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2020 State of the Commonwealth Address

Who: Governor Ralph Northam

What: Annual address to Virginia senators, delegates, and supreme court justices

When: Jan. 8, 2020 – 7 to 8 pm (EST)

Where: Richmond State Capitol

Content from the original Virginia House of Delegates recording has not been edited in any way.

To view Governor Northam’s 2019 State of the Commonwealth Address, go this post. This post also has a transcript of the Governor’s address and articles about the address. Go to Ralph Northam’s post to learn more about the Governor.

Coming soon – transcript and articles on 2020 address

Weekly Digest – 1/13 to 1/19/20

Clockwise from upper left:
“As Virginia Democrats advance new gun restrictions, militias organize, promising to resist” – Ned Oliver and Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

What US election officials could learn from Australia about boosting voter turnout” – Steven Mulroy, Law professor

Va. Democrats face a growing menu of redistricting reform options. Only one binds them for 2021”- Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Democrats seek repeal of mandatory ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period for abortions” -Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Article summaries inside this post.

2020 VA General Assembly Leaders

Ralph Northam, Governor Commonwealth of Virginia
Justin Fairfax, Lt. Governor
Mark Herring, Attorney General

Dick Saslaw, Senate Majority Leader
Louise Lucas, Senate Pro Tempore
Tom Norment, Senate Minority Leader

Eileen Fillen-Corn, Speaker of the House
Charniele Herring, House Majority Leader
Todd Gilbert, House Minority Leader

More leader information inside this post …

Interviews with 9 NoVA representatives

This post has video interviews of nine Northern Virginia representatives and short overviews of each of them. These interviews were among the first interviews conducted by Virginia onAir.

Clockwise from upper left:

Delegate Mark Keam (D) – District 35
Delegate Karrie Delaney (D) – District 67
Delegate Ibrahim Samirah (D) – District 86
Delegate Dan Helmer (D) – District 40
Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – District 38
Delegate David Bulova (D) – District 37
Delegate Mark Levine (D) – District45
Delegate Liz Guzman (D) – District 31
State Senator Dave Marsden (D) – District 37

VA House 21 – 2019

District Description:  Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Kelly Convirs-Fowler since 2018 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats had been angling for this seat for years. Fowler, a first-time candidate, picked it up in 2017, knocking off longtime delegate Ron Villanueva with 52 percent of the vote. This year Fowler, a real estate agent, faces Kane, a former city council member.”

District Map, candidate information, and links inside post …

About Virginia onAir

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Virginia onAir also oversees the onAir chapters based in public universities throughout a state. Virginia onAir is a pilot for other state Hubs and chapters which we plan on establishing in 2020.

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