VA US House impeachment votes

Title: “Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
Author: Robin Bravender
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Gun sanctuaries not legal

Title: In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect
Author:  Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 20, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions being passed by Virginia localities have “no legal effect,” according to an official opinion issued Friday.

Even if the resolutions were written to explicitly defy the new gun-control laws expected to be passed next year under a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Herring said localities have no such power.

Weekly Digest – 12/23 to 12/29/19

Clockwise from upper left:

“A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do” – Mechelle Hankerson, Virginia Mercury

“In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump” – Robin Bravender – Virginia Mercury

“Interviews with 9 Northern Virginia representatives” – Virginia onAir

More articles from past week inside post …

Weekly Digest – 12/16 to 12/22/19

Clockwise from upper left:
“Northam proposes ending vehicle safety inspections, raising gas tax” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“U.S. Workers Are Standing Up for Their Rights. A New Law Would Back Them Up” – Alan Barber and Liz Watson, Common Dreams

State of the Commonwealth 2020 Survey Report – Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director, Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy

More articles from past week inside post …

Wednesday December 18, 2019

Featured Article: “Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch” Virginia Mercury, Ned Oliver

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

Delegate:  Kelly FowlerDistrict 21

Delegate:  Emily BrewerDistrict 64

Delegate:  Clinton Jenkins District 76

Delegate:  Cliff HayesDistrict 77

Delegate:  Jay LeftwichDistrict 78

VA Senate:  Monty MasonDistrict 1

VA Senate:  Mamie LockeDistrict 2

VA Senate:  Tom NormentDistrict 3

VA Senate:  Lionell SpruillDistrict 5

VA Senate:  Lynwood LewisDistrict 6

VA Senate:  Jen KiggansDistrict 7

VA Senate:  Bill DeStephDistrict 8

VA Senate:  John CosgroveDistrict 14

VA Senate:  Roz DanceDistrict 16

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Featured Article: “Wason Center 2020 State of the Commonwealth Survey Report” 12/16/19

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

DelegateStephen HeretickDistrict 79

DelegateDon ScottDistrict 80

DelegateBarry KnightDistrict 81

DelegateJason MiyaresDistrict 82

DelegateNancy GuyDistrict 83

DelegateGlenn DavisDistrict 84

Delegate Alex Askew – District 85

DelegateJay JonesDistrict 89

VA DelegateJoseph LindseyDistrict 90

VA DelegateMartha MuglerDistrict 91

VA DelegateJeion WardDistrict 92

VA DelegateMichael MullinDistrict 93

VA DelegateShelly SimondsDistrict 94

VA Delegate: Amanda BattenDistrict 96

VA DelegateRobert BloxomDistrict 100

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Monday December 16, 2019

Featured Article: The PRO Act and related articles on worker rights in Virginia

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA DelegateJoseph LindseyDistrict 90

VA DelegateMartha MuglerDistrict 91

VA DelegateJeion WardDistrict 92

VA DelegateMichael MullinDistrict 93

VA DelegateShelly SimondsDistrict 94

VA Delegate: Amanda BattenDistrict 96

VA DelegateRobert BloxomDistrict 100

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

December 9 to December 15, 2019

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

DelegateDavid Bulova – District 37

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  VA House 40 

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

Congress:  Virginia’s Three Amiga’s

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Saturday December 14, 2019

Feature Article: “VA Supreme Court rules university foundations can keep donor records secret” –Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

Delegate: David BulovaDistrict 37

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  VA House 40 

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

Congress:  Virginia’s Three Amiga’s

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Dec. 8 to Dec. 14

Federal: Virginia Democrat in swing district faces heat at town hall  (Abigail Spanberger)

Republicans don’t budge as Democrats cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence; Cline calls impeachment a ‘stain’ on House

State Executive: 3 questions with Attorney General Mark Herring at his cannabis summit

State Legislature: Why I oppose a partisan judicial Virginia gerrymander (Mark Levine)

Environment: Environmental Priorities for Virginia Virginia Conservation Network Hosts 2019 General Assembly Preview

Economy: Yes Virginia, your economic future looks good. But watch out for storm clouds.

Right to Work: Virginia Explained: The growing debate (and divide) on right to work

Education: Northam proposes $94 million boost for early childhood education

Friday December 13, 2019

Feature Article: “Monumental addition: ‘Rumors of War’ statue unveiled in Richmond Tuesday” – Mario Sequeira Quesada , Capital News Service

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Thursday December 12, 2019

Feature Article: “Spanberger, Luria say they aren’t part of push to censure Trump” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Wednesday December 11, 2019

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Tuesday December 10, 2019

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Monday December 9, 2019

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA DelegateCharneile Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Senator Stuart addresses college costs

A proposal from a Republican senator would require student approval before a public college or university approves a tuition raise.

Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, wants tuition hikes to go to the students who will have to pay for it before a governing board votes. His legislation, which he introduced last year too and calls “crazy,” calls for two-thirds of a school’s student body to approve the raise before formal adoption.

Friday December 20, 2019 1VA US House impeachment votes

Title: “Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
Author: Robin Bravender
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Summary

Title: “Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
Author: Robin Bravender
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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Gun sanctuaries not legal

Title: In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect
Author:  Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 20, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions being passed by Virginia localities have “no legal effect,” according to an official opinion issued Friday.

Even if the resolutions were written to explicitly defy the new gun-control laws expected to be passed next year under a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Herring said localities have no such power.

Summary

Title: In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect
Author:  Graham Moomaw
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 20, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions being passed by Virginia localities have “no legal effect,” according to an official opinion issued Friday.

Even if the resolutions were written to explicitly defy the new gun-control laws expected to be passed next year under a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Herring said localities have no such power.

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Weekly Digest – 12/23 to 12/29/19Weekly Digest – 12/23 to 12/29/19

Clockwise from upper left:

“A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do” – Mechelle Hankerson, Virginia Mercury

“In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump” – Robin Bravender – Virginia Mercury

“Interviews with 9 Northern Virginia representatives” – Virginia onAir

More articles from past week inside post …

Summary

Clockwise from upper left:

“A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do” – Mechelle Hankerson, Virginia Mercury

“In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

“Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump” – Robin Bravender – Virginia Mercury

“Interviews with 9 Northern Virginia representatives” – Virginia onAir

More articles from past week inside post …

Federal

Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump”
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

State Legislature

Interviews with 9 Northern Virginia representatives
By: Virginia onAir
December 26, 2019

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.

A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do
By: Mechelle Hankerson
Virginia Mercury – December 24, 2019

Stuart wants to make other cost increases at public colleges more understandable. He filed separate legislation that requires university governing boards  to provide written notice of why they want to increase a president’s compensation and where the funding for the raise would come from. The boards must allow public comment on the change and the increase has to be voted on in an open meeting.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s database of state employee salaries, seven of the 10 highest paid state employees were university presidents this past year:

  • Michael Rao at VCU made $1 million
  • University of Virginia President James Ryan made $962,875
  • J.H. Binford Peay at Virginia Military Institute made $837,267
  • Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands made $775,000
  • Paul Trible at Christopher Newport made $771,287
  • Angel Cabrera, who left his position as president of George Mason this summer, made $763,226
  • John Broderick at Old Dominion made $638,217

Those amounts include housing, cell phone allowances, transportation, bonuses and other items that made up the presidents’ total compensation.

Issues

Gun Sanctuaries

In official opinion, Virginia AG says gun sanctuary resolutions have ‘no legal effect
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – December 20, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions being passed by Virginia localities have “no legal effect,” according to an official opinion issued Friday.

Even if the resolutions were written to explicitly defy the new gun-control laws expected to be passed next year under a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Herring said localities have no such power

College Tuition

A Republican senator wants students to approve tuition increases before governing boards do
By: Mechelle Hankerson
Virginia Mercury – December 24, 2019

Senator Richard Stuart wants to make other cost increases at public colleges more understandable. He filed separate legislation that requires university governing boards  to provide written notice of why they want to increase a president’s compensation and where the funding for the raise would come from. The boards must allow public comment on the change and the increase has to be voted on in an open meeting.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s database of state employee salaries, seven of the 10 highest paid state employees were university presidents this past year:

  • Michael Rao at VCU made $1 million
  • University of Virginia President James Ryan made $962,875
  • J.H. Binford Peay at Virginia Military Institute made $837,267
  • Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands made $775,000
  • Paul Trible at Christopher Newport made $771,287
  • Angel Cabrera, who left his position as president of George Mason this summer, made $763,226
  • John Broderick at Old Dominion made $638,217

Those amounts include housing, cell phone allowances, transportation, bonuses and other items that made up the presidents’ total compensation.

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December 16 to December 22, 2019Weekly Digest – 12/16 to 12/22/19

Clockwise from upper left:
“Northam proposes ending vehicle safety inspections, raising gas tax” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“U.S. Workers Are Standing Up for Their Rights. A New Law Would Back Them Up” – Alan Barber and Liz Watson, Common Dreams

State of the Commonwealth 2020 Survey Report – Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director, Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy

More articles from past week inside post …

Summary

Clockwise from upper left:
“Northam proposes ending vehicle safety inspections, raising gas tax” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“U.S. Workers Are Standing Up for Their Rights. A New Law Would Back Them Up” – Alan Barber and Liz Watson, Common Dreams

State of the Commonwealth 2020 Survey Report – Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director, Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy

More articles from past week inside post …

Federal

Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

State Executive

State of the Commonwealth 2020 Survey Report
By: Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director
Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy – December 16, 2019

Voters support gun control, ERA, redistricting reform, minimum wage hike and marijuana decriminalization, but oppose local control over Confederate monuments

Summary of Key Findings

  1. Voters strongly support requiring background checks on all gun sales (86%-13%) and passing a ‘red flag’ law (73%-23%); a slight majority (54%-44%) support banning assault-style weapons
  2. Voters strongly back the Equal Rights Amendment (80%-13%)
  3. A slight majority oppose giving localities authority to remove or alter Confederate monuments (51%-44%)
  4. Voters strongly support decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana (83%-14%)
  5. Voters strongly support raising the minimum wage (72%-28%)
  6. Voters strongly support automatic voter registration (64%-31%), but slightly oppose no-excuse absentee voting (74%-23%)
  7. Voters strongly support second passage of the redistricting reform constitutional amendment (70%-15%)

Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 17, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam has already sketched out some of his biggest budget investments in a series of announcements over the past week. Among them, $1.2 billion for K-12 education, $733 million for environmental initiatives like cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, $92 million for affordable housing and eviction prevention, and $22 million to lower maternal mortality rates.

On Tuesday, though, we got our first look at the whole picture when Northam released the entirety of his two-year, $135 billion spending plan, which he called “one of the most progressive budgets probably that’s ever been presented.”

Issues

Worker Rights

U.S. Workers Are Standing Up for Their Rights. A New Law Would Back Them Up.
By: Alan Barber and Liz Watson
Common Dreams – May 31, 2019

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would force employers to the bargaining table if the union has the support of a majority of employees and the employer interferes with the union election. If the National Labor Relations Board believes a worker has been illegally terminated for engaging in union activity, the PRO Act would require the company to reinstate the worker while the case is pending.

Under current law, bargaining for a first contract can drag on for years. To address this, the Act establishes a process for mediation and if necessary, binding arbitration, to reach a first contract.
The PRO Act would also prohibit employers from permanently replacing employees who strike, give stronger protections to contract workers, and provide compensatory damages for employees while penalizing employers that illegally fire or retaliate against workers. Among other protections, the Act would also ban captive audience meetings.

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the legislation, which now has 141 co-sponsors, including Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI).

Fact sheet on the PRO Act

Commentary from the Economic Policy Institute

Our economy is out of balance. Corporations and CEOs hold too much power and wealth, and working people know it. Workers are mobilizing, organizing, protesting, and striking at a level not seen in decades, and they are winning pay raises and other real change by using their collective voices.

But, the fact is, it is still too difficult for working people to form a union at their workplace when they want to. The law gives employers too much power and puts too many roadblocks in the way of workers trying to organize with their co-workers. That’s why the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—introduced today by Senator Murray and Representative Scott—is such an important piece of legislation.

The Virginia Plantation by John Flannery on Sept. 2, 2019

We “celebrate” Labor Day but it’s a false “celebration”– a sham.

In Virginia, you can be fired at will.

Commentary by Kim Bobo in the Virginia Mercury on Dec. 13, 2019

Over the last decade, Virginia’s House and Senate Commerce and Labor committees pretty much ignored the labor side of the equation. Ranked the top state for doing business, Virginia is also ranked the worst state for workers.

Addressing Virginia’s pitiful labor protections and raising a few core standards is long overdue. A recent study by Oxfam America named Virginia the worst state in the nation for workers based on three categories — wage policies, worker protections and workers’ rights to organize.

 

 

 

 

Auto Safety

Northam proposes ending vehicle safety inspections, raising gas tax
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – December 17, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam wants to end state-mandated vehicle safety inspections and cut vehicle registration fees in half, proposals his administration says would eventually save Virginians more than $280 million per year.

But motorists would have to pay a few dollars more each time they fill up on gas under a proposal to increase the state’s motor vehicle fuels tax from about 22 cents per gallon to 34 cents per gallon over three years, putting Virginia more in line with Maryland and North Carolina.

By the third year, the gas tax proposal could generate more than $491 million in additional revenue for the state, according to projections released by the Northam administration.

The two-year budget proposal the governor unveiled Tuesday included significant transportation policy changes that Northam said would modernize an “outdated” funding system.

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Wednesday December 18, 2019Wednesday December 18, 2019

Featured Article: “Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch” Virginia Mercury, Ned Oliver

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

Delegate:  Kelly FowlerDistrict 21

Delegate:  Emily BrewerDistrict 64

Delegate:  Clinton Jenkins District 76

Delegate:  Cliff HayesDistrict 77

Delegate:  Jay LeftwichDistrict 78

VA Senate:  Monty MasonDistrict 1

VA Senate:  Mamie LockeDistrict 2

VA Senate:  Tom NormentDistrict 3

VA Senate:  Lionell SpruillDistrict 5

VA Senate:  Lynwood LewisDistrict 6

VA Senate:  Jen KiggansDistrict 7

VA Senate:  Bill DeStephDistrict 8

VA Senate:  John CosgroveDistrict 14

VA Senate:  Roz DanceDistrict 16

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Summary

Featured Article: “Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch” Virginia Mercury, Ned Oliver

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

Delegate:  Kelly FowlerDistrict 21

Delegate:  Emily BrewerDistrict 64

Delegate:  Clinton Jenkins District 76

Delegate:  Cliff HayesDistrict 77

Delegate:  Jay LeftwichDistrict 78

VA Senate:  Monty MasonDistrict 1

VA Senate:  Mamie LockeDistrict 2

VA Senate:  Tom NormentDistrict 3

VA Senate:  Lionell SpruillDistrict 5

VA Senate:  Lynwood LewisDistrict 6

VA Senate:  Jen KiggansDistrict 7

VA Senate:  Bill DeStephDistrict 8

VA Senate:  John CosgroveDistrict 14

VA Senate:  Roz DanceDistrict 16

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

State Executive

Northam’s budget: More expensive cigarettes, cheaper health care, an end to ‘tax relief’ and a $200-million olive branch
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 17, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam has already sketched out some of his biggest budget investments in a series of announcements over the past week. Among them, $1.2 billion for K-12 education, $733 million for environmental initiatives like cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, $92 million for affordable housing and eviction prevention, and $22 million to lower maternal mortality rates.

On Tuesday, though, we got our first look at the whole picture when Northam released the entirety of his two-year, $135 billion spending plan, which he called “one of the most progressive budgets probably that’s ever been presented.”

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Tuesday December 17, 2019

Featured Article: “Wason Center 2020 State of the Commonwealth Survey Report” 12/16/19

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

DelegateStephen HeretickDistrict 79

DelegateDon ScottDistrict 80

DelegateBarry KnightDistrict 81

DelegateJason MiyaresDistrict 82

DelegateNancy GuyDistrict 83

DelegateGlenn DavisDistrict 84

Delegate Alex Askew – District 85

DelegateJay JonesDistrict 89

VA DelegateJoseph LindseyDistrict 90

VA DelegateMartha MuglerDistrict 91

VA DelegateJeion WardDistrict 92

VA DelegateMichael MullinDistrict 93

VA DelegateShelly SimondsDistrict 94

VA Delegate: Amanda BattenDistrict 96

VA DelegateRobert BloxomDistrict 100

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Summary

Featured Article: “Wason Center 2020 State of the Commonwealth Survey Report” 12/16/19

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

DelegateStephen HeretickDistrict 79

DelegateDon ScottDistrict 80

DelegateBarry KnightDistrict 81

DelegateJason MiyaresDistrict 82

DelegateNancy GuyDistrict 83

DelegateGlenn DavisDistrict 84

Delegate Alex Askew – District 85

DelegateJay JonesDistrict 89

VA DelegateJoseph LindseyDistrict 90

VA DelegateMartha MuglerDistrict 91

VA DelegateJeion WardDistrict 92

VA DelegateMichael MullinDistrict 93

VA DelegateShelly SimondsDistrict 94

VA Delegate: Amanda BattenDistrict 96

VA DelegateRobert BloxomDistrict 100

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

State Executive

State of the Commonwealth 2020 Survey Report
By: Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director
Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy – December 16, 2019

Voters support gun control, ERA, redistricting reform, minimum wage hike and marijuana decriminalization, but oppose local control over Confederate monuments

Summary of Key Findings

  1. Voters strongly support requiring background checks on all gun sales (86%-13%) and passing a ‘red flag’ law (73%-23%); a slight majority (54%-44%) support banning assault-style weapons
  2. Voters strongly back the Equal Rights Amendment (80%-13%)
  3. A slight majority oppose giving localities authority to remove or alter Confederate monuments (51%-44%)
  4. Voters strongly support decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana (83%-14%)
  5. Voters strongly support raising the minimum wage (72%-28%)
  6. Voters strongly support automatic voter registration (64%-31%), but slightly oppose no-excuse absentee voting (74%-23%)
  7. Voters strongly support second passage of the redistricting reform constitutional amendment (70%-15%)

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Monday December 16, 2019Monday December 16, 2019

Featured Article: The PRO Act and related articles on worker rights in Virginia

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA DelegateJoseph LindseyDistrict 90

VA DelegateMartha MuglerDistrict 91

VA DelegateJeion WardDistrict 92

VA DelegateMichael MullinDistrict 93

VA DelegateShelly SimondsDistrict 94

VA Delegate: Amanda BattenDistrict 96

VA DelegateRobert BloxomDistrict 100

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Summary

Featured Article: The PRO Act and related articles on worker rights in Virginia

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA DelegateJoseph LindseyDistrict 90

VA DelegateMartha MuglerDistrict 91

VA DelegateJeion WardDistrict 92

VA DelegateMichael MullinDistrict 93

VA DelegateShelly SimondsDistrict 94

VA Delegate: Amanda BattenDistrict 96

VA DelegateRobert BloxomDistrict 100

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Issues

Worker Rights

U.S. Workers Are Standing Up for Their Rights. A New Law Would Back Them Up.
By: Alan Barber and Liz Watson
Common Dreams – December 31, 2019

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would force employers to the bargaining table if the union has the support of a majority of employees and the employer interferes with the union election. If the National Labor Relations Board believes a worker has been illegally terminated for engaging in union activity, the PRO Act would require the company to reinstate the worker while the case is pending.

Under current law, bargaining for a first contract can drag on for years. To address this, the Act establishes a process for mediation and if necessary, binding arbitration, to reach a first contract.
The PRO Act would also prohibit employers from permanently replacing employees who strike, give stronger protections to contract workers, and provide compensatory damages for employees while penalizing employers that illegally fire or retaliate against workers. Among other protections, the Act would also ban captive audience meetings.

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the legislation, which now has 141 co-sponsors, including Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI).

Fact sheet on the PRO Act

Commentary from the Economic Policy Institute

Our economy is out of balance. Corporations and CEOs hold too much power and wealth, and working people know it. Workers are mobilizing, organizing, protesting, and striking at a level not seen in decades, and they are winning pay raises and other real change by using their collective voices.

But, the fact is, it is still too difficult for working people to form a union at their workplace when they want to. The law gives employers too much power and puts too many roadblocks in the way of workers trying to organize with their co-workers. That’s why the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—introduced today by Senator Murray and Representative Scott—is such an important piece of legislation.

The Virginia Plantation by John Flannery on Sept. 2, 2019

We “celebrate” Labor Day but it’s a false “celebration”– a sham.

In Virginia, you can be fired at will.

Commentary by Kim Bobo in the Virginia Mercury on Dec. 13, 2019

Over the last decade, Virginia’s House and Senate Commerce and Labor committees pretty much ignored the labor side of the equation. Ranked the top state for doing business, Virginia is also ranked the worst state for workers.

Addressing Virginia’s pitiful labor protections and raising a few core standards is long overdue. A recent study by Oxfam America named Virginia the worst state in the nation for workers based on three categories — wage policies, worker protections and workers’ rights to organize.

 

 

 

 

 

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December 9 to December 15, 2019December 9 to December 15, 2019

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

DelegateDavid Bulova – District 37

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  VA House 40 

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

Congress:  Virginia’s Three Amiga’s

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Summary

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

DelegateDavid Bulova – District 37

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  VA House 40 

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

Congress:  Virginia’s Three Amiga’s

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Federal

Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat
By: Reid Wilson
The Hill – December 9, 2019

Former Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) will drop his challenge to Sen. Mark Warner (D) and will instead run for his old seat in Congress.

Two sources familiar with Taylor’s thinking said he has begun making calls in recent days to Virginia Republicans to tell them of his decision. Taylor’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

Spanberger, Luria say they aren’t part of push to censure Trump
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Two freshman Virginia lawmakers in swing districts said Tuesday that they’re not among the U.S. House Democrats reportedly considering an effort to censure President Donald Trump rather than impeach him.

“I’ve not been involved in any of those conversations, so I have nothing to comment on,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Henrico) told the Mercury in a brief interview on Capitol Hill.

State Legislature

Virginia Republicans look for a way out of the woods
By: Laura Vozzella
Washington Post – December 7, 2019

HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Virginia Republicans, deep in the political wilderness after yet another election loss, gathered at a posh mountain resort to try to reverse their decade-long slide.

For members of a party that has not won a statewide election since 2009 and just lost control of the state House and Senate, the most fervent hope was that the GOP’s fortunes can’t sink any lower.

“We’re at rock bottom,” said Matt Colt Hall, a southwest Virginia native and political commentator for the conservative blog Bearing Drift. “We can only go up from there.”

Va. General Assembly reaches highest women representation in history
By: Mario Sequeira Quesada
Service – November 6, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) – Election Day concluded and women now have the biggest representation in the General Assembly in the history of Virginia politics.

The House of Delegates saw the biggest increase of the two chambers. Four women gained seats and pushed the total of female-held seats to 30. The Senate added two more female representatives, including Ghazala Hashmi, who is also the first Muslim woman in the history of the chamber. Now women will hold 41 of the 140 seats in the General Assembly.

Over 85 women – Republicans and Democrats – ran for the House and Senate, and that is a volume never seen before, according to Deirdre Condit, associate professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions
By: Denise Lavoie
AP – December 9, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership.

The “God. Family. Guns” rally was held just a month before the General Assembly is set to begin a session that is almost certain to include a variety of gun control proposals, including requiring universal background checks for gun buyers, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons and a ’“red flag” law allowing police or family members to petition a court to temporarily take away guns from people who may present a danger to themselves or others.

‘Historic’ Northam budget prioritizes Bay cleanup, clean energy and agency funding
By: Sarah Vogelsong
Virginia Mercury – December 11, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay, clean energy and the Department of Environmental Quality are the big winners among environment and energy priorities in Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed 2020-22 budget.

The proposal, unveiled by Northam in Virginia Beach Wednesday, would commit a ‘historic’ $733 million in new funding to a variety of environment and energy aims.

Issues

‘Rumors of War’

Monumental addition: ‘Rumors of War’ statue unveiled in Richmond Tuesday
By: Mario Sequeira Quesada
Capital News Service – December 11, 2019

RICHMOND — A monumental, contemporary statue of an African American man on a horse rode into Richmond this week via truck from New York.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts held the official welcoming celebration for the arrival of the statue Rumors of War, created by the artist Kehinde Wiley. The sculpture was first unveiled on Sept. 27 in Times Square in New York City, and was on display on Broadway Plaza.

Now the monument will permanently remain in Richmond.

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Saturday December 14, 2019Saturday December 14, 2019

Feature Article: “VA Supreme Court rules university foundations can keep donor records secret” –Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

Delegate: David BulovaDistrict 37

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  VA House 40 

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

Congress:  Virginia’s Three Amiga’s

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Summary

Feature Article: “VA Supreme Court rules university foundations can keep donor records secret” –Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

Delegate: David BulovaDistrict 37

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  VA House 40 

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

Congress:  Virginia’s Three Amiga’s

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

State Executive

Va. Supreme Court rules university foundations can keep donor records secret
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 12, 2019

The Virginia Supreme Court sided with administrators at George Mason University in a closely-watched lawsuit challenging whether private fundraising foundations established by public universities can keep donor records secret.

The justices wrote in an opinion issued Thursday that private foundations, no matter how closely intertwined with the university they serve, are not public bodies for the purposes of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

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Dec. 8 to Dec. 14Dec. 8 to Dec. 14

Federal: Virginia Democrat in swing district faces heat at town hall  (Abigail Spanberger)

Republicans don’t budge as Democrats cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence; Cline calls impeachment a ‘stain’ on House

State Executive: 3 questions with Attorney General Mark Herring at his cannabis summit

State Legislature: Why I oppose a partisan judicial Virginia gerrymander (Mark Levine)

Environment: Environmental Priorities for Virginia Virginia Conservation Network Hosts 2019 General Assembly Preview

Economy: Yes Virginia, your economic future looks good. But watch out for storm clouds.

Right to Work: Virginia Explained: The growing debate (and divide) on right to work

Education: Northam proposes $94 million boost for early childhood education

Summary

Federal: Virginia Democrat in swing district faces heat at town hall  (Abigail Spanberger)

Republicans don’t budge as Democrats cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence; Cline calls impeachment a ‘stain’ on House

State Executive: 3 questions with Attorney General Mark Herring at his cannabis summit

State Legislature: Why I oppose a partisan judicial Virginia gerrymander (Mark Levine)

Environment: Environmental Priorities for Virginia Virginia Conservation Network Hosts 2019 General Assembly Preview

Economy: Yes Virginia, your economic future looks good. But watch out for storm clouds.

Right to Work: Virginia Explained: The growing debate (and divide) on right to work

Education: Northam proposes $94 million boost for early childhood education

Federal

Virginia Democratic rep in swing district faces heat at town hall over impeachment
By: Devan Cole
CNN – December 9, 2019

A Virginia Democratic congresswoman who was a reluctant supporter of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump found herself in the middle of a tense town hall on Sunday when she explained her position on the matter.

Constituents in Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s moderate district — she unseated Republican Rep. Dave Brat last year — who both supported and opposed the impeachment effort shouted at times during the event in Spotsylvania, Virginia. She was discussing her record and instances when she voted against House Democratic leadership when a few audience members interrupted and told her to move on to impeachment.

Republicans don’t budge as Democrats cite ‘overwhelming’ evidence; Cline calls impeachment a ‘stain’ on House
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – December 9, 2019

Lawyers for U.S. House Democrats laid out their best case for impeaching President Donald Trump on Monday, warning that his behavior continues to pose an “imminent threat” to national security.

U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt, and the lone Virginian on the committee, who has called impeachment a “sham,” said the Democrats’ case is built on “witness presumption, hearsay and speculation.”

“This impeachment process is a farce and a stain on the committee and on the House of Representatives,” Cline said.

State Executive

3 questions with Attorney General Mark Herring at his cannabis summit
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 11, 2019

Virginia lawmakers who attended a cannabis summit convened by Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday called it remarkable that such an event was even taking place on Capitol Square.

“This is an extraordinary day,” said Del. Steve Heretick, D-Portsmouth, a founding member of the newly formed Cannabis Caucus. “I for one can not imagine even five years ago that we would be having this conversation in this building hosted by none other than the attorney general of Virginia.”

State Legislature

Why I oppose a partisan judicial Virginia gerrymander
By: Delegate Mark Levine
The Washington Post – December 11, 2019

A proposed amendment to Virginia’s Constitution could permanently gerrymander the commonwealth against the will of Virginia’s voters. By giving power to redraw district lines to a body — the Virginia Supreme Court — chosen by an illegally constituted former legislative majority, the amendment would allow the dead hand of the past to reconstitute itself forever, with little possibility of ever being uprooted again.

Because I believe the people should choose their elected representatives, I hope Virginia’s representatives reject the proposal.

Issues

Environment, Economy, Right to Work & Education

 

 

Environmental Priorities for Virginia Virginia Conservation Network Hosts 2019 General Assembly Preview.
By: Mercia Hobson
Alexandria Gazette – December 11, 2019

In preparation for the Virginia General Assembly, 2020 Session, the Virginia Conservation Network and its Network partners convened Saturday, Dec. 7 in Richmond, for a preview of environmental issues in the coming session of the General Assembly. The group provided information for a collective approach to advancing policy.

There were nine watch parties across the state; including the one in Reston. Kyle Gatlin, state climate organizer at Virginia Conservation Network, emceed the event held at the National Wildlife Federation Reston Office. Great Falls Group Sierra Club Virginia and Choose Clean Water Coalition hosted the location.

Yes Virginia, your economic future looks good. But watch out for storm clouds.
By: Kimberly Pierceall
The Virginian-Pilot – December 15, 2019

In their latest State of the Commonwealth report, Old Dominion University economists and researchers often get poetic discussing Virginia’s largely optimistic economic future in light of numerous known unknowns and those that can’t even be guessed at.

“A storm is coming, and when we come through it, we will be different. How we prepare now for the storm will, in part, determine how resilient we are in times of economic trouble,” the report concludes.

Virginia Explained: The growing debate (and divide) on right to work
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 11, 2019

Incoming Democratic majorities in Virginia agree on a lot when it comes to labor policy. They’ve pledged to raise the minimum wage, address paid family leave and ban employment discrimination against LGBT people.

But one question has sharply divided the party and even drawn the attention of two leading Democratic presidential contenders: whether they should use their newfound power to repeal the state’s so-called right to work law.

Northam proposes $94 million boost for early childhood education
By: Mel Leonor
Richmond Times-Dispatch – December 10, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing an expansive investment in early childhood education that would increase the number of state-funded preschool slots for Virginia 4-year-olds and create an incentive program for early childhood educators.

Northam’s plan for infants, toddlers and preschoolers has a $94.8 million price tag and is part of his two-year budget proposal to be unveiled Dec. 17. Northam has touted early childhood education as a top priority for his administration, one that he says will level “the playing field” for Virginia families.

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Friday December 13, 2019Friday December 13, 2019

Feature Article: “Monumental addition: ‘Rumors of War’ statue unveiled in Richmond Tuesday” – Mario Sequeira Quesada , Capital News Service

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

Summary

Feature Article: “Monumental addition: ‘Rumors of War’ statue unveiled in Richmond Tuesday” – Mario Sequeira Quesada , Capital News Service

InterviewsNine NoVA representatives

VA SenateDick Saslaw  District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAirHow can I impact politics

State Executive

‘Historic’ Northam budget prioritizes Bay cleanup, clean energy and agency funding
By: Sarah Vogelsong
Virginia Mercury – December 11, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay, clean energy and the Department of Environmental Quality are the big winners among environment and energy priorities in Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed 2020-22 budget.

The proposal, unveiled by Northam in Virginia Beach Wednesday, would commit a ‘historic’ $733 million in new funding to a variety of environment and energy aims.

Issues

‘Rumors of War’

Monumental addition: ‘Rumors of War’ statue unveiled in Richmond Tuesday
By: Mario Sequeira Quesada
Capital News Service – December 17, 2019

RICHMOND — A monumental, contemporary statue of an African American man on a horse rode into Richmond this week via truck from New York.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts held the official welcoming celebration for the arrival of the statue Rumors of War, created by the artist Kehinde Wiley. The sculpture was first unveiled on Sept. 27 in Times Square in New York City, and was on display on Broadway Plaza.

Now the monument will permanently remain in Richmond.

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Thursday December 12, 2019Thursday December 12, 2019

Feature Article: “Spanberger, Luria say they aren’t part of push to censure Trump” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Summary

Feature Article: “Spanberger, Luria say they aren’t part of push to censure Trump” – Robin Bravender, Virginia Mercury

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Federal

Spanberger, Luria say they aren’t part of push to censure Trump
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Two freshman Virginia lawmakers in swing districts said Tuesday that they’re not among the U.S. House Democrats reportedly considering an effort to censure President Donald Trump rather than impeach him.

“I’ve not been involved in any of those conversations, so I have nothing to comment on,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Henrico) told the Mercury in a brief interview on Capitol Hill.

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Wednesday December 11, 2019 1Wednesday December 11, 2019

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Summary

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40  Dan Helmer

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Federal

Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat
By: Reid Wilson
The Hill – December 9, 2019

Former Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) will drop his challenge to Sen. Mark Warner (D) and will instead run for his old seat in Congress.

Two sources familiar with Taylor’s thinking said he has begun making calls in recent days to Virginia Republicans to tell them of his decision. Taylor’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

State Legislature

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions
By: Denise Lavoie
AP – December 9, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership.

The “God. Family. Guns” rally was held just a month before the General Assembly is set to begin a session that is almost certain to include a variety of gun control proposals, including requiring universal background checks for gun buyers, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons and a ’“red flag” law allowing police or family members to petition a court to temporarily take away guns from people who may present a danger to themselves or others.

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1Tuesday December 10, 2019

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Summary

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA Delegate:  Charniele Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

State Legislature

Va. General Assembly reaches highest women representation in history
By: Mario Sequeira Quesada
Capital News Service – November 6, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) – Election Day concluded and women now have the biggest representation in the General Assembly in the history of Virginia politics.

The House of Delegates saw the biggest increase of the two chambers. Four women gained seats and pushed the total of female-held seats to 30. The Senate added two more female representatives, including Ghazala Hashmi, who is also the first Muslim woman in the history of the chamber. Now women will hold 41 of the 140 seats in the General Assembly.

Over 85 women – Republicans and Democrats – ran for the House and Senate, and that is a volume never seen before, according to Deirdre Condit, associate professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Monday December 9, 2019Monday December 9, 2019

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA DelegateCharneile Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

Summary

VA SenateDick Saslaw District 35

VA SenateScott Surovell – District 36

VA Delegate:  Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41

VA DelegateCharneile Herring – District 46

VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory – District 38

VA Delegate:  Mark Keam – District 35

2019 Election:  VA House 40

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

About Virginia onAir: How can I impact politics

State Legislature

Virginia Republicans look for a way out of the woods
By: Laura Vozzella
Washington Post – December 7, 2019

HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Virginia Republicans, deep in the political wilderness after yet another election loss, gathered at a posh mountain resort to try to reverse their decade-long slide.

For members of a party that has not won a statewide election since 2009 and just lost control of the state House and Senate, the most fervent hope was that the GOP’s fortunes can’t sink any lower.

“We’re at rock bottom,” said Matt Colt Hall, a southwest Virginia native and political commentator for the conservative blog Bearing Drift. “We can only go up from there.”

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December 3 to December 8, 2019December 2 to December 8, 2019

Summary

Federal

Trade deal presents political conundrum for Democrats
By: Allison Stevens
Virginia Mercury – December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — With only a few legislative days left before Congress adjourns for the year, House Democrats are eager to show that they can legislate while also pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

A massive trade deal represents their best shot at showing they can do so — but passing it would hand Trump a major political victory as he heads into the election year.

Blocking the deal, on the other hand, would also exact a heavy political toll. If Congress doesn’t ratify the “new NAFTA,” Democrats may not have a major legislative achievement to point to on the campaign trail next year — which could open them up to GOP charges of inaction and an “obsession” with impeachment.

As impeachment inquiry goes to Judiciary Committee, the only Virginian on the panel calls the process ‘patently unfair’
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – December 4, 2019

It might’ve been his Thanksgiving-themed quip about the impeachment report being a “half-baked bird.” Maybe it was his movie analogy, suggesting Democrats have reached the “Empire Strikes Back” phase of their efforts to oust President Donald Trump, but the rebels will win in the end.

Whatever it was that Rep. Ben Cline, a Republican from Western Virginia’s 6th District, said on Fox News this week, it earned him a fan in the White House.

State Executive

On redistricting reform, Democrats must not yield to temptation
By: Bobby Vassar
Virginia Mercury – December 2, 2019

In Virginia, and across the country, the Democratic Party is currently wrangling over a consequential issue — and it’s not about impeachment or the 2020 presidential candidates. It’s what to do about gerrymandering.

I have long believed in comprehensive redistricting reform in Virginia, and have admired the work of many organizations working toward this goal — including OneVirginia2021 (full disclosure: I serve on the board) and the group founded by former Attorney General Eric Holder, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The NRDC is billed as a centralized hub for executing a comprehensive redistricting strategy that shifts the redistricting power, creating fair districts where Democrats can compete.

From poll taxes to segregated train cars, Virginia panel recommends repealing 98 Jim Crow-era laws
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 5, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam asked state lawmakers Thursday to repeal 98 racist, Jim Crow-era laws that are still on the books in Virginia — legislation that charted the state’s policy of Massive Resistance to school desegregation, mandated segregated public transportation and blocked minorities from voting.

The legislation was identified by a commission Northam appointed in June as part of his efforts to make amends after a racist photo was found on his medical school yearbook page. The group formally presented their recommendations in a report released Thursday.

From poll taxes to segregated train cars, Virginia panel recommends repealing 98 Jim Crow-era laws
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – December 5, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam asked state lawmakers Thursday to repeal 98 racist, Jim Crow-era laws that are still on the books in Virginia — legislation that charted the state’s policy of Massive Resistance to school desegregation, mandated segregated public transportation and blocked minorities from voting.

The legislation was identified by a commission Northam appointed in June as part of his efforts to make amends after a racist photo was found on his medical school yearbook page. The group formally presented their recommendations in a report released Thursday.

Issues

Environment

What’s not to like about biomass? Deforestation, pollution and overpriced power.
By: Ivy Main
Virginia Mercury – December 2, 2019

What if you could get your electricity from a fuel that destroys forests, produces more air pollution than coal, and is priced higher than alternatives?

“Wow, sign me up!” you would not say, because as a sane person you don’t like deforestation, pollution and overpriced power.

Also, because you are not Dominion Energy Virginia. Dominion burned wood at one power plant from 1994 until last year; converted three small coal plants to wood-burning in 2013; and burns wood along with coal at its Virginia City coal plant. This “biomass” energy makes up about one percent of the electricity Dominion sells to Virginia ratepayers, according to its most recent IRP.

In Virginia, Union Hill and racial tensions have put environmental justice back on the map
By: Sarah Vogelsong
Virginia Mercury – December 5, 2019

In 1991, a federal court in Virginia found that in King and Queen County, local landfill siting “had a disproportionate impact on black residents.” Three years later, a General Assembly-commissioned study concluded that statewide, minorities bore “a disproportionate share of any burdens or risks” related to living next to a landfill.

They were unusual official acknowledgements from Virginia of what is today widely accepted knowledge: that minorities and the poor are much more likely to face environmental hazards than their white or wealthy counterparts.

Military Housing

The government isn’t ensuring safe housing for military families, watchdog report says
By: Allison Stevens
Virginia Mercury – December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is failing to ensure that all military families have access to safe, quality housing, according to a new government watchdog report.

The U.S. Department of Defense oversees private-sector developers who build, renovate, manage and maintain military housing.

But it doesn’t collect data about military housing conditions reliably or consistently and includes unreliable and misleading data in reports to Congress, according to the report, which was released by the General Accountability Office.

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