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John C. Miller

Fewer freebies for the General Assembly

The reporting periods for legislators' reporting on gifts have changed so direct comparisons are tough -- but the numbers are so dramatic that there's a clear trend. Down. For the six months from November, 2014 to April of this year, legislators reported gifts totaling $32,700. For the previous reporting period, the 11 months from December, 2013 to October 2014, they reported $133,875 of freebies. (Thanks to the Virginia Public Access Project for compiling this!) The Peninsula delegation didn't get a lot, though. Retiring Newport News Del. Mamye BaCote chowed down at eight different meals, worth a total of $440, hosted by the giant law firm Hunton and Williams,...