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Illegal voting in Virginia? Yes. Massive? Doubtful.

Review of state voting records finds minor impact

For years, Republicans have loudly proclaimed that voter fraud is widespread in U.S. elections – and just as adamantly, Democrats have insisted that such allegations are nonsense.

Last fall, a pair of groups supported by conservatives released a report with the sensational title “Alien Invasion in Virginia: The discovery and coverup of noncitizen registration and voting.” It said illegal voting is a “massive problem”:

“In our small sample of just eight Virginia counties who responded to our public inspection requests, we found 1,046 aliens who registered to vote illegally,” the study said.

Fairfield meeting April 27 to continue focus on opioid crisis


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, April 27 to continue to highlight the opioid crisis in Henrico County.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP as they resume a discussion that began in March about the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction.

Republican candidates for Brookland supervisor’s seat meet at forum


APR. 19, 12:03 P.M. – The Three Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination for the Brookland District supervisor's seat presented their platforms during a forum last night at Henrico County's Western Government Center.

Ben Dessart, Gilbert Wilkerson and Bob Witte are vying for the right to challenge the Democratic nominee (either Danny Plaugher or Courtney Lynch) in a special election Nov. 7 to fill the remaining two years of late supervisor Dick Glover's term. Glover died at age 82 in February.

Henrico County Public Libraries debut online book recommendation service


Henrico County Public Library celebrated National Library Week with the launch of a new service for adult readers: Custom Book Lists. Custom Book Lists provides recommendations via email for patrons who fill out an online form about their reading preferences. Each book list is created by HCPL’s expert librarians, who will respond to online requests within one week. The service is available 24/7 through the library’s website, henricolibrary.org, and can be accessed via computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Governor announces H.S. Student Voter Registration Week


Governor McAuliffe recently issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 23-29 as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week, which aims to encourage more students to vote. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.

Last September, Governor McAuliffe announced the Governor’s Challenge in High School Voter Registration for the 2016-2017 school year. Any schools that reach or exceed 65 percent of their voting-age population registered will receive a congratulatory certificate.

Local, state races take shape


Competition for elected positions in local and state government has picked up, with a number of candidates formally announcing their plans to seek office. The current slate of candidates includes:

Brookland District Supervisor (a special election will be held in November to fill the remaining two years of the term of Dick Glover, who died in February)

• Democrats – Courtney Lynch (the founder of Lead Star, a leadership development organization) and Danny Plaugher (the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail). The Democratic candidate will be selected during an April 29 caucus at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, from 10 am. to 2 p.m.

Tax-filing deadline is Tuesday


Usually, April 15 is the filing deadline hanging over the heads of U.S. taxpayers. But this year, Americans have been granted a slight reprieve: They have until April 18 – this Tuesday – to submit their federal income taxes.

By law, individual tax returns are typically due on April 15. But when that falls on a weekend or holiday, as it does this year, the deadline is automatically extended.

The Internal Revenue Service offers a number of tips for people still working on filing their 2016 federal taxes.

McClellan nominated for EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, recently announced that Virginia state Senator Jennifer McClellan is a 2017 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Named in honor of Giffords, a former Arizona Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of Giffords’ career, in and out of office.

Henrico names England to lead county’s public utilities department

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas has appointed Charles B. “Chip” England to serve as director of the Department of Public Utilities, effective May 15.

England currently works as the director of the Department of Engineering and Utilities for Prince George County. He will succeed Arthur D. Petrini, who is retiring from the position. Petrini has led Henrico’s DPU since 2001.

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