Members of the Arlington delegation to the House of Delegates deposited nearly $50,000 in campaign funds to support the Virginia House Democratic Caucus in the waning weeks of the 2013 campaign.
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) contributed $15,800 while Dels. Bob Brink (D-48th), Patrick Hope (D-47th) and Rob Krupicka (D-45th) each provided $10,000 in the reporting period between Oct. 1 and Oct. 23. Figures come from filings with the State Board of Elections through the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).
The four members of the Arlington delegation to the General Assembly don’t seem panicked by the prospect of facing the voters in November. At least not enough to significantly ramp up fund-raising efforts.
The four delegates, Democrats all, had a combined $49,879 in their campaign coffers as of June 30, according to new campaign-finance reports analyzed by the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).
Lewis Reynolds reckons he was about 9 when a rock hit him in the head, causing seizures.
He was 13 when the state of Virginia, diagnosing him with epilepsy, sterilized him without his knowledge, forever ending his chance of having children.
Reynolds and others like him, sterilized by the state of Virginia under a eugenics program that provided a model for Nazi Germany’s, would be in line for financial compensation from the state under a bill proposed by the unlikely duo of Del. Bob Marshall, R–Prince William, and Del. Patrick Hope, D–Arlington.
A lawmaker was rebuffed again today in his years-long assault on the high telephone rates paid by Virginia prisoners.
Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington County, has tried in past General Assembly sessions to lower the rates, which are significantly higher than those paid by most phone customers. But his efforts have failed because the state gets a cut of the profits and has come to rely on the money.
It's a two-word change to state law, Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, told a House subcommittee Thursday, but it would do much more than that.
By deleting the words “for females” from the statute requiring parents to vaccinate children against the human papillomavirus, it would expand the mandate to boys and ensure Medicaid pays for the vaccine for those who can’t afford it, Hope said. Most health insurance plans already cover the shot for males and females, he said.
With the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school fresh on their minds, two Democratic state legislators are proposing bills to expand Virginia's criminal background checks to cover more gun transactions and tighten restrictions on the sale of weapons to mentally ill people.
The patrons of those measures are Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria and Del. Patrick Hope of Arlington; Ebbin also wants to ban firearms in legislative buildings and require owners of firearms to alert authorities if their weapons are lost or stolen.
Two Virginia legislators pushing for stricter gun laws made an undercover video of themselves buying a gun without undergoing criminal background checks.
“You don’t look like you’re ready to go do a bank heist or something,” a gun show vendor remarks to state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Del. Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) before they buy a handgun and a high-capacity magazine.