Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Fairfax High grad must pay higher out-of-state tuition rates for college after entering country illegally at age 12.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s special invited guest for President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night was 19-year-old Ambar Pinto of Fairfax. Ambar and her family entered the country illegally when she was 12 years old, according to a news release from the Senator's office. Since then, Pinto has graduated from Fairfax High School and now is enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College – where she pays higher out-of-state tuition rates because she is undocumented. Both Pinto – and Warner – are advocates for the Dream Act and for comprehensive immigration reform.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Local lawmakers will be in attendance at President's annual speech at the Capitol.
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will offer local citizens more chances than ever to participate and find out more about issues they're most interested in. The White House will offer an "enhanced" viewing experience complete with charts, graphs and data. The address will begin at 9 p.m. ET and will be followed by the traditional Republican response, this year delivered by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. CNN will begin its coverage at 7 p.m. with political anchors and analysts including former Speaker Newt Gingrich, of McLean, who ran an unsuccessful campaign in the Republican presidential primary. C-SPAN coverage will begin with a live preview, one hour early, at 8 p.m., and will include interviews with members …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Said Obama has striven "valiantly"
Last night, President Barack Obama gave his third State of the Union speech from the U.S. Capitol. The following is a statement made by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11): President Obama has striven valiantly to turn our economy around against very steep odds and he’s had a lot of success to show for it. We’ve created 3.2 million new jobs under his watch with 22 straight months of job growth and more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. Tonight, he made a commitment to the American people that he will continue to push to grow our economy to ensure that all Americans, today and in the future, will be able to share the American dream. President Obama has received no help and no credit from the other side, who continue to put politics ahead …