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State Sen. A Louise Lucas (D) has won a $300,000 settlement from the city of Portsmouth in her suit against its former police chief. Lucas plans to donate the money, which will likely come out of the city’s risk management fund.

The lawsuit stems from a protest at Portsmouth’s Confederate monument in June 2020, when the structure was vandalized, and a man seriously injured. Two months later, the police chief announced a lawsuit against Lucas and 18 others, including NAACP leaders, public defenders, and a Portsmouth School Board member. A judge later dismissed all charges in the case. The police chief was fired the same day.

In her suit, Lucas alleged malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, gross negligence, and defamation.

Police may have the power of the moment, but if actions are not right, their city may pay in the end.


Newly elected Delegate Marie March (R-Floyd County) has been making some waves. Not only did she attend the January 6 insurrection, but she introduced a bill in the House of Delegates that “permits local school boards, notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, to display on the sides and rear of public school buses decals containing the motto ‘In God We Trust’ or the phrase ‘One Nation Under God,’ provided that no such decal obstructs the name of the school division or the number of the school bus.” A bill of hers would also allow flag decals on the buses. Why? “To expose communists.”

March, who owns the Fatback Soul Shack and Due South BBQ restaurants in Christiansburg, VA, has complained about restaurateurs having to police mask-wearing. Of her appearance in Washington on Jan. 6 she said, “I apologize for nothing, I regret nothing.” 

In late December, March suddenly parted ways with a GOP strategist, John Tate, convicted of federal corruption charges in 2016 for paying an Iowa state senator $73,000 to switch his endorsement to then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, during his 2012 presidential campaign. Tate was pardoned by Trump in 2020. Tate’s wife had been announced as March’s legislative aide shortly before the couple’s sudden departure.

We are old enough to recall searching for Commies under our beds. Under school buses?


A Page County, VA, mother who railed against masks at a school board meeting last week was charged with “threats of death or bodily injury to a person or member of his family; [or] threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property” after saying that she was going to “bring every single gun loaded and ready” if her children had to continue wearing masks in school.

She was released from custody the next day by the magistrate on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Her comments came before the Board voted, 4-2, to adopt a “parent choice” policy. The woman later emailed an apology for “the way I phrased the statement.” 

Indeed! She must have meant to “bring every brain cell loaded and ready.”     



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