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  • Nick Freitas Delgate Culpepper VA on 2nd Amendment.

    03/04/2018 8:31:38 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/3/18
    On FIRE: Watch this GOP Senate candidate stun Second Amendment snowflakes into recess Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas responded to Republicans being called “Nazis” by noting that the Democrats were the party of slavery. Video @ link
  • After wave of Democratic victories, a loss of political clout for Northern Va.

    02/04/2018 9:20:37 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 4, 2018 | Antonio Alivo
    RICHMOND — The blue wave that leveled the balance of power in the General Assembly last fall was driven largely by voters in rapidly growing Northern Virginia, who swapped veteran Republicans for Democrats in counties such as Fairfax and Prince William. But it also wiped out much of the region’s seniority in the legislature, a key reason that many of the bills sponsored by Northern Virginia lawmakers — including several that aim to address specific problems in the D.C. suburbs — have failed to survive even a committee hearing. Down went a bill prohibiting cars from using bike lanes to...
  • 'Es cuando muere': Virginia Senate panel again kills bill to give immigrants driving cards

    01/25/2018 9:41:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | January 25, 2018 | Robert Zullo
    Scores of supporters — many Spanish-speaking — of a bill that would provide a “driver-privilege card” to undocumented drivers got a tough lesson in the language of the General Assembly on Wednesday, when Republicans on the Senate Transportation Committee killed the legislation on a party-line vote. Despite initial cheers and applause at hearing the word “passed,” it quickly became clear that the bill by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, would not advance out of committee for the third year in a row. “Passed by indefinitely es cuando muere (is when it dies),” one disenchanted supporter told another as dozens of people...
  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • Incoming Virginia Gov: Banning Private Gun Sales a Priority for 2018

    01/10/2018 10:36:07 AM PST · by rktman · 70 replies ^ | 1/10/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Incoming Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) indicates that banning private gun sales in the state will be a priority for 2018. In other words, he will continue to pursue the gun controls that outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) pursued but failed to secure. NBC Washington reports that Northam will be pushing “universal background checks for gun buyers.” This means private gun sales will be treated like retail sales, with a point-of-sale background checks required at time of purchase. Such a framework will require a law-abiding gun owner to seek out a government representative, a federal firearms license holder, and have...
  • Democrat Simonds concedes tied Newport News [VA] race

    01/10/2018 8:42:01 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 11:31 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND — Democrat Shelly Simonds has conceded the tied 94th District race out of Newport News that was decided by a random drawing last week. Simonds, who had suggested she might seek a second recount or contest the election, said she did not see any paths forward to challenge Republican Del. David Yancey’s re-election. She tweeted about 45 minutes before the General Assembly convened that she was conceding with “great disappointment.” I have conceded because I do not see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today. — Shelly Simonds (@shelly_simonds) January 10, 2018
  • Court denies Dem voters’ appeal in Fredericksburg [VA] area

    01/10/2018 7:34:38 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 10:11 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court denied Fredericksburg-area voters’ request to block Republican Bob Thomas from being seated in the House of Delegates, just hours before the General Assembly session began. A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Richmond denied the motion seeking to keep Thomas from being seated due to dozens of people who voted in the wrong races in the Fredericksburg area. Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes. The decision cleared the way for Republicans to elect Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights as House Speaker. In a separate race, Democrat Shelly Simonds has...
  • Republican wins Virginia seat that ended in a tie

    01/04/2018 8:20:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    Republican David Yancey will keep his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates after a state official pulled his name out of a bowl Thursday, deciding a contest that ended in a tie in November. Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds each received 11,608 votes in their Newport News-based district. Initial results showed Yancey leading by just ten votes. A recount gave Simonds a one-vote edge. But Republicans challenged a single ballot, resulting in a tie. Democrats sued to overturn the challenge, but on Wednesday a three-judge panel rejected their complaint. That led to Thursday’s drawing, in Richmond, out of a...
  • Drawing names Yancey [Republican] winner in disputed 94th [ VA] House District

    01/04/2018 8:27:25 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 4, 2018 11:12 am | Amanda Iacone
    WASHINGTON — Republican David Yancey won a drawing to break a tie in the disputed 94th District race in Newport News Thursday however his opponent is expected to challenge the decision, possibly seeking yet another recount. Control of the House of Delegates is at stake. A win by Yancey in the race would give Republicans enough votes to lead the chamber, selecting a Republican speaker – likely Kirk Cox – and choosing Republican committee chairs. Simonds replied that she may also still seek a second recount, a contest in the House of Delegates or “other legal options.”
  • Democrat will not file contest for Va. House election redo

    12/26/2017 3:11:43 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | December 26, 2017 4:47 pm | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    WASHINGTON — Democrat Joshua Cole will not contest his narrow election loss to Republican Bob Thomas, despite earlier indications that he was considering asking the House of Delegates for an election do-over. Thomas won the 28th District race by 73 votes. Cole had repeatedly raised concerns about the 147 total voters in the Stafford and Fredericksburg area who cast votes in the wrong races across the 28th, 88th and 2nd House districts because they were assigned to the wrong districts in a state voter registration database. Cole, who had signaled he was strongly considering filing a contest, will instead continue...
  • Officials delay breaking tie in Virginia race (Democrats trying to steal election.)

    12/26/2017 4:29:34 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 15 replies
    News Advance ^ | 12/26/2017 | Associated Press
    Election officials say they've postponed their plan to break a tie in a Virginia House race that could decide party control of the chamber. Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes confirmed the postponement Tuesday in an email to The Associated Press. Election officials had planned to draw names from a bowl Wednesday.
  • Virginia Democrat asks court to reconsider decision to declare House race a tie

    12/26/2017 4:35:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 26, 2017 | Elizabeth Elizalde
    A Virginia Democrat running for a seat in the state’s House of Delegates against her Republican opponent filed a motion Tuesday asking a court to reconsider its decision to tie the race. A recount appeared to declare candidate Shelly Simonds victorious over Republican delegate David Yancey by one vote last week. But a day later, a three-judge panel certified the tie with 11,608 to 11,608 in the 94th District in Newport News. Now, she’s arguing that the court failed to follow state election rules after a controversial vote was counted to tie the race. The Virginia State Board of Elections...
  • Tied Virginia House race to be decided by drawing name out of a bowl

    12/21/2017 12:05:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 21, 2017 | Dartunorro Clark
    Grab your popcorn. The Virginia Board of Elections announced on Thursday it would pick the winner of a closely-watched state House of Delegates race, in which the Democrat and the Republican each has 11,608 votes, using slips of paper placed in film canisters.
  • Virginia court tosses out one-vote victory that briefly ended GOP majority in House

    12/20/2017 12:03:10 PM PST · by Drew68 · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 20 Dec 17 | Jim Morrison and Fenit Nirappil
    A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats had thought they had won by a single vote. “The court declares there is no winner in this election,” said Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg, after the judges deliberated for more than two hours. The court’s decision leaves the race for the 94th District tied at 11,608 votes for each Del. David Yancey, the Republican incumbent, and Shelly Simonds, his Democratic challenger. And it leaves...
  • Democrat Shelly Simonds wins Virginia House seat by 1 vote, ending GOP’s 17-year majority

    12/19/2017 3:51:33 PM PST · by Coronal · 76 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 19, 2017 | Jordan Pascale
    Every vote matters. Canvassers say that to you when they knock on your door and call your phone before Election Day. But contests rarely come down to a single vote. Tuesday was an exception. Democrat Shelly Simonds picked up 11 votes in a stunning day-long recount to upset Republican incumbent Del. David Yancey in the 94th House District Race, 11,608 to 11,607. The recount changes the complexion of the Virginia House of Delegates as Republicans and Democrats split the chamber 50 members to 50 members and ushers in a new era of politics in the General Assembly, which begins its...
  • With new clout, Virginia Democrats to push for gun control

    12/13/2017 9:45:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 7, 2017 | Sarah Rankin
    RICHMOND — Days after Virginia Democrats’ astounding Election Day successes, one of the state’s most influential gun rights groups sent a warning to its members. “Gun control will be coming at us hard and heavy,” the Virginia Citizens Defense League said in an email with the subject line “2017 Elections and the path ahead.” With the Democrats gaining clout, the group said, it expects a push for legislation in Virginia to implement universal background checks, ban assault weapons and restrict handgun purchases. The Defense League has urged members to reach out to non-gun owners to boost ownership and take off...
  • In Trump era, a sudden flood of women candidates

    11/13/2017 11:21:08 AM PST · by Jagermonster · 2 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 10, 2017 | Linda Feldmann - Staff Writer
    FINDING THE PATTERNS   Virginia's House of Delegates nearly doubled its number of female lawmakers on Tuesday, while across the country, Democratic women won key mayoral and other races. Many say dismay over President Trump's election motivated them to run for office themselves. WASHINGTON—Jennifer Carroll Foy is one resilient woman. Three weeks after announcing her candidacy for the Virginia state legislature, Ms. Carroll Foy discovered she was pregnant – with twins. That led to bed rest, and a very premature delivery. But she kept on running, and on Tuesday, she became one of 11 Democratic women to win Republican-held seats...
  • Five states seek to halt Trump's rollback of birth control mandate

    11/10/2017 5:08:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/10/17 | Robert King
    Five states are going to court to try to preserve an Obamacare mandate that forces employers and insurance plans to offer free birth control.California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia late Thursday filed a request for a preliminary injunction to stop federal regulations that weaken Obamacare’s birth control mandate. California had sued to stop the rollback after it was announced by the Trump administration in early October. “These backwards rules will deny millions of women across the U.S. access to healthcare, unconstitutionally permitting discrimination against women,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday about the new court filing. “The Affordable...
  • AP calls Virginia House race for Republican after opponent concedes

    11/10/2017 12:51:17 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2017 | The Associated Press
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. — Republican Roxann Robinson has won re-election to the House of Delegates, eliminating one of the remaining opportunities for Democrats to claim control of the chamber.</p> <p>So far, the Associated Press has called 49 races for Democrats and 48 for Republicans in the 100-seat chamber.</p>
  • GOP regains slight edge in House of Delegates, pending recounts

    11/10/2017 3:26:47 AM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | November 8, 2017
    Republicans regained a bare majority in the House of Delegates on Wednesday, a day after losing a 32-seat advantage in a wave of Democratic victories that crashed from Northern Virginia through Richmond to Hampton Roads. But the GOP’s 51-49 margin is far from secure, as both parties prepare for weeks of vote recounts in at least four closely contested races that ultimately will decide the balance of power in the House.