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All’s well, that ends well. Two years after getting fired from her government contracting firm job for her middle-finger salute of President Trump, Juli Briskman ousted a Republican and won a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, which has jurisdiction over Trump’s Virginia golf course.
Five things you need to know today …
- Democrats win control of General Assembly—Virginia Democrats won the House of Delegates and state Senate for the first time in over two decades last night. With control of the governorship as well, the Democrats are set to tackle a host of legislative issues with minimal Republican interference. Democrats must now decide who will lead the party in the General Assembly’s two chambers, which members will sit on which committees, and what issues will be on their legislative agenda, from the environment to gun safety. -The Dogwood
- Democrats’ legislative agenda—Virginia became the first southern state to flip from red to blue during Donald Trump’s presidency, with Democrats regaining control of both the House and state Senate in last night’s election. While the victory means a great deal symbolically for Democrats, there will also be a very real impact on the state’s legislative agenda. Among the policies likely to be embraced by the Democrats are reinstatement of gun control measures, access to abortion and criminal justice reform. -Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Election’s impact on high profile Republican lawmakers— Virginia Democrats’ victory in both chambers of the General Assembly last night gave the party control of the both the state’s executive and legislative branches for the first time since 1993. With Democrats far more united on issues like gun control, voting rights and abortion than they were in the 90s, the party stands to make significant policy changes. While both current Speaker of the House Kirk Cox and senate Majority Leader Thomas K Norment Jr., both Republican, managed to hold onto their seats, they will both lose a significant amount of power to control legislation. -The Virginian-Pilot
- Last night’s election seen as referendum on Trump— Democratic leaders said Virginians should expect swift action on a number of progressive issues when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January. The Democrats victory is a troubling sign for Trump’s GOP ahead of next year election as many suburban voters have turned away from the party. Virginia Democrats, however, are focused on what it means for the state, promising new minimum wage laws, gun control legislation and abortion access following their victory. -WTOP
- Two tight General Assembly races could trigger recounts— Two Virginia Beach statehouse races could potentially be close enough to lead to recounts. Unofficial election results have Democrat Nancy Guy beating the Republican Del. Chris Stolle by 18 votes in the House’s 83rd District. And state Senate Democratic candidate Cheryl Turpin is only trailing Republican candidate Jen Kiggans by less than 1% of the vote. The losing candidate must file a petition in court to trigger a recount. Stolle said in an interview with The Virginia Pilot that he was certain he would win a recount, although why he felt that way remains unclear. -The Virginian-Pilot