Good Morning, RVA: Lightning crashes

Watch out for potential severe weather today!

Photo by: Niccolò Ubalducci Photographer

Good morning, RVA! It’s 42 °F, and today’s highs in the upper-60s sound so nice! Too bad thunderstorms (possibly severe ones) will dominate the entire day. Stay dry, stay safe, and don’t stand in a field with a golf club or an umbrella.

Water cooler

Susan Howson revisited our discussion from this past summer about de-venerating our Confederate symbols with this piece on HB 587. The Code of Virginia §15.2-1812 prohibits localities from taking down any war memorial or monument built after 1998. HB 587 will close an unintentional loophole in the code to restrict the removal of all monuments and memorials forever and ever amen. The bill easily passed the House and will most likely pass the Senate and will make it illegal for Richmond to decide, on our own, how we want to deal with our giant Confederate symbols. Now we’ve got to get creative, I guess.

Yesterday we launched the first entry in our new FAQ series about the state of education in Richmond City. Teresa Cole gets us started by laying out the big buckets of topics we want to explore–the first being…funding! Sounds boring I know, but understanding how the school system is funded is critical to knowing who you need to yell at if you want to see some changes. If you’ve got questions you’d like answered, please don’t hesitate to send them along.

At City Council this week, the mayor was on hand to talk about his anti-poverty initiative. If, like me, you were deep in a happy hour and missed his remarks, they’ve been posted in full on the city’s website and are definitely worth reading. Here’s the mayor’s presentation (PDF) if you want to dig into the administration’s specific goals–stuff like reducing the total number of residents in poverty by 40% by 2030.

Karri Peifer at the RTD interviews Metzger’s chef and owner Brittany Anderson. A chef without a beard–a female chef even! Gasp!

Notice the film crews at Sub Rosa the other day? They weren’t filming a celebration video for their recent Elby’s award. Nope, it was…the USPS?

President Bill Clinton will be in town tonight at the Hippodrome campaigning for Hillary. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and you can RSVP / probably join their mailing list here.

After the Nevada caucuses, Trump is now 3-1, and PredictWise has him with a 68% chance of landing the Republican nomination. That’s a lot of dang percents!


  • Hokies cruised to a 71-56 win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill.
  • Rams head north to take on George Mason at 7:00 PM on MASN.
  • Spiders host George Washington tonight at 7:00 PM. Watch on ASN.

This morning’s longread

Replacing Scalia (or not)

But, as I have often pointed out before, republics don’t run just on their rules, but also on their norms and mores. So it’s legitimate to wonder whether there might be some long-standing gentlemen’s agreement or common courtesy that would prevent Obama from nominating Scalia’s replacement. The answer is pretty clearly no. Republicans have been claiming all sorts of unwritten rules to that effect, all of which resemble the rules of Calvinball.

This morning’s Instagram

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