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RICHMOND MAYOR VOWS TO CONFRONT TRIBUTES TO SOUTHERN CIVIL WAR FIGURES

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The young African American mayor of the onetime capital of the Confederacy vowed Thursday to confront his city’s towering tributes to Southern Civil War figures with words instead of wrecking balls.

VaNews June 23, 2017



OBAMA RETURNING TO CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO STUMP FOR NORTHAM IN VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE

By FENIT NIRAPPIL , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former president Barack Obama is making his first campaign foray of 2017, agreeing to stump for Democrat Ralph Northam in his bid to be Virginia’s next governor. David Turner, a spokesman for Northam, said the former president agreed this week to hit the campaign trail for Northam, but said he wouldn’t “go into any further detail about the private conversations that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam had with President Barack Obama.”

VaNews June 23, 2017



OBAMA PLANS TO CAMPAIGN FOR VA. DEM GOV NOMINEE

By LISA HAGEN , The Hill

385 Obama plans to campaign for Va. Dem gov nominee © Getty Images Former President Obama plans to return to the political spotlight this fall by hitting the campaign trail for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee running for Virginia governor. This will be Obama’s first time campaigning since he left the White House and stumped for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, Obama and Northam’s offices confirmed to the Huffington Post.

VaNews June 23, 2017



VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES TRADE BARBS OVER SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The federal debate over overhauling the American health-care system is seeping into Virginia’s gubernatorial contest, with both candidates trading barbs over the bill unveiled by Senate leadership on Thursday.

VaNews June 23, 2017



WILLIAMS: ON MONUMENTS, ALL IDEAS MUST BE ON THE TABLE

By MICHAEL PAUL WILLIAMS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Mayor Levar Stoney says the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue are “equal parts myth and deception.” The monuments were designed to “perpetuate the tyranny and the terror of Jim Crow and usher in a new era of white supremacy ... to do what the Confederate generals and the racist ideologues they depict could not: keep the free African people in Virginia in bondage.”

VaNews June 23, 2017



MAYOR STONEY: RICHMOND’S CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS CAN STAY, BUT ‘WHOLE STORY’ MUST BE TOLD

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Saying it’s time to “set the historical record straight,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday that he has appointed a 10-member commission to study ways to add context to the city’s public memorials to the Confederacy on Monument Avenue, likely with new historical signage.

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DUGGER: IMPROVING DATA SYSTEMS CAN BUILD A STRONGER VIRGINIA WORKFORCE

By ROBERT H. DUGGER, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia was recently given a D by the Council for a Strong America, a national organization dedicated to making America’s workforce the most competitive in the world. The work-readiness of a state’s young adults is a key determinant of future economic success. The council’s assessment of our state’s young adult “citizen readiness” should concern all Virginians. The state’s grade is the result of investment in Virginia’s parents and families that could be done much better.

Robert H. Dugger is a retired hedge fund partner, a founder of ReadyNation, and lives in Alexandria.

VaNews June 23, 2017



MAYOR STONEY MAKES RIGHT MOVE ON CONFEDERATE STATUES

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Richmond confronts challenges related to schools, crime and other daily issues. Mayor Levar Stoney has authorized a commission to study the city’s Confederate statues and develop ways to supply them with context. The Times-Dispatch welcomes his step. Although it will not lift academic standards or lower the incidence of lawlessness, it will promote the truth and reconciliation that will make Richmond a better place.

VaNews June 23, 2017



FERC TO ISSUE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT TODAY FOR MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE

By DUNCAN ADAMS, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

More than three years ago, EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy announced plans to form a joint venture to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a 42-inch diameter buried pipeline that would transport natural gas at high pressure. A major milestone in the deeply controversial pipeline is expected to be realized later today, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to issue the project's final environmental impact statement.

VaNews June 23, 2017



WE DON'T NEED 10 DEBATES. WE NEED 19.

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor, has challenged Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, to 10 debates. Northam has yet to respond. Ten debates for a Virginia governor’s race would be unprecedented. In 2013, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli debated three times.

VaNews June 23, 2017