Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Virginia Senate Democratic leader spoke to the Springfield Civic Association on Tuesday night.
Virginia will be "screwed" if Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is elected governor this fall, said state Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35th) to Patch after a community meeting in Springfield on Tuesday night. "I like Ken personally, but he doesn't believe in science," said Saslaw to the Springfield Civic Association. "He just doesn't." Saslaw referred to when Cuccinelli, in 2010, requested the emails and files of a former professor at the University of Virginia, who received state grants to study global warming. "For Ken there's no climate change," said Saslaw to Patch. "We're looking at being screwed. How are you going to recruit top-notch talent? What Nobel Prize winner would come to this state when the governor …
Friday, February 15, 2013
With 10 days left in the 2013 Virginia General Assembly session, Fairfax Sen. Janet Howell and Del. Dave Albo join working group to hammer out transportation deal.
Friday, February 15
By Whitney Spicer, Capital News Service A conference committee of 10 legislators in the State Capitol has less than a week-and-a-half to hammer out a compromise between House and Senate versions of a bill that would increase transportation funding for the Commonwealth. The committee was named Wednesday after the Senate passed a version of House Bill 2313, a bill that differs greatly from a proposal approved by delegates last week. The group will have eight Republicans and two Democrats — including Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax). Republican Del. Dave Albo (Lorton, Springfield) was also appointed to the group. Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell said he would sign a bill into law that is “a fiscally responsible plan.” “We must act…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Lorton-area representatives Sen. George Barker (D-39th) and Sen. Toddy Puller split on amendment. Barker votes "no," and Puller votes "yes."
Sunday, February 3
By Shelby Mertens, Capital News Service Starting in 2017, Virginia voters could have the opportunity to re-elect the governor to a second consecutive term if the House joins the Senate in seeking to amend the state’s Constitution. The Senate this week approved a proposed constitutional amendment to allow governors to serve two terms in a row. The vote was 25-15. SJ 276 was co-sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Dels. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and David Ramadan (R-South Riding). Sen. George Barker (D-39th), who represents a large portion of Lorton, voted against the constitutional amendment. Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th), who represents a portion of Lorton, voted in favor of it. The resolution now moves to the House of …
Virginia Senate bill prohibits smoking in a vehicle when carrying kids aged 15 or younger.
Sunday, February 3
By Paige Baxter, Capital News Service The Virginia State Senate passed a bill to prohibit smoking in a vehicle when a child under 15 is present. Senators voted 30-10 for the bill, which now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration. All Democrats — including Vienna's senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Janet Howell (D-Reston) — supported the bill, along with half of the Senate Republicans. Under Senate Bill 975, proposed by Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Virginia Beach and Norfolk), people who violate the proposed law would face a civil penalty of $100. On the floor of the Senate, Northam said the legislation was inspired by a third-grader who told Northam his parents smoke in the car with him. “It will protect our children and …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Area lawmakers head to Richmond.
The Virginia General Assembly will convene at noon Wednesday for its 2013 session. In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for 30 days, with the option to extend the session for a maximum of another 30 days. The General Assembly consists of the House of Delegates with 100 members and the Senate with 40 members. The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the Commonwealth. Lorton and Fairfax Station's representatives are: Virginia Senate 2013 Senator George Barker Member since 2008 Democrat District 39: Prince William, Fairfax and greater Alexandria Committees: Education and Health, General Laws and Technology, Rehabilitation and Social Services Senator Toddy Puller Member since 1999…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Loses to Jeff Frederick in Republican State Senate primary
Tito "The Builder" Munoz will be back, he pledged to supporters after conceding the Republican Primary for Virginia's 36th State Senate District. Jeffrey M. Frederick defeated Munoz 69.07% to 30.92%, in a low turnout election. An expected five percent of the electorate voted today, which was highlighted by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. Munoz was defeated 3,625 votes to 1,623 votes. "I'll be back! Next time we'll be prepared, we'll do it better and we'll be back," Munoz told supporters at the Polo Grill Family Restaurant in Lorton. "The fight is not over. We'll recruit. We'll fight hard. I never expected in the late 1970s when I came to America, and I first came to the airport, I had my little suitcase. I took the subway for the apartment …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Know who's running?
Patch hit the streets of Lorton on Wednesday with one thing in mind—find someone who plans on voting in the upcoming primaries on August 23. The most popular response: "I didn't know there was a primary coming up." Are Lorton residents generally apathetic toward local elections or are we simply too busy to keep up with the politicians running for everything from sheriff to Virginia State Senate? What can local politicians can do to help get their message out to the public? Theresa Rowan: "I'm not sure if I'm voting or not. I wasn’t really aware that there were primaries coming up, to be honest. As for what they can do so that we actually know about them? Obviously do more, or I’ve just not been paying attention. Maybe more social …