Oct. 28 to Nov. 3

Federal: In 2018, nearly 7,000 absentee ballots arrived too late to be counted

State Executive: Gov. Northam announces grant awards for addiction recovery programs at eight Virginia colleges

State Legislature: Virginia state elections offer early political test ahead of 2020 US race

Health and Safety: Record drug overdose deaths projected in Virginia

Civil Rights: Equal Rights Amendment activists are eyeing a win in Virginia. Is now the time?

Campaign Finance: Massive money flows into Virgia as voters signal high interest

Elections: Is the anti-Trump suburban revolt escalating? Watch as Virginia votes on Tuesday

Education: A governor-appointed commission begins work on improving black history education in Virginia

Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2019

Federal: Northam kick off statewide investment program at event in Charlottesville

State Legislature: A multi-millionaire set out to counter Dominion. Now he’s the state’s biggest campaign donor.

Voter Guide: A Q&A with candidates in 18 Richmond-area legislative contests

Technology and Security: Wexton grills Zuckerberg on doctored Pelosi video; Riggleman won’t play ‘stump the dummy’

Education: Virginia’s spending on schools expected to rise by $596 million over two years

Criminal Justice: Black students bear brunt of enforcement as police file more disorderly conduct charges in schools

Campaign Finance: Pink in a field of blue: Female candidates bring in top donations

Oct. 14 thru Oct. 20, 2019

Federal: Federal Commission orders work stopped on Mountain Valley Pipeline

State Legislature: The Blue Wave Faces Its First Test After 2018

Virginia Republicans join with Democrats to codemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

Civil Rights: Virginia Beach will ask the General Assembly to ban conversion therapy

Redistricting: Not time to abandon redistricting reform

Unemployment: Virginia’s unemployment rate is lowest in 18+ years

Voter Turnout: Uptick in student absentee ballots might indicate higher turnout



Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, 2019

Federal: Supreme Court denies appeal of eminent domain for Mountain Valley Pipeline

State Executive: Northam announces $8.79M for community-based justice programs

State Legislature: Mass shooting takes center stage in Virginia Beach State Senate campaign

Economy: This county has the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia

Healthcare: VCU will halt lawsuits against patients for unpaid bills

Environment: For decades, maple syrup was one of Virginia’s best-kept secrets. Now climate change may spell its end.

Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2019

Federal: Virginia Department of Corrections weighs prison nursery for new mothers

State Executive: Attorney General Mark Herring supports legalizing recreational marijuana

State Legislature: Chesterfield GOP kicks Sen. Amanda Chase out of the county party

Civil Rights: Judge upholds Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound, waiting period for abortions

Environment: Virginia’s Dominion Energy to Invest $594 Million in Clean Energy

Education: School accreditation stagnant across state, but Richmond sees some improvement

Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2019

Federal: Republican leaders accuse Northam of breaking deal on Medicaid work rules

State Legislature: Luria, McEachin and Spanberger join calls for impeachment inquiries

Higher Education: How Virginia’s new student loan ombudsman helps borrowers

Environment: Critics warn Trump EPA’s new coal-ash plan will let polluters off the hook

Abortion: Report: Abortion Rate Drops in Virginia, More than Almost Any Other State

Civil Rights: Same-sex unions make up 4 percent of Virginia marriages

Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2019

State Executive: Justin Fairfax lawsuit aims to settle scores, but it could open new chapter in Virginia politics

Issues: Virginia Governor Issues Executive Order for State’s Renewable Energy Goal: 100% by 2050


Sept. 9 to Sept.15, 2019

Federal: 3 couples are suing Virginia after being denied marriage licenses because they refused to disclose their race

Executive: Northam names ODU’s Janice Underwood as Virginia’s first diversity officer

General Assembly:
Will the anti-Trump wave that powered two years of Democratic wins flow into Virginia’s unusual off-off-year elections?

Issues: As cleanup deadline looms, Virginia mulls pushing Chesapeake Bay Act’s reach westward

Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, 2019

Featured Article: Cheat sheet: The House and Senate races most likely to decide control of Virginia’s statehouse

Federal:The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy

Executive: Virginia Republicans thought calling Ralph Northam ‘Gov. Blackface’ would help them. That’s changed.

General Assembly:  Republicans fear drubbing in next round of redistricting

‘A small renaissance’: Pawpaws, George Washington’s favorite fruit, seeing a resurgence

Health and Safety: Virginia deaths rising despite opioid overdose drug spending

Education: Seventeen Questions Every College Should Be Asking

Aug. 26 to Aug. 31, 2019

Featured Article:
Va. military families are living with mold and pests. Will Congress fix it?

Virginia onAir:
Tim O’Shea, Executive Director of Democracy, publishes first update

When You’re Not the ‘Pick of the Establishment’


Dominion earned $278 million more than permitted in 2018, regulators find

General Assembly:
What happens if voters spell Del. Nick Freitas’ name wrong during his write-in campaign
‘Willing to take the political risk’: Del. Ibraheem Samirah explains his brash brand of activist politics

Decades after Brown decision, Virginia is still grappling with school segregation

Virginia Department of Health issues warning on vaping illness

August 19 thru 25, 2019

Featured Article
Virginia finance chief says recession likely: ‘We just need to be prepared’

In effort to ‘modernize’ agency, DEQ is hampered by lack of funding, outdated laws, report finds

Governor Ralph Northam:
‘Farmer’ Northam says Trump’s trade war has cut profits for growers

General Assembly
3 laws that could cut homicides 36 percent and more numbers on guns in Virginia

Virginia Groundwater:
In James City County, a water crisis by 2.83 million (gallon) cuts

Student censorship
Frederick School Board tightens oversight of student publications

Why the Mountain Valley Pipeline is uniquely risky
No moratorium on solar projects in Culpeper County

Fort Monroe 400th Anniversary
Virginia’s other 400-year anniversary


August 12 thru 18, 2019

Featured Article
Sentries, not ‘squad’: Moderate Dems ones to watch for 2020 

Wittman shifts stance on background checks
Female Candidates May Finally Crush the ‘Electability Paradox’

Herring challenging Trump Administration immigration rule, ex-AG Cuccinelli

General Assembly
Virginia Incumbents and Their Challengers Often Have More in Common Than Meets the Eye
Why a Virginia Democrat says he launched a political fundraiser off of a mass shooting that was still unfolding

Health Care
Cleared to leave Virginia’s overcrowded mental hospitals, many patients have nowhere to go
Poll finds most Virginians approve of Medicaid expansion
Health officials have distributed 28,000 clean needles to prevent hep C and HIV, but the law allowing them sunsets next year.

Democracy and the Internet:
New book looks at digital culture’s impact on politics

To stem killings, GOP lawmaker wants to boost violence intervention programs in Virginia

Conservative activist rebukes Virginia Tech’s ‘leftist’ freshman orientation


Aug. 5 thru 11, 2019

Feature Article – Education:
Yearly cost of college increase was the smallest since 2000, new report finds

Va. Dems to Mitch McConnell: Pass languishing gun control bill

General Assembly:
Trump renews calls for red flag laws … Va. GOP voted down earlier this year

Board of Elections member makes unsuccessful push to get Del. Nick Freitas on the ballot

The wrong US response to Russia and China may trigger a “new Cold War,” warns Stanford University’s Larry Diamond

Getting in the way:’ Inside the standoff over the Mountain Valley Pipeline
DEQ orders work stopped on Mountain Valley Pipeline section
SCC partially approves Dominion rider that will increase bills
Northern Virginia continues to dominate advanced energy jobs, report shows

New Richmond Arena:
Richmond considers committing millions in tax revenue to build the state’s largest arena


July 29 thru Aug. 4, 2019

  • Why I Disrupted Trump’s Speech at Jamestown
  • ‘Unjustified and unreasonable’: Navy, Walmart, attorney general and legal aid workers oppose Dominion’s profit push
  • Virginian-Pilot alums launch statewide investigative reporting center
  • Virginia’s Board of Education is considering recommendations to ‘force the hand of the General Assembly’
  • Blue Ridge Caucus: Local GOP committee passes motion of no confidence in Riggleman
  • Black and Latino students may struggle with ‘unsustainable’ student debt, report says
  • Varshini Prakash and the Sunrise Movement’s plan for the Green New Deal
  • Trump shows he can take the high road. He just usually chooses not to.
  • Trump interrupted by state delegate’s protest at Jamestown as black lawmakers boycott president’s appearance
  • Hemp is legal. Marijuana isn’t. State forensic scientists say soon they’ll have tests to tell the two apart
  • Fort Monroe is better protected in the state’s hands, for now
  • Finding peace on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

July 22 thru July 28, 2019

  • ‘Send Him Back’; Va. Democrats say they’ll boycott Trump at Jamestown commemoration
  • ICE ordered her deportation. Instead she’s spent the last year living in a Richmond church. ‘I will not dare to put a foot outside’
  • Twenty-year high: Where Virginia police are making the most marijuana arrests
  • Coal-dependent counties facing ‘fiscal tsunami,’ report finds
  • Dominion’s new renewable programs are about limiting choice
  • As Democrats debate campaign finance reform, an intimate mountain retreat with corporate lobbyists continues
  • Mueller says report doesn’t exonerate Trump; Va. congressman says it’s time to ‘move on’Trump’s Interior Department is sidelining scientists, experts warn lawmakers; Virginia congressmen skip hearing
  • General registrars were given a raise, but some may not be seeing it
  1. 400 years of representative government in Virginia
  2. Will Reddit un-quarantine its biggest pro-Trump community? CEO Steve Huffman isn’t holding his breath.

July 15 to July 21, 2019

  1. In Appalachia, a massive forest is conserved, but mining can still proceed beneath its root
  2. It’s not the NRA’s money that sways Virginia politics: It’s the members.
  3. Dominion’s carbon cutting plans aren’t good enough
  4. Congressional Republicans mostly keep quiet on Trump’s tweets
  5. Virginia plans two new cross-state bus lines, citing success of Blacksburg-D.C. route
  6. House Insurrections Are Here to Stay
  7. Trump effect the top question in Virginia’s key elections
  8. Virginia’s community colleges will offer programs with guaranteed transfer credits next fall
  9. Bill to boost federal minimum wage passes House, likely to fizzle in Senate
  10. Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood

July 8 to July 14, 2019

  • Special session on guns: A big crowd, a quick adjournment, a post-election punt and a confusing charade
  • Gerrymandering fights aren’t over, as states ready remedies
  • Gun control special session: Here’s what to expect
  • Kaine says it’s ‘completely bogus’ to compare his Virginia Tech panel to GOP’s gun plan
  • How will GOP’s get-out-of-Dodge move play in November?
  • Rep. Scott on $15 minimum wage bill: ‘I’d love to campaign on it’
  • Republicans introduce bills restricting guns in government buildings
  • Students activism should shame officials into action
  • Virginia regains No. 1 ranking by CNBC of best states for business

July 1 to July 7, 2019

  • A Day of Sorrow for American Democracy
  • The important 2020 elections not talked about: state legislatures
  • ‘They want our state’: Virginia Republicans and NRA say gun control is just the start of upheaval
  • Elk reintroduction ignites backlash in Southwest Virginia
  • Board of Elections allows Kilgore on ballot
  • Thousands Take Advantage of New License Reinstatement Policy
  • Charlottesville pledges to become carbon neutral by 2050

June 24 to June 30, 2019

  1. We shouldn't get to precipice of disaster: Rep. Spanberger
  2. Poll suggests support for a Democratic majority in the General Assembly has fallen since last year
  3. Virginia’s immigrants making strong contribution to state economy
  4. The Boomers Ruined Everything
  5. Change Virginia’s ‘hush and hurry’ tendency on environmental regulation
  6. State approves new teacher education programs to fight shortage
  7. Bipartisan senators want Big Tech to put a price on your data
  8. Spanberger panel hears from farmers, stockmen
  9. After paperwork lapse, senior House Republican asks state board to put him on the ballot
  10. Kaine met privately with Northam ahead of visit with Va. congressional delegation. ‘It was a positive meeting’
  11. U.S. Senate passes border aid bill, heads to battle with House

June 17 to June 23, 2019

  • Why the last Democrat in the Va. legislature endorsed by the NRA says he now backs gun control efforts
  • The number one form of gun violence in Virginia isn’t homicide. It’s suicide
  • Supreme Court upholds Virginia’s ban on uranium mining
  • Supreme Court rejects Republicans’ appeal in gerrymandering case
  • Terry McAuliffe: What voters really care about isn't what obsesses Washington

June 10 to June 16, 2019

  • After Virginia Tech, survivors advocated for tighter gun laws. Instead they’ve gotten looser
  • Virginia delegation, like rest of U.S. House, splits on party lines on Trump subpoena fight
  • "It’s not a happy election": Primaries see low turnout and confusion over new district
  • Primary Tuesday: GOP delegate felled from the right; Democratic giant barely fends off progressive hopeful; and Morrissey wins (but not from jail this time)
  • Special session on guns could test Virginia Beach delegation
  • Do you have a primary to vote in?
  • VPAP Visualization: How often do voters from one party crash the other party's primary?
  • Democratic legislators call on court to overturn Union Hill permit
  • Solar is powering part of Danville’s resurgence

June 3 to June 9, 2019

> Del. Filler-Corn Awarded for Legislative Excellence - June 3
> McAuliffe Steps In As Virginia’s ‘Surrogate Governor’ For Democrats This Election Season - June 5
> Sen. Kaine: Disturbing pattern of deals with Saudi Arabia - June 6
> A Southwest Virginia primary streetfight mirrors Republican divisions statewide - June 7
> Virginia Explained: State’s primary process is ‘something of a free for all’

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