Days before the start of the 2020 General Assembly session, two state senators predicted Democratic lawmakers would act on the campaign promises that helped them win majorities in both houses this fall.
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington-Fairfax-Loudoun) predicted the next session’s biggest issues would include ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and bills on firearm safety and climate change.
A bill introduced in the Virginia General Assembly would let more shopping center developments offer open-container access under the state’s liquor laws.
Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, introduced the measure, which would expand the definition of “commercial lifestyle center” to include mixed-use developments of 10 acres or more. Currently, a development needs to sit on at least 25 acres to get that designation.
It may not have been a slam-dunk performance, but state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) has beaten back a Democratic primary challenge by Nicole Merlene.
Favola was leading handily as the votes rolled in across the district, which includes portions of Arlington, McLean, Great Falls and a sliver of northeastern Loudoun County. With more than 90 percent of the vote in at 8:45 p.m., she had about 61 percent of the vote.
Virginia Sen. Barbara A. Favola and Del. Alfonso H. Lopez have been stalwarts of the Northern Virginia Democratic delegation since 2012, dependable liberal voices in a General Assembly controlled by Republicans.
Now, with Democrats hoping to take control of the legislature in November, Favola and Lopez find themselves being contested in the June 11 primary not on their progressive records but over questions of ethics and judgment — Favola for her work as a consultant and Lopez for his previous work with an immigration detention center.
Candidates running for the Virginia State Senate this year have raised hundreds of thousands along the campaign trail — but not from Arlington’s Advanced Towing.
...Incumbent candidate Barbara Favola was recently criticized by challenger Nicole Merlene for allegedly helping to loosen state towing regulations after accepting combined contributions of $7,250 over previous years from Advanced Towing, with an additional $2,500 coming from company owner John O’Neill.
A local state senator was able to bring enough Republicans over to her side on a death-penalty measure to win passage in the upper house of the legislature. But whether the GOP in the House of Delegates will be so accommodating remains to be seen.
State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) successfully shepherded legislation removing the possibility of the death penalty from those judged severely mentally ill.
An effort to provide an additional resource to Virginia students in foster care is being patroned by state Sen. Barbara Favola, D-31st District.
Favola is seeking $250,000 in state funding to develop and implement a program supporting foster children who are seeking to obtain a driver’s license. Funding would help offset driver-training and vehicle-insurance costs incurred by foster-care families.
State senators passed a bill Thursday to bar the death penalty for the seriously mentally ill.
The same bill was tabled last year to be studied by the Virginia State Crime Commission. But the commission didn’t address it, and the legislation sponsored by Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, now heads to the House of Delegates after passing the Senate 23-17.
One of the items up for auction at the annual Fairfax County Democratic dinner on Sunday was not like the others.
Some state lawmakers offered bidders the chance to have lunch with them at a restaurant. Bid money from the silent auction goes to the county party.
Janet Howell has been in the Virginia state Senate for nearly 30 years. But with the political and economic gaps between regions of the commonwealth still significant, she has devised a way to try and bridge the chasms.
A road trip.
Howell (D-32nd) and her husband are planning a 10-day summer excursion through Southwest Virginia, aiming to try and bring together regions of the state that, on the surface, would seem to have little in common.