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Andy Schmookler: How far would Trump go if he could?

When I was growing up, we kids were admonished not to take for granted our blessings in living in a free society. This was in the wake of World War II, when a lot of people had made great sacrifices to defend our liberties against tyranny.

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Sierra Club: Gov. Northam’s electric vehicle initiative ‘a wise investment’

Today, Gov. Northam announced a partnership with EVgo Services to develop a statewide public electric vehicle charging network utilizing funds from the Volkswagen settlement.


Northam announces selection of EVgo to develop public electric vehicle charging network

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Notice of Intent to Award a contract to EVgo Services to develop a statewide public electric vehicle charging network.

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Democratic social in Staunton on Aug. 14

The Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro Democratic Committees will enjoy a social gathering on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 6-8 p.m. 


Northam announces $180,000 in Community Business Launch Funding

Governor Ralph Northam today announced $180,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards for five communities in Virginia.

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Landes files legislation to lower costs on prepaid 529 tuition contracts

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Chairman of the House Education Committee, filed his first piece of legislation for the 2019 General Assembly session today.

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VCU Poll: Kaine leads U.S. Senate race by 23 points

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine holds a 23-point lead — 49 percent to 26 percent — over Republican Corey Stewart among likely voters in Virginia’s Senate race.

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Northam announces $2 million in grants for new youth training, employment initiative

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of a $2 million initiative to attract young adults in Virginia to high-demand jobs through FastForward training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges.

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Virginia State Police announces leadership changes

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, announced additional advancements involving department leadership.


Tri-Caucus members oppose weaker clean car standards

Members of the Tri-Caucus sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in opposition to the Trump Administration’s recently announced plan to weaken federal clean car standards.


Northam, Chesapeake Executive Council sign directive in support of farmers

Representatives from the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the EPA signed a directive in support of increasing technical assistance to the farmers of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Warner, Kaine announce $11.7 million for improvements at Virginia airports

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that nearly twenty Virginia airports will receive a total of $11,725,371 in federal funding.

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Morgan Griffith: Help for veterans

Although the Veterans Administration was formally organized during the Herbert Hoover presidency, benefits for veterans can trace their roots to near the nation’s birth.

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Letter: Reader backs Anthony Flaccavento for 9th District seat in Congress

As a farmer and voter in Virginia’s 9th District I want to tell you why I’m supporting Anthony Flaccavento to become our new congressional representative.


McEachin announces $345,000+ grant award for VCU

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced a Health and Humans Services (HHS) grant awarded to VCU for the study of the drug ethanol in C.Elegans, a primitive organism that shares man of the characteristics that are problems in human biology.

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VDOT invites innovators to hackathon, idea jam on Aug. 17-18

VDOT invites developers, planners, futurists and data enthusiasts to the third installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam Series set for Aug. 17-18 in Roanoke.


NRCS unveils conservation strategy to improve health of Chesapeake Bay watershed

The USDA today released an action plan that outlines goals for using Farm Bill conservation programs to help agricultural producers improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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McEachin joins bipartisan effort urging Senate-level funding for Chesapeake Bay in Farm Bill

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) signed a letter with a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers urging funding for the Chesapeake Bay in the final version of the Farm Bill.


Fight fire with fire: Or starve it of oxygen

I wrote this last year, and I think it needs reinforcing: that if we’d just ignore the white power losers when they have their little rallies, they’d just go away.

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Virginia DEQ requires Mountain Valley Pipeline to stabilize soils during work stoppage

Late on Friday, Aug. 3, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a stop work order for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Federal court throws out key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today threw out the National Park Service’s permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a case argued by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Another rainbow flag story

I wrote a while back about my wife and I replacing the American flag on our front porch with a rainbow flag after the events of Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville.


VCU to lead evaluation of Virginia Medicaid expansion

The Department of Medical Assistance Services has selected a team of VCU School of Medicine faculty members to lead a multiyear evaluation of Medicaid expansion in the state.


Muslim Advocates demands answers regarding federally-funded programs targeting Muslims

Muslim Advocates has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security to obtain documents related to the its recent Countering Violent Extremism grant to the National Governors Association.

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TV Ad: Tim Kaine focuses on building ‘An Economy That Works For All’

In the first TV ad of his 2018 Senate campaign, entitled “Skills,” Senator Tim Kaine focuses on building “an economy that works for all” by spotlighting his efforts in the Senate to expand and strengthen job training.