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Voting begins in crucial Virginia governor race - Politico

by Zach Montellaro

Voting officially kicks off Friday in the most competitive statewide election since Joe Biden became president.

This November’s race for Virginia governor isn’t only one of the earliest barometers of the political environment heading into the 2022 midterms. It will also be one of the first signs for how permanent Americans’ shift away from Election Day voting is, a trend accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Republican Candidate For VA Governor Will Not Personally Attend State March for Life - Daily Caller

by MARY MARGARET OLOHAN

Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin will not personally attend the state’s March for Life, the Daily Caller News Foundation has learned, but will instead send a representative.

Youngkin will attend early voting rallies in Wytheville, Radford, Augusta, and Chesterfield on Friday, the first day of early voting. The rallies occur the same day as the Virginia March for Life, which will take place at the steps of the state capitol in Richmond.

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McAuliffe defends record on public safety during sheriffs’ conference - WDBJ

By Joe Dashiell

One day after Republican Glenn Youngkin addressed the state’s sheriffs, Democrat Terry McAuliffe took his turn in front of the group.

McAuliffe defended his record on public safety during a session that also included a testy exchange with a local law enforcement official. “I got out of bed every single day, wanting to make sure that our communities were safe,” McAuliffe told members of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association meeting this week at the Hotel Roanoke.

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Princess Blanding says she's focused on reaching all Virginians - VPM News

by David Streever

When Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates Glenn Youngkin and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe meet on the debate stage tonight, they won't be joined by Princess Blanding, who will appear on the ballot this year representing the Liberation Party.

Asked about the exclusion, Blanding said she's focused on reaching more people. “If I spend my energy dwelling on them excluding me, then I am not putting the energy that is needed in ensuring that we reach all Virginians to let them know about our campaign,” Blanding told VPM's Patrick Larsen earlier this week.

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Judge jails alleged domestic violence victim for pot use - Virginia Mercury

A judge in Loudoun County interrupted the testimony of the alleged victim in a felony domestic violence trial last week to question her drug use, sentencing her to 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she said she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

She was then “physically removed from the witness stand by multiple deputies,” according to a brief filed by the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, which supports the woman’s motion to vacate the contempt charge lodged by Circuit Court Judge James P. Fisher.

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5 former GOP attorneys general say Herring should have taken legal action against parole board

by Patrick Wilson

Virginia’s five most recently elected Republican attorneys general issued a statement Thursday criticizing Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring for not taking legal action against the Virginia Parole Board over its substantiated misconduct.

The Republicans are backing Jason Miyares, the GOP nominee for attorney general, in the Nov. 2 election. Miyares issued their statement in a news release.

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