July 22 thru July 28, 2019

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President Donald J. Trump talks with reporters along the South Lawn of the White House Friday, July 19, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his weekend trip to Bedminster, N.J. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Summary

  • ‘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.

Federal

Send Him Back’; Va. Democrats say they’ll boycott Trump at Jamestown commemoration

By Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – July 20, 2019

Republicans were quick to point out that Trump was invited by Gov. Ralph Northam, who wrote in a letter signed jointly by Republican leaders in the House and Senate that, “Your presence and remarks on this important anniversary would be most appropriate. By lending your voice and insights, you would continue a tradition that has brought numerous prior presidents and world leaders, including Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to Jamestown to reflect on the significance of the place.”

Mueller says report doesn’t exonerate Trump; Va. congressman says it’s time to ‘move on’

By Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – July 24, 2019

Rep. Ben Cline (R-6th), a freshman and the lone Virginia lawmaker to sit on either of the panels that questioned Mueller on Wednesday, slammed what he called Mueller’s “creative” legal theories.

Cline asked whether Attorney General William Barr disagreed with Mueller’s interpretation of the law, but Mueller declined to answer. “I leave that to the attorney general to identify,” he told Cline.

US House

Trump’s Interior Department is sidelining scientists, experts warn lawmakers; Virginia congressmen skip hearing.

By Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – July 25, 2019

A climate change scientist and a former senior executive staffer at the Interior Department told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing Thursday that their work on climate change was stifled and that they experienced retaliation after the Trump administration took offices.

State Executive

Campaign Financing

As Democrats debate campaign finance reform, an intimate mountain retreat with corporate lobbyists continues

By Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – July 24, 2019

Democratic state senators and delegates spent the end of last month holed up with dozens of lobbyists at the Omni Homestead, a remote luxury resort in Bath County.

They soaked up poolside hospitality sponsored by the bankers’ association, took in a golf clinic courtesy of the state’s credit unions and paired off with lobbyists representing telecoms, utilities and other big business interests for activities ranging from ziplining to shotgun shooting.

Elections

General registrars were given a raise, but some may not be seeing it

By Mechelle Hankerson

Virginia Mercury – July 24, 2019

Some Virginia registrars might not be seeing the pay raise the General Assembly approved this year on their checks, Mechelle Hankerson reports. It could have something to do with how the cost sharing between the state and localities for registrars’ salaries works.

State Legislature

400 years of representative government in Virginia

Editorial
Richmond Times-Dispatch – July 27,2019

For a history lesson on the House of Burgesses that met in 1619.

Issues

Immigration

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’

By Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – July 21, 2019

On the day she was scheduled to be deported, Abbie Arevalo-Herrera took up residence at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, where congregants have agreed to shield her from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Just over a year later, the 32-year-old Honduran woman who came to the U.S. seeking asylum says she hasn’t stepped outside once.

Marijuana Legalization

Twenty-year high: Where Virginia police are making the most marijuana arrests

By Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – July 22, 2019

According to the state police, marijuana accounted for 60 percent of drug arrests in the state.

Economy

Coal-dependent counties facing ‘fiscal tsunami,’ report finds

By Sarah Vogelsong
Virginia Mercury – July 22, 2019

Dickenson and Buchanan counties in Southwest Virginia were listed in a new report by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and the Brookings Institution as the fifth and sixth most mining-dependent localities in the nation. The struggles of the industry “jeopardizes the fiscal health of local governments, degrading their abilities to provide adequate public services and issue and serve debt,” Sarah Vogelsong reports.

Environment

Dominion’s new renewable programs are about limiting choice

By Ivy Main
Virginia Mercury – July 22, 2019

Virginia’s largest utility, Dominion Energy, has developed solar projects and new tariffs to serve tech companies and other large customers, but ordinary residents still lack meaningful choices.

“So this spring, Dominion decided to do something about that,” she writes. “The wrong thing, of course. … There is always money to be made by suckering well-meaning folks, but that’s not a good enough reason for the State Corporation Commission to let Dominion do it.

Underwater grass, a key indicator of bay health, stays strong in survey

By Diana Revilla
Virginia Mercury – July 22, 2019

Democracy

Will Reddit un-quarantine its biggest pro-Trump community? CEO Steve Huffman isn’t holding his breath.

By Eric Johnson
Recode – July 26, 2019

/r/The_Donald was punished for hosting “violent content,” and Huffman isn’t convinced the community’s moderators are taking that problem seriously enough.

“Quarantining” does not prevent people from reading or contributing to /r/The_Donald, but it asks new visitors if they’re sure they want to check it out, and a notice at the top of the page reminds everyone to be on better behavior. On the latest episode of Recode Decode With Kara Swisher, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said the goal of the restriction was to put /r/The_Donald on notice but give them a chance to change.

 

 

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