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Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Unvaccinated horse tests positive for West Nile Virus

- The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year.
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Northam announces $4.2 million in GO Virginia grants

- Governor Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $4,217,500.
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VCU poll: Virginians see schools as safe, look increasingly to mental health approaches to school safety

- A new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU finds that Virginians increasingly see mental health approaches as important for school safety.
Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces two grant awards for Chesterfield County

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced two grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded to Chesterfield County.
Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces $30+ million in housing grants

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced numerous grants for localities throughout the Fourth Congressional District awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
ralph northam

Pressure mounts on Northam to oppose Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline

- Today, 54 Virginia organizations and businesses sent a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam asking him to visit the land and communities at risk from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas, and to oppose the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.
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Morgan Griffith: 2018 healthcare checkup

- On August 7, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $500,000 grant to the Health Wagon for construction of a healthcare clinic in Clintwood.
ralph northam

Northam, Richmond Road Runners Club to host 5K race, kids run

- Registration is open for the inaugural Governor’s Race 5K and First Lady’s Kids Run. The event is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the OnTheSquareVA employee engagement initiative, and the Richmond Road Runners Club.
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Northam launches Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement campaign to combat drunk driving

- Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia DMV joined with local and state police to preview the upcoming period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend.
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Warner, Kaine announce $750K for drug courts in Harrisonburg, Richmond

- U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $400,000 in federal funding for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Drug Court Program and $350,000 in federal funding for the Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court (RADTC) Program.
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Kaine legislation to support military spouses becomes law

- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine comments on President Trump signing into law the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a majority of Kaine’s military spouse employment provisions.
Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine urge VA Secretary to review political influence at Department of Veterans Affairs

- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) joined Senate colleagues urging the recently confirmed VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to review the actions taken by unconfirmed appointees in advance of Secretary Wilkie’s arrival.
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House Democratic Leader renews call for redistricting in second letter to House Speaker

- On Monday, Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano sent a letter to Speaker Kirk Cox requesting a special session to redraw 11 districts deemed by the courts to be racially gerrymandered.
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Bobby Goodlatte backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis for father’s seat

- Bobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the midterm election, tweeting that 2018 is the “year to flip districts.”
virginia

Northam issues report reviewing Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center allegations

- Governor Ralph Northam released the results of a review conducted by the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice into allegations of abuse at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Augusta County.
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Mark Obenshain on EVgo: ‘Social(ist) engineering’

- State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham) released the following statement today in response to the Governor's recent announcement for EVgo to set up electric vehicle charging stations. 
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Don’t fall for an imitation: Deal with the real Virginia DMV online

- There is only one place to access Virginia DMV products and services securely, conveniently, and without extra processing fees: www.dmvNOW.com. All others are third-party pretenders.
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Ken Plum: Old dogs and new tricks

- Regardless of the old adage, it is possible to teach old dogs new tricks. In fact, if old dogs are to survive in a modern world characterized by rapid change they must adopt many new tricks of survival and adaptation.
dominion energy

SCC sets schedule to consider Dominion Energy offshore wind energy project

- The State Corporation Commission has scheduled a hearing to receive public testimony on a petition from Dominion Energy Virginia to construct and operate an offshore wind generating project.
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Blue Ridge Parkway seeks public comment on bridge repairs

- The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is initiating an Environmental Assessment that will evaluate impacts associated with two NPS/FHWA bridge improvement projects on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Virginia Department of Health

Congressman McEachin announces two grants for Virginia Department of Health

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that the Center for Disease Control awarded two grants to the Virginia Department of Health.
ralph northam

Northam signs executive order establishing task force on worker misclassification, payroll fraud

- Governor Ralph Northam signed an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on worker misclassification and payroll fraud.
steve landes

Landes tours Fort Pickett, Langley Air Force Base

- Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, toured Fort Pickett, an installation of Virginia’s National Guard, and Langley Air Force Base, home of the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing.
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Tim Kaine statement on anniversary of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville

- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement to mark this weekend’s one-year anniversary of the violent white supremacist marches in Charlottesville.
mark warner

Sen. Warner on one-year anniversary of deadly Charlottesville rally

- U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) issued the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va. on August 11-12, 2017 that claimed the lives of Heather Heyer, Lt. Jay Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates.
atlantic coast pipeline

FERC orders construction to stop on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered construction halted on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals throwing out developers’ National Park Service permit.
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Charlottesville activists respond to Unite the Right 2 rally

- On Sunday, the organizers of last year’s deadly white supremacist attack on Charlottesville will attempt a rally in Washington, D.C.’s, Lafayette Park, directly across the street from the White House.
david swanson

David Swanson: Charlottesville still has statues, still won’t ban guns

- Charlottesville FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY saying they’ll ban sticks and other potential weapons, just as if this were a nonviolent leftist rally for peace or justice is the right move.
Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

One year after Charlottesville: Warner, Kaine press DOJ for updates on combating racial hate

- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are pressing for answers on how the Administration is implementing actions to address hate violence, following the deadly protests in Charlottesville in 2017.
virginia house democrats

House Democrats call for changes in state law on anniversary of Charlottesville rally

- Joint statement from House Democratic Leader David Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring on the one-year anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
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Letter: An evening with Democrats

- So I had quite the interesting evening. I went to a picnic for Democrats. It was very telling. These weren’t the rabid socialists I’m so used to hearing about. They weren’t anti America or hated Christians.
vcu

VCU poll: Police should have ability to restrict weapons at protests, other public demonstrations

- Virginians favor giving law enforcement the ability to restrict weapons at public protests and other assemblies, according to a new VCU statewide poll.
alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: The right of return — to where?

- The nearly three months of demonstrations by Palestinians along the Israel-Gaza border under the banner of the “March of Return," which turned violent and has remained as such as of this writing.
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Virginia soybean farmers hurt by Chinese trade tariffs

- China is the No. 1 export destination for $691 million of Virginia’s agricultural exports, so China’s retaliation for recently imposed U.S. tariffs is hurting the state’s farmers.
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UVA Center for Politics poll: Majority believes race relations have worsened under Trump

- A new Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in conjunction with the UVA Center for Politics finds that a majority of Americans surveyed believe that race relations in the United States have gotten at least somewhat worse since President Donald Trump’s election.
andy schmookler

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.
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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.
virginia Democratic Party

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. 
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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.