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Va. Senate Candidates Ramp Up Attack Ads Ahead Of Election Day

In attack ads running on television ahead of the Nov. 5 election, Republicans are characterizing their opponents as “radical” and “socialist,” and Democrats are criticizing Republicans for their stances on gun policy and health care. The attack ads and the spending are ratcheting up in the Election Day homestretch. That’s because running attack ads is an effective political strategy, according to Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washingt

Rethinking Richmond’s Criminal Justice System

Under the Virginia Holistic Justice Initiative, nonviolent criminals get a chance to fix the problems that led them to crime in the first place. For Richmond Public Defender Tracy Paner, going to work every day is about much more than just winning cases. “This is Richmond. This is the capital of the confederacy,” she said. “We have such a concentrated population of people who are living so far below the poverty line. We have multi-generations coming up through the projects.”

Artist’s Map of Richmond’s Streetcar System Reminds Us What Might Have Been

Artist Jake Berman has been creating maps of bygone streetcar systems around the US. Now he’s turned his focus onto the first electric streetcar system ever, which opened right here in Richmond in 1888. Believe it or not, there used to be a way to get around Richmond that didn’t involve struggling to find an opportunity to turn left off of Broad or dealing with drivers who don’t want to share the road with bicycles.

Fighting Joe Is Back On The Ballot

Tomorrow’s Democratic primary, pitting incumbent Rosalyn Dance against notorious Richmond political figure Joe Morrissey, will likely decide the 16th District’s next State Senator. In the past decade, Joe Morrissey has brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the House of Delegates, spent three months in jail after being convicted of sex crimes, and placed third in Richmond’s 2016 mayoral election. Now he may be heading to Virginia’s Senate. Voters in Virginia’s 16th Senate District will go to the