Dogwood Daily: A farewell to Game of Thrones
By Keya Vakil
May 20, 2019

Welcome to today’s edition of the Dogwood Daily. Our round-up of today’s Virginia news is coming right up, and if you like what you see, make sure to tell your friends to subscribe here.

But First…

It’s finally over. We live in a post-Game of Thrones world now, and while the rulers of Westeros may have laughed off democracy, we wholeheartedly embrace it, which is why we’re sharing one final reminder that the deadline to register to vote for Virginia’s June 11 primaries is today.

5 Things you need to know today

  1. Virginians urge federal government not to rescind loan regulations — After being taken advantage of by triple-digit interest rate loans, nearly 100 Virginians signed onto a letter from the Virginia Poverty Law Center asking the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau not to rescind a proposed rule that would rein in lenders’ abuse of borrowers. The proposed rule, originally drafted under the Obama administration, would require lenders to look at a borrower’s actual ability to repay the debt and would stop many of the abuses committed by lenders.
  2. Female students and veterans take matters into their own hands — After realizing how little access there was to emergency contraception on their Hampton University campus, two female students started a hotline to provide students the emergency contraception they need. Seeing a similar gap in the way female soldiers are underserved by the Department of Veteran Affairs, about three dozen of Virginia’s 104,000 female veterans are setting up a statewide chapter of Women Veterans Interactive, a national non-profit that aims to ease the transition of women leaving the military.
  3. Virginia reaches out to Spanish speakers for Medicaid expansion — Almost 300,000 Virginians have already signed up for Medicaid since the Commonwealth expanded the program, and the state is taking measures to make sure that number keeps growing. Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistant Services has launched its first digital outreach campaign in Spanish to make sure they’re reaching the Spanish-speaking community, particularly in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
  4. Democrat files to run in Virginia’s contentious 97th district — Democrat Kevin Washington has filed to run for the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 97th district, where Republican Del. Chris Peace is facing a brutal fight from his right. Washington is the only candidate to declare ahead of the May 29 Democratic caucus, but will face long odds no matter who he faces off against in November, given the conservative tilt of the district.
  5. Even the Trump campaign wants nothing to do with Corey Stewart — Corey Stewart, a former U.S. Senate candidate and one of Virginia’s most conservative figures, is being rebuffed by President Trump’s reelection campaign. Trump’s campaign has accused Stewart’s Keeping America Great super PAC of trying to trick people by making people think they’re supporting Trump when they donate to his PAC. A Trump campaign spokeswoman called Stewart’s behavior “unconscionable,” while Stewart said he felt like an “abused dog.”
  • Keya Vakil

    Keya Vakil is the deputy political editor at COURIER. He previously worked as a researcher in the film industry and dabbled in the political world.

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