Tag: Executive Director

terry mcauliffe

Governor McAuliffe signs executive directive to protect against cyber threats

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Directive 5 to strengthen security measures overseeing personal data involved in transactions between citizens and state government agencies and institutions.


virginia general assembly

Planned Parenthood applauds Governor McAuliffe’s equal opportunity agenda

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia applauds Governor McAuliffe on the release of his 2015 Equal Opportunity agenda.


aclu virginia

ACLU urges governor to issue immediate conditional pardon to man with autism

Today, the ACLU of Virginia renewed its call that the Governor take executive action to ensure that Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man who has been in solitary confinement in state prison for more than a year, is moved as quickly as possible to a treatment facility in Florida.


aclu virginia

ACLU calls for defeat of bill licensing discrimination against LGBT Virginians

The ACLU of Virginia released the following statement attributed to Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia regarding HB1414, a bill to license discrimination that was pre-filed for consideration in the 2015 General Assembly Session by Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas).


aclu virginia

ACLU of Virginia applauds attorney general opinion on ICE detainer requests

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion today concluding that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests seek voluntary action by sheriffs, corrections staff, and jail authorities, and, as such, cannot be used to deny someone their liberty.


waynesboro

Tourism Association of Greater Waynesboro puts kiosk campaign over the top

The Tourism Association of Greater Waynesboro (TAGW) has announced the completion of the challenge for the Virginia Main Street Matching Grant to Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc for the Main Street Kiosk project.


Taming the climate debate

The climate controversy is one of the world’s most important discussions. At stake are billions of dollars, countless jobs, and, if U.N. representatives who met in Peru are right, the fate of the global environment itself.


aclu virginia

ACLU urges governor to help man with autism escape improper treatment in prison, jail

Today, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe asking him to review the case of Reginald “Neli” Latson, a young man with intellectual and developmental disabilities who has been held in solitary confinement in a state correctional facility for almost a year.


healthcare

Planned Parenthood applauds Governor’s Medicaid announcement

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia praised the announcement by Governor McAuliffe to include funding for Medicaid expansion in his budget as demonstrating his commitment to the 400,000 hardworking Virginians in need of affordable healthcare.


virginia general assembly

Board of Health vote is crucial step in protecting women’s health

Today’s affirmative vote on the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action is the first step toward ensuring that rules for women’s health centers are based in medicine and reflect the safety record of first-trimester abortion.


virginia general assembly

Filler-Corn introduces bill to combat campus sexual assaults

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn introduced HB 1343, legislation requiring the reporting of campus sexual assaults by campus and local law enforcement to the local Commonwealth’s Attorney within 48 hours of the reported incident.


law

ACLU urges Crime Commission to stop the criminalization of teenage sexting

The ACLU of Virginia released a letter it sent to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission recommending against any legislation to criminalize teenage sexting.


lgbt

State of LGBT equality in nine Virginia cities detailed in HRC New Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including nine in Virginia.


healthcare

ObamaCare: Republicans can no longer blame Harry Reid

The time for Republican self congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition.


newspaper

Mental Health Association of Augusta hosts 60th annual meeting, auction

Kathy Drumwright, Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, will address the theme Speak Up, Speak Out for Mental Health for the MHA-A’s 60th Annual Meeting and Silent Auction.


virginia

Wolverine Advanced Materials to invest $10.6 million to expand operation

Wolverine Advanced Materials (Wolverine)will invest $10.625 million to expand its specialty rubber coated materials manufacturing operation in Montgomery County.


newspaper

Project GROWS Harvest Party featuring the Berenstain Bears this Saturday

Project GROWS, a 501c3 non-profit educational farm located in Augusta County, will host its annual “FEASTival,” harvest party and open farm event this Saturday.


staunton creative community fund

Local food, local fuel, focal finance

Building a vibrant local economy requires many interlocking pieces – from local food, to local fuel, to the local finances to bring these initiatives to fruition.


ebola

Legal action to force Ebola quarantine: Really?

Kaci Hickox has not been diagnosed with Ebola, but that seems to be immaterial as the two governors, the Centers for Disease Control and state health officials have been falling over themselves to try to appear to be doing everything they can to prevent the spread of a disease that has seen a grand total of two people stricken inside the U.S. borders.


newspaper

Virginia Board of Optometry alerts consumers of risks with decorative contact lenses

As consumers prepare for Halloween, the Virginia Board of Optometry is supporting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to caution against the use of non-corrective, decorative contact lenses.


law

ACLU of Virginia demands information on telephone analysis sharing network

The ACLU of Virginia on Friday released a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request it sent in response to allegations that the Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network may be sharing and storing data unconstitutionally.


virginia

Virginia VINE observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) reminds the citizens of the Commonwealth of an important tool called the Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE®) Program.


terry mcauliffe

Governor McAuliffe formally unveils 2014 Virginia Energy Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe today formally unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan at an event co-sponsored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.


ed gillespie

Planned Parenthood continues push against GOP nominee Gillespie on women’s health

Today, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled his long awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act. As expected, Gillespie’s plan is nothing more than a veiled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


ed gillespie

Planned Parenthood: Gillespie continues support for misleading over-the-counter birth control plan

Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie reiterated his support for over-the-counter access to birth control during Tuesday’s debate with U.S. Senator Mark Warner. Planned Parenthood is raising issue with the proposal.


healthcare

Partnership to improve mental health

Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards formed a joint partnership to help improve the quality of and access to mental health services across the Commonwealth.


healthcare

Planned Parenthood pleased with decision to amend TRAP restrictions

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia lauded today’s announcement by Virginia Health Commission Dr. Marissa Levine to move forward with amending Virginia’s Targeted Restrictions for Abortion Providers (TRAP).


New DoD Military Lending Act rules will protect troops from predatory lending

The Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending coalition applauded the Department of Defense for new proposed rules to protect service members from predatory lending practices.


Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance welcomes new director of resources

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), a non-profit organization committed to revitalizing downtown, is pleased to welcome Lauren Huber to its team.


virginia

Virginia moves to end veteran homelessness by end of 2015

On any given night, 617 veterans in Virginia are homeless based on the 2014 Point-In-Time Count, a survey of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons.


Robert Sarvis: Gun owners should take NRA endorsement with a handful of salt

Following the announcement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund’s endorsement of Republican Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis made the following statement.


virginia

McAuliffe announces members of Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the 30 members of the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to the administration Monday.


tim kaine

Kaine introduces Senate bill to train career, technical education teachers

Today, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that would create a CTE teacher-training grant partnership to recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers.


tim kaine

Kaine introduces bill to set up career, technical education program in middle schools

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, today introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program Act that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration.


virginia general assembly

Planned Parenthood commends Gov. McAuliffe’s healthcare plan

This morning, Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to extend healthcare services to Virginians.


virginia general assembly

Democratic Party chair statement on Bob McDonnell verdict

Today, after a nearly month-long trial, a jury found former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell guilty on all 11 charges filed against him. His wife, Maureen, was also found guilty on nine of those same 11 charges.


virginia

Virginia leaders tout economic benefits of proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline

Virginia elected officials, business leaders and advocates from across the Commonwealth released the following statements today following an announcement by Governor Terry McAuliffe, Dominion Resources and AGL Resources about the economic benefits of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


newspaper

League of Conservation Voters expresses concern over Dominion pipeline

Today, Governor McAuliffe announced his support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a collaborative project between ­Dominion Power, AGL Resources, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Resources to build a natural gas pipeline that will fully bisect our Commonwealth.


augusta health

Cancer patients will get help because of 20th anniversary event at Augusta Health

In celebration of the Augusta Health’s 20th anniversary, the Augusta Health Foundation will host a special celebration of this momentous occasion while also benefitting cancer patients in need.


business

Governor McAuliffe announces 500 new jobs in the City of Newport News

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Continental, a leading international automotive supplier, will invest approximately $150 million to expand its operation in the City of Newport News.


terry mcauliffe

Virginia leaders applaud efforts to combat sexual violence on college campuses

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed Executive Order 25 establishing a new task force, chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring, to help combat sexual violence on college campuses.


newspaper

ACLU statement on Supreme Court stay of Virginia marriage decision

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban.


lgbt

LGBT task force celebrates marriage court ruling

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating the federal court of appeals’ decision clearing the way for marriage equality in Virginia by refusing to stay its decision that struck down the state’s marriage ban last month.


Appeals court refuses to stay marriage decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a request to delay implementation of its ruling striking down Virginia laws denying marriage to same-sex couples. The court’s action means that, unless the Supreme Court intervenes, couples may begin marrying and having their out-of-state marriages recognized in Virginia on August 18.


newspaper

Charlottesville Fire, MDA kick off 80th annual Boot Campaign

Members of the City of Charlottesville Fire Department and Charlottesville Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 2363, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will host a special event to celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Charlottesville area.


law

ACLU warns Virginia law enforcement about ICE detainers

Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia made public a letter it sent earlier this month to Virginia’s sheriffs, local and regional jail authorities, and adult and juvenile corrections officials asking these officials to deny future requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep people in custody who otherwise are free to be released.


virginia tech

Virginia Tech events gives experts chance to weigh in on future of horticulture

The statewide association tasked with keeping Virginia green and growing is holding its annual Field Day event at Virginia Tech on August 14.


law

ACLU of Virginia slams Virginia State Board of Elections

The ACLU of Virginia denounces today’s decision by the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) to backtrack and pass a regulation banning voters from using expired Virginia driver’s licenses & U.S. passports for voting.


healthcare

Virginia Democrats on the anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In response to this historic milestone, Virginia Democrats’ Executive Director Robert Dempsey released the following statement.


ed gillespie

Dems: Learn about Enron Ed

During Saturday’s debate, lobbyist Ed Gillespie will attempt to recast himself as a “small businessman.” Don’t be fooled. He conveniently leaves out that he spent most of his career as a multi-million dollar Washington lobbyist for companies like Enron.