News Brief – July 20, 2018

Recent news update compiled by the RPV.

Associated Press
Gov. Ralph Northam is set to visit a health clinic in Southwest Virginia that’s expected to draw thousands of people seeking free care. Northam’s office announced that he will attend the Remote Area Medical clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Saturday.
By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Thursday that the state will not challenge a federal ruling that 11 House of Delegates districts were created to discriminate against African American voters, and argued that federal courts should disregard an appeal filed by Republican leaders.
By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press
Some GOP congressmen in Virginia want nothing to do with their own party’s provocative candidate for Senate, Corey Stewart, an outspoken acolyte of President Donald Trump and defender of Confederate monuments. Stewart says he’s fine with the cold shoulders if it helps Republicans win. By contrast, Democrats appear to be one big happy family, with down-ballot Democrats eager to campaign with incumbent Tim Kaine.
“We’re going to need some damn leadership on that,” said Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., a freshman lawmaker who has called for a leadership overhaul. “I think he’s …
Marijuana Moment
Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA), a military veteran who has been outspoken in support of marijuana law reform, will also be there. So will Sen. Brian Schatz …
By SUSAN KYTE, South Boston News & Record
Denver Riggleman, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 5th District, visited Clarksville on Thursday to meet with members of the local Republican party to discuss pressing issues that face Southside Virginia.
Washington Post
Dave Brat (R) may have had for controlling the race’s narrative. … But the president also showed that Brat has next to no maneuvering room on any issue …
NBC2 News
Barbara Comstock as perhaps the nation’s most endangered GOP incumbent. Simultaneously, in the preponderantly white, working-class and rural 9th …
Inside NoVA
A longtime member of the General Assembly thinks Democrat Jennifer Wexton has the edge over incumbent U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th). But he isn’t …
From Jennifer Wexton’s perspective, the political environment in the 10th District has “changed quite a bit.” Speaking to the Winchester-Frederick County Democratic Committee at the Frederick County Public Safety Center on Wednesday, Wexton told the full room that “reasonable Republicans” in the district — which covers Winchester and Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun counties, as well as Manassas, Manassas Park and portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties — are coming together with Democrats