Virginia General Assembly

Thursday Notes: Vogel hounded and House OK’s hound bill

An update today from the General Assembly. HB1900 passed 11-4 in the Committee on Rules and should be passed next week on the floor. The legislation allows a penalty for owners of hunting dogs who allow their hounds to trespass on private property. The penalty would be $100 for the first offense and then $250 for each additional offense.

Meanwhile, a defamation lawyer is breathing down the neck of Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier) who has found herself at the center of a potential libel case. Last December, anonymous messages against lieutenant governor race challenger Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotslvania) were linked through Vogel’s home IP address, according a to a subpoena. The messages brazenly accused Reeves of adulterous actions.

The lawyer pressuring Vogel and warning her not to destroy any existing electronic records on her personal accounts, Elizabeth Locke, is no stranger to Virginia. She helped UVA with the Rolling Stone faux rape story last year. She’s also helping a guns right group with a defamation suit against journalist Katie Couric.

There is currently no lawsuit against Vogel.

And if you follow Congress (you should), there’s an interesting story out of Northern Va. 10th District Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R) was a no-show this weekend at two grocery stores. She vowed to meet constituents and discuss issues important to them. She did not. It’s hard being a redcoat in a district that’s purple-blue. Here’s the article from Politico.


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