November 25 to December 2, 2019

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

US House:  Rob Wittman (R)

Governor:  Ralph Northam (D)

Senate Minority LeaderDick Saslaw (D)

VA DelegateJennifer Carroll Foy (D)

Interview (5:07):  David Bulova (D)

SupporterKaye Kory (D)

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

2019 ElectionVA House 10

Video (2:15)About Virginia onAir 

Thursday November 27, 2019

OnAir: Streaming starts 1/14/20

Congress: Rob Wittman

Senate Minority Leader: Dick Saslaw

VA State Senator:  Monty Mason

VA Delegate: Terry Kilgore

VA DelegateJennifer Carroll Foy

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney

2019 ElectionVA Competitive Districts

2019 Election: VA House 13

Video (2:15)About Virginia onAir

Wednesday November 27, 2019

2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts – This post is an overview of 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House Districts

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

Map of the Day:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Virginia Leaders: Tim Kaine (D) – US Senator, former VA Governor, Lt. Governor, and Mayor of Richmond

US House: Rob Wittman (R) – Represents District 1 since 2008

General Assembly Leaders: Dick Saslaw (D) -State Senator for VA Senate District 35 since 1980

VA State Senator: Monty Mason (D) -State Senator for VA Senate District 1 since 2016

VA Delegate: Terry Kilgore (R) – State Delegate for VA House District 1 since 1994

VA Delegate: Jennifer Carroll Foy (D): State Delegate for VA House District 2 since 2018

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

OnAir: What’s streaming today?: The Virginia onAir TV channel (VAO-TV) will go live on January 14, 2020

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Tuesday November 26, 2019

Event: Air Mapping Presentation- Adam Black and Shuaib Ahmed will be discussing Air Networks’ current mapping efforts.

2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts – This post summarizes 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts

2019 Election: Districts that Flipped -Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

OnAir: What’s streaming today?: Go to this post to watch what’s “OnAir” now.

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Monday November 25, 2019

Virginia News Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2019: A kinder, gentler Todd Gilbert? ‘It depends on the day and the issue.; Most U.S. aircraft carriers sit idle in Virginia ports; and more

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Nov. 25 to Dec. 1

Nov. 25 to Dec. 1

Federal: Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council

State Executive: ‘Our doors are open’: Northam tells Trump administration that Virginia will accept more refugees

State Legislature: Five women to watch in the 2020 Virginia Assembly

Criminal Justice: Advocates call on General Assembly to abolish death penalty

Economy: Casino gambling could generate millions in Virginia, but it’s a complicated wager, state study says

Civil Rights: Meet the Native American tribe that wants to be the first Cherokee group recognized by Virginia

Environment: Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results

Energy: How Virginians are going solar, powered by national program

November 18 to November 24, 2019

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021 

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Saturday November 23, 2019

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021 

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Thursday November 21, 2019

2- 2019 Elections:  VA House 13

3- Delegate:  Danica Roem

4- Map:  NoVA VA House Districts

5- Curator:  Ny-Jhee Jones

6- Interview:  Delegate Karrie Delaney  (5:07)

7- Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory

8- Event:  Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

9- VideoAbout Virginia onAir (2:15)

Wednesday November 20, 2019

2- Competitive District 2019 Elections:  VA House 10

3- VA Delegate:   Wendy Gooditis

4- VA 2019 ElectionsVA Competitive Districts

5- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

6- VA SenatorDave Marsden

7- VA Delegate: Karrie Delaney 

8- VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory 

9- VA Delegate:  Mark Levine

10- VA Delegate:  Ken Plum

11- VA Delegate:  Ibraheem Samirah

12- Video: About Virginia onAir (2:15)

 

Monday November 18, 2019

2- VA 2019 ElectionsVA Competitive Districts

3- Competitive District:  VA House 40 – 2019 Election

4- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

5- VA SenatorDave Marsden

6- VA Delegate: Karrie Delaney 

7- VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory 

8- VA Delegate:  Mark Levine

9- VA Delegate:  Ibraheem Samirah

10- Video: About Virginia onAir (2:15)

Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2019

FederalVirginia crime commission ponders gun violence and concludes that it’s complicated

State Executive: Mark Herring: Justice reform a Virginia necessity

State Legislature:Virginia Democrats make historic choices for House speaker, majority leader

Civil Rights: What happens after Virginia ratifies the ERA next year? Nobody’s quite sure.

Education: Fixing the formula: How the state plans to get more financial aid to the students who need it most

Marijuana Legalization: Virginia could decriminalize marijuana with new Democratic majortiy in legislature

Democracy: ‘Elephant in the room’: Virginia’s top political strategists discuss Trump’s impact on state elections

Redistricting: Redistricting? It’s complicated, a CNU politics panel notes

 

 

Saturday November 16, 2019

2- Post of the DayVA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

3- 2019 Competitive District:  VA Senate 13

4- Regional MapNoVA Districts

5- Video2019 VA Elections Show

6- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

7- VA SenatorGeorge Barker

8- VA DelegateIbraheem Samirah

9- CuratorNader Momtaz

Thursday November 14, 2019

Post of the Day: VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 13
Regional Map: NoVA Districts
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

Articles inside this post: ERA, Does VA predict election results, VA special gun session, and financial aid to students

Wednesday November 14, 2019

Post of the Day: VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 10
Regional Map: NoVA Districts
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

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Tuesday November 12, 2019

Post of the Day: Districts that Flipped
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 10
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

Monday November 11, 2019

Featured Videos: About Virginia onAir2019 VA Elections Show
Featured VA News: Nov. 4 to 10, 2019 
Featured Posts: 25 Competitive Districts;  Districts that Flipped
Featured Races: VA Senate 10;  VA House 28
Featured Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
Featured VA Senator: George Barker
Featured Delegates: Ibraheem SamirahMark Levine
Featured Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

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November 4 to 10, 2019 – VA News

Federal: Virginia Hates Tyrants: Senator Tim Kaine reflects on what it took to make his commonwealth bluer than Massachusetts

State Executive: Virginia Democrats win control of General Assembly, sealing Trump-era power shift;Va. Gov. Northam starts making plans for his new Democratic legislature

State Legislature: Voters give Democrats control of the General Assembly

Civil Rights: Democratic sweep in Virginia gives new life to Equal Rights Amendment

Energy: Democratic sweep sets up confrontation with corporate that has loomed over Virginia politics for a century

Gun Control: As Democrats triumph in Virginia, pro-gun groups confront ‘worst scenario’

 

November 25 to December 1, 2019November 25 to December 2, 2019

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

US House:  Rob Wittman (R)

Governor:  Ralph Northam (D)

Senate Minority LeaderDick Saslaw (D)

VA DelegateJennifer Carroll Foy (D)

Interview (5:07):  David Bulova (D)

SupporterKaye Kory (D)

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

2019 ElectionVA House 10

Video (2:15)About Virginia onAir 

Summary

OnAir:  What’s streaming on 1/14/20

US House:  Rob Wittman (R)

Governor:  Ralph Northam (D)

Senate Minority LeaderDick Saslaw (D)

VA DelegateJennifer Carroll Foy (D)

Interview (5:07):  David Bulova (D)

SupporterKaye Kory (D)

2019 Election:  Competitive Districts

2019 ElectionVA House 10

Video (2:15)About Virginia onAir 

Federal

Deep impeachment divisions dominate Rep. Beyer’s town hall in Northern Virginia
By: Allison Stevens
Virginia Mercury – November 22, 2019

Dems battle Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over student loan forgiveness
By: Allison Winter
Virginia Mercury – November 27, 2019

A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as several hundred thousand borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent.

DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight against the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. Her critics in Congress say they still intend to haul her in for questioning over the Trump administration’s controversial loan forgiveness rule, and some lawmakers are pushing an effort to upend her policy entirely.

State Executive

Shad Plank: Virginia attorney general’s office gives taxpayers a good bargain, JLARC says
By: Dave Ress
Daily Press – November 25, 2019

Virginia gets a deal from its in-house law firm, the Office of the Attorney General, a study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found.
The office has been a target of some General Assembly Republicans in recent years because of Attorney General Mark Herring’s decisions not to appeal court rulings against the state’s same-sex-marriage ban or redistricting, as well as its use of outside attorneys on some cases.
JLARC found the office billed state agencies some $2.7 million less than it could have, and that its lawyers’ hourly fees are well below private law firms’ charges. The office’s lawyers billed at a $141 per hour rate, while the median for private attorneys providing legal advice and handling non-routine litigation was $292 an hour.

State Legislature

Five women to watch in the 2020 Virginia General Assembly
By: Bob Lewis
Virginia Mercury – November 25, 2019

Never have women enjoyed as much electoral success in Virginia as they achieved in this month’s legislative election.

A record 30 women (six newly elected) will hold seats in the House of Delegates when the 2020 session convenes. And, for the first time in 400 years, a woman will preside as speaker over the oldest continuously-meeting legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.

Issues

Environment

Rep. McEachin rolls out ambitious climate bill
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – November 22, 2019

Virginia Rep. Don McEachin, D-Richmond, introduced ambitious legislation this week that would commit the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.

McEachin’s bill, which has more than 150 co-sponsors in the House and the backing of national environmental groups, has been in the works for months. It would require economy-wide net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; it would also direct federal agencies to draft plans to clamp down on emissions that contribute to climate change.

Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results
By: Daniella Cheslow
WAMU 88.5 – November 25, 2019

Virginia Democrats swept into power in the state’s General Assembly on campaign promises to tighten gun laws. But another force went almost unnoticed: environmental groups, whose donations made them the largest single-issue donors in this year’s elections. They gave $6 million, mostly to Democrats, which is more than gun control and abortion rights advocates combined. Now, these green groups want sweeping change.

Some of the donations came from national organizations like the League of Conservation Voters, Michael Bloomberg’s Beyond Carbon Fund and the Sierra Club. But the largest single contribution — a third of all environmental campaign contributions in Virginia — came from one donor: Charlottesville-based hedge fund manager Michael Bills. He gave more than $2 million independently and through his political action committee, Clean Virginia. He donated specifically to candidates who refused to accept contributions from the power company Dominion Energy. He also supports banning public utilities from political contributions, an idea that’s failed to pass in past legislative sessions but which could get traction with the new Democratic majority.

Gambling

Sports betting, addiction resources and the mob: 5 more takeaways from Virginia’s big gambling report
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury

Monday’s presentation covered the big picture, but there’s a lot more to parse in the 202-page gambling report Virginia lawmakers received this week.

The report predicts it would take four years for the first casinos to open, but Virginia has more immediate options if it wants to get into the rapidly evolving world of sports betting.

While the online-only model would eliminate the need for brick-and-mortar facilities, the report said, it would create fewer jobs and have less of an economic impact.

Politics and Food

How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table
By: Andrew J. Hoffman
Virginia Mercury – November 27, 2019

We are a divided nation; that is an understatement. What’s more, we increasingly hear we are living in our own “bubble” or echo chamber that differing views cannot penetrate. To correct the problem, many are calling for people to reach out, to talk and above all, to listen. That is all well and good, but what are we supposed to talk about? We can’t hope to listen without a topic for finding common ground.

In my view, there are (at least) two prominent issues in this political season that can serve as a bridge across our political divides. The first is that the political and economic system needs fixing because it favors those with special status or access. The second is that income inequality is reaching an intolerable level.

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Thursday November 27, 2019

OnAir: Streaming starts 1/14/20

Congress: Rob Wittman

Senate Minority Leader: Dick Saslaw

VA State Senator:  Monty Mason

VA Delegate: Terry Kilgore

VA DelegateJennifer Carroll Foy

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney

2019 ElectionVA Competitive Districts

2019 Election: VA House 13

Video (2:15)About Virginia onAir

Summary

OnAir: Streaming starts 1/14/20

Congress: Rob Wittman

Senate Minority Leader: Dick Saslaw

VA State Senator:  Monty Mason

VA Delegate: Terry Kilgore

VA DelegateJennifer Carroll Foy

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney

2019 ElectionVA Competitive Districts

2019 Election: VA House 13

Video (2:15)About Virginia onAir

Issues

Politics and Food

How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table
By: Andrew J. Hoffman
Virginia Mercury – November 27, 2019

We are a divided nation; that is an understatement. What’s more, we increasingly hear we are living in our own “bubble” or echo chamber that differing views cannot penetrate. To correct the problem, many are calling for people to reach out, to talk and above all, to listen. That is all well and good, but what are we supposed to talk about? We can’t hope to listen without a topic for finding common ground.

In my view, there are (at least) two prominent issues in this political season that can serve as a bridge across our political divides. The first is that the political and economic system needs fixing because it favors those with special status or access. The second is that income inequality is reaching an intolerable level.

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Wednesday November 27, 2019Wednesday November 27, 2019

2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts – This post is an overview of 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House Districts

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

Map of the Day:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Virginia Leaders: Tim Kaine (D) – US Senator, former VA Governor, Lt. Governor, and Mayor of Richmond

US House: Rob Wittman (R) – Represents District 1 since 2008

General Assembly Leaders: Dick Saslaw (D) -State Senator for VA Senate District 35 since 1980

VA State Senator: Monty Mason (D) -State Senator for VA Senate District 1 since 2016

VA Delegate: Terry Kilgore (R) – State Delegate for VA House District 1 since 1994

VA Delegate: Jennifer Carroll Foy (D): State Delegate for VA House District 2 since 2018

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

OnAir: What’s streaming today?: The Virginia onAir TV channel (VAO-TV) will go live on January 14, 2020

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Summary

2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts – This post is an overview of 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House Districts

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

Map of the Day:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Virginia Leaders: Tim Kaine (D) – US Senator, former VA Governor, Lt. Governor, and Mayor of Richmond

US House: Rob Wittman (R) – Represents District 1 since 2008

General Assembly Leaders: Dick Saslaw (D) -State Senator for VA Senate District 35 since 1980

VA State Senator: Monty Mason (D) -State Senator for VA Senate District 1 since 2016

VA Delegate: Terry Kilgore (R) – State Delegate for VA House District 1 since 1994

VA Delegate: Jennifer Carroll Foy (D): State Delegate for VA House District 2 since 2018

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

OnAir: What’s streaming today?: The Virginia onAir TV channel (VAO-TV) will go live on January 14, 2020

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Federal

Dems battle Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over student loan forgiveness
By: Allison Winter
Virginia Mercury – November 27, 2019

A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as several hundred thousand borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent.

DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight against the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. Her critics in Congress say they still intend to haul her in for questioning over the Trump administration’s controversial loan forgiveness rule, and some lawmakers are pushing an effort to upend her policy entirely.

Issues

Gambling

Sports betting, addiction resources and the mob: 5 more takeaways from Virginia’s big gambling report
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 27, 2019

Monday’s presentation covered the big picture, but there’s a lot more to parse in the 202-page gambling report Virginia lawmakers received this week.

The report predicts it would take four years for the first casinos to open, but Virginia has more immediate options if it wants to get into the rapidly evolving world of sports betting.

While the online-only model would eliminate the need for brick-and-mortar facilities, the report said, it would create fewer jobs and have less of an economic impact.

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VA House - NoVA Districts 4Tuesday November 26, 2019

Event: Air Mapping Presentation- Adam Black and Shuaib Ahmed will be discussing Air Networks’ current mapping efforts.

2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts – This post summarizes 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts

2019 Election: Districts that Flipped -Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

OnAir: What’s streaming today?: Go to this post to watch what’s “OnAir” now.

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Summary

Event: Air Mapping Presentation- Adam Black and Shuaib Ahmed will be discussing Air Networks’ current mapping efforts.

2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts – This post summarizes 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts

2019 Election: Districts that Flipped -Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

OnAir: What’s streaming today?: Go to this post to watch what’s “OnAir” now.

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

State Executive

Shad Plank: Virginia attorney general’s office gives taxpayers a good bargain, JLARC says
By: Dave Ress
Daily Press – November 25, 2019

Virginia gets a deal from its in-house law firm, the Office of the Attorney General, a study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found.

The office has been a target of some General Assembly Republicans in recent years because of Attorney General Mark Herring’s decisions not to appeal court rulings against the state’s same-sex-marriage ban or redistricting, as well as its use of outside attorneys on some cases.

JLARC found the office billed state agencies some $2.7 million less than it could have, and that its lawyers’ hourly fees are well below private law firms’ charges. The office’s lawyers billed at a $141 per hour rate, while the median for private attorneys providing legal advice and handling non-routine litigation was $292 an hour.

Issues

Environment

Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results
By: Daniella Cheslow
WAMU 88.5 – November 25, 2019

Virginia Democrats swept into power in the state’s General Assembly on campaign promises to tighten gun laws. But another force went almost unnoticed: environmental groups, whose donations made them the largest single-issue donors in this year’s elections. They gave $6 million, mostly to Democrats, which is more than gun control and abortion rights advocates combined. Now, these green groups want sweeping change.

Some of the donations came from national organizations like the League of Conservation Voters, Michael Bloomberg’s Beyond Carbon Fund and the Sierra Club. But the largest single contribution — a third of all environmental campaign contributions in Virginia — came from one donor: Charlottesville-based hedge fund manager Michael Bills. He gave more than $2 million independently and through his political action committee, Clean Virginia. He donated specifically to candidates who refused to accept contributions from the power company Dominion Energy. He also supports banning public utilities from political contributions, an idea that’s failed to pass in past legislative sessions but which could get traction with the new Democratic majority.

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Monday November 25, 2019Monday November 25, 2019

Virginia News Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2019: A kinder, gentler Todd Gilbert? ‘It depends on the day and the issue.; Most U.S. aircraft carriers sit idle in Virginia ports; and more

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Summary

Virginia News Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2019: A kinder, gentler Todd Gilbert? ‘It depends on the day and the issue.; Most U.S. aircraft carriers sit idle in Virginia ports; and more

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Federal

Deep impeachment divisions dominate Rep. Beyer’s town hall in Northern Virginia
By: Allison Stevens
Virginia Mercury – November 22, 2019

Democratic Rep. Don Beyer took heat from supporters of President Donald Trump during a town hall meeting in the suburbs of Washington, D.C, Thursday night.

Hundreds of people packed into a high school auditorium in Beyer’s deep blue northern Virginia district, where numerous backers of the president spoke out against the impeachment proceedings.

State Legislature

Five women to watch in the 2020 Virginia General Assembly
By: Bob Lewis
Virginia Mercury – November 25, 2019

Never have women enjoyed as much electoral success in Virginia as they achieved in this month’s legislative election.

A record 30 women (six newly elected) will hold seats in the House of Delegates when the 2020 session convenes. And, for the first time in 400 years, a woman will preside as speaker over the oldest continuously-meeting legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.

Issues

Climate Bill

Rep. McEachin rolls out ambitious climate bill
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – November 22, 2019

Virginia Rep. Don McEachin, D-Richmond, introduced ambitious legislation this week that would commit the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.

McEachin’s bill, which has more than 150 co-sponsors in the House and the backing of national environmental groups, has been in the works for months. It would require economy-wide net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; it would also direct federal agencies to draft plans to clamp down on emissions that contribute to climate change.

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Nov. 25 to Dec. 1

Federal: Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council

State Executive: ‘Our doors are open’: Northam tells Trump administration that Virginia will accept more refugees

State Legislature: Five women to watch in the 2020 Virginia Assembly

Criminal Justice: Advocates call on General Assembly to abolish death penalty

Economy: Casino gambling could generate millions in Virginia, but it’s a complicated wager, state study says

Civil Rights: Meet the Native American tribe that wants to be the first Cherokee group recognized by Virginia

Environment: Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results

Energy: How Virginians are going solar, powered by national program

Summary

Federal: Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council

State Executive: ‘Our doors are open’: Northam tells Trump administration that Virginia will accept more refugees

State Legislature: Five women to watch in the 2020 Virginia Assembly

Criminal Justice: Advocates call on General Assembly to abolish death penalty

Economy: Casino gambling could generate millions in Virginia, but it’s a complicated wager, state study says

Civil Rights: Meet the Native American tribe that wants to be the first Cherokee group recognized by Virginia

Environment: Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results

Energy: How Virginians are going solar, powered by national program

Federal

Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council

By Michael Martz

Richmond Times-Dispatch-November 25, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam made clear to his revenue advisory council on Monday that he does not support repeal of Virginia’s right-to-work law that forbids compulsory union membership.

With Democrats preparing to take complete control of the General Assembly for the first time in more than 25 years, Northam sought to reassure Virginia business leaders that the state won’t take a sharp leftward turn on an issue that has long been a political fire alarm in a pro-business state.

“I can’t foresee Virginia taking actions [that would include] repeal of the right-to-work law,” he told the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.

State Executive

‘Our doors are open’: Northam tells Trump administration that Virginia will accept more refugees

By Laura Vozzella

The Roanoke Times-November 26, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to say that Virginia would welcome more refugees, pointedly declining President Donald Trump’s offer to let states and localities veto resettlements.

“Virginia’s lights are on and our doors are open, and we welcome new Virginians to make their homes here,” the Democratic governor wrote.

Northam was responding to an executive order Trump issued in late September that gives states and localities unprecedented veto power over refugee resettlements.

State Legislature

Five women to watch in the 2020 Virginia Assembly
By: Bob Lewis
Virginia Mercury – November 25, 2019

Never have women enjoyed as much electoral success in Virginia as they achieved in this month’s legislative election.

A record 30 women (six newly elected) will hold seats in the House of Delegates when the 2020 session convenes. And, for the first time in 400 years, a woman will preside as speaker over the oldest continuously-meeting legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.

In the Senate, women will occupy 11 of the 40 seats – also a record – with two of them newcomers.

Issues

Criminal Justice

Advocates call on General Assembly to abolish death penalty

By Christopher Brown

Henrico Citizen-November 25, 2019

Christiansburg resident Rachel Sutphin mourns the loss of two men’s lives every day: her father, Cpl. Eric Sutphin, and his killer, William Morva. Morva murdered Sutphin, who worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, in Blacksburg on Aug. 6, 2006.

On Thursday, Sutphin joined other families at a press conference to ask the General Assembly to abolish the death penalty.

“With the abolition of the penalty, families like mine will no longer suffer through the long process of mandatory death sentence appeals,” Sutphin said, which could drag on for years. “Instead, a sentence of life in prison without parole offers a resolution and finality to murder victim family members more quickly than the death penalty.”

Economy

Casino gambling could generate millions in Virginia, but it’s a complicated wager, state study says

By Michael Martz

The Roanoke Times-November 26, 2019

Casino gambling would be profitable for Virginia and localities, such as Richmond, where they could be built, but the state faces plenty of risks — from a surge in gambling addiction to a potentially devastating blow to existing gaming operations tied to the state’s horse-racing industry — according to a long-awaited legislative study of state gaming options.

The study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission estimated that, collectively, Virginia could gain $262 million annually in gaming tax revenue from five potential casinos, including one in Richmond that would generate almost one-third of the revenue and about 3,000 of the estimated 10,000 jobs that would be created.

Civil Rights

Meet the Native American tribe that wants to be the first Cherokee group recognized by Virginia

By Mechelle Hankerson

Virginia Mercury-November 28, 2019

November is the busiest month of the year for Wolf Creek Cherokee Chief Terry Price.

He travels to military installations, schools and community events around the state in between running his heating and cooling business. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, he’s back at the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum in Henrico County for the tribe’s traditional drum circle, where men play drums and sing songs in the Cherokee language.

Environment

Environmental Groups Were Top Donors In Virginia’s Elections. Now, They Want Results

By Daniella Cheslow

WAMU-November 25, 2019

Virginia Democrats swept into power in the state’s General Assembly on campaign promises to tighten gun laws. But another force went almost unnoticed: environmental groups, whose donations made them the largest single-issue donors in this year’s elections. They gave $6 million, mostly to Democrats, which is more than gun control and abortion rights advocates combined. Now, these green groups want sweeping change.

Some of the donations came from national organizations like the League of Conservation Voters, Michael Bloomberg’s Beyond Carbon Fund and the Sierra Club. But the largest single contribution — a third of all environmental campaign contributions in Virginia — came from one donor: Charlottesville-based hedge fund manager Michael Bills.

Energy

How Virginians are going solar, powered by national program

By Owen Fitzgerald

Capital News Service-November 27, 2019

Joy Loving bought a Prius in 2012. The purchase was the first of two investments she said she made in a personal effort to save money and reduce her carbon footprint. The second: go solar.

After converting her home to solar energy, Loving began leading solar cooperatives with members of her Harrisonburg community who also were interested in going solar. As rooftop solar systems began popping up across the city, people began to notice.

 

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November 18 to November 24, 2019November 18 to November 24, 2019

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021 

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Summary

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021 

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Federal

Most U.S. aircraft carriers sit idle in Virginia ports
By: Allison Winter
Virginia Mercury – November 18, 2019

Monday November 18, 2019

The USS Gerald R. Ford is shown underway on its own power for the first time while leaving Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News on April 8, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni, via Wikipedia.)

More than half of the nation’s aircraft carriers are not currently ready for deployment, as the massive ships sit off the Virginia coastline in various states of repair or testing.

The U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers, more than any other nation. Six of them are currently docked off the Virginia coast and only one is ready to deploy. Another is undergoing maintenance on the Pacific coast. The hulking warships serve as mobile airbases at sea and can allow U.S. forces to fly into areas swiftly, without a complicated process of getting permission to set up on land in neighboring nations.

Buttigieg leading in donations from Virginia
By: Adam Hamza
Capital News Service – November 19, 2019

With support from former Vice President Al Gore and other prominent Virginia residents, Pete Buttigieg has raised more money in individual donations from the commonwealth than any other candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has received nearly $950,000 from Virginians, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. That puts him ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden (about $750,000) and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont (less than $400,000).

The money certainly helps Buttigieg’s campaign, but it may not affect his chances much in Virginia, said Miles Coleman, the associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a blog published by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. (On Monday, Buttigieg became the first presidential candidate to file for the Democratic primary in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported).

State Executive

Virginia election officials recommend 45 days of early voting
By: By Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 18, 2019

The Virginia State Board of Elections is recommending that the state create a 45-day early voting window for the 2020 elections, a significant expansion of the seven-day window the General Assembly authorized earlier this year.

Virginia has gradually widened its election laws to give voters more leeway to cast absentee ballots before Election Day. However, voters have had to give an excuse for why they can’t make it to their polling place, such as travel, work, a disability or military duty.

Northam plans to pitch a tuition-free community college program. How much will it cost?
By: Mel Leonor
Richmond Times-Dispatch – November 21, 2019

Virginia lawmakers are preparing for the state’s next budget cycle — one likely to be rife with new asks from empowered Democrats, including a free community college proposal from Gov. Ralph Northam.

Senate lawmakers on Thursday considered a budget recommendation from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, which called for a $20 million investment in community colleges in budget year 2021 and a $30 million investment in 2022.

The figures were part of a preliminary presentation in Harrisonburg, where Senate lawmakers began to square broad agency funding requests and state revenue outlooks.

State Legislature

Now that the Democrats own the 2021 redistricting, will they resist the temptation to derail it?
By: Bob Lewis
Virginia Mercury – November 18, 2019

Has Virginia’s new Democratic legislative majority painted itself into a corner on redistricting? Can Democrats resist the temptation to derail a long-sought nonpartisan reapportionment commission already well on the road to becoming real?

Back when they were the minority party (just two weeks ago), Democrats criticized majority Republicans for muscling brazenly partisan redistricting bills through the legislature that gave the GOP significant numerical advantages in the new congressional and state district boundaries. Republicans had similarly cried foul for the whole 20th century until they secured their first unchallenged legislative majority in 1999.

A kinder, gentler Todd Gilbert? ‘It depends on the day and the issue.’
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – November 19, 2019

Tuesday November 189, 2019

AP Photo from Advocate

Over the weekend, deposed Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates chose Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, to lead them through their next two years in the minority.

Of the two leaders reportedly under consideration (Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, also made a bid), Gilbert was the more conservative choice. He continued to oppose Medicaid expansion last year and is known for combative debate on the House floor and in committee meetings. It was his persistent questioning of Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, which yielded the infamous video that ignited a furor over her failed bill on late-term abortion restrictions.

First bills of the 2020 session: early voting, universal background checks, LGBTQ non-discrimination and casinos
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – November 19, 2019

• HB1, filed by Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, would allow no excuse, in-person absentee voting.

• HB2, filed by Del. Ken Plum, D-Fairfax, would mandate universal background checks.

• HB3, filed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, would prohibit housing discrimination against LGBTQ people. (Which, yes, is currently legal.)

• And Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, filed a resolution, HJ1, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Social issues will loom large in Virginia Senate
By: Norman Leahy
The Washington Post – November 21, 2019

A measure sure to set the pyrotechnics off right: Saslaw’s proposed constitutional amendment on “personal reproductive liberty.”
The very clever use of the right’s phrasing (how can anyone oppose personal liberty?) masks a much larger political purpose. According to the amendment’s summary, it would add a section to the Virginia constitution:

… establish the individual right to personal reproductive autonomy. The amendment prohibits the denial or infringement upon this right unless justified by a compelling interest of the Commonwealth and achieved by the least restrictive means.

Issues

LGBTQ+ Rights

From housing to restaurants to school bathrooms, Virginia LGBTQ advocates plan broad 2020 agenda

By Graham Moomaw

Virginia Mercury-November 19, 2019

With Republicans in control of the General Assembly, LGBTQ rights advocates trying to pass stronger anti-discrimination laws in Virginia knew they had to think small.

After Election Day, that’s all over.

In an interview, James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, said his group is widening its policy agenda in preparation for the first Democratic-controlled legislative session in more than two decades.

Criminal Justice Reform

Group seeks abolition of death penalty in Va. as Democrats prepare to take control of legislature

By Frank Green

Richmond Times-Dispatch-November 19, 2019

With Democrats soon to be in control of the state legislature, the group Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is seeking an end to the death penalty in Virginia.

The group announced Monday that 13 Virginians who have lost a family member to homicide are asking the General Assembly to make Virginia the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty.
One of them will be speaking at a news conference in Richmond on Thursday.

 

Higher Education and Technology

‘The demand for talent is tremendous’ — Virginia boosts investment as push for high-tech degrees gains speed

By Michael Martz

Richmond Times-Dispatch-November 20, 2019

Virginia’s commitment to invest in educating high-tech talent won the sweepstakes for Amazon’s second headquarters a year ago, but now some big bills are coming due in the next state budget to help public colleges and universities deliver on the promise.

The $1.1 billion, 20-year plan will require an additional $30.4 million in the two-year budget that Gov. Ralph Northam will present next month, on top of $16.6 million in annual funding already assumed in the budget.

The state money will go to at least 11 higher-education institutions to add at least 31,000 degrees in computer sciences and related fields to feed graduates into the “tech talent investment pipeline” that was central to the Amazon deal.

Fifteen Va. Superfund sites threatened by climate change, watchdog agency says
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – November 20, 2019

Fifteen of the most contaminated sites in Virginia are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency.

The Government Accountability Office, an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and sea level rise — might affect some of the most dangerous hazardous waste sites around the country. The agency looked at 1,336 “active” sites on U.S. EPA’s National Priorities List and 421 “deleted” sites where EPA had determined no further cleanup was needed.

Marijuana

Attorney General Mark Herring to host ‘Cannabis Summit’ ahead of 2020 session
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 19, 2019

Thursday November 21, 2019

Source: NBC 29.

Attorney General Mark Herring has invited state lawmakers to a “Cannabis Summit” next month that will feature policymakers from states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana and academics who study cannabis-related issues.

The Dec. 11 event hosted by a top Democratic official suggests cannabis reform will be a more serious topic in the 2020 legislative session than in years past. Virginia has authorized a limited medical cannabis program, but legislation to decriminalize or or legalize cannabis has gained no traction in Republican-controlled committees. In elections earlier this month, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades.

Medicaid

Medicaid expansion may be the most important thing the General Assembly has done in a generation
By: Brian Chiglinsky
Virginia Mercury – November 20, 2019

Making policy is often pretty bland and frustrating. Long hours and detailed analyses often lead to an endless spool of problems to solve, and results that can take decades to fully grasp. A hundred years ago, Max Weber called it the “strong and slow boring of hard boards,” and that’s not because he was particularly riveted by carpentry.

But every once in a while, things move fast and results come quickly. Medicaid expansion could very well be one of those rare situations. As more data accumulates and more studies come together, it’s beginning to look like the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is one of the most important advances in public health in nearly a generation.

Gun Sanctuaries

After Democratic victories, rural Virginia counties rush to declare themselves gun sanctuaries
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 20, 2019

In an overflowing meeting room, speakers repeatedly invoked the Virginia-born Founding Fathers who saw fit to enshrine firearms in the U.S. Constitution.

One man said the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — which he suggested could be a “coup” — shows the need for an armed citizenry capable of standing up to tyranny. Another raised the possibility that, if Americans can’t keep their guns, they may one day have to “do like in Hong Kong,” where pro-democracy protesters are using improvised weapons like bows, firebombs and catapults to resist authorities

Health insurance

Study: Virginia workers’ health insurance premiums are among the highest in the country
By: https://www.virginiamercury.com/blog-va/study-virginia-workers-health-insurance-premiums-are-among-the-highest-in-the-country/
Virginia Mercury – November 21, 2019

A national study of health care costs released Thursday confirmed what many workers already know from looking at their pay stubs: Premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored healthcare plans are rising faster than wages.

The average Virginia worker’s out of pocket cost amounted to nearly 11 percent of the state’s median income in 2018, up from just under 7 percent in 2008, according to the analysis of federal data The Commonwealth Fund released Thursday.

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Friday November 22, 2019Saturday November 23, 2019

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021 

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Summary

2019 Election: VA House 13 – Danica Roem (D) received 12,055 votes  and Kelly McGinn (R) 9,463 votes

District Map:  Northern Virginia House Districts – 28 Democrats and 2 Republicans – GMU onAir Chapter

Interview (5:07): Karrie Delaney (D) – Delegate for House District 67 – interviewed by Kerrie Thompson

Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory (D) – says she proud of the Mason students curating the Virginia onAir Hub

Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19 – sponsored by LWV of Fairfax and One Virginia2021 

Video (2:15): About Virginia onAir – Elections & Governance Hub and onAir Chapters – “Learn. Discuss. Engage.”

Issues

Gun Sanctuaries

After Democratic victories, rural Virginia counties rush to declare themselves gun sanctuaries
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 20, 2019

In an overflowing meeting room, speakers repeatedly invoked the Virginia-born Founding Fathers who saw fit to enshrine firearms in the U.S. Constitution.

One man said the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — which he suggested could be a “coup” — shows the need for an armed citizenry capable of standing up to tyranny. Another raised the possibility that, if Americans can’t keep their guns, they may one day have to “do like in Hong Kong,” where pro-democracy protesters are using improvised weapons like bows, firebombs and catapults to resist authorities.

Health insurance

Study: Virginia workers’ health insurance premiums are among the highest in the country
By: https://www.virginiamercury.com/blog-va/study-virginia-workers-health-insurance-premiums-are-among-the-highest-in-the-country/
Virginia Mercury – November 21, 2019

A national study of health care costs released Thursday confirmed what many workers already know from looking at their pay stubs: Premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored healthcare plans are rising faster than wages.

The average Virginia worker’s out of pocket cost amounted to nearly 11 percent of the state’s median income in 2018, up from just under 7 percent in 2008, according to the analysis of federal data The Commonwealth Fund released Thursday.

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Thursday November 21, 2019Thursday November 21, 2019

2- 2019 Elections:  VA House 13

3- Delegate:  Danica Roem

4- Map:  NoVA VA House Districts

5- Curator:  Ny-Jhee Jones

6- Interview:  Delegate Karrie Delaney  (5:07)

7- Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory

8- Event:  Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

9- VideoAbout Virginia onAir (2:15)

Summary

2- 2019 Elections:  VA House 13

3- Delegate:  Danica Roem

4- Map:  NoVA VA House Districts

5- Curator:  Ny-Jhee Jones

6- Interview:  Delegate Karrie Delaney  (5:07)

7- Supporter:  Delegate Kaye Kory

8- Event:  Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

9- VideoAbout Virginia onAir (2:15)

Issues

Superfund Sites

Fifteen Va. Superfund sites threatened by climate change, watchdog agency says
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – November 20, 2019

Fifteen of the most contaminated sites in Virginia are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from a government watchdog agency.

The Government Accountability Office, an independent agency that works for the U.S. Congress, assessed how impacts of climate change — including flooding, storm surge, wildfires and sea level rise — might affect some of the most dangerous hazardous waste sites around the country. The agency looked at 1,336 “active” sites on U.S. EPA’s National Priorities List and 421 “deleted” sites where EPA had determined no further cleanup was needed.

Marijuana

Attorney General Mark Herring to host ‘Cannabis Summit’ ahead of 2020 session
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 19, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring has invited state lawmakers to a “Cannabis Summit” next month that will feature policymakers from states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana and academics who study cannabis-related issues.

The Dec. 11 event hosted by a top Democratic official suggests cannabis reform will be a more serious topic in the 2020 legislative session than in years past. Virginia has authorized a limited medical cannabis program, but legislation to decriminalize or or legalize cannabis has gained no traction in Republican-controlled committees. In elections earlier this month, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades.

Medicaid

Medicaid expansion may be the most important thing the General Assembly has done in a generation
By: Brian Chiglinsky
Virginia Mercury – November 20, 2019

Making policy is often pretty bland and frustrating. Long hours and detailed analyses often lead to an endless spool of problems to solve, and results that can take decades to fully grasp. A hundred years ago, Max Weber called it the “strong and slow boring of hard boards,” and that’s not because he was particularly riveted by carpentry.

But every once in a while, things move fast and results come quickly. Medicaid expansion could very well be one of those rare situations. As more data accumulates and more studies come together, it’s beginning to look like the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is one of the most important advances in public health in nearly a generation.

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Tuesday November 189, 2019Wednesday November 20, 2019

2- Competitive District 2019 Elections:  VA House 10

3- VA Delegate:   Wendy Gooditis

4- VA 2019 ElectionsVA Competitive Districts

5- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

6- VA SenatorDave Marsden

7- VA Delegate: Karrie Delaney 

8- VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory 

9- VA Delegate:  Mark Levine

10- VA Delegate:  Ken Plum

11- VA Delegate:  Ibraheem Samirah

12- Video: About Virginia onAir (2:15)

 

Summary

2- Competitive District 2019 Elections:  VA House 10

3- VA Delegate:   Wendy Gooditis

4- VA 2019 ElectionsVA Competitive Districts

5- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

6- VA SenatorDave Marsden

7- VA Delegate: Karrie Delaney 

8- VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory 

9- VA Delegate:  Mark Levine

10- VA Delegate:  Ken Plum

11- VA Delegate:  Ibraheem Samirah

12- Video: About Virginia onAir (2:15)

 

Federal

Buttigieg leading in donations from Virginia
By: Adam Hamza
Capital News Service – November 19, 2019

With support from former Vice President Al Gore and other prominent Virginia residents, Pete Buttigieg has raised more money in individual donations from the commonwealth than any other candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has received nearly $950,000 from Virginians, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. That puts him ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden (about $750,000) and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont (less than $400,000).

The money certainly helps Buttigieg’s campaign, but it may not affect his chances much in Virginia, said Miles Coleman, the associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a blog published by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. (On Monday, Buttigieg became the first presidential candidate to file for the Democratic primary in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported).

State Executive

Virginia election officials recommend 45 days of early voting
By: By Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – November 18, 2019

The Virginia State Board of Elections is recommending that the state create a 45-day early voting window for the 2020 elections, a significant expansion of the seven-day window the General Assembly authorized earlier this year.

Virginia has gradually widened its election laws to give voters more leeway to cast absentee ballots before Election Day. However, voters have had to give an excuse for why they can’t make it to their polling place, such as travel, work, a disability or military duty.

State Legislature

A kinder, gentler Todd Gilbert? ‘It depends on the day and the issue.’
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – November 19, 2019

Over the weekend, deposed Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates chose Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, to lead them through their next two years in the minority.

Of the two leaders reportedly under consideration (Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, also made a bid), Gilbert was the more conservative choice. He continued to oppose Medicaid expansion last year and is known for combative debate on the House floor and in committee meetings. It was his persistent questioning of Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, which yielded the infamous video that ignited a furor over her failed bill on late-term abortion restrictions.

First bills of the 2020 session: early voting, universal background checks, LGBTQ non-discrimination and casinos
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – November 19, 2019

• HB1, filed by Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, would allow no excuse, in-person absentee voting.

• HB2, filed by Del. Ken Plum, D-Fairfax, would mandate universal background checks.

• HB3, filed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, would prohibit housing discrimination against LGBTQ people. (Which, yes, is currently legal.)

• And Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, filed a resolution, HJ1, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Monday November 18, 2019Monday November 18, 2019

2- VA 2019 ElectionsVA Competitive Districts

3- Competitive District:  VA House 40 – 2019 Election

4- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

5- VA SenatorDave Marsden

6- VA Delegate: Karrie Delaney 

7- VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory 

8- VA Delegate:  Mark Levine

9- VA Delegate:  Ibraheem Samirah

10- Video: About Virginia onAir (2:15)

Summary

2- VA 2019 ElectionsVA Competitive Districts

3- Competitive District:  VA House 40 – 2019 Election

4- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

5- VA SenatorDave Marsden

6- VA Delegate: Karrie Delaney 

7- VA Delegate:  Kaye Kory 

8- VA Delegate:  Mark Levine

9- VA Delegate:  Ibraheem Samirah

10- Video: About Virginia onAir (2:15)

Federal

Most U.S. aircraft carriers sit idle in Virginia ports
By: Allison Winter –
Virginia Mercury – November 18, 2019

More than half of the nation’s aircraft carriers are not currently ready for deployment, as the massive ships sit off the Virginia coastline in various states of repair or testing.

The U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers, more than any other nation. Six of them are currently docked off the Virginia coast and only one is ready to deploy. Another is undergoing maintenance on the Pacific coast. The hulking warships serve as mobile airbases at sea and can allow U.S. forces to fly into areas swiftly, without a complicated process of getting permission to set up on land in neighboring nations.

State Legislature

Now that the Democrats own the 2021 redistricting, will they resist the temptation to derail it?
By: Bob Lewis
Virginia Mercury – November 18, 2019

Has Virginia’s new Democratic legislative majority painted itself into a corner on redistricting? Can Democrats resist the temptation to derail a long-sought nonpartisan reapportionment commission already well on the road to becoming real?

Back when they were the minority party (just two weeks ago), Democrats criticized majority Republicans for muscling brazenly partisan redistricting bills through the legislature that gave the GOP significant numerical advantages in the new congressional and state district boundaries. Republicans had similarly cried foul for the whole 20th century until they secured their first unchallenged legislative majority in 1999.

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Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2019Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2019

FederalVirginia crime commission ponders gun violence and concludes that it’s complicated

State Executive: Mark Herring: Justice reform a Virginia necessity

State Legislature:Virginia Democrats make historic choices for House speaker, majority leader

Civil Rights: What happens after Virginia ratifies the ERA next year? Nobody’s quite sure.

Education: Fixing the formula: How the state plans to get more financial aid to the students who need it most

Marijuana Legalization: Virginia could decriminalize marijuana with new Democratic majortiy in legislature

Democracy: ‘Elephant in the room’: Virginia’s top political strategists discuss Trump’s impact on state elections

Redistricting: Redistricting? It’s complicated, a CNU politics panel notes

 

 

Summary

FederalVirginia crime commission ponders gun violence and concludes that it’s complicated

State Executive: Mark Herring: Justice reform a Virginia necessity

State Legislature:Virginia Democrats make historic choices for House speaker, majority leader

Civil Rights: What happens after Virginia ratifies the ERA next year? Nobody’s quite sure.

Education: Fixing the formula: How the state plans to get more financial aid to the students who need it most

Marijuana Legalization: Virginia could decriminalize marijuana with new Democratic majortiy in legislature

Democracy: ‘Elephant in the room’: Virginia’s top political strategists discuss Trump’s impact on state elections

Redistricting: Redistricting? It’s complicated, a CNU politics panel notes

 

 

Federal

Virginia crime commission ponders gun violence and concludes that it’s complicated

Gregory S. Schneider

The Washington Post-November 12, 2019

RICHMOND — The Virginia State Crime Commission studied 78 bills proposed by lawmakers to reduce gun violence and considered 4,145 comments from the public and on Tuesday issued the following conclusion:

“Staff determined that inconclusive evidence exists to develop recommendations.”

The commission, which Republican lawmakers had charged with studying gun restrictions in the wake of the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach, said the matter was too complicated.

State Executive

Mark Herring: Justice reform a Virginia necessity

By Mark Herring

The Virginian-Pilot-November 17, 2019

New Democratic majorities in the Virginia General Assembly and a growing slate of reform-minded commonwealth’s attorneys offer a potentially once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a criminal justice system that is more just, fair and equal.

Ours must be a commonwealth where justice, equality and opportunity are guaranteed for each and every person, no matter where they live, what they look like, how they worship, who they love or how much money they have. Virginia cannot have different systems and standards of justice depending on the color of a person’s skin or their wealth.

 

State Legislature

Virginia Democrats make historic choices for House speaker, majority leader

By Laura Vozzella

The Washington Post-November 9, 2019

Virginia Democrats on Saturday chose Eileen Filler-Corn to become speaker of the House of Delegates, a pick that managed to be both historic and conventional for a party that flipped both chambers of the General Assembly in elections Tuesday.

The Fairfax Democrat will be the first woman and the first Jew in the House’s 400-year history to serve in that post, one of the most powerful in state politics. Yet as a business-friendly legislator with ties to the existing power structure, Filler-Corn was a more traditional choice than the more progressive delegate who was her chief rival for the job.

 

 

Issues

Civil Rights

What happens after Virginia ratifies the ERA next year? Nobody’s quite sure.

By Ned Oliver

Virginia Mercury-November 12, 2019

Virginia is almost certain to become the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Incoming Democratic leaders, who will hold majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, have offered repeated and unequivocal promises to pass the measure.

What happens after that, however, is unclear and experts on all sides of the debate say the only certainty is a complex legal battle that might never be resolved.

Education

Fixing the formula: How the state plans to get more financial aid to the students who need it most

By Mechelle Hankerson

Virginia Mercury-November 14, 2019

New changes to the formula that determines how much financial aid money colleges get from the state will redirect money to low-income students.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia allocates aid money from the state to each public college and university, which is then responsible for awarding it to students.

The council has used the same allocation formula for aid since 2005, which has caused state financial aid to shift from low-income recipients to those who attend high-cost schools and usually have higher family incomes. In 2018, SCHEV estimated, $12 million, or more than 7% of financial aid money the state allocated to four-year schools, was awarded to students who meet the definition of high income — families of four making more than $98,400 a year.

Marijuana

Virginia could decriminalize marijuana with new Democratic majority in legislature

By Patrick Wilson

Richmond Times-Dispatch-November 15, 2019

Advocates for reform of Virginia’s marijuana prohibition laws say the new makeup of the legislature means Virginia could vote to decriminalize marijuana next year.

Certain Republican leaders in recent years stopped decriminalization bills from reaching a full vote of the House and Senate, but in January they won’t be in charge anymore. On Nov. 5, Democrats took control of the state House and Senate, and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a doctor, has backed decriminalization for more than two years, saying enforcement is expensive and disproportionately jails African Americans.

Democracy

‘Elephant in the room’: Virginia’s top political strategists discuss Trump’s impact on state elections

By Daniel Berti

Prince William Times- November 14, 2019

Top Virginia Republican and Democratic campaign strategists discussing Virginia’s 2019 “off-off-year” election this week said “there’s no denying” the impact President Donald Trump had on the vote.

Speaking at the Nov. 12 “After Virginia Votes,” organized by The Virginia Public Access Project and The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, Matt Moran, chief of staff to outgoing Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, R-66th, said Trump was the “elephant in the room” in the Nov. 5 election, which saw Democrats take control the Virginia General Assembly for the first time in a generation.

“There’s no denying the impact of the national environment and the way that stems from the president,” Moran said. “When you have an unpopular president, the effect is felt all the way down the races.”

Redistricting

Redistricting? It’s complicated, a CNU politics panel notes

By Dave Ress

Daily Press-November 14, 2019

A former governor’s hesitation on a post-Election Day radio talk show prompted Christopher Newport University political scientist Quentin Kidd to press on a political sore point during the CNU Wason Center’s own post-election forum on Thursday — namely, what will the new General Assembly do about redistricting?

Suspicious minds have wondered whether the peculiarities of amending the state Constitution might allow some game playing. The game arises because to amend the Constitution requires votes by two different General Assemblies, separated by an election, and then a ballot referendum. Any change, as panelist Susan Gaston pointed out, restarts the process. And that means the new system would not be in place in time for the 2021 redistricting.

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Saturday November 16, 2019Saturday November 16, 2019

2- Post of the DayVA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

3- 2019 Competitive District:  VA Senate 13

4- Regional MapNoVA Districts

5- Video2019 VA Elections Show

6- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

7- VA SenatorGeorge Barker

8- VA DelegateIbraheem Samirah

9- CuratorNader Momtaz

Summary

2- Post of the DayVA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

3- 2019 Competitive District:  VA Senate 13

4- Regional MapNoVA Districts

5- Video2019 VA Elections Show

6- EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

7- VA SenatorGeorge Barker

8- VA DelegateIbraheem Samirah

9- CuratorNader Momtaz

State Executive

NOVA signals a subtle approach ($)
By: Jeff Schapiro
Richmond Times-Dispatch – November 15, 2019

With Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax (above, left) set to become speaker of the House, Del. Charniele Herring of Alexandria (above, right) to be House majority leader, and Del. Luke Torian of Prince William to head the Appropriations Committee, Northern Virginia will be in a dominant position in the House come January.

Northern Virginia also will drive the Senate, with Sen. Dick Saslaw of Fairfax the likely majority leader and Sen. Janet Howell of Fairfax in line to head the Finance Committee.
Yet politics columnist Jeff Schapiro writes that Alexandria, the deep blue city on the Potomac waterfront, is signaling a subtle approach to the General Assembly, recognizing that Northern Virginia “has more to gain in the long run by initially playing a short game.”

State Legislature

Virginia Legislature Goes Blue
By: Abigail Adcox
Fourth Estate – November 11, 2019

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At Mason, students who were registered to vote on campus voted in Merten Hall. A “Party at the Polls” event was held outside on the walkway, where various partners, including Student Government, Mason Votes, and politically active student groups, offered breakfast and coffee, as well as conducted an exit survey.

For the first time in 26 years, Virginia Democrats gained control of both chambers of the state legislature. All 140 legislative seats were on the ballot in Tuesday’s election.

Republicans held a narrow majority going into the Nov. 5 election, but their hope of holding onto their current seats or gaining more quickly diminished.

The usually overshadowed school board elections came into the spotlight after Abrar Omeish won a spot on the Fairfax County School Board.

Omeish, 24, became both the youngest person and the first Muslim woman to hold elected office in Virginia.

Democratic-backed candidates also took full control of the Fairfax County School Board.

At Mason, students who were registered to vote on campus voted in Merten Hall. A “Party at the Polls” event was held outside on the walkway, where various partners, including Student Government, Mason Votes, and politically active student groups, offered breakfast and coffee, as well as conducted an exit survey. Several local candidates on the ballot, including Priscilla DeStefano, James Walkinshaw and Chap Petersen, made in-person appearances.

The exit survey, which was completed by over 100 students, overwhelmingly showed that students preferred Democratic candidates, going along with similar trends in recent elections.

For the Virginia House of Delegates 34th seat, 84 percent of Mason voters said they voted for Democrat-backed David L. Bulova.

When asked to share who she decided to vote for in Tuesday’s election, Mandana Ravanpak, a sophomore, laughed, “We go to a very Democratic university, so I’ll just leave it at that.”

Olga Diupina, a George Mason Democrats member, expressed the importance of the election.

“It’s very important to flip the house and senate this year,” Diupina said. “It will change the course that Virginia will go for years to come on health care, gun reform [and] women’s rights issues … so we need to make sure our voices are represented and heard.”

The exit survey showed that the most important issue to Mason voters was civil rights, with 20 percent of respondents citing that. Other issues that ranked high to students were: health care (16 percent), environment (16 percent), economy and jobs (10 percent), gun control (9 percent) and higher education (9 percent).

Leading up to the election, voter registration issues plagued Mason students.

Shane Martin, chair of the Government & Community Relations committee for Student Government (SG) and a senior, explained the situation in detail: “[Student Government], along with a lot of other organizations, did voter registration events.”

He continued, “The requirements changed over the past year but many … [people registering students] were not informed. Everybody was being registered to what they believed was how they needed to fill [the application] out. People used a generic campus address rather than their dorm, their specific dorm address. The registrar denied those registrations.”

The Fairfax County registrar rejected 171 registration applications, in turn making those students ineligible to vote in the Nov. 5 election. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a civil rights group, challenged the issue in court and argued that the registrar should have sent a request of information instead of a “notice of rejection.”

The matter resulted in the registrar’s office moving the initial Oct. 26 deadline back to Nov. 2.

An email sent out by George Mason University Housing on Oct. 24 instructed students to check their registration status and to make the changes, if needed, in order to vote.

Newly-elected members of the state legislature will be given the task of redrawing the map after the 2020 census, which could have the ability to shape future elections.

Martin further argued the importance of civic engagement, especially amongst younger voters.

According to the United States Census Bureau, among 18-to 29-year-olds, voter turnout went from 20 percent in 2014 to 36 percent in 2018, the largest percentage point increase for any age group — a 79 percent jump.

“I think that being civically engaged, especially for students, is incredibly important. Voter turnout among younger people is nowhere near what it could and should be,” Martin said.

Issues

Marijuana

Virginia could decriminalize marijuana with new Democratic majority in legislature ($)
By: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Patrick Wilson – November 15, 2019

Advocates for reform of Virginia’s marijuana prohibition laws say the new makeup of the legislature means Virginia could vote to decriminalize marijuana next year.

Certain Republican leaders in recent years stopped decriminalization bills from reaching a full vote of the House and Senate, but in January they won’t be in charge anymore. On Nov. 5, Democrats took control of the state House and Senate, and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a doctor, has backed decriminalization for more than two years, saying enforcement is expensive and disproportionately jails African Americans.

It’s “very likely” that a decriminalization bill with bipartisan support will make its way to Northam next year, changing the state penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail to a civil fine, said Jenn Michelle Pedini, executive director of the group Virginia NORML and one of the state’s top advocates for legal use of marijuana.

College Affordability

Who Will Save The Students?
By: Eli Kohn
Fourth Estate – November 11, 2019

One of the biggest current events in America is the 2020 presidential election. Of course, any presidential election is bound to be a major talking point in the year leading up to it, but the 2020 election in particular stands out because it will be the first opportunity to remove from office one of the most disliked and controversial presidents in American history.

One of the biggest issues to American students — of which there are nearly 15 million — is the student debt crisis. According to Forbes, there are a total of 44.7 million student borrowers in America who owe a total of over 1.5 trillion dollars in student loan debt. Now, President Trump isn’t exactly making big strides towards eliminating student debt — considering he is promoting the elimination of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, among other things.So, the question becomes: which of the Democratic nominees has the best plan to eliminate the crisis that plagues the future of America?

When Barack Obama ran in 2012, reforming the college financial system wasn’t a point of emphasis for his campaign. Seven years later, students have become increasingly outspoken on the issue, and understandably, candidates have made it a prevalent part of their platforms. Here I will address the frontrunners, and describe their respective plans for reforming America’s crippling student debt.

While Joe Biden has proposed several plans for debt forgiveness, Biden’s educational reform ideas are mostly focused on K-12. However, some of his plans for fixing the higher education system include simplifying the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, particularly for teachers, to make it easier for certain professionals to get loan forgiveness. Additionally, while he hasn’t offered many details, Biden has suggested plans to offer free community college, as well as offering debt relief for graduates making less than $25,000 a year.

Meanwhile, Senator Elizabeth Warren has a much more detailed forgiveness plan than most of her competitors. She wants to forgive up to $50,000 in loans for graduates with an annual income of $100,000 or less, and partial forgiveness to those who make between $100,000 and $250,000. However, she plans to offer no forgiveness to those who make more than $250,000. Warren also seeks to implement free four-year college, planning to “split the costs of tuition and fees and ensure that states maintain their current levels of funding on need-based financial aid and academic instruction.”

Senator Bernie Sanders is infamous for his radical plans for student debt reform. Parts of this plan include: canceling all 1.5 trillion dollars of student debt; a complete elimination of tuition at public colleges, universities, and trade schools; capping interest rates at 1.88 percent; and tripling funding for the federal work-study program.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has taken a relatively unique stance compared to his competitors on the topic of student loan debt. Buttigieg plans on making college debt-free, as opposed to the seemingly prevalent pushes for tuition-free college. But what’s the difference? Basically, Buttigieg wants to make college more affordable (rather than totally free) for lower-income families, enough so that it could be paid for without taking on loans. While this is less absolute than his opponents, it is far more realistic.

Buttigieg has the best plan for reasonable, yet sweeping, reformation. He makes a big point of only extending completely free higher education to a small group of very low-income students, while making college for everyone else simply cheaper. He highlights the necessity of simplifying higher-education payments, making them easier to understand and pay, and encouraging higher-education institutions to be more transparent and accountable in financial matters. Concerning an issue with such extreme answers thrown about, Buttigieg seems to offer a practical answer, and I would prefer cheap college now over free college two terms from now.

One thing to be said is that most candidates have a rather lofty ideal of making college completely free, or at least monumentally cheaper. I’m pushing my word count, so I won’t go into their plans (those that exist, anyways) for actually implementing these ideas. For that, you’ll have to watch the debates. So, who is the champion of us poor, poor, students? And will our next president actually do anything? We’ll find out soon enough.

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Friday November 15, 2019Friday November 15, 2019

Post of the DayVA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

2019 Competitive District:  VA Senate 13

Regional MapNoVA Districts

Video2019 VA Elections Show

EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

VA SenatorGeorge Barker

VA DelegateIbraheem Samirah

CuratorNader Momtaz

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Post of the DayVA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

2019 Competitive District:  VA Senate 13

Regional MapNoVA Districts

Video2019 VA Elections Show

EventFairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19

VA SenatorGeorge Barker

VA DelegateIbraheem Samirah

CuratorNader Momtaz

Federal

Rep. McMcEachin returns to Washington after illness, plans to run in 2020
By: Robin Bravender
Virginia Mercury – November 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Don McEachin is back on Capitol Hill and says he plans to run in 2020 despite recent health problems.

The Richmond Democrat, 58, has been away from Washington for about three months as he recovered from surgeries he underwent in August.

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Thursday November 14, 2019

Post of the Day: VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 13
Regional Map: NoVA Districts
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

Articles inside this post: ERA, Does VA predict election results, VA special gun session, and financial aid to students

Summary

Post of the Day: VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 13
Regional Map: NoVA Districts
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

Articles inside this post: ERA, Does VA predict election results, VA special gun session, and financial aid to students

Federal

Does Virginia Predict Election Results?
By: Warren Fiske
VPM – NPR – November 12, 2019

We decided to check whether Virginia’s legislative races really are reliable predictors of presidents. We looked at odd-year General Assembly elections back to 1963 that were followed the next year by presidential races. Fourteen elections fall into this group. Seven times, the party that gained seats in Virginia was able, the next year, to win the presidency. And seven times, it was not.

In other words, it’s a coin flip.

State Legislature

GOP strategist says no regrets on adjourning gun special session after 90 minutes
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – November 13, 2019

Matt Moran, the former chief of staff to outgoing Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, who won his race, says it’s the most asked question he’s gotten since his party lost majorities in the House and Senate. And during a post-election de-brief sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project on Tuesday evening, he said he has no regrets:

Issues

ERA

In the wake of Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment
By: Robin Bravender
November 13, 2019

The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex.

Rep. Ben Cline, a Republican who represents the 6th District in Southwest and the only Virginian on the Judiciary panel, voted against the measure. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his vote.

Student Financial Aid

Fixing the formula: How the state plans to get more financial aid to the students who need it most
By: Mechelle Hankerson
Virginia Mercury – November 14, 2019

The shift of financial aid awards to higher-income students was slow, said Lee Andes, assistant director for financial aid at SCHEV.

“I don’t know there was an epiphany moment as much as a gradual concern,” he said. In the 1992-1993 school year, low-income students received 94% of state-funded financial aid. Low-income students come from families with annual household incomes of less than $49,200 for a family of four, according to SCHEV definitions.

By 2017-2018, low-income students got 66% of state financial aid, a change attributed to SCHEV’s allocation model.

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Post of the Day: VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 10
Regional Map: NoVA Districts
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

> Latest articles about VA politics in this post

Summary

Post of the Day: VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections
2019 Competitive District: VA Senate 10
Regional Map: NoVA Districts
Video: 2019 VA Elections Show
Event: Fairfax Redistricting Forum – 11/17/19
VA Senator: George Barker
VA Delegate: Ibraheem Samirah
Curator: Nader Momtaz

 

> Latest articles about VA politics in this post

State Legislature

Virginia GOP’s promised gun-law study yields three-page report that makes no recommendations
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – November 12, 2019

Virginia Republicans promised a “thoughtful and deliberative study” of gun legislation when they abruptly adjourned a special legislative session called by Gov. Ralph Northam following a May mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

GOP leaders released the resulting report Tuesday — a three-page document that makes no recommendations.

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