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DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS SAW REASONS FOR OPTIMISM COME OUT OF 2018 SESSION

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Inside NOVA

Thanks to election victories last fall that put Democrats within one seat of parity in the House of Delegates, this year’s General Assembly session was more pleasing and productive than recent ones, members of the all-Democratic local legislative delegation said. Two state Senate members and four from the House of Delegates regaled Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce members April 5 with tales – both cautionary and uplifting – from the 2018 session.

VaNews April 10, 2018



VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS ORGANIZE TASK FORCE TO PROBE GUN VIOLENCE, SCHOOL SAFETY

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Upset with the lack of gun control consideration by Virginia Republicans, Democrats in the House of Delegates are launching their own group to investigate school safety and gun violence in the state. The caucus announced Tuesday the “Safe Virginia Initiative” task force, a group chaired by two Northern Virginia legislators that will focus on gun control and school safety. The task force will host meetings through October across the state.

VaNews April 4, 2018



LOUDOUN COUNTY LAWMAKERS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO LOUDOUN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By VERONIKE COLLAZO, Loudoun Times

A bipartisan group of Loudoun County state lawmakers have sent a letter to Virginia Department of Education Secretary Atif Qarni asking the department to investigate Loudoun County Public Schools' use of seclusion and restraint against students with special needs.

VaNews March 6, 2018



VA. DEMOCRATS SLAM REPUBLICANS OVER GUN INACTION; LEADERS SAY IT’S TOO LATE TO REVISIT

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates invoked the recent school shooting in Florida to demand that Republicans revive gun-control measures that died in committee this year. But GOP leaders said it is too late in the legislative session to act. Guns have been the one area that has resisted all compromise in a General Assembly session otherwise marked by bipartisan dealmaking. A host of bills, many of them favored by Gov. Ralph Northam (D), have disappeared in committees in the House and Senate.

VaNews March 2, 2018



SENATE APPROVES BILL TO GIVE RICHMOND BUSINESSES TAX CREDITS FOR EMPLOYING CITY STUDENTS

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Richmond businesses are one step closer to getting tax credits for employing Richmond Public Schools students. The Virginia Senate on Monday unanimously approved Senate Bill 937 from Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, to provide tax credits to city businesses that employ city public school juniors and seniors. The bill would give up to $250,000 in tax credits to local businesses that hire RPS upperclassmen for apprenticeships.

VaNews February 6, 2018



VIRGINIA HOUSE WILL STILL ALLOW GUNS IN GALLERY DESPITE DELEGATE'S "SITTING DUCKS" COMMENT

By JORDAN PASCALE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The public will still be allowed to bring guns to the gallery above the Virginia House of Delegates when the body is in session. Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, asked the House to change its rules to ban guns when Delegates are on the floor – a change that would put it in line with the Senate.

VaNews January 30, 2018



DELEGATE ELECTIONS SMASHED FUNDRAISING RECORDS IN PRINCE WILLIAM

By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA

Prince William recorded the most expensive races for the House of Delegates in the county’s history in 2017, with candidates in each of the six contested races for the General Assembly’s lower chamber smashing records for previous fundraising efforts in those districts.

VaNews January 29, 2018



15 FLIPPED HOUSE SEATS COST HALF OF ALL MONEY SPENT IN VIRGINIA'S MOST EXPENSIVE RACES IN 20 YEARS

By WILL HOUP, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

When state Democrats flipped 15 Republican districts in the November races, they celebrated their best performance in the Virginia House since 1998. But those victories came with a hefty price tag as campaigns on both sides burned through millions more in 2017 than in any other election year over the past two decades.

VaNews January 29, 2018



DELS. MURPHY, SIMON, SULLIVAN, KEAM RE-ELECTED TO NEW TERMS

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Sun Gazette

Local voters by hefty margins approved new terms Nov. 7 for all four state delegates representing McLean, Vienna, Great Falls, Oakton and Tysons.

VaNews November 8, 2017



DOWN-BALLOT DRAMA: 2017 GUIDE TO VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATE RACES

By JACK MOORE, WTOP

In addition to the high-profile race for governor and other statewide races, Virginia voters will be asked to weigh in on a flurry of competitive races farther down the ballot: House of Delegate seats are also up for grabs Tuesday. This election features more competitive House races than at any time in the past two decades, and analysts say the usually local, low-key races are shaping up to be an early barometer of the national political climate nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency.

VaNews November 4, 2017