VA News Digest 2/10 to 2/16

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“On a bipartisan vote, U.S. Senate approves Kaine’s measure to curb Trump’s military power”-Allison Stevens, Virginia Mercury

“Democratic megadonor backs out of fundraising gala, citing party’s decision to let LG Justin Fairfax speak”-Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“House, Senate pass long-anticipated immigrants’ rights bills”-Kate Masters, Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“Lawmakers from both parties agree: It’s time to step up state aid for needy school districts”-Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

VA onAir from 2/10/2020 to 2/16/2020

Featured Video Posts: (clockwise from upper left) Delegates Vivian Watts, Mark Keam, David Bulova, and Jason Miyares

VA Senate Sessions: Monday February 10 thru Friday February 14

VA House Sessions: Monday February 10 thru Friday February 14

VA Senate Committees: See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings

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VA onAir from 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020

Featured Video Interviews (clockwise from top left): Delegate Alex Askew; Delegate Buddy Fowler; Delegate Rodney Willett; Delegate Ken Plum

VA Senate Sessions: Monday February 3 thru Friday February 9

VA House Sessions: Monday February 3 thru Friday February 9

VA Senate Committees:  See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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VA News Digest 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“Trump acquitted, with just one GOP senator joining with Democrats on removal” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

“General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021” – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“With a big decision coming on redistricting reform, House Democrats fine-tune their options” -Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“After long delay, Democrats unveil Clean Economy Act energy omnibus” – Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

VA onAir from 1/27 to 2/1/2020

Featured Video Interviews (clockwise from top left): Delegate Dan Helmer; Delegate Liz Guzman; Delegate Mark Levine; Delegate Ibraheem Samirah

VA Senate Sessions:  Monday January 27 thru Friday January 31

VA House Sessions: Monday January 27 thru Friday January 31

VA Senate Committees:  See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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VA onAir from 1/20 to 1/26/2020

Featured Video Interviews (from left to right): Delegate Karrie Delaney;  Senator Dave Marsden; Delegate Marcia Price; Delegate Kirk Cox

VA Senate Sessions:  January 20, 2020January 21, 2020January 23, 2020; January 24, 2020

VA Senate Committees:  See this post for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Sessions: January 20, 2020January 21, 2020January 22, 2020; January 23, 2020January 24, 2020

VA House Committees: See this post for all House 2020 committee hearings 

VA News Digest 2/10 to 2/16 1VA News Digest 2/10 to 2/16

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“On a bipartisan vote, U.S. Senate approves Kaine’s measure to curb Trump’s military power”-Allison Stevens, Virginia Mercury

“Democratic megadonor backs out of fundraising gala, citing party’s decision to let LG Justin Fairfax speak”-Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“House, Senate pass long-anticipated immigrants’ rights bills”-Kate Masters, Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“Lawmakers from both parties agree: It’s time to step up state aid for needy school districts”-Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

Summary

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“On a bipartisan vote, U.S. Senate approves Kaine’s measure to curb Trump’s military power”-Allison Stevens, Virginia Mercury

“Democratic megadonor backs out of fundraising gala, citing party’s decision to let LG Justin Fairfax speak”-Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“House, Senate pass long-anticipated immigrants’ rights bills”-Kate Masters, Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“Lawmakers from both parties agree: It’s time to step up state aid for needy school districts”-Kate Masters, Virginia Mercury

Federal

On a bipartisan vote, U.S. Senate approves Kaine’s measure to curb Trump’s military power
By: Allison Stevens
Virginia Mercury – February 14, 2020

The U.S. Senate issued a rare bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump Thursday when it approved a resolution that would curtail his ability to take military action against Iran without first securing congressional approval.

The resolution passed with support from 55 senators, including eight Republicans.

“The resolution before the body today is about Congress reclaiming its rightful role in decisions about war,” Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who authored the proposal and who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, said during the Senate debate.

State Executive

Democratic megadonor backs out of fundraising gala, citing party’s decision to let LG Justin Fairfax speak
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – February 14, 2020

A top donor to Virginia Democrats has pulled his group’s sponsorship of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual fundraising gala, saying party officials had told him they will allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to speak despite the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him last year.

In a statement Friday, Michael Bills, a Charlottesville investor who donated almost $1.5 million to Democratic committees last year, said he was withdrawing a “top-tier” gala sponsorship by Clean Virginia, the energy reform group whose board he chairs. Clean Virginia had agreed to be a $10,000 sponsor for the Democrats’ Blue Commonwealth Gala, which will take place Saturday night at Main Street Station in downtown Richmond.

State Legislature

House, Senate pass long-anticipated immigrants’ rights bills
By: Kate Masters and Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – February 12, 2020

Legislation extending driver privileges and in-state tuition regardless of immigration status, pushed for years by advocates for Virginia immigrants, cleared both chambers of the General Assembly Tuesday. “There’s a growing cognizance that these are communities who need licenses and in-state tuition,” said Monica Sarmiento, the executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights. “They’re filled with talented people who already contribute to the Virginia economy and need a path forward to build their own prosperity.”

Issues

Education

Lawmakers from both parties agree: It’s time to step up state aid for needy school districts
By: Kate Masters
Virginia Mercury – February 14, 2020

When it comes to stressing the needs of cash-strapped school districts, Keith Perrigan, president of the state’s Coalition of Small and Rural Schools, likes to let other educators do the talking.

Members of the coalition shared plenty of anecdotes at a news conference on Thursday outlining their priorities in the ongoing legislative session. Among them: school construction funding, coping with enrollment loss and a bill from Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, that would increase the ratio of school counselors to students.

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VA onAir from 2/10/2020 to 2/16/2020 1VA onAir from 2/10/2020 to 2/16/2020

Featured Video Posts: (clockwise from upper left) Delegates Vivian Watts, Mark Keam, David Bulova, and Jason Miyares

VA Senate Sessions: Monday February 10 thru Friday February 14

VA House Sessions: Monday February 10 thru Friday February 14

VA Senate Committees: See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings

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Summary

Featured Video Posts: (clockwise from upper left) Delegates Vivian Watts, Mark Keam, David Bulova, and Jason Miyares

VA Senate Sessions: Monday February 10 thru Friday February 14

VA House Sessions: Monday February 10 thru Friday February 14

VA Senate Committees: See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings

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Interviews

Delegate Vivian Watts

Delegate Mark Keam

Delegate David Bulova

Delegate Jason Miyares

Sessions

VA Senate Sessions

February 10

February 11

February 12

February 13

February 14

VA House Sessions

February 10

February 11

February 12

February 13

February 14

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VA onAir from 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020VA onAir from 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020

Featured Video Interviews (clockwise from top left): Delegate Alex Askew; Delegate Buddy Fowler; Delegate Rodney Willett; Delegate Ken Plum

VA Senate Sessions: Monday February 3 thru Friday February 9

VA House Sessions: Monday February 3 thru Friday February 9

VA Senate Committees:  See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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Summary

Featured Video Interviews (clockwise from top left): Delegate Alex Askew; Delegate Buddy Fowler; Delegate Rodney Willett; Delegate Ken Plum

VA Senate Sessions: Monday February 3 thru Friday February 9

VA House Sessions: Monday February 3 thru Friday February 9

VA Senate Committees:  See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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Interviews

Delegate Alex Askew

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Delegate Buddy Fowler

Delegate Rodney Willett

Delegate Ken Plum

Sessions

VA Senate Sessions

February 3

February 4

February 5

February 6

February 7

VA House Sessions

February 3

February 4

February 5

February 6

February 7

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VA News Digest 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020VA News Digest 2/3/2020 to 2/9/2020

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“Trump acquitted, with just one GOP senator joining with Democrats on removal” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

“General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021” – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“With a big decision coming on redistricting reform, House Democrats fine-tune their options” -Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“After long delay, Democrats unveil Clean Economy Act energy omnibus” – Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

Summary

Clockwise from Upper Left:

“Trump acquitted, with just one GOP senator joining with Democrats on removal” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

“General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021” – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“With a big decision coming on redistricting reform, House Democrats fine-tune their options” -Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“After long delay, Democrats unveil Clean Economy Act energy omnibus” – Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

Federal

Trump acquitted, with just one GOP senator joining with Democrats on removal
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has survived impeachment, but he didn’t emerge unscathed.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday acquitted Trump on charges that he abused his power by pressuring a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. presidential election and then obstructed a congressional investigation into his actions.

The vote was almost entirely partisan, but Democrats scored a major political coup by winning the support of Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, who was the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee. And Democrats will continue to use Trump’s behavior and his status as an impeached president against him heading into the 2020 election.

Issues

Criminal Justice

General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – February 5, 2020

The General Assembly shut down proposals to legalize marijuana for the year, but lawmakers said this week they would study the issue and potentially move forward when they reconvene in 2021.

Both the House and the Senate are instead advancing decriminalization bills that would punish possession of a half-ounce or less of the plant — presently a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail — with a civil fine. The House is proposing a $25 penalty and the Senate is proposing $50.

Redistricting

With a big decision coming on redistricting reform, House Democrats fine-tune their options
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – February 6, 2020

Virginia Democrats haven’t decided whether they’ll put an anti-gerrymandering amendment in the state Constitution, but the possible paths forward on redistricting reform got a little clearer Thursday morning.

A House of Delegates subcommittee narrowed three options to two, keeping alive one bill tied to a constitutional amendment and an alternative bill meant to stand on its own for the 2021 redistricting process.

Environment

After long delay, Democrats unveil Clean Economy Act energy omnibus
By: Sarah Vogelsong
Virginia Mercury – February 6, 2020

After weeks of behind-the-scenes talks, Democratic lawmakers on Thursday night finally unveiled the details of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a 75-page plan to get Virginia to zero carbon by 2050.

The legislation was hailed by its sponsor, Del. Richard “Rip” Sullivan of Fairfax, as a “historic” step on energy policy.

“This is an achievable roadmap,” he told the House Labor and Commerce Committee. “It’s an achievable directive from this General Assembly.”

Democrats agreed, passing the bill along for further consideration on a 13-9 party-line vote that frustrated some backers’ hopes for bipartisan support.

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VA onAir from 1/27 to 2/1/2020VA onAir from 1/27 to 2/1/2020

Featured Video Interviews (clockwise from top left): Delegate Dan Helmer; Delegate Liz Guzman; Delegate Mark Levine; Delegate Ibraheem Samirah

VA Senate Sessions:  Monday January 27 thru Friday January 31

VA House Sessions: Monday January 27 thru Friday January 31

VA Senate Committees:  See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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Summary

Featured Video Interviews (clockwise from top left): Delegate Dan Helmer; Delegate Liz Guzman; Delegate Mark Levine; Delegate Ibraheem Samirah

VA Senate Sessions:  Monday January 27 thru Friday January 31

VA House Sessions: Monday January 27 thru Friday January 31

VA Senate Committees:  See this post later this week for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Committees: See this post later this week for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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Interviews

More about Delegate Dan Helmer

More about Delegate Liz Guzman

More about Delegate Ibraheem Samirah

More about Delegate Mark Levine

Sessions

VA Senate Sessions:  

January 27, 2020

January 28, 2020

January 29, 2020

January 30, 2020

January 31, 2020

VA House Sessions: 

January 27, 2020; 

January 27, 2020. Pt. 2;

January 28, 2020; 

January 29, 2020;

January 30, 2020; 

January 31, 2020

 

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VA onAir from 1/20 to 1/26/2020VA onAir from 1/20 to 1/26/2020

Featured Video Interviews (from left to right): Delegate Karrie Delaney;  Senator Dave Marsden; Delegate Marcia Price; Delegate Kirk Cox

VA Senate Sessions:  January 20, 2020January 21, 2020January 23, 2020; January 24, 2020

VA Senate Committees:  See this post for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Sessions: January 20, 2020January 21, 2020January 22, 2020; January 23, 2020January 24, 2020

VA House Committees: See this post for all House 2020 committee hearings 

Summary

Featured Video Interviews (from left to right): Delegate Karrie Delaney;  Senator Dave Marsden; Delegate Marcia Price; Delegate Kirk Cox

VA Senate Sessions:  January 20, 2020January 21, 2020January 23, 2020; January 24, 2020

VA Senate Committees:  See this post for all Senate 2020 committee hearings 

VA House Sessions: January 20, 2020January 21, 2020January 22, 2020; January 23, 2020January 24, 2020

VA House Committees: See this post for all House 2020 committee hearings 

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