A Proposed Methadone Clinic Raises Concerns, Meets Needs – Part II

Methadone and suboxone (buprenorphine) are two forms of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, which affects three million people in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. In the Fredericksburg area, according to information provided by the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, there are 10 outpatient facilities that prescribe suboxone, but only one […]

A Proposed Methadone Clinic Raises Concerns, Meets Needs – Part I

Last week, the Stafford County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of an amendment to county zoning codes that expands the definition of “hospital” to include facilities that provide “opioid treatment services.” If this amendment is approved by the Board of Supervisors, it will require a facility intending to provide intervention to people with […]

MATT HURT: In an Independent Analysis of SOL Scores the City Shines

Editor’s Note: Now that the most-recent SOL data is available, the Advance has received several requests for a deep dive into results for Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. We contacted Matt Hurt, a leading authority on Virginia SOL scores, and asked him to parse the data and tell us what he finds. Today we are pleased […]

Bogus Ballots and Election Mockery

Mr. William A. Anderson — mastermind behind the 1901 Virginia Constitution — would certainly understand what is happening daily outside the early-voting location in Spotsylvania County. Blatantly deceiving voters. Neither Nick Ignacio — a candidate for clerk of court — nor Steve Maxwell who is running for Spotsylvania Sheriff have Anderson’s acumen. Yet they certainly […]

ANALYSIS: SD 27 Race a Ross Perot-type Moment

Independents in American politics have a long history of being on the fringes, often teetering on the edge of reality. That’s why they’ve proven so entertaining. Saturday Night Live’s spoofs of these individuals have become legendary. Ross Perot in 1992, Herman Cain in 2012, among many others.   Saturday Night Live has long spoofed “crazy” […]

Campaign Fundraising Reports

Candidates’ September financial filings are now available on VPAP, and there are some surprising numbers in local races. We provide a quick look at local races and the fundraising candidates have managed to this point. Because Virginia was redistricted this year, the boundaries have been changed. Click here for an interactive map of Districts. To […]

Women’s Health Care and HD 65 Race

It only took a half-hour from the conclusion of Wednesday’s night debate at the University of Mary Washington for Democrat Joshua Cole to put abortion and women’s health at the center of the House District 65 race. In a press release received by FXBG Advance at 8:25, Cole’s team wrote: For the first time, Republican […]

New Polling Suggests Public Concerns Changing

Last November Democrats stemmed a “Red Tide” by riding one major issue – the right of women to control their own personal and reproductive health. Polls and commentators generally agreed that the backlash against the fall of Roe v. Wade kept Democrats close in the U.S. House, and kept them in power in the U.S. […]

ANALYSIS: SD 27 Ads Turn Ugly Early; Blame the Candidates?

Welcome to the new Senate District 27, where the run to November’s election is shaping up like a first-rate horror movie, thanks to the ads. Consider the one that ran in the online edition of the Washington Post this week. It showed Joel Griffin standing against a background lit with an ominous blue hue, straight […]

ANALYSIS: Spotsylvania Elections: Debate Over ‘Recommendation’ Shines Light on Party Troubles

Spotsylvania County hasn’t voted Democratic in a presidential election since 1976. That’s when Georgian Jimmy Carter, riding a wave of public frustration following the impeachment of Richard Nixon and runaway inflation under Gerald Ford, surprised the nation by walking his way up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Since that time, things have been solidly […]