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Ken Plum: Roller coaster ride

Every session of the General Assembly I am reminded of how much the functioning of the legislature is like a roller coaster ride. Every ride on a roller coaster regardless of how big it may be starts off very slowly.


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Ken Plum: Mr. speaker, Not Mr. Speaker

In the House, the Speaker of the House is the presiding officer who is elected by the members of the House. The political party with the most members has control of the House and elects the Speaker.


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Ken Plum: General Assembly off to lumbering start

The General Assembly is convening for its annual session today. Hopes that the historic election results of November brought forth have dimmed somewhat as the drawing of lots to settle the results of the final district race gave the Republicans a one-member advantage to control the House of Delegates.


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Ken Plum: Shades of the Old South

Just when you think things are changing you can be shocked to realize just how much they stay the same.


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Ken Plum: Building a new economy

Candidate Terry McAuliffe promised during his campaign for governor that he would work to build a new economy in Virginia.


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Ken Plum: Too close for comfort

For many years, I have been involved in various demonstrations and vigils to bring attention to the sobering facts about gun violence in our society.


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Ken Plum: Never armed enough!

Much to my dismay last week I received in the mail an envelope with the return address of the National Rifle Association of America headquarters in Fairfax.


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Ken Plum: We should know better

A Kentucky school administrator recently expressed sentiments that I feel but could not write as clearly as she did.


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Ken Plum: State of the Commonwealth

The median family household income of $66,262 in the Commonwealth makes it the eighth wealthiest state in the country.


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Ken Plum: A monumental problem

Virginia has more Confederate monuments than any other state in the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.


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Ken Plum: Tread on me

Recent years have seen a growing number of yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and license plates with the coiled rattlesnake on them.


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Ken Plum: A lesson from Charlottesville

The “Unite the Right” event that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend could have happened in any community in America.


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Ken Plum: A Virginia staycation

Virginia is one of the best places I know for a staycation. I offer several examples here and will in future columns.


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Ken Plum: Keeping our heads above water

Any report by the Union of Concerned Scientists is met with skepticism in some quarters.


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Ken Plum: Systemic changes to government needed

While there are a myriad of issues facing government, some advocacy groups are working on changes to the basic way government works.


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Ken Plum: Balancing our budget based on needs

Before voters jump at a promise of reduced taxes, I hope there will be a serious consideration of the consequences.


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Ken Plum: Dismantling Virginia’s ability to care for our citizens

Changes proposed in the new healthcare bill would reduce coverage to Virginia residents while increasing costs to the state.


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Ken Plum: Stay with the Paris Climate Agreement

Few actions of the new administration have drawn sharper disagreement as has the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.


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Ken Plum: November general elections

With the conclusion of the political party primaries last week the general election is now teed up for November 7.


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Ken Plum: Starting anew

The Virginia General Assembly will celebrate its 400th anniversary in a couple of years.


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Ken Plum: The ugliness of prejudice

A woman in the check-out line at a local grocery store told another customer – a Muslim woman – “I wish they didn’t let you in the country.”


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Ken Plum: Infant screening

In 1984 Virginia became the first state in this country to begin infant screening for biotinidase deficiency.


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Ken Plum: Mental health advances

Virginia has the distinction of having had the first mental health hospital in the country although it was called an insane asylum.


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Ken Plum: Sense of impending change in Virginia General Assembly

Nearly two hours of the reconvened session of the House of Delegates were taken up last week by speeches from retiring members.


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Ken Plum: Education to save our democracy

The genius of Mr. Jefferson was the recognition that a republic could be successful only to the degree that people were educated.