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    The general election for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general of Virginia is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2021. Three candidates with records of opposition to equal rights for LGBTQ people have won Republican primaries in Virginia for statewide office. Glenn Youngkin won the Republican nomination for governor of the state, while Del. Jason Miyares won the nomination to run for attorney general and former Del. Winsome Sears was selected to run for lieutenant governor. The general election for the three positions is scheduled for Nov. 2 of this year. The Republican primary winners have histories of revealing statements about and actions toward LGBTQ people, ranging from refusing to vote for nondiscrimination protections to misgendering trans people. Youngkin, a former private equity executive, has received an endorsement from Donald Trump and has mostly focused on arguing that his experience in business...
    Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● VA-Gov: Venture capitalist Glenn Youngkin emerged with the Virginia GOP's gubernatorial nomination on Monday after the party finished tallying the votes cast during its "unassembled" convention on Saturday. It will be almost a month before Youngkin learns the identity of his opponent in this fall's general election, though, because Old Dominion Democrats are holding a traditional state-run primary on June 8. Youngkin led businessman Pete Snyder, who was the only other candidate who spent heavily on TV and radio ads, 33-26 in the first round of this instant-runoff contest and ultimately prevailed 55-45 in the sixth and final round of tabulations. Both Snyder and another major...
    Virginia Republicans have chosen conservative Winsome Sears Tuesday, the first black Republican woman elected to the Virginia General Assembly, as their nominee for lieutenant governor. Sears, 57, competed against five other Republican candidates at Saturday’s nominating convention and ultimately defeated former Del. Tim Hugo of Fairfax County by a 9 percentage point margin after five rounds of tallying ballots. “This afternoon, on my drive into Richmond, I passed the First African Baptist Church — a place of worship organized by freedmen and slaves — where, in 1865, the first-ever Republican State Convention was hosted,” Sears said in a statement. “Now, today, as the first Republican since 1865 to represent a Majority Black District, I am honored to accept the nomination to be Lieutenant Governor.” Sears will join Glenn Youngkin and Jason Miyares on the Republican slate, who were selected by the state party to be their governor and attorney general...
    Gas customers swarm a COSTCO gas station amid fears of a gas shortage in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 11, 2021. AP Photo/Steve Helber Gas stations in the Southeast are reporting shortages and skyrocketing prices following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.  Governors in Florida and Virginia declared gasoline-related states of emergency Tuesday evening. Halted operations on the pipeline following a ransomware attack and panic buying are leading to shortages.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Tuesday night, governments in two Southern states declared states of emergency as gas shortages spike across the region amid Colonial Pipeline's ongoing shutdown following a ransomware attack this past weekend. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a gasoline-related state of emergency notices as Colonial's halted operations roiled fuel markets and disrupted supply to the East Coast, causing the price of gasoline to jump in several places across the country. ...
    Megan Varner, Getty Images On Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina declared a state of emergency after the Colonial Pipeline hack over the weekend resulted in a shutdown of the largest pipeline for fuel on the east coast. Late Monday night, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia followed suit, declaring a state of emergency there. On Tuesday, it was announced that both Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have likewise declared emergencies as, across the southeast, lines stack up and stations have already begun to run out of fuel. Military bases, too, are taking action, including setting purchase limits on fuel fill-ups. The declaration from DeSantis, the most recent, has language reflecting what each of the states has put out. It says that the interruption in pipeline operations “poses a significant and immediate threat to the continued delivery” of essential fuel products, and that the...
    Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor of Virginia Venture capitalist Glenn Youngkin emerged with the Virginia GOP's gubernatorial nomination on Monday after the party finished tallying the votes cast during its "unassembled" convention on Saturday. It will be almost a month before Youngkin learns the identity of his opponent in this fall’s general election, though, because Old Dominion Democrats are holding a traditional state-run primary on June 8. Youngkin led businessman Pete Snyder, who was the only other candidate who spent heavily on TV and radio ads, 33-26 in the first round of this instant-runoff contest and ultimately prevailed 55-45 in the sixth and final round of tabulations. Both Synder and another major contender, former state House Speaker Kirk Cox, were quick to back the new nominee, but far-right state Sen. Amanda Chase, who finished third, was far from ready to take part in any unity breakfast. Chase had...
    Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency due to the East Coast fuel shortage, and gas pumps in Atlanta have run dry amid panic-buying, as the impact from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack continues to be felt. Ralph Northam, the Democrat governor, made the declaration on Tuesday, a day after the governor of North Carolina took the same step. Colonial Pipeline was attacked on Thursday, and closed from Friday until Monday. It is beginning to be brought back on line, but the company - which provides 45 per cent of all fuel to the East Coast of the U.S. - warns that full service may not be resumed until the end of the week.  'We're seeing a gas run,' said Patrick De Haan, GasBuddy's head of petroleum analysis.  'Now we're going to see more dramatic [effects] as people run to the stations and run them dry.'  Gas prices have...
    Three governors declared states of emergency in response to gas shortages brought on by the Colonial Pipeline hack. Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Monday due to his state’s gas shortage. Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared states of emergency on Tuesday. Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he would not declare a new state of emergency because the state was already in one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today I signed an executive order suspending the gas tax in Georgia to help with higher prices as a result of the Colonial cyber attack. We are working closely with Colonial and expect for them to recover by the end of the week. pic.twitter.com/evGLqwHs2X — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 11, 2021 Kemp suspended Georgia’s gas taxes, while Cooper eliminated transportation regulations. McMaster instituted anti-price...
    Hedge fund investor Glenn Youngkin will be the Republican nominee in Virginia's race for governor, after an arduous convention process that one candidate claimed was "rigged" for others. After a failed push for a primary process in March, the state party decided to hold an unassembled convention of 39 remote "drive-thru" locations. About 30,000 of the 53,000 registered delegates came out to vote on Saturday.  Due to former President Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud and distrust in election voting machines, only paper ballots were used. Ballots were counted in person by a crew of about 60 at a hotel ballroom near the capitol, and the state party streamed the count online. Youngkin, a Virginia native, is the former co-CEO of a global investment firm, the Carlyle Group. He lent $5.5 million of his own money toward his campaign, according to an April finance report, and went canvassing with...
    Ronald Reagan famously said, "the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'" While this can be applied to many examples of harmful overreach from Washington, D.C., it seems more pertinent now than ever given the latest partisan attempt to federalize one of America’s most sacred functions: our elections. Advocates claim this sweeping effort, which comes in the form of legislation ironically called the "For the People Act," is to get more people to vote. LIZ PEEK: BIDEN'S JIMMY CARTER CONNECTION – HERE, ALREADY, IS WHERE THEIR POLICIES ARE ALARMINGLY SIMILAR Let’s be clear: everyone – Republicans and Democrats – want to see more people voting. The good news is, we’re already doing just that in states across the country, including my home state of West Virginia.More from Opinion Dr. Nicole Saphier: Biden vs. Big Pharma – here's why waiving patent...
    Glenn Youngkin, a former CEO of the Carlyle Group, secured the Republican nomination for this year’s Virginia governor’s race, beating out six other candidates in a ranked-choice voting process that required six rounds of ballot-counting. Youngkin took the lead in earlier rounds, but because the ranked-choice method required a candidate to reach 50 percent of the vote, eliminating every candidate up until the final round — in which Youngkin faced off with runner-up Pete Snyder — was necessary before Youngkin was able to clinch a victory. The Republican Party of Virginia’s (RPV) nominating process was unprecedented this year, occurring as an “unassembled” convention at polling locations across the state to determine the Republican governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general nominees. The votes were weighted based on number of ballots cast at localities and how those localities voted in 2020. About 30,000 ballots were cast this year. Youngkin, received 55 percent of...
    Glenn Youngkin, a former CEO at the Carlyle Group, the private equity firm, won the GOP nomination for governor in Virginia on Monday in what will be a closely watched election since only two states are headed to the polls in 2021 to choose their governors.  Youngkin took to Twitter late Monday and said that he is "prepared to lead." "Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to bring real change in Richmond," he tweeted. Youngkin, 54, campaigned as a conservative and defeated a field of seven candidates. Pete Snyder, one of his top rivals, conceded, "I send my heartfelt congratulations. He + the ticket have my 100% support." The state party’s website showed Youngkin with around 55% of the vote as final ballots were being tallied late Monday night. More than 30,000 delegates cast ballots Saturday at what the Republican...
    Washington (CNN)Businessman Glenn Youngkin earned the Republican nomination for Virginia governor after his final opponent conceded the race while ballots were still being tabulated Monday night.A former executive at The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, Youngkin pitched himself as a businessman and an outsider. He defeated six other nominees through ranked-choice ballots, which were calculated until the final round to determine the winner."I am prepared to lead, excited to serve and profoundly humbled by the trust the people have placed in me," Youngkin tweeted. "Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to bring real change in Richmond."He put a heavy emphasis on cultural issues important to the Republican base. In recent days, Youngkin had picked up endorsements from prominent Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.The announcement comes after the party's "unassembled convention" Saturday, where...
    Glenn Youngkin will headline 2021’s marquee election contest as the Republican nominee for governor of Virginia. Results from the Virginia Republican Party’s “unassembled” ranked-choice contest cast on Saturday and tabulated Monday put Youngkin over at over 50% of allocated delegates in the sixth round of tabulation after 13 hours of counting. Youngkin, 54, is former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group private equity firm who retired from the firm last summer. A first-time candidate, Youngkin has the ability to self-fund his campaign to a large extent, and flaunts his political novice as keeping him free to make decisions without having years of political relationships to maintain. After getting a basketball scholarship at Rice University, the 6-foot-6-inch Youngkin attended Harvard Business School before returning to Northern Virginia with his wife. They have four children together. In an appeal to what has emerged as a top grassroots issue for...
    Republican candidates for governor of Virginia, 2021’s marquee race, indulged concerns from the party's base concerns about election integrity and campaigned on the issue. But when it came to the state party running its own “unassembled” convention nomination process, pushes from the party and the candidates for measures to preserve integrity created a hectic and confusing process that created the exact scenarios many Republicans and former President Donald Trump complained about during the 2020 election. The chaos, hypocrisy, and logistical nightmare fueled frustration among party officials and campaign staff. “Not sure how we can preach about election integrity and then just change the f---ing rules,” one Republican operative in the state told the Washington Examiner Monday. TRUMP SITS OUT OF CHAOTIC VIRGINIA GOP GUBERNATORIAL RACE Gubernatorial candidates embraced the election integrity concerns. Glenn Youngkin, former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group private equity firm, launched an...
    Gov. Jim Justice intends to end West Virginia’s face mask mandate June 20, he announced Friday during a news conference. Justice believes the state will have 65% of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19 by then, which would include anyone age 12 or older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to approve vaccines for children between the ages of 12 and 15 before that date. He expects 75% of those age 50 or older will be vaccinated by that time, as will 85% of those age 65 or older. The governor said earlier this week he intended to set a vaccination percentage target to determine when he would end the mandate, but now he said he changed course after conversations with medical experts. “I am targeting a different type of approach, and this has come as a direct recommendation from all my medical experts,” Justice said. “We...
    Loading the player... Criminal charges have been dropped against a Black government employee who was dragged out of her car during a traffic stop in March. It’s now been determined that a Virginia State Police trooper had no legal merit to detain Juanisha C. Brooks. Read More: April Ryan reacts to Michelle Obama’s comments on race: ‘I feel her fear’ Virginia State Police Trooper Robert G. Hindenlang pulled Brooks over on March 6 on her drive home on the Capital beltway shortly after 2 a.m., The Washington Post reported. Dashcam footage of the incident showed that Brooks repeatedly asked why she was being pulled over, but a response wasn’t given. (Photo: Stock) Hindenlang insisted she step out of the Honda but did not state that her taillights were out. Brooks refused to get out of her car and within five minutes, Hindenlang forcibly removed Brooks from her car and...
    A Black employee with the Department of Defense who was pulled over, handcuffed and arrested on charges of reckless driving, resisting arrest and eluding police should never have been stopped in the first place, a Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney says. The Washington Post reported Monday that Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano dismissed all counts previously faced by Juanisha Brooks after she was pulled over by a Virginia State Police officer in early March. During the incident, dashcam footage showed Trooper Robert Hindenlang refusing to tell Brooks why he initially pulled her over, apparently for a broken taillight, before eventually dragging her out of the vehicle and demanding she take a field sobriety test after she admitted to having one alcoholic beverage. Brooks was arrested and charged with several counts, though she was breathalyzed at the police station and blew a 0.0 reading, according to the Post. Her car was also towed and impounded. Brooks told the Post...
    Donald Trump and other Republicans claimed in 2020 that election results must be counted on election night to be valid. Two days after Virginia Republicans held their primary for the state's high-stakes governor's race this November, it's unclear which candidate will emerge as the nominee, as ballot counting only began on Monday morning. The lack of results in Saturday's voting runs counter to Donald Trump's and his GOP allies' demand after the 2020 election that all counting must be done and a winner declared on Election Day or else the results are fraudulent. "I think it's a terrible thing when people or states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over," Trump said on Nov. 2, 2020, in response to a question about whether he'd declare victory on election night even without...
    Democratic gubernatorial candidates sparred over corporate handouts and the economy in a debate ahead of the June 8 primary. Five candidates will be on the Democratic ballot in June. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is far ahead in the polls, but he faces challenges from Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Manassas state Del. Lee Carter, Richmond state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and former state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, from Woodbridge. Some of the candidates took the debate opportunity Thursday to go after the frontrunner. “Our economic development model has been relying on giving your money, the public money, to massive out-of-state corporations and telling them, ‘We need you to come here,’ and, ‘Pretty please, Mr. Billionaire, won’t you give us some jobs,’ and it hasn’t worked,” said Carter, a self-proclaimed socialist. Carter said he is the only candidate who will stop corporate bailouts, which he believes have caused unaffordability...
    With a Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee still uncertain as ballots are being counted, candidate Pete Snyder jumped into general election mode with an ad attacking Democratic gubernatorial front-runner, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, on his relationship with teacher’s unions. “Politician Terry McAuliffe stood silent while special interests and teacher's unions locked our kids out of their classrooms,” said a narrator in the ad, first provided to the Washington Examiner. “Why? Because McAuliffe has raised millions of dollars in campaign cash from the same union bosses who shut down our schools.” The six-figure television ad buy starts on Monday and will run on MSNBC and Fox News. "This TV ad buy is just the beginning of a well-financed, aggressive campaign to prosecute and defeat corrupt Terry McAuliffe in November," Snyder campaign manager Jim Hilk said in a statement. "Republicans are united around ending one-party rule in Richmond, and Pete...
    Virginia Del. Jason Miyares will be the Republican nominee for state attorney general in November. The Virginia Beach lawmaker was chosen by fellow Republican Party members in a four-way primary the party held Saturday. The coronavirus pandemic-induced “unassembled convention” across the state gathered remotely on Saturday to select its nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. The ranked-choice voting system, meaning second-place choices came into play, combined with the diffuse nature of the party convention, led to elongated counting for the GOP nomination spots. FIGHT FOR VIRGINIA GOP STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINATION FOCUSES ON LAW-AND-ORDER THEMES "Thank you! The Great Virginia Comeback starts here," Miyares tweeted Sunday night. Miyares is expected to take on incumbent Democrat Mark Herring, who’s running for a third term. However, Herring faces a primary of his own against Norfolk Del. Democrat Jay Jones. The GOP state legislator was able to garner the necessary...
    More On: virginia East Coast could catch glimpse of NASA rocket launch Republican running for Va. gov under fire as it emerges he ‘worked for the opposition’ Virginia couple charged after abducting toddler from daycare Armed man shot dead after standoff outside CIA headquarters in Virginia Virginia Republicans cast their ballots Saturday in the Virginia GOP gubernatorial “convention” as the party looks to retake the Richmond governor’s mansion for the first time since 2014. GOP voters gathered at 39 voting facilities across the state to cast their ballot. The election is using ranked-choice voting for the first time, and experts said it will be days before a final tally is known. Among the are Virginia state senator Amanda F. Chase, House of Delegates member Kirk Cox and former Virginia House Speaker and retired military man Col. Sergio de la Peña. Some non-professional pols also seeking the top job include...
    (CNN)As Virginia Republicans try to win their first race for governor in more than a decade, the party is preparing to select their standardbearer this weekend -- a decision that will suggest where the national party is heading as it seeks to gain back power in Washington after former President Donald Trump's defeat in November.The nomination for governor remains wide open as more than 50,000 delegates head to what the state party calls an "unassembled" convention on Saturday, meeting at 39 locations across the state as necessitated by Covid-19 restrictions. Four of the seven gubernatorial candidates are considered those most likely to win the nomination and challenge the Democratic nominee this November. But with the party using a ranked-choice voting method that requires the winner to receive 50% of the vote, there remains no clear favorite. Among the top GOP candidates are businessmen Glenn Youngkin and Pete Snyder, both of...
    Delegates registered to vote in Saturday’s chaotic and unpredictable Republican nominating convention will choose a gubernatorial nominee without the input of the biggest force in Republican politics: Donald Trump. The former president has been eager to wade into electoral battles now that he is out of office and boost those loyal to him in Republican primary races. He endorsed Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who is campaigning for an open Senate seat in 2022. He pledged to campaign against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. And he has encouraged former football player Herschel Walker, now a Texas resident, to move back to his home state of Georgia and run for Senate in 2022. But despite having a connection to the state in the form of a Trump golf course in Northern Virginia and a winery outside of Charlottesville, Trump declined to wade into the Virginia Republican gubernatorial fight. “I know...
    Virginia Republicans are set to gather across the Commonwealth on Saturday to choose their nominee for governor in November’s general election, in a race where most of the leading contenders have touted their support for former President Donald Trump. Unlike their Democratic counterparts, who are holding a traditional gubernatorial primary in June, the Virginia GOP is holding what’s being called a "disassembled convention" at nearly 40 sites across the state. Delegates, who’ve been vetted by local Republican committees, will vote for the party’s gubernatorial nominee, as well as choose their picks for lieutenant governor and attorney general.How the 'disassembled convention' worksThe roughly 54,000 delegates will drive in their cars to the statewide locations, receive a ballot, fill it out, and then drop it into a ballot box before driving off. The setup is due to Virginia’s coronavirus restrictions, which prevent an "assembled" convention from being held in person in an arena or other large-capacity facility....
    Republicans in Virginia will choose their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general at their party’s convention this Saturday. All three positions are currently held by Democrats. Likewise, the state’s entire House of Delegates is up for re-election and the Democrats hold just a 10-seat majority there. I’ve lived in Virginia for more than two decades and watched this state go from red to purple to bright shiny blue. If ever there was a year when Republicans had a shot at returning the Old Dominion to its red roots it’s this year. It’s understood that Virginia's off-year election results are often used to take the pulse for the mid-term congressional elections. That’s why national figures such as former Trump White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have been in Virginia stumping for Republican candidates in the primary, rather than holding out until the general election to...
    The seven-way fight for the Virginia Republican gubernatorial nomination has garnered the bulk of state political media attention this spring, but it's hardly the only statewide contest. Four candidates are competing against one another Saturday to earn the GOP nomination for state attorney general. Each is promoting a law-and-order and public safety message. Republicans hoping to be nominated by their party are Leslie Haley, a Chesterfield County supervisor, Virginia Beach state Del. Jason Miyares, Virginia Beach attorney Chuck Smith, and Northern Virginia lawyer Jack White. TURBULENT PROCESS SHAPES FINAL PUSH FOR VIRGINIA GOP GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION Their campaigns focus on incumbent Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring and the rest of his party as being soft on crime. Each points to the Virginia Democrats' push for sentence reductions for violent felons, their support of eliminating law enforcement’s qualified immunity, and a state parole board scandal that is still under...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will lift its statewide mask mandate on June 20 after state officials projected more than two-thirds of eligible residents will be vaccinated against the coronavirus by then, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday. And even if that target isn’t met, Justice said the mandate will still end on that date, also known as West Virginia Day, which marks the state’s admission into the union. READ MORE: Judge Orders City, Italian Sons And Daughters Of America To Compromise Over Columbus Statue “We’ll be close enough,” he said at his regularly scheduled news conference. “We’re going with that date, period.” The state has attempted to turn around its sluggish vaccination drive for weeks after hesitancy led to plummeting demand. The Republican governor has already dangled the prize of a “patriotic” $100 savings bond for people aged 16 to 35 who get a shot. The state is also...
    Tens of thousands of Virginia Republicans will head to community colleges, church parking lots and county fairgrounds on Saturday to choose nominees in what activists and officials say remains an unpredictable battle for the near-term future of a party that has not won a statewide election in a dozen years. For the candidates vying for the right to run for governor under the Republican banner, the divergent options they present to voters is less about how to move on from former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE a year after his ignominious defeat — by a ten point margin in Virginia, a former swing state — than it is about what package can best sell a post-Trump, pro-Trump Republican Party. The delegates will choose...
    Virginia Republican Amanda Chase, one of the most prominent GOP candidates for governor heading into Saturday's convention. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Matt Booker, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● VA-Gov, VA-LG, VA-AG: Virginia Republicans will hold a convention Saturday to pick their nominees for this fall's contests for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, but we won't know the identity of the winners until sometime next week. Old Dominion Democrats, meanwhile, will select candidates via a traditional party primary on June 8 as they seek to hold this trio of offices. Why the delay for Republicans? State party chair Rich Anderson explained that tabulations, which will be live-streamed, won't start until Sunday afternoon. And while Anderson said he hopes to have the gubernatorial nomination...
    West Virginia will end its mask mandate when vaccination numbers increase, but the specific plan will not be announced until the end of the week. Face covering mandates will end when the state hits a certain percentage of its eligible population vaccinated, Gov. Jim Justice announced in a news conference Wednesday. He declined to give the specific number, but said he will speak with state health officials and make a decision before his Friday news conference. The governor said West Virginia would “be on easy street” if the state could get 85% of its population vaccinated, but that he plans to end the mask mandate “way before we get to that.” “It is something that we all will celebrate getting rid of and will do that absolutely right upon the recommendation of our medical community,” Justice said. Justice said West Virginia is “close to whipping this...
    NEW BOSTON — Tri-State Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is preparing to open a ReStore and generate money for building homes in Scioto County. As mentioned in Wednesday’s Daily Times, Scioto County HFH has merged the six counties of Scioto and Lawrence-Ohio, Greenup and Boyd-Kentucky and Cabell and Wayne-West Virginia, to be better able to serve Scioto County. The advantages of the joining of the six groups have allowed Scioto County to possibly open a ReStore. That is where the purchasing of the Blackburn building will make it possible. For the last year and one-half, the new organization has been helpful in trying to locate a property that would support a second ReStore. Agreements have already been made and with some minor clearing of the deed, the second ReStore is underway. Paul White said that originally to raise money, HFH literally had to beg for donations and host yard sales to...
    The majority of Republican candidates for Virginia governor have signed onto a pledge opposing critical race theory, reflecting how politically salient the issue has become in both the state and the nation as a whole. News of the pledge comes just days before the Republican state convention where the party will decide its nominee. According to the group 1776 Action, which started the pledge, Republicans Glenn Youngkin, Pete Snyder, Sergio de la Peña, Amanda Chase, Peter Doran and Kirk Cox have all signed onto it. It's part of a broader campaign by the group, which was inspired by former President Trump's commission of similar name. While the pledge doesn't explicitly mention "critical race theory," it does employ language echoing previous defenses against the ideology. "Our young people should be taught to view one another not according to race or gender, but as individuals made in the image of God," it...
    EXCLUSIVE: Former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox said he is the "most electable" Republican gubernatorial candidate to beat Democrats in the state’s general election in November, touting his experience and record in an exclusive interview with Fox News Thursday. Cox made his final pitch to voters, telling Fox News he has "the experience" to "hit the ground running."  VIRGINIA GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE PETE SNYDER VOWS TO ‘SHAKE RICHMOND TO ITS VERY CORE’  Republicans in the commonwealth will select their gubernatorial nominee at the GOP convention on May 8. "I am the proven conservative in the race," Cox told Fox News, touting his efforts in Virginia’s House of Delegates to "defend pro-life and the Second Amendment," and his successful efforts to block gun control bills proposed by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is the front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary this cycle.  "A lot of candidates say I’ll do X,...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is planning to lift COVID-19 occupancy restrictions on June 15. Northam said during a press conference on Thursday that he will likely lift the remaining restrictions as long as vaccination numbers trend upwards and cases continue to decline. “If our COVID numbers keep trending down, and our vaccination numbers keep going up, we plan to lift our mitigation measures, capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements on June 15,” Northam said. Northam said that the state would follow the mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last Thursday, the state updated its mask guidance to allow fully vaccinated individuals to not wear masks when alone or in small gatherings. The announcement follows several moves Northam has taken to reopen the state. Late last month, Northam announced that expanded capacity limits and limits on social gatherings would begin...
    Democratic Del. Joshua Cole The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-LD: As it so often does in odd-numbered years, Virginia will host the most important elections of 2021, with voters casting ballots in races for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as for all 100 seats in the state House. To help better understand these key legislative races, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release new data breaking down the results of the 2020 presidential election for each House district, including detailed calculations for every seat. Democrats retook control of Virginia's legislature two years ago for the first time in a quarter century, aided in part by a new court-ordered House map that undid a GOP...
    Virginia Del. Chris Hurst is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election to the state House this November. As it so often does in odd-numbered years, Virginia will host the most important elections of 2021, with voters casting ballots in races for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as for all 100 seats in the state House. To help better understand these key legislative races, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release new data breaking down the results of the 2020 presidential election for each House district, including detailed calculations for every seat. Democrats retook control of Virginia's legislature two years ago for the first time in a quarter century, aided in part by a new court-ordered House map that undid a GOP gerrymander that had been in place since 2011. Under this map, Joe Biden won 60 districts—the same number as outgoing Democratic Gov. Ralph...
    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is encountering pushback for draft social and emotional learning standards that critics suggest are a "Trojan horse" for left-wing ideas about race. Released at the end of last month, the proposal includes statements that students could presumably make about themselves at certain grade levels. Many of them cover things like "bias" or identities in ways that reflect rhetoric in controversial diversity trainings. One reads: "I can understand that all my group identities and the intersection of those identities create unique aspects of who I am and influence my decisions." Another indicates students should be able to "recognize that all people (including myself) have certain advantages and disadvantages in society based on who they are and where they were born." VIRGINIA DOE CONTRADICTS ITSELF IN ATTEMPT TO WALK BACK EQUITY-FOCUSED MATH FRAMEWORK The state told Fox News on Tuesday that the standards were being developed in...
    Virginia’s off-year state election cycle normally has the effect of acting as a barometer for where politics and parties will go after a presidential election. But in the Republican side of the Virginia gubernatorial nomination, an unusual and hotly debated “unassembled” convention taking place on Saturday has overshadowed the ideological debates among Republicans about the future of the party. The wide field of seven candidates who will be on the ballot do not fit neatly into Trump-loyalist versus Never Trump narratives, and the unpredictable ranked-choice nominating format has set up a dramatic final-week sprint among the candidates as they battle to headline one of the biggest competitive races in 2021, likely against Democratic front-runner Terry McAuliffe. Candidate closing arguments Glenn Youngkin, former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group private equity firm and a first-time candidate, and Pete Snyder, a digital marketing company founder and philanthropist, are the...
    A multimillionaire businessman hoping to become the first Republican governor of Virginia in over a decade has accused the state of derailing children's education, in an effort to become more 'woke'. Glenn Youngkin, 54, is one of seven Republicans competing in the May 8 nominating convention. Democrats hold theirs a month later, and all are looking to succeed the current governor, Ralph Northam, a Democrat, who cannot serve consecutive terms. The election will be held on November 2. Youngkin, who has never held elected office, told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night that one of the reasons he retired as co-chief executive of the Washington private equity giant Carlyle Group - a job which saw him earn an estimated $254 million - is to correct Virginia's course. Gubernatorial hopeful Glenn Youngkin appeared on Tucker Carlson's show on Tuesday night Fox News Privacy Policy Youngkin said that he felt...
    Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Tuesday to explain why he quit his job and decided to run in a state that has become shifted more Democrat. YOUNGKIN: This is why I quit my job last summer. You know, I actually could not recognize my home state of Virginia. I'm homegrown, and I love the commonwealth of Virginia. I was so frustrated with the Republican Party because the Republican Party had not mounted a winning campaign in over ten years. So I left my job and prepared to run for governor, and what we are seeing is enormous momentum on the campaign trail because what we're hearing from Virginians is we must win. We will win.  Tucker, I got a huge endorsement on Sunday from Senator Ted Cruz, and that just was so humbling to me, and then Governor Kevin Stitt endorsed me from Oklahoma this morning. We are heading into our nominating convention on Saturday with just huge momentum. I'm out in front. We're campaigning twice as hard. I just finished a great rally in Agusta...
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    Virginia's off-year gubernatorial races have historically served as a temperature check for the party controlling the White House. In every gubernatorial election since 1977 (except for 2013), the state has elected a governor from the party opposite the president's.  The tight race for control of the Virginia House of Delegates could also provide some sense of where the parties stand ahead of the midterm congressional elections in 2022.  In 2017, Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates were just two seats shy of flipping the chamber. They captured the majority two years later, and rode a wave of suburban animosity against President Trump to win 55 of 100 seats. Now, first-term Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is trying to retain her party's slim majority in a post-Trump and post-pandemic election cycle.  Like the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democratic majority in the Virginia legislature is exceedingly thin. Democrat majorities won in the...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will have free vaccination clinics at state parks and forests through Memorial Day. Currently, clinics are open at 10 sites, and that will expand to all parks and forests on Memorial Day weekend. Vaccines are available to guests, employees and families of employees. READ MORE: Lehigh Valley Zoo Mourns Loss Of Their Gentle Giant Murphy The Giraffe The clinics will be held outdoors. More details are available at wvstateparks.com. READ MORE: Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site Coming To Imani Christian Academy The sites that currently have clinics are Berkeley Springs State Park, Cedar Creek State Park, Chief Logan State Park, Coopers Rock State Forest, Greenbrier State Forest, Kanawha State Forest, Little Beaver State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park and Tygart Lake State Park. Gov. Jim Justice said clinics will also be set up at “high-traffic areas” such as fairs and festivals, church...
    EXCLUSIVE: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder is making his final pitch to GOP voters, saying if they want a "true conservative" who can "save" small businesses and "shake Richmond to its very core," he is "absolutely their guy."Snyder, 48, an entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor, launched his gubernatorial campaign in January, joining a crowded GOP primary field—which includes Sergio de la Peña, a retired Army officer; Glenn Youngkin, who retired as co-CEO last year from the investment firm the Carlyle Group; conservative state Sen. Amanda Chase, and state Del. Kirk Cox, who was the speaker of the Virginia House when Republicans last controlled the chamber. VIRGINIA GOP CANDIDATE YOUNKIN GETS CRUZ ENDORSEMENT Republicans in the commonwealth will select their gubernatorial nominee at the GOP convention on May 8. Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder. (Pete Snyder campaign) "I am not a career politician, I’ve never held elected office...
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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gayle Manchin to be the co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. She is an educator and former West Virginia official married to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. READ MORE: Lumber Shortage Causes Skyrocketing Prices, Impacting Construction Plans Biden nominated Manchin to the post in the federal-state partnership that promotes economic development across West Virginia and parts of 12 other states in Appalachia. Sen. Manchin said he was pleased his wife was confirmed for the position. READ MORE: Yoga In The Square Returns To Downtown Pittsburgh Manchin is a former West Virginia secretary of education and was once president of the state’s board of education. She was first lady of West Virginia when Joe Manchin served as governor from 2005 to 2010. MORE NEWS: Man Turns Himself In Following Reserve Twp. Shooting, Allegheny Co. Police Investigating (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights...
                      by Dave Huber  What the heck is going on with the Virginia Department of Education? A little over a week ago reports surfaced that the state would be doing away with advanced math classes for all grades except 11 and 12. But then reports came out noting the state’s education chief disputed those reports, saying “absolutely acceleration is not going away in mathematics courses.” However, it was unclear whether this “acceleration” would be done via specialized courses, or whether teachers would have cater to students’ individual needs via “differentiated instruction” in mixed-ability level (heterogeneous) classes. The Fix was told by the Virginia DOE communications director that indeed advanced courses would be available to students prior to 11th grade. The DOE updated its website after the controversy, assuaging the misgivings of Loudoun County board member Ian Serotkin, who had first pointed out concerns about the state’s new math “pathways.”...
    EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ted Cruz is endorsing Republican candidate for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin and will campaign with him during the final stretch of the GOP contest in the state, Fox News has learned.In a video message exclusively obtained by Fox News, Cruz said Youngkin is "the best chance Republicans have of winning Virginia this year," urging Republican voters to support him during the GOP convention on May 8.  TED CRUZ: CORPORATE AMERICA TRYING TO 'PUNISH' ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH BIDEN AGENDA "Glenn is pro-life. He’s a gun owner. He’s a defender of religious liberty," Cruz said. "If you've ever spent time with him, you know that he's the real deal. A Christian, a family man who has his priorities straight, and a guy with common sense." Youngkin told Fox News that Cruz’s endorsement is "such an honor."  Former Carlyle Group co-CEO Glenn Youngkin talks to Virginia voters as he competes for the...
    By John Raby, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s governor signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. READ MORE: State Troopers Investigating Shooting Death Of 21-Year-Old In Cambria County The bill was among 38 signed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice. It had narrowly passed the state Senate, which had added the college component, before being overwhelmingly approved in the House of Delegates. Justice said earlier this week that he would “proudly” sign the bill despite warnings from some lawmakers that the NCAA could retaliate and decide not to hold college tournaments in the state. Last month, hundreds of college athletes signed a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors asking the organization to refuse to schedule championships in states that have banned transgender athlete participation in sports. The NCAA in 2016 moved championships out of...
    WEST Virginia Gov Jim Justice is planning to give young people in his state money to get the Covid-19 vaccine, saying the move is "patriotic." The state will give residents between the ages of 16 and 35 a $100 savings bond after Justice said they had "hit a wall" when it came to vaccination efforts. 3Gov Jim Justice said West Virginia will pay young people to get the Covid shotCredit: Getty 3Young people will receive a $100 bond for getting one of the Covid jabsCredit: Getty "The reason we hit a wall is you've got 16 to 35 year olds that are reluctant, you've got the Johnson & Johnson situation, and then, to be perfectly honest, you've got some hard-headed people," Justice told Yahoo! Finance on Friday. The governor said that the goal is to incentivize young people who may feel that they do not need the vaccine to help...
    Savannah Rychcik April 30, 2021 0 Comments MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle is pressing Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) on a bill he signed banning transgender athletes from participating in school sports. Ruhle immediately asked Justice to provide an example of a transgender child “trying to gain an unfair competitive advantage at a school there in West Virginia.” “I can’t really tell you one, but I can tell you this, Stephanie, I’m a coach and I coach a girl’s basketball team and I can tell you, we all know — we all know what absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls. We don’t need that,” Justice responded. The MSNBC host argued Justice has no examples of it happening and asked him why he would take the time to sign the bill when there are bigger issues. “Let’s talk about other things I can give you examples of in your...
    Candidates for Virginia Governor’s race (L-R) Jennifer Carroll Foy and Jennifer McClellan. (Photo: Getty Images) Right here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, my home state for over 30 years, we remain the only southern state to have elected a Black man as governor since Reconstruction. Let me repeat: the only state, and L. Douglas Wilder won his historic election as Virginia’s first Black executive when I was in college back in 1989. Only one other Black man has been elected to a governorship, and that is Deval Patrick of Massachusetts in 2007-2015. No Black woman has ever been elected to a governorship, and only two have ever been elected to the U.S. Senate. The most recent, Kamala Harris, is now vice president of the United States of America. Read More: Kamala Harris’ first 100 Days paints complicated political picture for Black women Getty Fast forward to 2021 Virginia. Once...
    The Senate Thursday confirmed educator Gayle Manchin, the wife of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to serve as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Gayle Manchin’s appointment to the post was confirmed via unanimous consent. President Biden nominated her for the position, which pays an annual salary of roughly $163,000, according to a federal database. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has emerged as a key voter as the Biden administration attempts to enact its agenda with a razor-thin Democratic majority in the Senate. The West Virginia senator’s support is critical to Biden’s push to pass legislation on infrastructure, tax reform and other initiatives that will require unanimous support within the party. VideoThe senator has notably broken with his party on several initiatives favored by progressives, including a push for a $15 federal minimum wage and calls to abolish the filibuster. The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership to...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday updated the state’s mask mandate to align it with newly relaxed guidelines issued earlier this week by the federal government. For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they were within 6 feet of one another. On Tuesday, the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore outdoors unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. READ MORE: Baltimore-Based Lutheran Immigration And Refugee Services Helps Move Unaccompanied Minors From Facilities To Foster Homes Mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies, Northam’s office said in a news release. The Democratic governor also revised his executive order governing pandemic-related restrictions to allow up to 1,000 spectators for outdoor recreational sports, effective immediately. READ MORE: Baltimore Nurse...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s governor signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. The bill was among 38 signed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice. It had narrowly passed the state Senate, which had added the college component, before being overwhelmingly approved in the House of Delegates. Justice said earlier this week that he would “proudly” sign the bill despite warnings from some lawmakers that the NCAA could retaliate and decide not to hold college tournaments in the state. Last month, hundreds of college athletes signed a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors asking the organization to refuse to schedule championships in states that have banned transgender athlete participation in sports. The NCAA in 2016 moved championships out of North Carolina in response to a bill legislating transgender people’s use of public restrooms. “It concerns me...
    West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney (R), whose 2nd Congressional District is likely facing the most significant changes in redistricting. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● WV-01, WV-02: How the upcoming round of redistricting will play out across the country is in most cases an unknowable mystery at this early date, and since there are more ways to draw new lines in a given state than there are atoms in the known universe, we'll avoid most of the speculation about "what if" until we have actual maps in hand. But one state where the future is less murky is West Virginia, which the Census Bureau confirmed earlier this week would drop from three seats to two. Given...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive $393,100 from the federal government to detect the spread of hepatitis. The funding comes as the state deals with one of the nation’s highest spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use. Nearly $78,700 of the total funding is devoted to infectious diseases stemming from opioid use. The state has had the nation’s highest rate of opioid drug addictions and drug overdose deaths. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Penguins Looking To Create Vaccinated Sections For Fans At PPG Paints Arena The state’s U.S. senators announced the funding from the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday. The HIV surge, clustered primarily around the capital of Charleston and the city of Huntington, is being attributed at least in part to the cancellation in 2018 of a needle exchange program that offered clean syringes to injection drug users not able to quit the habit...
    Washington (CNN)West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed into law a measure that prohibits transgender girls and women in the state from competing on sports teams at "any public secondary school or state institution of higher education."The law, which cleared the state's Republican-led legislature in recent weeks, states that such teams must be designated based on "biological sex," thus prohibiting trans women and girls from participating on women's athletic teams "where competitive skill or contact is involved.""Biological sex" is a term the lawmakers use to refer to the sex determined at the time of birth based on "reproductive biology and genetics at birth." This record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation would affect minors the most While sex is a category that refers broadly to physiology, a person's gender is an innate sense of identity. The factors that go into determining the sex listed on a person's birth certificate may include...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that prohibits transgender female athletes from playing on women’s sports teams in public middle schools, high schools and universities. The bill cleared the state House last month in an overwhelming 78-20 vote before passing the state Senate in a closer 18-15 vote on April 8 after its scope was expanded to cover colleges. Justice signaled that he would sign the bill two weeks ago, saying at a briefing, “From the standpoint of how I feel about it personally … I just can’t possibly get through my head that it is the right thing for us at a middle school level or a high school level in our state for me not to support the bill… So, I do support the bill.” The legislation, citing previous Supreme Court cases, writes that there are “inherent differences between biological males and biological females,” and later...
    West Virginia’s Republican governor signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges. The bill was among 38 signed by Gov. Jim Justice. It had narrowly passed the state Senate, which had added the college component, before being overwhelmingly approved in the House of Delegates. Justice said earlier this week that he would "proudly" sign the bill despite warnings from some lawmakers that the NCAA could retaliate and decide not to hold college tournaments in the state. Last month, hundreds of college athletes signed a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors asking the organization to refuse to schedule championships in states that have banned transgender athlete participation in sports. ALABAMA GOV. IVEY SIGNS BAN ON TRANSGENDER ATHLETES The NCAA in 2016 moved championships out of North Carolina in response to a bill legislating transgender people’s use of public...
    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is attempting to walk back previous statements it has made and materials it has promoted about an "equity-focused" math framework that alters how students advance through middle and high school. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Virginia Superintendent James Lane denied moving to eliminate accelerated math courses. He claimed that school districts would continue to offer Algebra 1 and other traditional courses that the state previously said would be eliminated as part of the new framework. Ian Shenk, who identified as part of the "essential concepts committee" during a regional webinar on VMPI, told viewers: "Let me be totally clear, we are talking about taking Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 – those three courses that we've known and loved ... and removing them from our high school mathematics program, replacing them with essential concepts for grade eight, nine and 10." VIRGINIA MOVING TO ELIMINATE ACCELERATED MATH COURSES BEFORE 11TH GRADE AS PART...
    As health officials in West Virginia scramble to find willing arms for the state's supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the state's governor is hoping a financial incentive will convince younger residents to roll up their sleeves. West Virginians ages 16 to 35 who get vaccinated will also get a $100 savings bond, Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, said in a Monday briefing. "Our kids today probably don't really realize just how important they are in shutting this thing down," he said. "I'm trying to come up with a way that's truly going to motivate them — and us — get over the hump."  West Virginia has roughly 380,000 people between the ages of 16 and 35, and the offer will apply retroactively to those who have already been inoculated.  The state will use federal funds allocated under the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to cover the cost of...
    West Virginia will start trying to incentivize young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering them a savings bond. The state announced that individuals aged 16-35 will be given a $100 savings bond once they get their vaccine. Republican Gov. Jim Justice said on Monday that the plan was put in place to “jump-start” the demographic to get it. “Our kids today probably don’t really realize just how important they are in shutting this thing down,” Justice said. “I’m trying to come up with a way that’s truly going to motivate them, and us, to get over the hump.” BIDEN EXPECTED TO LIFT OUTDOOR MASKING RECOMMENDATION FOR VACCINATED ADULTS There are approximately 380,000 people within the age range, and the state government plans to use the money from the federal CARES Act to cover the costs of the bonds. Justice explained that they chose to go with bonds over...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced on Monday that any West Virginian aged 16 to 35 who gets vaccinated will receive a $100 savings bond, in an effort to get more young residents inoculated. The state, according to Justice, will use the money it received from the CARES Act, the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress last March, to pay for the savings bonds. Young West Virginia residents, according to Justice, are not being vaccinated “as fast as we’d like them to take them,” which is why he is spearheading the savings bond plan. “If we really want to move the needle, we’ve got to get our younger people vaccinated,” he continued at a press briefing. According to Justice, West Virginia has 380,000 residents ages 16 to 35. The governor said his team has “vetted this in every way that we possibly can to be assured that we can use our...
    West Virginia is giving $100 savings bonds to residents between the ages of 16 to 35 who get vaccinated for the coronavirus, a report said. The measure, announced by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday, comes as a large share of the state’s eligible population have not received even one dose of the vaccine. “We’re going to give a $100 savings bond to every single one that steps up and takes their vaccines,” Justice said at a Monday press briefing, according to WSAZ. Those who fall within the age range who already received their vaccine will be paid retroactively, the report said. Last Friday, state officials urged residents to get vaccinated, WOWK reported. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the savings bonds initiative as a large share of the state’s eligible population have not received even one dose of the vaccine.AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File “We have doses available. Plenty of doses...
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    Washington (CNN)West Virginia will give $100 savings bonds to residents ages 16 to 35 who get vaccinated against Covid, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday. "Every single one of our young people -- we're going to give a $100 savings bond to every single one that steps up and takes their vaccines," Justice, a Republican, said at a news conference. About 52% of the state's 1.5 million eligible residents have received at least one dose, according to the governor. If at least 275,000 of younger West Virginians get vaccinated, it will increase the state's total to more than 70%. US Covid-19 vaccination efforts may start to slow, official says. Heres whyEarly in the year, West Virginia led the nation in terms of getting shots in arms. Now the state's vaccination rate is on par with the rate across the country. About 54% of people 18 or older in the US...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia aims to entice residents aged 16 to 35 to get a coronavirus shot with the promise of a $100 savings bond. Republican Gov. Jim Justice said Monday the move was to “jump-start” immunizing the demographic that officials say are most likely to be currently spreading the virus. There are about 380,000 people in the age range. READ MORE: Scott Hirshs Family Holds Event Marking Enactment Of Law That Provides New Protections For Drivers Stopped On Side Of Road Justice said he chose a savings bond, over simply cash, for its “patriotic” factor and because he wants young people “to really see and understand that they’ve done something that’s really meaningful.” A bond may take many years to mature to reach its full value. The state will use federal CARES Act money to cover the costs. The new incentive was announced as the state tries...
    Former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, who is running for governor, warned against the public education system prioritizing equity in the classroom during an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday with host Matthew Boyle. Cox, a Republican state delegate and retired public school teacher of 30 years, zoned in on the Virginia Department of Education’s recent move to eliminate accelerated math courses prior to eleventh grade. The department cited among its reasons for the proposed change a desire to “improve equity in mathematics learning opportunities.” Cox said of the mentality behind the department moving to deprive younger students of the advanced courses, “It’s just a totally different worldview. They’re teaching basically that America is broken; there’s no such thing as American exceptionalism. It’s forced mediocrity in the name of equity.” Listen: The concept of equity in education is infused into Democrats’ education plans both at the state and federal level and...
    Is there a draft in here? This is 2021. Of course there is. In fact, there is a draft everywhere. Everyone has an NFL mock draft now. Just ask your next Uber driver or Target cashier if they’ve got a mock draft. They absolutely do, and don’t be surprised when they tell you that when they’re bagging up your toilet paper and oat milk. MORE NFL DRAFT: SN’s latest 2021 mock draft | Top 100 big board See, everyone’s got a mock draft. But, truthfully, there are people — experts, if you will — who know a little bit more about the NFL draft, the ins and outs, needs of teams and knowledge of prospects than your average barstool GM. This year, there are a number of intriguing storylines heading into the first round: How many QBs will go in the first round? How many in the top 10?...
    A White state trooper who was seen on video telling a Black driver "you are going to get your a—whipped" and yanking him out of the car by his neck is no longer with the Virginia State Police, a spokeswoman said.  The Washington Post reports that spokeswoman Corinne Geller said state police were prohibited from releasing additional detail about Charles Hewitt, the trooper seen in a viral video of a 2019 traffic stop. Joshua Erlich, an attorney for driver Derrick Thompson, said he was told during the settlement of a federal lawsuit over the incident that Hewitt was fired for cause in February, months after the video became public.  Erlich said the lawsuit was settled this month for $20,000, with no admission of wrongdoing by the state.  A Virginia state trooper has been removed from the force following a 2019 traffic stop. (Getty Images) ANDREW BROWN, JR. SHOOTING: NORTH CAROLINA CITY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY...
                        Virginia has a brand-new state park — Machicomoco State Park, located along the York River in Gloucester County. On April 16, Governor Ralph Northam and other officials opened the 645-acre park, which features camping, picnic shelters, boat launches, and trails. One goal of the park is to tell the story of Virginia’s native tribes through interpretive areas. “As we open Virginia’s 40th state park, we are reminded of the many ways these natural spaces connect us and bring communities together,” Northam said in a press release. “The story of our Commonwealth cannot be told without the history and experiences of Virginia’s Native tribes. Machicomoco will stand in perpetuity, ensuring that we continue to learn from our past, celebrate the present, and aspire to a better future, one that celebrates the heritage of our Commonwealth and all its people.”...
    By Cuneyt Dil, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday the state is planning a “real aggressive program” to revive its sluggish vaccination campaign. READ MORE: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Makes Plea For More COVID-19 Shots In Arms “We have hit a wall,” the Republican governor said. State data show nearly 39% of the population has received at least one dose. Officials said they will target people who are either reluctant to get a shot or haven’t found a convenient enough chance yet. In Charleston, the state will partner with local businesses downtown to make vaccines available to all employees and customers, said James Hoyer, a retired major general leading the state’s coronavirus task force. Justice said more steps would be announced in the coming days to try to turn around a vaccination drive that briefly led the nation early in the year....
    Virginia State Police are investigating a shooting of a man by a sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a domestic dispute call, according to reports. Isaiah L. Brown, 32, needed hospitalization but is expected to survive the shooting, which happened just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday in Spotsylvania, according to Fredericksburg.com. After the shooting, Isaiah Brown was taken to an area hospital in Virginia.Facebook Deputies had responded to a call about a fight at Brown’s home, and at least one encountered Brown as he was walking away from the scene. The officer provided medical assistance immediately after discharging his gun, officials said. Virginia Commonwealth Attorney LaBravia Jenkins' office will be looking into what happened at the shooting. Fox5DC As of Friday, it is not clear if Isaiah Brown was armed during the incident. Facebook Ad Up Next Close Super Bowl contenders in blockbuster NFL Draft trade Two...
    The state of Virginia is taking a decidedly racial approach to mathematics as it is attempting to change its curriculum under the banner of equity and social justice. On Tuesday, Loudoun County school board member Ian Serotkin said the state would move toward eliminating accelerated math classes before 11th grade, a move that's part of the state's sweeping new framework. In discussing the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI), the state's Department of Education has positioned the framework as a way to set up better pacing for students. It's also portrayed as an attempt to remedy inequities among various demographics, including race and economic status. The building for the Virginia Department of Education in Richmond. (Google Maps) VIRGINIA MOVING TO ELIMINATE ALL ACCELERATED MATH COURSES BEFORE 11TH GRADE AS PART OF EQUITY-FOCUSED PLAN A webinar posted to YouTube in December showed a state employee referring viewers to national efforts "in the vein" of VMPI. One...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia hit a record last year, according to preliminary state data showing at least 1,275 residents died. The increase comes after two years of declining numbers in a state often called the epicenter of the national drug crisis, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Will You Receive A Plus-Up Payment? The new numbers are a 25% increase from the 1,019 overdose deaths in 2017, which previously was the only year overdose deaths exceeded 1,000 people in West Virginia. READ MORE: Ohio Democrats Blast ‘Regressive’ GOP-Backed Voting Law Rewrite The overdose data was compiled from death certificates certified by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and are not final, meaning numbers could rise. The new numbers are a 45% increase from 2019, when 878 people died. Across the state, 15 counties at least doubled the...
    The Republican Party of Virginia voted against a rule Thursday night which would create a religious exemption for observant Jews to be able to participate in the party’s upcoming convention. The Virginia GOP (VAGOP) will hold its 2021 convention Saturday, May 8, at which delegates will decide the party’s nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. A proposal to create accommodations for Jewish delegates who would not be able to participate due to Shabbat observance failed by a vote of 38 in favor to 28 against, with three abstentions. The change required 75% approval to be implemented. The motion was brought forth after Jewish community members reached out to the VAGOP to request an exemption, party chairman Rich Anderson said at a state central committee meeting Thursday night. The motion proposed that Shabbat-observing members be allowed to vote in the same way military members are. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Virginia Republican...
    (CNN)A prominent pair of liberal donors is urging fellow contributors to back Virginia Democrat Jennifer McClellan in an effort to catapult the state senator ahead in the crowded gubernatorial field of this year's closely watched contest. In a letter going to donors Thursday, and shared first with CNN, California husband-and-wife team Steve Phillips and Susan Sandler, ask their donor network to plow money into McClellan's bid for the Democratic nomination -- even as her rival, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, scoops up key endorsements and campaign cash. If elected, McClellan would become the nation's first Black female governor. She trails far behind McAuliffe in fundraising. The couple is asking donors to help contribute $300,000 to McClellan's campaign and is putting up a $150,000 match to encourage giving. Virginia has no limits on the amount contributors can give directly to candidates. The letter is going to 500 donors.In an interview, Phillips...
                        Virginia’s eight state-run mental health hospitals are operating at near-peak capacity, while operating at just 60 to 75 percent staffing levels, according to a presentation Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Commissioner Alison Land gave legislators on Tuesday. “We’ve been working on this issue for years and years before I came, and the picture just keeps looking bleaker, and not better, I have to say,” Land said. “The adult state hospital census is dangerously high,” one page of Land’s presentation states. According to Land, at one point during Fiscal Year 2021, Piedmont Geriatric Hospital reached 112 percent of capacity. Other facilities are also operating at above 90 percent capacity. “When a hospital is full, it means that there are no beds left at all,” Land said. “So, staff may find space for patients in a day...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill on Wednesday that legalizes simple marijuana possession in the state starting on July 1. SB 1406 "eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana," modifies other charges associated with the drug, and facilitates the "automatic expungement" of individuals imprisoned for certain crimes involving cannabis. The legislation also creates the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority, which "establishes a regulatory structure for the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, and retail sale of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products." "Today, I signed historic legislation legalizing the simple possession of marijuana in Virginia on July 1," Northam, a Democrat, wrote in a tweet. "We are moving forward in a way that promotes equity, provides a clean slate to those with prior convictions, and reinvests in the communities harmed by over-criminalization." VIRGINIA APPROVES BLAZING-FAST TIMELINE TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA The legislation "contains social equity provisions that, among other...
    California is the 17th best state to live in. How do I know? Well, that’s what my trusty spreadsheet tells me after reviewing six recently published “best state” rankings. And I won’t disagree — California is better than most other states. Yes, these “best/worst” rankings are more art than science. And any bragging rights derived from the wave of such state-vs.-state scorecards created by various analysts and media outlets beg a big question: “Which tally is correct?” Well, I figure it’s easier to curate a selection of them and find the collective wisdom built into such studies. All it took was some relatively simple math: the average ranking from the six studies. Bubble Watch tracks housing risks. Read it here! The best state to live in — that’s highest average rank, by my calculations — is Minnesota followed by Utah and Florida. The worst state is New Mexico, then...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing marijuana possession. The bill makes it legal for adults age 21 or older to possess a maximum of one ounce of marijuana and allows a household to grow up to four marijuana plants starting on July 1, the Associated Press reported. The distribution of marijuana is still illegal and its use is not allowed in public. Legal retail sales of the drug will not begin until 2024 and the state has to come up with a new agency to regulate its sales. Marijuana possession was not supposed to be legal until 2024, but Northam pushed for the timeline to be moved up in March to address the disparate impact of drug laws on people of color and the Senate approved the new timeline in early April. Many Republicans opposed the bill and even some Democrats in the Virginia state House were not...
    (CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing simple possession of marijuana beginning this summer, making it the first Southern state to do so and accelerating a revamp of cannabis laws that have disproportionately jailed Americans of color for nonviolent offenses.The bill, signed a day after April 20 -- marijuana's unofficial holiday -- allows anyone in the state 21 or older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana beginning July 1. Adults can also grow up to four cannabis plants per household at home, though the plants must kept away from public view. The plants must be tagged with the owner's name and driver's license or identification number and note that they are being grown for personal use. The bill also "modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and imposes limits on dissemination of criminal history record information related to certain marijuana offenses." The Virginia General...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CHARLESTON, W.Va. (KDKA) — Career site Zippia is out with a list of the snobbiest states in America. The list was compiled by weighing factors like education levels, the number of ivy leagues and wine consumption. Massachusetts took the crown because of how more educated residents live there than the rest of the country. Vermont, Connecticut, New York and New Hampshire round out the top five. Pennsylvania was ranked as the 23rd snobbiest state, and West Virginians were the most humble.
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday lifted a limit on the number of people who can gather for social events and tweaked the state’s face-covering mandate to allow people exercising indoors to go maskless. The governor had already lifted most other restrictions on businesses and public life, leaving in place an indoor mask mandate. READ MORE: New Jersey Man Dies In Pennsylvania Skydiving Accident Residents engaging in physical activity at a fitness center or other indoor space can take off their masks, but are expected to wear them at all other times, such as when resting at a gym, the governor’s new executive order said. About 38% of residents have received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, while 28.4% are fully vaccinated, state data show. Justice highlighted that over 46% of residents ages 16 and over — those currently eligible for a vaccine — have...
    You’ve got to be a big fish to get in the record books. A Virginia man has set a new record after catching the heaviest Fallfish in the state. The previous record for this type of fish was only set last year. Jerry R. Hall caught a 3-pound, 5-ounce Fallfish while fishing on the Cowpasture River in Lexington, Va., according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). The fish also measured at 19-3/4 inches long. The previous record, set in 2020 by David Legg, weighed 2-pounds, 8-ounces. TENNESSEE ANGLER REELS IN 30-YEAR-OLD STURGEON WHILE FISHING FOR CATFISH According to the DWR, Hall said, "I’m pro staff on the Limit Six Trout Team so I put a lot of time in on the water. For me, all the fishermen are a big family. That’s what Limit Six prides itself on; we’re a family. I love getting outdoors with my daughter...
                      by Mary Margaret Olohan  The governor of West Virginia signaled that he will not veto a bill banning biological males from women’s sports. Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice discussed HB 3293 during a coronavirus briefing Wednesday saying that he would either “let it become law or sign it,” according to The Hill. The governor also said that he would “absolutely not” veto the bill, the publication reported. “From the standpoint of how I feel about it personally… I just can’t possibly get through my head that it is the right thing for us at a middle school level or a high school level in our state for me not to support the bill,” Justice said, according to the Hill. “So, I do support the bill.” I will hold a virtual press briefing at 10:30 a.m. today on our #COVID19 preparations and response....
    More than 90 per cent of Americans now think that marijuana should be legal in some form with almost two-thirds saying they support legalizing both medicinal and recreational use, according to a new survey. Less than one in ten - or 8 per cent - said marijuana should not be legal for use, according to the study done by Pew Research Center. The poll was done just weeks after Virginia and New York became the latest states to take steps toward legalizing marijuana. The Democratic-controlled Congress is also considering legislation that would legalize marijuana nationally. The latest Pew survey finds that majorities across all age groups - with the exception of those 75 and older - think that marijuana should be legal for both medicinal and recreational use. There was also widespread agreement along racial and political lines. Whites (63 per cent) and blacks (65 per cent) overwhelmingly supported legalization...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s coronavirus vaccination drive is slowing down as fewer people come forward to get shots, the governor said Friday. The administration rate of vaccine supply in the state is about 85%, down from higher figures early in the year when the state momentarily led the nation in most people vaccinated. “That is incredibly low as a percentage,” Republican Gov. Jim Justice said at a news conference. “And I will promise you state after state is running significantly ahead of us, because we don’t have arms to get it in people right now.” All five states that border West Virginia now have a higher rate of doses administered per 100,000 residents, according to federal data. State data show that 38.1% of the state’s 1.78 million residents have received at least one vaccine dose. Nearly 27% are fully inoculated against the virus that has killed 2,777 people...
    Wrapping up the state legislative session on Monday, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize sports betting later this year. The legislation is both less restrictive and more competitive than the first version drawn up at the start of the session, as lawmakers went out of their way to ensure smaller and minority-owned businesses would have the chance to get involved. Right now, Annapolis insiders say there’s little reason to think Gov. Larry Hogan won’t sign the measure into law. For state government, that means lots of tax revenue. Lawmakers were working on sports betting during the 2020 legislative session, but it took time to reach an agreement that worked for all the interested parties. In particular, pressure from the state’s legislative Black caucus to make sure that smaller and minority-owned businesses could cut their own pieces of the pie. And that increased competition is better for residents placing...
    N3, which is part of Accenture, announced an expansion in its Charleston, West Virginia office that will bring 100 new jobs to the city. “We are looking for people eager to make their mark in the technology industry, and our location at the Regional Technology Park in Charleston has been the perfect place to grow our West Virginia presence,” N3 Vice President of Operations Ken Boggs said in a statement. “There is a career path at N3 for those who want to grow in an expanding global business.” The company, which was Accenture acquired in October of last year, provides global sales strategy and execution programs with technology companies across the world. It uses cloud, software platforms and 5G networks for its sales skills and processes. Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement that the announcement highlights the diversification of the state economy and demonstrates how businesses...
    A budget amendment to broaden the Medicaid eligibility for legal immigrants could cost the state more than $4 million. In an amendment effective this month, the state has ended a policy that required legal permanent residents to have 10 years of work history before they can be eligible for Medicaid benefits. The change will affect thousands of immigrants residing in the state. The budget amendment includes $4.4 million in state funds to account for new Medicaid recipients. It will also draw in more than $16 million in federal funds. Virginia was one of six states with similar requirements. The other five states that have these requirements are Mississippi, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming. The change will not affect immigrants who are in the state illegally. States News Virginia Medicaid Immigrants
    The governor of West Virginia signaled that he will not veto a bill banning biological males from women’s sports. Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice discussed HB 3293 during a coronavirus briefing Wednesday saying that he would either “let it become law or sign it,” according to The Hill. The governor also said that he would “absolutely not” veto the bill, the publication reported. “From the standpoint of how I feel about it personally… I just can’t possibly get through my head that it is the right thing for us at a middle school level or a high school level in our state for me not to support the bill,” Justice said, according to the Hill. “So, I do support the bill.” I will hold a virtual press briefing at 10:30 a.m. today on our #COVID19 preparations and response. You can watch live on ???? ???? ⬇️ Facebook:https://t.co/SLAiFE5cPA Twitter:https://t.co/kVA6lGP4Zm YouTube:...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) on Wednesday confirmed his intention to sign a new bill that would prevent transgender middle and high school athletes from participating in team sports that match their gender identity.  During a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, Justice commented on the bill approved by the Republican-dominated state legislature last week, saying that he would “let it become law or sign it,” and that he was “absolutely not” in support of vetoing the measure, one of several pieces of anti-transgender legislation advancing in GOP-led states. “From the standpoint of how I feel about it personally… I just can’t possibly get through my head that it is the right thing for us at a middle school level or a high school level in our state for me not to support the bill,” Justice explained. “So, I do support the bill.”  The legislation, in addition to limiting participation for transgender...
    Looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the big city? You can now take country roads, and a paycheck, to get home to West Virginia.  West Virginia this week launched a new initiative offering remote and self-employed workers $12,000 and a year-long pass for free outdoor activities — and all you have to do is relocate to the "wild and wonderful" mountain state for at least two years.  "There's a reason that 50 years ago John Denver coined West Virginia as Almost Heaven in his hit song Take Me Home, Country Roads, and we'd like to share it with you. Mountain living is just within your grasp, so take a look at what we have to offer," officials said in a statement.  At a time when many Americans are still working from home, and spending plenty of time outdoors, the state is hoping for an influx...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia received 2,000 applications in the first two days after announcing it is recruiting remote workers, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. On Monday Justice and tourism officials announced the program that would give participants $12,000 cash and free passes for a year to recreational destinations such as whitewater rafting, golf, and rock climbing. READ MORE: Crews Spend Hours Trying To Gain Control Of Massive Scrapyard Fire On Neville Island Justice said state Tourism Cabinet Secretary Chelsea Ruby told him the state had received 55,000 inquiries into the program since then. READ MORE: Pine-Richland Head Football Coach Eric Kasperowicz And Entire Coaching Staff Will Not Return In Fall The program is accepting applications for the first 50 openings in Morgantown, home to West Virginia University. There will be openings later this year for remote worker spots in Shepherdstown in the state’s eastern panhandle, and for Lewisburg...
    West Virginia is offering remote workers $12,000 to move to the state. At a time when working from home has become a new normal for people during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative called Ascend West Virginia has begun taking applications for the initiative that will start in the cities of Morgantown, Lewisburg, and Sheperdstown. So far, according to West Virginia's ABC 8, 2,000 people have applied for the 50 slots available in Morgantown. Intuit CEO Brad Smith and his spouse Alys are funding the initiative to help bring economic development to the state. The outlet reports that they donated $25 million to start the initiative. JUSTICE SIGNS BILL TO EXPAND TELEMEDICINE IN WEST VIRGINIA Program participants will also receive a year of free recreational activities as well as co-working space, social programs, and professional development opportunities. "There’s a reason that 50 years ago John Denver coined...