ELEVEN DAYS from now, Virginians will already be at the polls – and what has certainly felt like an exceptionally long and contentious election cycle will (finally) be coming to a close. Democrats have brought in the heavyweights to rally their base on the campaign trail, while Republicans are gaining enthusiasm for an increasingly close gubernatorial race.

And while victory on November 2nd will be awarded to either an (R) or a (D), it remains an unfortunate reality that third-party candidates are largely forgotten and excluded from the political discourse – or they are blamed post-Election Day, for syphoning votes from the “real contenders.” So in an increasingly cynical system: you have to respect candidates who refuse to humor that narrative.

Finally, in recognition that election fatigue is likely weighing most of us down right now (and that the Virginia news cycle for the rest of the month will do little to alleviate this), we will close out today’s newsletter with some completely unrelated bonus content, for your distraction and enrichment:

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  • Oct. 26 | JCOTS Consumer Data Protection Work Group (Public Comment Meeting)
  • Nov. 2 | ELECTION DAY
  • Nov. 8 | JLARC Meeting (Legislative Recommendations for 2022)
  • Nov. 15 | Prefiling for 2022 Session begins
  • Nov. 16 | House Appropriations Committee Retreat (2022 Session Presentation)
  • Nov. 18 | Senate Finance & Appropriations Committe Annual Meeting
  • Nov. 29 | Prefile draft request deadline for 2022 Session

It’s not just McAuliffe vs. Youngkin. The fight is on for control of Virginia’s House.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Alex Askew knows firsthand how tight elections can get for Democrats in Virginia. He barely won his seat in the state House of Delegates, defeating his Republican opponent by just 802 votes in 2019.

That’s why Askew is campaigning furiously ahead of the November election.


Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote.


Virginia needs more students to enroll in trade, skills programs

RICHMOND, Va. — Discussing ways universities and employers can work together to fill the skills gap was the topic at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Education and Workforce Conference Wednesday at the Richmond Convention Center.


Virginia secures $77 billion in capital investment creating nearly 100,000 new jobs, Northam says

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — On Wednesday, Governor Northam announced that Virginia’s economy has generated a record $77 billion in capital investment commitments across more than 850 projects.


Panelists voice doubt about Texas-style grid failures in Virginia

Panelists at a conference on clean energy in Virginia Tuesday voiced doubts about whether Virginia could see the same kind of electrical grid failures Texas experienced during an unexpected deep freeze last February.


Virginia Health Department fixes dashboard to publicly track COVID cases in children

In late July, COVID-19 cases among children began surging in Virginia, rewriting doctors’ understanding of how the pandemic affects the youngest members of the population.


White House rolls out plans for COVID-19 vaccines for kids age 5 to 11

WASHINGTON — Smaller needles. Redesigned shipments to ease the storage needs in pediatricians’ offices. And enough vials of the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate the 28 million U.S. children between ages 5 and 11.


Redistricting Commission cancels remaining meetings

In a meeting on Wednesday, the Virginia Redistricting Commission cancelled both of its remaining public hearings and meetings, citing a failure to agree on criteria for map drawing. Like in previous meetings, commissioners found themselves at a partisan stalemate.


Virginia Attorney General's Office files housing discrimination lawsuits against 29 Richmond-area companies

Twenty-nine Richmond-area real estate companies and property managers are facing legal action accusing them of discriminating against renters protected under a recent change to state law.


McEachin Announces More Than $10 Million in HHS Grants for Virginia Department of Health

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) recently announced the Virginia Department of Health will receive two grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) totaling $10,840,522.


Freedom to Vote Act fails to enter discussion phase, VA Sen. Kaine begging for consideration from Republicans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDVM) — For the third time this year, Senate Republicans have struck down proposed voting legislation put forward by the Democrats. However, Wednesday’s vote was simply to begin a discussion about changes that could be made to the Freedom to Vote Act.


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