Weekly Digest – 1/6 to 1/12/20

Weekly Digest – 1/6 to 1/12/20

Summary

Clockwise from upper left:
“No, Virginia. The governor’s budget doesn’t fund an 18-officer gun confiscation squad.” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Culpeper rally rouses hundreds for gun rights” – Clint Schemmer, Culpeper Star-Exponent

“‘Madam Speaker’: After 400 years, Filler-Corn becomes first woman to lead Virginia House” – Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

ERA begins its journey to near certain ratification in Virginia” – Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

More articles from past week inside post …

VA onAir

State Legislature

‘Madam Speaker’: After 400 years, Filler-Corn becomes first woman to lead Virginia House
By: Graham Moomaw
Virginia Mercury – January 8, 2020

On Wednesday, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax became the first woman ever elected to lead the House of Delegates, taking the gavel as Democrats prepare to use their hard-won majority power to dramatically reshape state policy.

On what is usually a light day filled with organizational formalities, a crowd packed the House chamber to watch Filler-Corn, a 55-year-old government relations consultant, make history as the first woman and the first Jewish person to lead the body.

Title: “Virginia General Assembly to convene with Democrats in charge. Expect big changes.”
Author: Gregory S. Schneider and Laura Vozzella
Source: Washington Post
Date: Jan. 7, 2019

RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly that convenes here Wednesday will look different from any other in the body’s 401-year history, with diverse Democratic leadership aiming to set a new course after a quarter-century of Republican dominance.

But the new blue majorities in both the House of Delegates and state Senate will face challenges in holding onto power. Young, progressive lawmakers are impatient to tack harder left. Rural, red parts of the state feel more disconnected than ever.

New leadership — with women and minorities reaching several historic firsts — will have to reconfigure every committee and set out arcane but crucial rules of operation. They have 60 days to craft a two-year state budget and tackle a generation’s worth of hot-button issues.

Also see “Newly empowered Virginia Democrats promise action” from AP News

ERA begins its journey to near certain ratification in Virginia
By: Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury – January 9, 2020

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to advance the Equal Rights Amendment to the chamber’s floor, sending the long-stalled constitutional amendment down a pathway to near certain ratification in Virginia.

“We have waited too long,” said Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, one of the measure’s patrons.

Advocates launched a push for Virginia to become the 38th and final state to ratify the amendment last year. The measure cleared the Republican controlled Senate with bi-partisan support but stalled in the House, where GOP leaders blocked a floor vote despite a majority of lawmakers in the chamber signaling their support.

Issues

Gun Rights

Culpeper rally rouses hundreds for gun rights
By: Clint Schemmer
Culpeper Star-Exponent – January 12, 2020

If a Culpeper rally offers a taste, Virginia lawmakers are in for quite a show of force when gun-rights advocates descend on Richmond next week.

Despite a light drizzle, nearly 500 men, women and children turned out for three hours Saturday to hear a dozen speakers defend the Second Amendment and attack Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic legislators proposing background checks and red-flag restrictions.

Speakers included three GOP candidates for Central Virginia’s 7th Congressional District challenging U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, as well as Republican Daniel Gade, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.

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