By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The Virginia governor’s race is a dead heat, with Republican nominee Ed Gillespie tied with Democrat Ralph Northam, according to a new survey released Monday. The poll of likely voters by Monmouth University found Gillespie and Northam tied with 44 percent each. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra drew 3 percent, while 9 percent were undecided.
By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
When Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) complained months ago that female constituents pressuring him to hold a town hall were “in my grill no matter where I go,” he didn’t know how prescient those words were. Five women — and one man — are running for the Democratic nomination to challenge the two-term congressman from suburban Richmond next year.
By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF
In Washington, leaders in both parties are at odds over how to move forward on health care. One senator who is trying to seize the moment is Democrat Tim Kaine, who says he has a plan to move forward.
By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Emily’s List, the group that trains Democratic women who support pro-abortion rights to run for office, hosted a seminar in Richmond on Monday for state House candidates. Organizers said the training is especially energetic this year because so many women, in Virginia and nationally, were motivated to run by the surprise election of Donald Trump to the White House.
By DAVID MCGEE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)
The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants embattled District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt Pomrenke to prove he shouldn’t be found in criminal contempt for sharing materials from his wife’s trial with a state judicial panel. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, federal prosecutors claim Pomrenke violated a court order in a March 16, 2016 letter he sent to the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission
By ROBERT MCCABE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Are we witnessing a coal revival?Only a year ago, coal exports from Hampton Roads were in a downward spiral, following a portwide year-over-year drop of about 35 percent in 2015. For the first half of 2016, exports from the port – the biggest coal-exporting port in North America – had dropped almost 30 percent from the same period a year earlier.
By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Larry Bays has seen his share of hard times, but on this day he was blessed. The 71-year-old goat farmer from Gate City, Va., had come to the annual free medical clinic held over the weekend here in coal country so his wife, Joyce, could have her asthma and arthritis checked.
By JENNA PORTNOY AND ED O'KEEFE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Democratic leaders traveled to a deep red corner of Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock’s Northern Virginia district Monday to unveil a strategy they hope will convince voters they have more to offer than just opposition to President Trump.
Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam held the first of three scheduled debates over the weekend. What did we learn about the two major party candidates for governor? Not very much.
Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
When first we learned that congressional Democratic leaders had selected Berryville as their first stop in rolling out their plan to revitalize America, we wondered, “Why Berryville?” As it turned out, no such rumination and head-scratching were needed.