Michael Martz reports that the City of Richmond may proceed with a second casino election referendum in November, but there is one big caveat. If voters approve it, a new state budget deal would not let the Virginia Lottery allow the facility until a legislative study of a potential competing site in Petersburg is complete.
Leaders of the Senate Finance and Appropriations and House Appropriations committees confirmed Friday that the budget agreement includes language that would delay the state granting a license for a proposed casino in South Richmond, even if voters approved it in the fall.
Last year, Richmond selected ONE Casino + Resort to develop a $565 million, 100-acre gaming and entertainment complex on Walmsley Boulevard off Interstate 95 in South Richmond. Urban One, a black-owned media company based in Silver Spring, Maryland, would lead the project.
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Richmond voters stunned the casino partnership and city leaders by rejecting the project by a narrow margin last fall. Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond City Council decided in January to call for a second referendum.
Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, persuaded Senate budget leaders to include a provision in their version of the budget for a casino state feasibility study in Petersburg. Another provision in the Senate budget would have prevented another Richmond vote until 2023 to allow time for Petersburg to consider.
When Martz mentioned the new budget wrinkle, Morrissey said, “I think it probably accomplishes the same thing.” READ MORE
Budget: Lawmakers return Wednesday to pass a state budget. Will there be a command decision on a football stadium?
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
New vetoes: Govt. Glenn Youngkin Friday vetoed seven other bills, including measures to help indigent people facing eviction. READ MORE
Telework : Michael Martz reports that – for now – the Youngkin administration is offering telecommuting consideration for workers with children. READ MORE
Schapiro: Political columnist Jeff Schapiro writes of Uvalde’s lines “for a deeply gun-scarred Virginia”. READ MORE
Acquittal: Mike Niziolek of the Roanoke Times reports that a Montgomery County jury has found a former Virginia Tech football player not guilty of beating a Blacksburg man to death. READ MORE
williams: Columnist Michael Paul Williams writes that in choosing school board members, Hannover prioritizes confrontation over education. READ MORE
RED, WHITE AND BLUE
A parade of post-Civil War governors who had served in the Confederacy can mask our sense of military service from Virginia’s rulers in shades of gray.
But as we enter Memorial Day weekend, it’s worth noting that many future governors of Virginia served the good old United States with honor and courage before turning to softer political battles.
For example, a host of future governors of Virginia played key military roles in the American Revolution. To name a few: Edmond Randolphwho was to become the seventh governor of Virginia, was aide-de-camp to the general. george washington. horse of light Harry Leewho would become the ninth governor of Virginia – and the father of Robert E. Lee – was a famous cavalry commander. James Woodwho would become the 11th Governor of Virginia, commands a Virginia regiment.
In 1776, James Monroe was shot in the shoulder at the Battle of Trenton. He bled so badly from an artery he could have died – and never served two terms as governor of Virginia and two terms as the nation’s fifth president.
James PattonPrestonlater the 20th Governor of Virginia, suffered crippling wounds at the Battle of Crysler Farm in Ontario during the War of 1812.
Henry Horatio Wellswho served as provisional governor of Virginia from 1868 to 1869, was a former Michigan Union officer who helped track down abraham lincolnis the murderer, John Wilkes Booth.
Linwood Holton was a World War II submariner long before he became Virginia’s first Republican governor in the 20th century.
Doug Wilder and chuck robb served in combat and received bronze stars – Wilder for service in Korea, Robb in Vietnam.
Some of these worthy servicemen received applause in distant places. For example, our old distant cousin, West Virginia, named the counties after Wood and Preston.
IN OTHER NEWS
• Bill Lohmann writes about the search for Oscar Hicks, a victim of World War II: a lost love, a loved one found
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Which Virginian is the only person to have served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and Justice of the United States Supreme Court?
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I just have to deal with the fact that my son is afraid to go to school this morning.”
– Sen. Jennifer McClellanD-Richmond, mother of a son in sixth grade and a daughter in first grade
RESPONSE TO NEWS
Philippe Barbour served eight terms in the United States House and was Speaker from 1821 to 1823. He served on the United States Supreme Court from 1836 to 1841.