There were some electoral upsets yesterday as Virginia voters in 48 localities cast their ballots in state and local primaries. Among the most contested were 18 elections to nominate candidates for the General Assembly—including challenges to nine incumbent Senators and Delegates.
Among the Republicans, Chesapeake Senator John Cosgrove and Augusta Senator Emmett Hanger handily won. But long-time Chesterfield Senator Steve Martin was defeated by Amanda Chase.
Democratic Senator Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg prevailed over Delegate Joe Preston.
Hampton Roads has twice the relative sea-level rise of other Atlantic coastal communities, and Virginia is stepping up its efforts to address the associated recurrent flooding. While the General Assembly recently ordered updates to the state’s flood protection plan, the Army Corps of Engineers has rolled out a new, proactive strategic framework. It calls on local, state, regional, and federal governments to work together—due to the enormity of the tasks ahead.
A decision made a decade ago by the city of Buena Vista created a debt load that city leaders now call insurmountable. It's a situation that might well serve as an object lesson for other localities in Virginia.
The City of Buena Vista has a loan payment due on January 15, a payment it does not intend to make. What will happen after that is unknown at present but one possible result is that local government officials and the police department will receive eviction notices. A look at a financial crisis in this Blue Ridge city of 7,000 residents that's been in the making for more than a decade.
Bicycle commuters in Arlington will have an ally in their local government this winter when snow threatens to slow them down. And there's controversy in Portsmouth after the city denied bonuses for school bus drivers who worked extra on a day when many of their colleagues stayed home to protest low pay.