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DEMOCRATS CHOOSE DEL. DEBRA RODMAN TO TAKE ON SEN. SIOBHAN DUNNAVANT

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Debra Rodman captured a Democratic primary Tuesday for the right to take on Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, in November. Rodman topped Veena Lothe, a lawyer who specializes in civil rights and immigration.

VaNews June 12, 2019



IN SENATE BID, DEL. DEBRA RODMAN LOSES CLOSE CONFIDANTES

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, upset a 17-year Republican incumbent in 2017 as a concerned citizen running for office. Del. John O’Bannon, the Republican she toppled, outspent her and she didn’t get much backing from the Democratic Party in her 894-vote win. Rodman’s win was part of a wave election that flipped 15 GOP-held seats in the House of Delegates,

VaNews June 7, 2019



AT FORUM, DEMOCRATIC SENATE CANDIDATES DISCUSS ABORTION RIGHTS

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The two Democrats running in the June 11 primary for the chance to challenge state Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, said they would make abortion rights a focus of the general election campaign and said Virginia is at risk of Alabama-style legislation banning abortion if Democrats don’t win the General Assembly this year. Republicans control the Senate 21-19, and the 12th District seat is near the top of the list of targets Democrats hope to flip.

VaNews May 21, 2019



DEL. DEBRA RODMAN JOINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR DUNNAVANT'S STATE SENATE SEAT

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, announced Monday that she’ll join a Democratic primary for the chance to challenge Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico.

VaNews March 12, 2019



A NEW INDIVIDUAL-MARKET FIX AIMS FOR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

By KATIE O'CONNOR, Virginia Mercury

Every year, the refrain from Virginia lawmakers about health insurance is the same: It’s too expensive and prices in the individual market especially are out of control (though they might be stabilizing)....This year, Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, is trying something different. She has floated a big idea that she hopes will garner bipartisan support, offering a solution for those who can’t afford individual market rates because they don’t get subsidies, and saving money on coverage for an otherwise expensive population in one fell swoop.

VaNews February 18, 2019



HENRICO DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN TO STEP DOWN TO FOCUS ON CAMPAIGN FOR STATE SENATE

By MICHAEL O’CONNOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Henrico County Democrats will need to pick a new leader to help them navigate the political waters heading into a competitive special election that will decide whether the Board of Supervisors tilts to the left or right. On Monday night, Marques Jones announced his plans to step down as the chairman of the Henrico Democratic Committee, the organization that helps Democrats get elected and recruits candidates at the county level.

VaNews July 17, 2018



FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FRESHMEN, MEDICAID EXPANSION VOTE IS PAYOFF TO 2017 CAMPAIGNS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

As votes were still being counted on election night in 2017, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the blue wave would finally sweep Medicaid expansion through the General Assembly. When that prediction came true Wednesday night, members of the big Democratic freshman class of 2018 were some of the last people left on the floor of the House of Delegates, savoring the moment and sharing the news on their phones.

VaNews May 31, 2018



MIXED SUCCESS ON MENSTRUAL EQUITY IN VIRGINIA

By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Connection Newspapers

Several lawmakers from Northern Virginia arrived in Richmond this year hoping to push a cause known as menstrual equity — making sure that feminine hygiene products are affordable, safe and available. But success has been mixed. Lawmakers are moving forward with making sure that tampons and pads are available on demand to inmates in Virginia jails and prisons. But they are not willing to move forward with eliminating the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, even if that’s limited to the school tax holiday.

VaNews March 2, 2018



NEW VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS HAVE LITTLE LUCK MAKING LAWS

By ALAN SUDERMAN AND SARAH RANKIN , Associated Press

Democrats from around the country cheered last year when a bumper crop of new candidates in Virginia surpassed all expectations, winning 15 seats previously held by Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates. Powered largely by voter dislike of President Donald Trump, the new class’ success presented a potential model for how Democrats could make similar gains in Congress and statehouses around the country in this year’s midterm elections. Many of the newly elected were new to politics, and as a group they brought a sweeping new diversity to Virginia’s legislature. But the thrill of victory in Virginia has given way to frustration,

VaNews February 16, 2018



MILLENNIALS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FORM A CAUCUS TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR GENERATION

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

Delegates Emily Brewer and Jay Jones may be the face of a new wave of lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly. Jones, a 28-year-old Democrat from Norfolk, and Brewer, a 33-year-old Republican from Suffolk, have formed what some may see as an unlikely bipartisan friendship.

VaNews February 15, 2018