected the bizarre world into which we’ve all been thrust by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If anyone in this room is going to die from the virus if they get it, it’s me,” said Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax, who worked from the transparent enclosure constructed by Senate staff. He said he was still recovering from open heart surgery and a bout of pneumonia.

 

Images from a reconvened session like no other
Virginia Mercury, Robert Zullo , April 22, 2020 (Short)

Images from a reconvened session like no other as lawmakers return to Richmond

Lawmakers were back in Richmond Wednesday for the reconvened, or veto, session, when they act on gubernatorial vetoes and amendments. But, given the pandemic, it was one like no other, drawing right wing protesters opposed to Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order and other social distancing restrictions.

To keep be able to keep their own distance from each other, the House met in a tent on the Capitol grounds, beset by blaring horns from the drive-by protesters and technical difficulties. The Senate met in a space commandeered from the Science Museum of Virginia across town.

Senator Mark Warner’s tuna melt atrocity
13News Now, April 23, 2020 (03:17)
Embattled Dems stockpile cash ahead of November
Virginia Mercury, Robin Bravender, April 28, 2020 (Medium)

Embattled Va. Dems stockpile cash ahead of November

WASHINGTON — Targeted Democratic incumbents from Virginia’s U.S. congressional delegation were padding their war chests as the election year kicked off.

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the landscape for politicians in Virginia and across the country as many have been forced to cut back on active fundraising and campaigning. But the most recent campaign finance reports show that Virginia Democrats who are expected to face the toughest reelection challenges this fall had stocked up more cash than their competitors by the end of March.

The Republican expected to face the toughest race — freshman Rep. Denver Riggleman — had less cash on hand than his top-raising Democratic opponent, although Riggleman has raised nearly twice as much during the election cycle.

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