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  • Virginia Governor Criticized for Not Wearing Mask at Beach After Urging Citizens to Cover Their Faces

    05/24/2020 9:33:45 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 1 replies
    TIME ^ | 05 24 2020 | Staff
    Gov. Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during a weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said Sunday that Northam should have brought a face mask with him during his visit on Saturday to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, news outlets reported. “He was outside yesterday and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone,” Northam spokesman Alena Yarmosky said in a statement. “This is an important reminder to always have...
  • Mask-pushing governor caught at beach without face mask

    05/24/2020 12:56:37 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 47 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/24/2020 | WND Staff
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was reportedly caught without a face mask at Virginia Beach Saturday as the Democrat weighs a statewide order requiring citizens to wear masks. Northam was seen on the beach reviewing security at the beach without a face covering, local outlet NBC12 reported Saturday. The governor’s office later explained in a statement that Northam was “not expecting to be within six feet of anyone.” “The Governor has repeatedly encouraged wearing face coverings inside or when social distancing is impossible,” Northam’s office said. “He was outside today and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone.”
  • Virginia governor spent 65 days on taxpayer-funded jaunts to his NC beach home since start of 2019

    05/22/2020 5:55:18 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 20 replies
    justthenews ^ | May 20, 2020 | John Solomon and Daniel Payne
    Democrat Ralph Northam invoked executive privilege to initially block release of travel dates but relented on appeal. On a Saturday night in the dead of August last year, Virginia taxpayers footed the bill as a state-operated plane roared from Richmond to one of North Carolina’s desirable beach destinations. The King Air 350 turboprop made the journey twice in six hours. The VIP passengers? Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, the first lady of Virginia. The listed purpose for a back-and-forth jaunt? The Northams took a brief break Aug. 31, 2019 from their Outer Banks beach vacation home in...
  • [Idaho] Ballot requests set election records

    05/22/2020 10:35:57 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    Local News 8 ^ | May 22, 2020
    BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Idaho’s May Primary Election may set new turnout records. The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office said Idahoans requested 415,500 absentee ballots before the May 19 deadline. It was easily the largest absentee request ever recorded, but may also be the largest voter turnout of any non-gubernatorial primary election in Idaho history. The absentee request represents almost 46% of the state’s 907,342 registered voters. Since the ballots haven’t all been returned yet, it is unknown how many will actually cast ballots. Voters have until 8 p.m. on June 2 to return the ballots by mail. But the Secretary’s Office...
  • GOP congressman who officiated same-sex wedding faces primary challenge from the Right

    05/22/2020 7:52:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 22, 2020 | Kerry Picket
    Rep. Denver Riggleman in 2018 won the then-open district, stretching from the North Carolina state line 250 miles up to Washington, D.C., exurbs in Fauquier County, Virginia. But unlike the bulk of freshmen, who cruise to reelection after winning their seats the first time, Riggleman is locked in a nasty Republican renomination battle against Bob Good, a Campbell County supervisor and former athletics official at Liberty University . . . “He comes out as pro-gay marriage. He comes out as pro-drug legalization, and he limps down the stretch of the nomination after it becomes revealed that he's a purple progressive...
  • Ex-NFL player Don Carey [“backed by Republicans”] elected to Chesapeake council, ousting longtime councilman Dwight Parker

    05/21/2020 9:13:09 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    Virginia Pilot ^ | May 20, 2020 | Gordon Rago
    CHESAPEAKE - Chesapeake’s City Council will skew a bit younger with the election of Don Carey, a 33-year-old retired NFL player. He easily beat longtime councilman Dwight Parker, 70, who lost his seat even as two other incumbents were re-elected. Carey had the strongest showing of all seven council candidates in the race for three at-large seats, with his 17,502 votes edging out Debbie Ritter’s 17,374, according to the latest unofficial results released Wednesday after officials finished counting a historically large number of absentee ballots. Parker, who served as vice mayor from 2006 to 2008, lost his bid for another...
  • Boom. Another special election, another flip: Three Democrats get the boot in Virginia

    05/21/2020 12:21:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2020 | Monica Showalter
    Special elections can be tricky to gauge the general election from. But when all of the results of them go just one way, it's pretty obvious the other party is in trouble. Latest news: Three Virginia Democrats in a reliably blue city have just gotten the boot. A local reporter called it 'stunning beyond belief.' The Daily Caller reports: Three Democratic members of the Staunton, Virginia, city council were ousted by Republicans on Tuesday despite receiving more votes than they did four years ago. Republican candidates Mark Robertson, Amy Darby, and Steve Claffey all joined incumbent Andrea Oakes in a...
  • Wakeup call: Democrats would be well-advised to learn lessons from Staunton debacle

    05/21/2020 11:44:53 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 3 replies
    Augusta Free Press ^ | May. 20, 2020 | Chris Graham
    Democrats in Richmond don’t pay attention to anything that goes on west of Charlottesville. Which will be to their peril in November, considering the lessons to be learned from Staunton. Republicans swept the four open seats on Staunton City Council in the 2020 local elections, a first in recent memory in a city that has been a bellwether for Virginia Democrats. What’s this, you’re thinking, as you read those words. Staunton, a blue dot in the reddest part of the state, a bellwether? Look at the numbers: Election/Race Virginia Staunton 2018 U.S. Senate Tim Kaine 57.0% Tim Kaine 56.4% 2017...
  • What happened in Staunton [VA]? Massive turnout flips Queen City from blue to red

    05/21/2020 11:16:59 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    Augusta Free Press ^ | May 21, 2020 | Story by Chris Graham
    Staunton City Council incumbents Ophie Kier, James Harrington and Erik Curren all outperformed their 2016 vote totals in their 2020 re-election runs. Kier won re-election in 2016 with 1,261 votes, and on Tuesday, he polled 2,248. Harrington went from 1,153 votes in 2016 to 2,049 in 2020. Curren jumped from 1,009 in his 2016 run to 1,852 in 2020. Democrats got their voters out better than they have in a May cycle in years. Republicans got turnout more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial. Inside the numbers: Turnout swings red Before you @me, yes, the candidates...
  • Warner asks DNI for underlying intelligence behind Flynn unmasking

    05/20/2020 3:22:50 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 20 2020 | Zack Budryk
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday asked acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell for the underlying intelligence reports in which former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s name was “unmasked.” In a letter obtained by The Hill, Warner asked Grenell for any underlying intelligence reports concerning conversations between Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kisltak, as well as the reasoning behind declassifying the unmasking requests, “given the potential compromise to sources and methods.” “As you are well aware, there are substantial protections built into the process for requesting that identities of U.S. persons...
  • Northam ditches coronavirus restrictions for Virginia Beach after weekend sees crowds defy his orders

    05/19/2020 2:11:22 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19 2020 | Danielle Wallace
    Under Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s eased coronavirus restrictions in effect Friday, the state’s oceanfront was relegated to fishing and exercise only, and social distancing was required. But that didn't keep crowds away from Virginia Beach over the weekend as temperatures reached the high 70s. Sunbathers took to the sand, bikers peddled along the bustling boardwalk and newly reopened gift shops were crowded with customers buying hermit crabs and snow cones, The Virginian-Pilot reported. On Friday, Northam, a Democrat, gave the green light for houses of worship and some businesses to operate at 50 percent capacity. Outdoor dining – with different...
  • Navy Cruiser Commanding Officer Fired After 4,000-Gallon Fuel Spill

    05/19/2020 12:42:36 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 95 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2020 | Gina Harkins
    The commanding officer of the Navy warship that spilled thousands of gallons of fuel into a Virginia river earlier this month has been removed from her job. Capt. Erica Hoffmann, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser Philippine Sea was relieved of her duties on Monday, Navy officials announced. Rear Adm. Richard Cheeseman, commander of Carrier Strike Group Two, lost confidence in Hoffmann's ability to command, Lt. Cmdr. Richlyn Ivey with Naval Surface Force Atlantic said. "Many factors weigh into a decision to relieve a commanding officer due to loss of confidence," Ivey added.
  • Mark Cuban Steps in Twitter Ant Pile After Sanders' Ejection From Restaurant

    06/26/2018 10:39:42 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 21 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | JUNE 26, 2018 | 4:00AM | STEPHEN YOUNG
    Mark Cuban made a mistake Monday afternoon. A TMZ camera found him outside a restaurant in California, and the Mavs owner actually stopped and talked to the paparazzo. Quickly, Cuban was talking about the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia and its decision to deny service to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Although he likely didn't know it at the time, Cuban was about to stir up Trump Twitter, a group that's never met a stupid fight it didn't like. Here's what Cuban said with regard to the restaurant. “It’s a good question. You can make an argument on...
  • BALTIMORE RESTAURANT OWNER CAN'T GET EMPLOYEES TO RETURN BECAUSE THEY MAKE MORE IN UNEMPLOYMENT

    05/14/2020 12:58:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 116 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 13, 2020 | EDDY RODRIGUEZ
    A Baltimore restaurant owner said Tuesday that she can't get employees to return to work because they make more in unemployment benefits than in working for her business. Melony Wagner, who owns Charles Village Pub in Baltimore, said her employees would prefer to continue collecting unemployment than come to work as they make more money staying home, according to a report by FOX 5 News. "They don't want to [come back to work] and I don't really want a restaurant full of unhappy employees," Wagner told the tv station. "They don't want to because it is less money. I am not...
  • Sheriff rejects call to enforce Va. governor’s lock-down, cites Constitution

    05/13/2020 10:33:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 13, 2020 | Paul Bedard
    An influential Virginia sheriff has rejected a request from Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration to enforce the ongoing business lock-down in parts of northern Virginia. Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins said that he and other law enforcement were contacted to help enforce the closures in the area that reaches into northern Virginia’s Prince William County, home to many federal workers. But the sheriff, who has advised the White House and vowed to fight proposed gun grabs from state Democrats, said that he will not help enforce Northam’s Executive Order #61 that maintains the weeks-long economic shutdown.
  • Analysis of Virginia COVID-19 Data

    05/13/2020 9:15:13 AM PDT · by JHL · 10 replies
    The Virginia Department of Health recently added more detailed demographic and outbreak data to its Coronavirus data website. The website only reports numbers, not percentages; but by doing a little simple math, interesting facts present themselves: Statistics for Long-term Care Facilities (e.g. Nursing Homes): 58.8% of all deaths in Virginia were associated with Long-term care facilities. Contracting the virus in a long-term care facility is not an automatic death sentence: 85.6% of patients who contract the virus in a long-term care facility survive. This is contrary to the perception we are given, that outbreaks in a nursing home inevitably result...
  • Northern Va. nowhere near ready to reopen under Northam plan, officials say

    05/10/2020 3:25:56 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2020 | Antonio Olivo, Rebecca Tan and Jenna Portnoy
    Northern Virginia, the state’s economic engine, is nowhere near ready to reopen Friday when Gov. Ralph Northam plans to begin lifting shutdown restrictions, the region’s top elected officials said Sunday, citing the continuing increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. In a joint letter, the elected leaders in Northern Virginia’s five largest jurisdictions — representing nearly 2.4 million residents — told Northam (D) they are unwilling to lift restrictions in place since late March, which the governor plans to do in a limited capacity Friday in hopes of reviving the state’s ailing economy. Northam announced last week that he will begin...
  • Fired FBI director James Comey to teach ethics at Virginia college (OLD ARTICLE, 2018)

    05/10/2020 9:46:04 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 20 replies
    Roto-Reuters ^ | Jan 20, 2018
    (Reuters) - James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was fired last year by U.S. President Donald Trump, will teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the school said on Friday. Comey has been by turns castigated and lionized by both Democrats and Republicans for overseeing high-stakes FBI investigations that overshadowed the election campaigns of Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in 2016. “Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly...
  • Which Has More Rights: A Church or a Liquor Store?

    05/06/2020 9:47:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 20220 | Terry Jeffrey
    Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia stood behind a podium at the front of the room -- wearing no mask -- but looking like he had an important message to deliver. He was issuing an order to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. As part of his strategy to deal with COVID-19, Virginia restaurants and bars would now be able to sell mixed drinks for takeout or delivery. "All Virginia restaurants that remain open are now takeout or delivery only," Northam said. "Allowing them to sell mixed beverages with takeout or delivery orders will help them augment their revenue streams so...
  • Northam extends executive order closing nonessential businesses and says the state will open in a three-phase plan

    05/04/2020 12:26:55 PM PDT · by iceskater · 45 replies
    WRIC - channel 8 Richmond ^ | 5/4/20 | Amelia Heymann
    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam presented his reopening guidelines for Virginia today during his update on the coronavirus outbreak in the commonwealth. Northam said the state will have three phases to open up. Phase I will allow businesses to re-open with limitations. For example, people can go to the hair salon but will need to make an appointment. Also, restaurants can reopen but will need to limit their seating to allow for social distancing. He said phase I will likely last three weeks and won’t happen until at least next week.