Good Morning, RVA: The humidity strikes back

Last night featured a dramatic political defeat, but nothing defeats the humidity. Nothing.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 72 °F, and you can probably guess today’s forecast. Yep: hot, humid, with a chance of storms this afternoon. Today should be a little hotter, with temperatures closer to 90 °F, than previous days this week, and the possible storms could be more severe (although there’s still only a small chance for any storms at all).

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Well that was unexpected. Eric Cantor, who’s represented Virginia’s 7th Congressional District since 2001, lost in the Republican primary to relatively unknown challenger David Brat. Both Brat and his come-November Democratic challenger Jack Trammell are professors at Randolph-Macon College. So what happened? Nate Silver, election prognosticator extraordinaire, basically says “primaries are a helluva drug.”

Lost in the #Bratageddeon, are the results of the Richmond City Clerk of Court primary. Edward F. Jewett won that contest, taking 65% of the 4,506 votes cast.

To get into Brandermill’s 4th of July fireworks this year you will need to either show proof of residency or a guest pass. This change in policy comes after a bullet struck and killed a seven-year-old boy last year following celebratory gunfire.

Something to keep an eye on: the RTD’s Graham Moomaw continues to investigate the departure and compensation of city official Sharon Judkins. He’s FOIA’d some records which the city has refused to provide, citing “personnel information and attorney-client privilege.” Here’s 1,100 words on the stiuation.

Sports! Squirrels beat Trenton, 7-4 (they’re just 1.5 games back in the division); Nats downed the Giants, 2-1; and the Spurs move to 2-1 over the Heat in the NBA finals. Today, the Squirrels face Trenton, Nats take on the Giants at 10:15 PM, and the Kings look to sweep the Rangers right out of the Stanley Cup at 8:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

It’s Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun

A guy who loves guns and his shifting support of them.

Back when the [concealed carry] licenses were still a new thing and the required instructional classes weren’t a joke, my dad’s class was run through a host of scenarios: You’re broken down on a dirt road in the middle of the night. A black dude in a Cutty pulls up behind you, gets out, comes out with a tire-iron. What do you do? Half my dad’s class said to shoot the black man.

That was not the answer the instructor sought.

Photo by: Gage Skidmore

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