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GILLESPIE MUM ABOUT SENATE HEALTH BILL IN WOODBRIDGE CAMPAIGN STOP

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

In a Woodbridge campaign stop, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie was eager discuss his plans to support small businesses in Virginia — he was less interested in revealing his thoughts on the new bill from Senate Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act. As Gillespie toured Todos Supermarket just off U.S. 1 on June 22, the former lobbyist and White House adviser regaled shoppers and employees with his stories of his family’s grocery store and his commitment to easing regulatory burdens on entrepreneurs. But when it came time to discuss the Senate GOP’s newly revealed “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” Gillespie clammed up a bit.

VaNews June 27, 2017



PRO-RENEWABLES BUSINESS GROUP PRODS GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES ON VIRGINIA ENERGY REGULATIONS

By ROBERT ZULLO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A national association of businesses focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grids, energy storage and other technologies is pushing Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates to embrace what it calls “a transformational change” in how energy is consumed and generated in the state. “Evolving consumer preferences, dynamic new technologies and aging infrastructure are causing the energy system as we have known it to modernize,” says a memo by Advanced Energy Economy, delivered Friday to the campaigns of GOP nominee Ed Gillespie and Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic nominee. “And with this change comes opportunity.”

VaNews June 26, 2017



OBAMA RETURNING TO CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO STUMP FOR NORTHAM

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 would not say when or where. An aide to Obama confirmed that the former president agreed to campaign for Northam during a congratulatory call, although no events have been planned.

VaNews June 26, 2017



NORTHAM OFFERS THREE DEBATES; GILLESPIE CALLS IT 'INSULTING' TO VIRGINIA'S VOTERS

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The debate over debates in Virginia’s gubernatorial race flared anew Friday evening, as Democrat Ralph Northam responded to Republican Ed Gillespie’s push for 10 debates by proposing three, plus seven joint appearances. Gillespie termed that offer “insulting” to Virginia’s voters.

VaNews June 26, 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



NORTHAM DENOUNCES SENATE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL; GILLESPIE SAYS HE'LL REVIEW EFFECT ON VA.

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Senate Republicans’ release of their health care proposal highlighted what is likely to be a key issue in the race for governor, especially if Congress and President Donald Trump sign off on legislation giving states more latitude to set their own approach. Ed Gillespie, the GOP nominee for governor, said in a statement that he looks forward to “thoroughly reviewing” the proposal’s effect on Virginia. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee, denounced the Senate GOP bill and called on Gillespie to clarify his position.

VaNews June 23, 2017



DEMOCRAT RALPH NORTHAM LEADS REPUBLICAN ED GILLESPIE IN VIRGINIA GOVERNOR ELECTION POLL

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Democrat Ralph Northam has the early lead over Republican Ed Gillespie for Virginia’s fall gubernatorial election, according to a voter poll released Wednesday. Most voters also indicated they’re feeling optimistic about their personal finances and the state. Northam was favored by 47 percent and Gillespie 39 percent in the telephone survey by Quinnipiac University

VaNews June 22, 2017



GOP FACES NEW THREAT: MOTIVATED DEMOCRATS

By JIM MCCONNELL, Chesterfield Observer

Last Wednesday morning, as supporters of Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam celebrated their victories in Virginia’s gubernatorial primaries and prepared to do battle in the November general election, an acquaintance asked retired state Sen. John Watkins for his perspective on the prior evening’s vote tally. “Personally, it scared the heck out of me,” replied Watkins, a Republican who represented part of Chesterfield in the General Assembly for 34 years.

VaNews June 22, 2017



LIBERTARIAN ENTERS GOVERNOR’S RACE, STARTS CAMPAIGN IN HARRISONBURG

By NOLAN STOUT , Daily News Record (Subscription Required)

There’s a third candidate running for Virginia governor and he’s not a longtime politician or lobbyist. He’s a Northern Virginia attorney named Cliff Hyra, and he’s the Libertarian candidate.

VaNews June 21, 2017



GILLESPIE CALLS FOR 10 DEBATES WITH NORTHAM IN VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S RACE

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

After winning a GOP primary in which he was accused of avoiding his competitors, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie called Monday for 10 debates with Democrat Ralph S. Northam before the general election in November. Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and political consultant, called for the unusually heavy general election debate schedule a week after narrowly beating Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, in the Republican primary. There were four general election debates in Virginia’s 2009 governor’s race. In 2013, there were three.

VaNews June 20, 2017