The third time could be the charm for a state lawmaker who wants to protect journalists from having to testify about confidential sources in court.
As a former reporter in northern Virginia, Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, said she wants to protect the institution of journalism, especially as it comes under fire in the current political climate.
Local control. Every county board of supervisors and city council wants more of it. But the way Virginia works, local governments have only the powers the General Assembly gives them and nothing more. So will Democrats be more willing to give local governments authority?
Delegate Danica Roem says probably yes.
Del. Danica Roem, D-13th, defended her seat in Tuesday's election, becoming the first transgender state legislator to win re-election.
Improvements to the commute in the Va. 28 corridor are on the ballot twice this November. There’s a $355 million road bond referendum that includes $200 million to either create a bypass or widen the busy commuter stretch between Manassas and Centreville. And voters in the 13th District of the House of Delegates will also be asked to choose the legislator who can bring state resources to the road project.
A campaign mailer issued by Republican candidate Kelly McGinn claims her opponent, incumbent Del. Danica Roem, supported a contentious abortion bill killed in the General Assembly earlier this year, a claim Roem denies.
As cars drove by on Va. Route 28, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Del. Danica Roem, D-13th, announced Monday that the state agency has begun a study of five intersections on Route 28 in the Manassas Park and Yorkshire areas.
When Adam Ebbin, the first openly gay Virginia state lawmaker, arrived in Richmond 16 years ago, he looked around at the hundreds of staffers working in the Capitol and realized he didn’t know a single one who was gay.
Danica Roem, in contrast, says she was inundated with volunteers from the LGBTQ community when she ran for the House of Delegates in 2017. Her openness about her own transgender identity, Roem says, made those individuals feel that her campaign would be a “safe” place to work.
In 2017, Del. Danica Roem made history as the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly in its 400-year history. For Roem, that’s way too long.
“It shouldn’t have taken 400 years,” said Roem, D-Prince William. “I’m not the first trans person to live in Virginia.”
When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners.
Two journalists-turned-lawmakers introduced bills aimed at protecting student and professional journalists.
The bill from Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, is part of a movement pushing for legislation to protect student journalists from censorship and their faculty advisers from punishment. The bill from Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, would protect journalists from revealing their confidential sources.