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Sweet Briar Students and Faculty Face Uncertain Future

Students and faculty at Sweet Briar College face an uncertain future as courts decide whether the 114-year-old institution can remain open next fall.

Supporters chanted outside the Virginia Supreme Court after oral arguments for and against an injunction to keep the school open.   

Tristin Burke, a rising Junior at Sweet Briar says she’s applied to multiple other schools, but she’d rather finish her education at the college she calls home.  

Incumbents Have Cash Advantage In Next Week’s Primary

Challengers who want to knock off incumbent state lawmakers during next week’s primary will have to do so at a large cash disadvantage. 

Democratic House Speaker William J. Howell has a 12-1 advantage over his opponent, Susan Stimpson.

Democratic Incumbant State Senator Rosalyn Dance has a 20-1 advantage over her opponent Joe Preston in the 16th district.

And Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment has $1 million dollars in campaign cash, and he doesn’t even have a primary opponent.

4 Republicans Seek 12th Senate District Seat

The 12th district Senate race is one of the most competitive primaries in central Virginia. Four Republicans are seeking the nomination to succeed retiring Senator Walter Stosch of Henrico.

Siobhan Dunnavant is a physician and the sister of Delegate Chris Stolle and former Senator Ken Stolle.

Bill Janis is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s also an attorney and former Delegate.

Both have raised over $100,000 for their campaigns.

McAuliffe Signs Education Bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several education reform bills in Charlottesville today (6/3).

Two bills will expedite the SOL retake process to two days for children who fail to pass the test by a close margin.

A third bill will reward schools who have narrowly fallen short of accreditation if they’ve made significant progress.

McAuliffe says he now wants his SOL Innovation and Reform Commission to look at improving how the tests measure critical thinking and workforce skills.

Howell Has Large Cash Advantage Over Opponent In Primary

Virginia House Speaker William Howell has a dominant cash advantage over his tea party rival in the June 9th primary election.

Howell’s campaign said yesterday (6/1) that it had raised more than $550,000 this reporting period.

A spokesman for his opponent, Susan Stimpson, says she has raised about $28,000.

Stimpson is a former political protégé, who has accused Howell of abandoning his conservative beliefs in favor of serving deep pocketed special interests.

Should ABC Enforce Alcohol Laws?

In March, ABC agents violently arrested Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old black student at UVA, outside of a Charlottesville bar. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of obstruction, using profane language and public intoxication.

According to data from the ABC department, 85% of the suspects in such cases were taken into custody. For incidents of marijuana possession, suspects were taken into custody only 11% of the time.

Scott on Sidelines in Redistricting Battle

A legal battle is raging over whether Third District Congressman Bobby Scott’s District has too many black voters, but so far, the Congressman himself has not gotten involved. 

The Third is 56% black, a jagged line from Portsmouth to Richmond drawn in 2012 by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Democrats went to federal court to block it, and a panel of federal judges is now considering whether to force the legislature to redraw the district.

It could affect surrounding districts that are majority white. But Scott himself has not gotten involved.

DA Says Evidence Was Enough to Convict M. McDonnell

Federal prosecutors says there is easily enough evidence to support former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s public corruption conviction.

In court filings yesterday (5/28), prosecutors told the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals that it is clear McDonnell took illegal steps to benefit a wealthy vitamin executive who lavished her and her husband with low-interest loans and expensive gifts.

Sexual Assault Task Force Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety and Sexual Assault issued its final recommendations May 28.

The taskforce recommends directing each university to establish a comprehensive response policy informed by students faculty, experts in mental health, substance abuse and sexual violence. The idea is to allow each college to design a system that works best for them but also allow them to learn from what other schools are doing.

Attorney General Mark Herring chaired the task force.

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