December 9 to December 15, 2019

December 9 to December 15, 2019

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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

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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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