Tag: Ken Plum
Last week I ended a walking tour of Capitol Grounds as I always do with a stop at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial that is between the Executive Mansion and the Capitol.
Last week Democrats in the House of Delegates were able largely to sit on the sidelines as Republicans debated among themselves whether Virginia should expand access to medical care through the federal Medicaid program.
“Enough is enough” is a slogan adopted by many advocates for action to end gun violence, but with 290 school shootings in the U.S. since 2013 clearly we are to the point that the shootings that have occurred in schools and numerous locales are more than enough.
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.
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.
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.
Just when you think things are changing you can be shocked to realize just how much they stay the same.
Candidate Terry McAuliffe promised during his campaign for governor that he would work to build a new economy in Virginia.
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.
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.
A Kentucky school administrator recently expressed sentiments that I feel but could not write as clearly as she did.
The median family household income of $66,262 in the Commonwealth makes it the eighth wealthiest state in the country.
Virginia has more Confederate monuments than any other state in the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Recent years have seen a growing number of yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and license plates with the coiled rattlesnake on them.
The “Unite the Right” event that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend could have happened in any community in America.
Virginia is one of the best places I know for a staycation. I offer several examples here and will in future columns.
Any report by the Union of Concerned Scientists is met with skepticism in some quarters.
While there are a myriad of issues facing government, some advocacy groups are working on changes to the basic way government works.
Before voters jump at a promise of reduced taxes, I hope there will be a serious consideration of the consequences.
Changes proposed in the new healthcare bill would reduce coverage to Virginia residents while increasing costs to the state.
Few actions of the new administration have drawn sharper disagreement as has the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
With the conclusion of the political party primaries last week the general election is now teed up for November 7.
The Virginia General Assembly will celebrate its 400th anniversary in a couple of years.
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.”
In 1984 Virginia became the first state in this country to begin infant screening for biotinidase deficiency.
Virginia has the distinction of having had the first mental health hospital in the country although it was called an insane asylum.
Nearly two hours of the reconvened session of the House of Delegates were taken up last week by speeches from retiring members.
The genius of Mr. Jefferson was the recognition that a republic could be successful only to the degree that people were educated.
Explanation of the recently announced American Health Care Act usually starts with an expressed need to clean up the Obamacare mess.
A headline in The New York Times in 1992 proclaimed that “Virginia Aims to Shed Image as a ‘Handgun Supermarket.”’
The fact is that the budget is adjusted at every session of the General Assembly.
Most people can remember the flowchart from high school civics class that graphically showed how a bill becomes a law.
The 2017 session of the General Assembly that got underway on January 11 is barreling ahead towards its midpoint of February 7.
Legislatures are about the serious work of governance even though they are often the brunt of jokes and criticism.
Former Sen. Charles Colgan passed away earlier this month. He retired a year ago as the longest-serving State Senator in Virginia history.
At noon on January 11 the sergeant at arms will enter the chamber of the House of Delegates carrying a 20-pound, 24-karat gold coated mace.
The most frequent question I have gotten from friends and constituents in recent weeks has been, What do I do now that the election is over?
While I enjoy studying history and reading the stories of the past, I equally enjoy studying the writing of history – historiography.
The State Board of Education recently released its 2016 Annual Report on the Condition and Needs of Public Schools in Virginia.
The National Conference of State Legislatures sponsors a “Legislators Back to School Day” each year.
In 2014 for the first time on record fatal drug overdoses became the most common cause of accidental death in the Commonwealth.
During the week following the national presidential election I attended two lectures on George Mason the man.
High schools are largely operated under an industrial model that has not changed in a 100 years even though the world has undergone major changes.
My lack of success in my two first attempts to be elected to office was disappointing, but I understood the uphill challenge.
Voters in the 36th legislative district that I represent will receive my annual voting guide in their mailboxes this week.
On the ballot on Election Day is constitutional amendment question one that would put the state right to work law into the constitution.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month as designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Native Virginian and long-time advocate August Wallmeyer is providing a real service to the people of the Commonwealth.
John Smith’s visit around the Chesapeake Bay highlighted the wealth of forests, wildlife and sea life the new land offered.
My parents knew of my interest in politics and government from the time I started school.