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Fundraising strength from Prince William Democrats in first quarter

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Democratic challengers in the five House of Delegates races in Prince William County scored a massive fund-raising advantage over Republican incumbents in the first few months of 2017, though they still face an uphill climb to match the GOP’s collective campaign war chest. According to campaign finance data compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, the 11 Democrats competing in the five Prince William-area races — Districts 2, 13, 31, 50 and 51 — raised more than $362,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31 this year.

VaNews April 20, 2017


State house bill would allow recall of elected officials

By TONIA MOXLEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A proposed Virginia House of Delegates bill would institute recall elections in the commonwealth for the first time. Last year at least five elected official faced citizen actions to remove them from office. Citizens have mounted petition drives to remove a Prince William County School Board chairman, three members of the Bath County Board of Supervisors and Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk Erica Williams. Those three cases, all of which under current law must be decided by a court, prompted Del. Rich Anderson, R-Prince William , to ponder the state’s process for removing elected officials.

VaNews January 14, 2017


Va. lawmakers table a bill that would exempt police names from disclosure

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Lawmakers in Virginia on Thursday evening effectively killed a bill that would have made it possible for law enforcement agencies to keep officers’ names secret, postponing a debate that was attracting national attention to the state. Supporters say the bill would have protected police officers from people bent on harming them; opponents say it amounted to an assault on accountability and transparency at a time when police actions are being scrutinized as never before.

VaNews February 26, 2016


House panel backs expanding ban on texting while driving

By RACHEL BEATRICE, VCU Capital News Service

A legislative panel on Monday approved a bill to expand Virginia’s law against texting while driving to include other distracting activities, such as reading social media postings. Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Transportation Committee voted 6–1 in favor of House Bill 461, which would make it illegal for a driver to “manually select multiple icons or enter multiple letters” on a cellphone or other handheld personal communication device.

VaNews February 9, 2016


Andersons of Prince William share a home, and now, political careers

By JONATHAN HUNLEY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Maybe the Andersons should consider changing the welcome mat in front of their Woodbridge home. The current one bears a symbol of the Air Force and their last name. It quickly conveys the message that husband and wife were in the same branch of the military. But although they are retired from that service, they recently began sharing another kind of public work: elected office. Ruth M. Anderson was sworn in last week to represent the Occoquan District on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Her husband, Richard L. Anderson, has represented the 51st District in the House of Delegates since 2010.

VaNews January 11, 2016


State lawmakers voice support for medical marijuana

By JILL PALERMO, Leesburg Today

A push to allow Virginia doctors to legally prescribe marijuana to their patients for certain medical conditions has won the support of two state lawmakers on opposite sides of the political divide: Del. Rich Anderson and Sen. George Barker. During a joint town hall meeting Saturday, both Barker, D-39th, and Anderson, R-51st, said they are inclined to support bills that would allow marijuana – or the oils derived from the marijuana plant – to be made available to patients who need it for conditions such as epilepsy, glaucoma and cancer.

VaNews February 3, 2015


Del. Rich Anderson named chair of science and technology committee

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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell, R- 28th, has appointed Del. Richard L. Anderson, R-51st, chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology. Anderson was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, retiring earlier that year from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after a 30-year military career.

VaNews January 13, 2015


Va. Ethics Topic For ‘AP Day’ Gathering

By SALLY VOTH, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Discussing what ethics laws should be enacted is a “very healthy thing for our state,” Del. Richard Anderson, R-Prince William, said Wednesday during AP [Associated Press] Day at the Capitol at the Richmond Times-Dispatch building....Until five years ago, Anderson was in the U.S. Air Force — he retired as a colonel — and is accustomed to zero-tolerance ethics rules.

VaNews December 8, 2014


GOP delegate urges 'very constraining cap' on gifts

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A Republican lawmaker from Prince William County said Wednesday that he would support “a very constraining cap” on gifts that legislators could accept. “I want to be very aggressive,” Del. Richard L. Anderson, R-Prince William, said at AP Day at the Capital, an annual gathering of newsmakers and reporters from around the state, held at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

VaNews December 4, 2014


Still distracted while driving? Hands off, legislator says

By DAVE FORSTER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Convinced that phones behind the wheel endanger everyone on the road, the legislator who championed a stronger anti-texting law for Virginia in 2013 wants to take them out of drivers’ hands altogether next year. Del. Richard Anderson told a conference on distracted driving in September that he will introduce legislation to ban all use of handheld devices by motorists in the commonwealth, as 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have done. Phone calls by hands-free technology would remain legal.

VaNews October 20, 2014