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Donald McEachin

McEachin commemorates Black History Month with panel discussion

- Congressman Donald McEachin commemorated Black History Month by hosting “Continuing Excellence: The Next Generation of Black Business,” a panel discussion focused on the promotion of future generations of black businesses in the 4th Congressional District.
environment climate change

Groups seek court order blocking Atlantic seismic blasting

- A group of conservation organizations today asked a federal judge to block the start of harmful seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, a precursor to offshore drilling, until the case can be fully heard in court.
quinnipiac university poll

Quinnipiac University Poll: What do Virginians think about Northam, Fairfax, blackface?

- The controversy over Virginia political leaders and blackface seems to have calmed down, and a new Quinnipiac University Poll buttresses that supposition.
business

Sam Ben-Meir: A new despotism in the era of surveillance capitalism

- There is a fascinating chapter toward the end of Alexis de Toqueville’s Democracy in America titled “What Kind of Despotism Do Democratic Nations Have to Fear?”
Virginia DMV

Deadline for transportation safety grant applications approaching

- The Virginia DMV is accepting applications for grants to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.

 


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vcu

VCU to host Blackface, the Scandal and the Media: A Discussion About Racism in Virginia

- The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU will host a panel discussion, titled “Blackface, the Scandal and the Media: A Discussion About Racism in Virginia."
college

Landes/Hugo college affordability bill passes House, Senate

- The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation introduced by Dels. Steve Landes and Tim Hugo to make it easier for middle class students and families to afford college by lowering the price of Prepaid 529 plans.
virginia general assembly

Senate Democrats urge House ERA passage

- Last month, the Virginia Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) with broad bipartisan support. Since then, the Virginia House of Delegates has failed to bring the resolution to the floor.
bernie sanders

Bernie Sanders announces candidacy for president in 2020

- Bernie Sanders will run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2020. The Vermont senator made his candidacy official Tuesday in an interview on CBS This Morning.
Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is wrong on Medicare for All

- There’s a lot to be upset at Amy Klobuchar for. Add her nonsense thoughts on Medicare for All to the list.

 


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morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: Anti-Semitism has no place in America

- I have been discouraged by an increase in anti-Semitism during recent months. The most horrifying example was the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, but anti-Semitic rhetoric has also become more commonplace in public life.
virginia map

Virginia: Senate votes to repeal Jim Crow exemptions from minimum-wage statute

- Virginia Senate Democrats led a bipartisan effort to overturn a Jim Crow-era exemption from the state’s minimum wage law that has remained in place for decades.
morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: Border wall emergency

- President Trump recently declared a national emergency on the southern border. This step will allow him to use funds for building physical barriers. He is right to use this authority granted by Congress in the 1976 National Emergencies Act in this way.
virginia general assembly

ERA advocates plan 24-hour vigil at Capitol as historic vote looms

- When the gavel drops on the Virginia General Assembly Wednesday afternoon, ERA advocates will be in place to begin a 24-hour vigil on the Capitol grounds.
creigh deeds

Creigh Deeds: Final week of 2019 General Assembly

- Only one week remains of the 2019 Session the General Assembly. Bills are being heard and meeting their fates at an ever quicker pace. Multiple meetings are scheduled at the same time.

 


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congress

Congressional delegation pushes for relocation of F-22 squadron to Hampton Roads

- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) urged U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to relocate the F-22 Flight and Maintenance Formal Training Units (FTU) to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads.
alon ben meir

Alon Ben-Meir: Sacrificing greatness for personal ambition

- Over the past year, I had the opportunity to speak to many Turkish scholars and former government officials, the majority of whom left your country because they feared for their lives and their loved ones.
Gerry Connolly

Connolly, Walorski reintroduce the Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act

- Reps. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Jackie R. Walorski (R-IN) have reintroduced the Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act, legislation to ensure federal firefighters are eligible for the same full and fair retirement benefits as their state and local counterparts.
law

Virginia fails U.S. citizenship test

- Only 46 percent of Virginia residents earned a passing grade on history questions from the U.S. citizenship test, but good news, this actually landed the state in one of the top spots among a dismal showing in the United States.
dairy industry

Unnecessary trade war risks irreparably damaging U.S. dairy industry

- Mexico imports nearly a quarter of the U.S. dairy industry’s exports annually. It’s a critical $1.4 billion marketplace. And it’s one that President Trump continues to risk damaging permanently — and unnecessarily.