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Water Cooler

  • The Second Gentleman (Doug Emhoff) is coming to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Northern Virginia and Richmond this Saturday.
  • Fox News poll shows McAuliffe with a four-point lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin in the gubernatorial race.
  • Congress passed a funding bill and President Biden signed it to prevent a government shutdown from happening at midnight tonight. They now have 18 days to figure out how to fix the debt ceiling before the Treasury Department runs out of flexibility to avoid missing payments.
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill last night as they try to continue to convince Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (W. Va.) to support the bill.
  • Tina Ramirez, a Republican candidate for the 7th congressional district seat says she raised over $300,000 during her first fundraising quarter. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger D-Henrico is the current representative in the 7th CD. “I am 100% committed to defeating Abigail Spanberger next November,” Ramirez said.
  • The Princeton Gerrymandering Project graded two of the proposed House of Delegate maps that the Virginia Redistricting Commission is considering. (These maps are not finalized yet as the commission continues to work through the process.)
    • Map A: Grade = B, with a slight GOP tilt.
    • Map B: Grade = A, with no apparent bias.
  • Abortion access advocates are holding a “Ban off our bodies” event in Richmond Saturday. Senator Jennifer McClellan, Lucy Hartman from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, Steph Nash from Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Kenda Sutton El from Birth in Color, Dr. Shanthi Ramesh from Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, Jana Hebb from Whole Woman’s Health, and other community members will be in attendance.

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