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Video: VA Redistricting Commission Discusses Options for Official “Receipt” of U.S. Census Data – Blue Virginia

by Lowell Feld

The Virginia Redistricting Commission is meeting today, and their first order of business was to decide which date they should go with as the official date of “receipt” of U.S. Census data. Sen. George Barker laid out the options for when the clock starts ticking, with the Commission having up to 45 days upon official “receipt” of U.S. Census data to draw House of Delegates and State Senate district lines, and up to 60 days for U.S. House of Representatives districts. The three options considered were:

  1. The clock starts ticking starting on August 12, when the U.S. Census data went live, in an “old” format, which isn’t fully usable/fully formatted for the Commission to be able to use? Then, the VA House and VA Senate maps would have to be done by September 26, and the Congressional maps done by October 11.
  2. The clock starts ticking starting on August 26, when the Redistricting Commission will get the Census data in fully “usable” format from their contractor, “City Gate?” Then, the VA House and VA Senate maps would be due October 10.
  3. The clock starts ticking starting on September 30, when the US Census releases data in fully usable format? Then, the the VA House and VA Senate maps would be due as late as November 14.

  • Find out their decision

  • Tensions rise as Va. Redistricting Commission begins map-drawing sprint – Virginia Mercury

    by Graham Moomaw

    As the new Virginia Redistricting Commission prepares to start drawing new legislative and congressional maps, an increasingly political tone to its deliberations has some members openly speculating about whether the bipartisan body will be able to complete its job.

    The 16-member commission met for three hours Monday afternoon to discuss several issues it’s planning to vote on Tuesday morning, including the logistics of who should draw what maps and how much consideration to give to existing political districts and incumbent legislators.

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    Suit: Changing prisoner count weakens rural, GOP districts – Associated Press

    by Ben Finley

    A Republican state senator is among a group of people suing the Virginia Redistricting Commission over plans to count prisoners at their last known address instead of the prisons where they’re incarcerated.

    The lawsuit says the change will politically weaken Virginia’s rural and conservative areas after the state draws new congressional and legislative districts.

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    Youngkin announces support from law enforcement officials across Virginia

    “I am honored to have the support of Virginia’s law enforcement community and look forward to working closely with them to make Virginia’s communities among the safest in the nation, not the most dangerous,” said Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. “Terry McAuliffe has turned his back on law enforcement and embraced the most radical elements of his party that want to defund the police, abolish ICE, and close prisons.”  

    “It wasn’t enough for Terry McAuliffe and his handpicked parole board to break the law and let certain violent criminals out of prison, now he and his allies want to defund the police and close ALL prisons. We need a candidate who backs the blue and will restore safety in our communities, and that candidate is Glenn Youngkin,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Charles “Hank” Partin.

    The full list of endorsements: 

    • Sheriff Blake Andis, Washington County 
    • Sheriff Mark Armentrout, Radford City 
    • Sheriff Mark Butler, Warren County 
    • Sheriff Tim Carter, Shenandoah County 
    • Sheriff Michael Chapman, Loudoun County 
    • Sheriff Winston W. Clark, III Campbell County 
    • Sheriff James Clarke, Jr. Isle of Wight County 
    • Sheriff Trevor Craddock, Craig County 
    • Sheriff Brian Craig, Floyd County 
    • Sheriff Chad Cubbage, Page County 
    • Sheriff David Decatur, Stafford County 
    • Sheriff J. D. “Danny” Diggs, York County 
    • Sheriff Jeff Edds, Scott County 
    • Sheriff Jeremy Fleming, Dickenson County 
    • Sheriff Charles Foster, Wythe County 
    • Sheriff Robert Hawkins, Mecklenburg County 
    • Sheriff Brian Hieatt, Tazewell County 
    • Sheriff Glendell Hill, Prince William County View full list

    Fort Lee will continue hosting Afghan nationals following fall of their homeland – Progress Index

    by Bill Atkinson

    The Pentagon said Monday that Fort Lee will continue to host Afghan nationals and will be joined by two other military posts as the US escalates the shepherding of Afghan nationals and their families to American soil following the weekend collapse of the government in Afghanistan.

    Garry Reid, a member of the Defense Department’s Afghanistan crisis action team, said at a press briefing late Monday that Fort Bliss in Texas and Camp McCoy in Wisconsin will join the Prince George County Army post in processing Afghans and their families who worked for the United States during its 20-year presence in Afghanistan.

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    Judge Denies Request for Injunction Against LCPS Equity Programs – Loudoun Now

    by Hayley Milon Bour 

    A federal District Court judge denied a request for an injunction in a class action case on Friday filed by five families against Loudoun County Public Schools over the district’s Student Equity Ambassador Program and the Bias Incident Reporting System, both initiatives of the school district to combat the reported racial inequity in schools.

    Pattie Hidalgo-Menders, Scott Mineo, and three other unnamed families alleged that the SEA program discriminates against white students and violates their First Amendment rights, and that the reporting system “chills protected speech in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments,” according to the complaint. 

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    Pence convenes GOP donors, luminaries at Jackson Hole retreat – Politico

    By ALEX ISENSTADT

    Former Vice President Mike Pence is ramping up his donor outreach as he weighs a 2024 White House bid.

    Pence held a donor retreat late last week benefiting his newly formed nonprofit group, Advancing American Freedom. The event, held in wealthy Jackson Hole, Wyo., is the first such gathering the former vice president has hosted since leaving the White House in January.

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    Chesterfield moves onto next round of Little League Softball World Series after defeating New Jersey – NBC12

    The Chesterfield Little League Softball team is moving onto the next round of the Little League Softball World Series, representing the Southeast region.

    The girls took down Robbinsville, New Jersey to advance to the semi-finals. The final score was 1 to 0 in the first elimination game. The team takes on Texas in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

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    Outraged judge continues Danville murder trial after not enough potential jurors show up – Danville Register & Bee

    by John Crane

    The trial for the man suspected in the death of a cab driver in Danville in January had to be continued by Danville Circuit Court Judge James Reynolds because the jury pool was too small.

    Reynolds was outraged after not enough people showed up for jury selection, forcing him to delay the trial for James Edward Fultz IV, the man accused of killing 51-year-old Wendy Harris the night of Jan. 10 in the cab she had been driving on Gay Street.

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