GENERAL ELECTIONS are now in the “so close, and yet still so far away” phase of the cycle. New polling data shows that the statewide races are becoming increasingly competitive – and while all 100 House of Delegates seats are also on the ballot this November, the possibility of another round of House elections in 2022 continues to be a topic of discussion.
In the legislative offices themselves, potential bills for the upcoming General Assembly Session are also being discussed and drafted; most commissions and workgroups have either a formal or an aspirational deadline of November 1st to report on any policy recommendations, giving lawmakers roughly a two-month window to include potentially revelant bills on their agenda.
And so, while we are roughly just 25 days away from Election Day: it’s increasingly apparent that the only thing likely to ease up on November 3rd are the ad spots on TV. (And maybe then, only for a short while.)
- Oct. 18 | House Appropriations Committee Meeting (Fiscal Update)
- Oct. 19 | Senate Finance Committee Meeting (Fiscal Update)
- Nov. 2 | ELECTION DAY
- Nov. 8 | JLARC Meeting (Legislative Recommendations for 2022)
- Nov. 15 | Prefiling for 2022 Session begins
- Nov. 29 | Prefile draft request deadline for 2022 Session
In mid-August, as the delta variant was surging across Virginia, hospitals reached out to Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration for help.
“This rise in infections is once again placing significant stress on general hospitals and nursing facilities within the commonwealth,” wrote Sean Connaughton, president of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, in a letter to Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver and Health Secretary Dr. Dan Carey. At the time, the seven-day average for new hospitalizations mirrored that of March, when Virginia was still recovering from a massive holiday surge.
Inova told FFXnow that it has consolidated staff from the shuttered urgent care centers at other sites “to better accommodate patient volume.” The other centers that have been closed are in Arlington, as reported by ARLnow, and Purcellville.
ROANOKE, Va. – Empty hotel beds, dining rooms and downtowns were all effects of the pandemic that could be seen firsthand. Now for the first time, the aftermath can be qualified in facts and figures.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger is chomping at the bit to see the House of Representatives pass President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill and pump some of its once-in-generations benefits into Virginia.
2021 Virginia General Election