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Housing Commission Wrestles With Airbnb

The Virginia Housing Commission is studying how to best implement laws for short-term rental housing throughout the state.

Delegate Chris Peace chairs the commission’s Airbnb work group. He says right now, the group is trying to reconcile concerns from home-owners who use the platform to make extra money and concerns from localities and hospitality industry representatives who say they’re losing money.

Fight Continues Over Rights Restoration

Newly released data from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration shows a snap shot of who is benefiting from his April 22nd rights restoration order.

Nearly 80% of the newly enfranchised felons are non-violent. Half are white and 75% are male - that’s all according to a press release from the Democratic Governor who argues each of them has paid their debts to society and deserves to cast a ballot and be considered for jury duty.

Fifth District Congressional Race Shaping Up

Four Republicans are lining up to replace retiring Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt.

Last weekend, the Democrats nominated Jane Dittmar at the party’s district convention in Nelson County, and this coming weekend, it is the Republican’s turn with four candidates seeking the nomination.

They are State Senator Tom Garrett, former congressional security adviser Joseph Whited, Developer Jim McKelvey and technology executive Michael Del Rosso.

Ed Gillespie Throws Support Behind Trump

Donald Trump is now clearly poised to become the Republican Presidential nominee and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie says he’ll vote for Trump come November.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Ed Gillespie made the statement Wednesday evening (5/4) saying this year’s election will decide the White House and the Supreme Court “for a generation or more.”

Gillespie’s comments come as 17 other candidates pursuing the Republican presidential nomination have all suspended their campaigns.

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