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Old dog, new blog

Hi there! Welcome to the Free Lance-Star’s new blog on state politics and government. I’m Chelyen Davis, the FLS’ politics and state government reporter, and I’ll be the one posting here.

A little bit about me: I’ve been covering state politics and the state government here since 2002. Before that, I covered the state for the Lynchburg News & Advance. All told, I’ve been covering state government and politics for 11 years; my first campaign was the Allen/Robb U.S. Senate race of 2000 and my first legislative session was in 2001.

I’m a native of Southwest Virginia (Bluefield, to be precise; the Virginia side) and graduated from the University of Virginia. My first newspaper job was at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in my hometown. I’m always happy to defend the awesomeness of Appalachia and the proper pronunciation of the region (appaLATCHa, not LAYsha). I now live in Richmond.

This is my first go at blogging and so things may be in flux as I figure out how it works, but I envision this blog as a supplement to our coverage of state-level politics (legislative campaigns plus statewide races for governor, Congress, Senate and so on) and the doings of the state government, especially its legislative branch. I also write for our business section, focusing mostly on the nexus between government and business, so there are likely to be blog items on those topics as well.

I welcome comments, tips and civil political debate, so feel free to get in touch. Email is the best way to reach me apart from the blog —