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VA vaccine wastage rare...for now

…experts say wastage is almost guaranteed to go up. That certainty will require providers to make new choices when it comes to managing supply, and an overhaul of how the public views the concept of unused doses.”

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CVS: Walk-ins and same-day appointments now available

“Walk-in vaccinations for COVID-19 are now being offered at 342 CVS locations in Virginia, largely putting an end to the rush to get leftover doses there and the wait for new time slots to appear on the pharmacy’s website.

Read the full story in the RT-D

Current Vaccination Status in Virginia: PHASE 2

Virginia Politics

Legislation & Policy

New Virginia Poll Shows Support for Progressive Ideas, but Not Labels

KEY TAKEAWAYS: A majority of Virginia voters largely identify as “ideologically moderate,” and support legislative policies central to the Democratic platform – including Medicare for all-that-want-it (76%), pathways to citizenship for undocument immigrants currently in the U.S. (73%), and prioritizing renewable energy investments (82%).

A new poll from Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center finds the average Virginians describes themselves as slightly right-of-center when it comes to politics. At the same time, more than two-thirds of those polled support passing the Green New Deal, creating a legal pathway to citizenship for immigrants, and higher taxes on those making over a million dollars — all ideas popularized by Democrats. 

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Statewide Races

Elizabeth Warren Endorses Sam Rasoul For Lt. Governor Of Virginia

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) endorsed state Del. Sam Rasoul’s bid for lieutenant governor of Virginia on Wednesday, handing the progressive contender a boost in a competitive primary.

Warren, who does not often wade into Democratic primaries, cited the four-term lawmaker’s record of fighting to expand Medicaid and raise the minimum wage, as well as his present support for guaranteed paid sick leave.

“Sam Rasoul is a hard worker who dreams big, fights hard, and gets results,” Warren said in a statement. “Sam is the passionate, progressive voice Virginians deserve.”

View coverage in The Huffington Post »


Virginia officials ask to delay lawsuit over unemployment insurance delays

The Virginia Employment Commission asked a judge this week for extra time to respond to a class-action lawsuit over long delays processing jobless claims.

The request drew a mocking response from the plaintiffs’ lawyers and was largely rejected by a federal judge, who limited the extension to just four days. The state had requested three weeks.

Read more in the Virginia Mercury »

Elections 2021

The tight battle for control of Virginia’s House of Delegates


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.

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Garland Reverses Trump Administration Order, Sending Grants to Virginia


RICHMOND-Just over $10 million in law enforcement grants will be coming to Virginia this month, just a couple years late. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland reversed a decision by the Trump administration this week, removing restrictions put in place.

Every year, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country rely on federal JAG grants to fund part of their operation. Virginia is no different. The Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants fund everything from a local police department’s technology upgrades to drug treatment programs. Then, in 2017, the U.S. Justice Department under Jeff Sessions made some changes.

Full story in Virginia Dogwood »

Business, Economy, & Labor News

Northam speaks at Green Business Alliance launch

CHRISTIANSBURG — Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday commended a newly formed group that aims to help Virginia-based businesses and nonprofits address climate change and prepare the economy for a clean energy future.


New River Valley Gets Rail:  State Launches Western Initiative

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More delays, cost increases for Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Data centers and electric vehicles will drive up Virginia electricity demand, UVA forecaster predicts

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DON’T FORGET! Visit our 2021 Elections page to see current listings for statewide candidates, read brief bios, and review the latest fundraising and polling data. Information on the House of Delegates races coming soon!

2021 Virginia General Election