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With pride! Mar. 30th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm
Va. Students Protest Immigration Limits [WP]

Is LJ part of the problem? Mar. 30th, 2006 @ 09:06 am
Law Directs Schools to Teach Cyber-Safety [WP]

Virginia Senate: Allen in Command Mar. 28th, 2006 @ 04:39 pm

In his bid for re-election, Virginia Senator George Allen (R) now leads businessman Harris Miller (D) by 29 percentage points, 56% to 27%. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll in the race also shows Allen leading former Navy secretary James Webb by 24 percentage points, 54% to 30%.

Del. Harry Parrish Dies At 84 Mar. 28th, 2006 @ 04:37 pm
Harry J. Parrish, who defied death as a decorated World War II pilot and headed the state's most powerful tax-writing panel in the General Assembly, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Parrish had been in intensive care at Prince William Hospital for about three weeks, suffering from pneumonia. His death was announced by Sen. John Chichester during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Square.

Parrish had been in declining health for at least two years but continued a full legislative schedule, including acting as chairman of the House Finance Committee, one of the most powerful leadership positions in the General Assembly.

Last year, Parrish warded off a Republican primary challenge for his House seat _ payback from his party's own conservative wing for defying its anti-tax orthodoxy during the 2004 tax battle.

Parrish, the House of Delegates' oldest member, was in his 13th term from Manassas.
Potomac News has more here.

Planned Parenthood Donations Mar. 16th, 2006 @ 11:42 pm
hmmm, I see that a modest proposal has been suggested:

Go here for details: http://grammardog.livejournal.com/420816.html

This is regarding a quote from Bill Napoli, Republican senator from South Dakota, on an example of a situation that might merit an abortion under the new ban:

A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.

Rally to Protect Choice - Richmond, Thursday March 9 Mar. 7th, 2006 @ 12:29 pm
Rally to Protect Choice, Channel Your Outrage into Action

What: "We Won't Go Back!" Rally to stand in solidarity with the women of South Dakota

When: Thursday, March 9th

Time: NOON

Where: 9th Street (in between Grace and Broad) in front of the General Assembly Building

WHY: Abortion has been BANNED in South Dakota. The governor signed the bill today. Ten other states have laws on the books or pending in their state legislatures to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns abortion. Join Planned Parenthood and its thousands of supporters across the country who will stand in solidarity this Thursday with the women and families of South Dakota. For more information go to http://www.ppfa.org/pp2/portal/media/pressreleases/pr-060306-southdakota.xml
Those interested in participating in the rally to send a message to Virginia legislatures that South Dakota's actions will neither be tolerated nor accepted should meet up at the Monroe Park library shuttle stop at 11:40 to take the Campus Connector downtown. The rally will finish up at 12:50.

Please contact Sara at vcuvox at yahoo or Courtney at courtney.jones at ppfa.org - (804) 355-4785, ext. 14.

James Webb - US Senate 2006 Mar. 22nd, 2006 @ 02:39 pm
As you probably know James Webb has announced that he will be running for the Democratic nomination to oppose George Allen for his senate seat.

I have created a community for James Webb here on Live Journal. Feel free to join and discuss the election.


Feb. 6th, 2006 @ 07:12 am
Legislation a waste of minds by Michael Paul Williams Times-Dispatch

You can hang drywall, pick tobacco, clean hotel rooms and manicure lawns. But the American Dream is off limits. The [Virginia General Assembly], despite our state's history of exclusion, has a tin ear for the inharmonious strains of bigotry. Yet again, it is proposing legislation against a class of people. Last week, the House of Delegates passed bills barring illegal immigrants admission to state colleges and denying them in-state tuition. The bills now go to the Senate. In the same way proposals against same-sex unions conjure recollections of anti-miscegenation laws, the measures against illegal immigrants evoke memories of when Virginia, to preserve segregation, paid black residents to attend graduate school outside the state.

yes I'm a damn hippie liberal Feb. 1st, 2006 @ 01:23 pm

Not mine, can't take credit for it!

Cutegaychick's State of the Union in a nutshellCollapse )

Feb. 1st, 2006 @ 10:44 am
Transcript of Kaine's response to the State of the Union. Not too shabby, methinks.

Bill to bar illegal immigrants from public colleges advances Jan. 31st, 2006 @ 10:00 am
[T-D] Legislation barring illegal immigrants from Virginia public colleges won the endorsement of the House Education Committee yesterday. The panel sent the bill, sponsored by Republican Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr. of Hanover County, to the House of Delegates floor on a voice vote. Similar legislation cleared the House last year but was killed by a Senate committee. Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, a lobbyist for a coalition of Hispanic organizations, argued that the bill unfairly punishes young immigrants who had no say over being brought to this country by their parents.

I'd like some information before I decide where to stand on this issue. I would think that becoming legal citizens would be a good thing for everyone, but I know nothing of immigration laws and proceedures. So if you were brought into this country illegally as a child, how hard is it to become a legal citizen once you become an adult? The people I know who did it, did were not here illegally, joined the military, and their citizenship appeared to be expidited.

Gov Kaine to give response to State of the Union Address Jan. 31st, 2006 @ 09:50 am

Marriage is a civil right: Maryland Jan. 26th, 2006 @ 09:10 am
Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward in Md. [DCist]

"Marriage is a civil right." Jan. 26th, 2006 @ 08:53 am
"In other words, the amendment outlaws gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships and common law marriages between unmarried heterosexuals. ...could interfere with all unmarried couples making decisions about such things as health care and property ownership."

State's Marriage Proposal Hits Home in Arlington [WP]

Jan. 19th, 2006 @ 09:45 am
A news article on the Marriage Amendment. And another. And one more just for good measure. On the off chance you *still* haven't contacted your senator, plese do so! Equality Virginia makes it incredibly easy for you to do so, and I can't urge you strongly enough to call, email, fax or even show up in Richmond to let them know that this amendment is an incredibly stupid idea. It is not only discriminatory towards the GLBT community, overly broad in its language to the point of jepordizing all types of domestic relationships outside of marriage, but it is redundant as Virginia already has laws banning gay marriage. So pleasepleaseplease speak out on this!

ETA: Here's a link to the Senate bill, and a link to the House bill.
Current Mood: busybusy

Jan. 16th, 2006 @ 11:23 am
(from Equality Virginia mailing list)

House of Delegates Likely to Give Final Approval of “Marriage Amendment” on MLK Day

Today, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Virginia House of Delegates is likely to debate and give final approval to the so-called “Marriage Amendment”, voting to enshrine discrimination in the Virginia Constitution on a day dedicated to the memory of a great man who fought against injustices of all types.

“While we celebrate the life and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, our elected officials are choosing to consecrate the day with continuing the longstanding Virginia tradition of trying to marginalize entire groups of people from being able to fully participate as equal members of society,” said Dyana Mason. “It is a sad day for all Virginians, for all Americans, who believe that each person has a fundamental right to be treated equally in the eyes of their state and country.”

The House of Delegates has fast tracked the second, and required, approval of the so-called “Marriage Amendment” during this legislative session – preventing any real dialogue and debate over the very real consequences amending the Constitution would have on every Virginian. Far from just defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the current proposal would prohibit any legal recognition for all unmarried couples – gay and straight. The measure, HJ 41, was heard in the House Privileges and Elections committee literally minutes after the committee members were named, and the amendment was the first floor debate of the session on Friday, January 13.

Read more about the so-called "Marriage Amendment".

Plan on attending the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee, 4pm Tuesday January 17. The hearing will be in Senate Room A in the General Assembly Buildling at 9th and Broad in downtown Richmond. RSVP to info@equalityvirginia.org . Can't attend? Send a free email by clicking here.
Current Mood: angryangry

Jan. 14th, 2006 @ 09:25 am
Governor Finds New Middle Ground in Death Penalty Debate
"As the governor of Virginia, Mark Warner has established policies on the use of DNA to confirm convictions, many of them in death penalty cases."

Conception Bill Jan. 12th, 2006 @ 02:34 pm
I am going to look more into this... it disgusts me.

Conception Bill

--Article from www.wric.com--

A Virginia delegate speaks out about his proposal to make it illegal for unmarried women to have babies through medical technology.

"And to say women are desperate for this, well Al Capone was desperate for money..just being desperate doesn't mean you have a right to anything period," says Delegate Bob Marshall (R, 13th district, Prince William, Loudoun).

Current Mood: angryangry

Jan. 12th, 2006 @ 02:36 pm
Anti-Crowding Law Repealed
Latinos Were Focus of Manassas Ban on Extended Families in Homes

Jan. 12th, 2006 @ 09:54 am
Marriage Amendment Passes Committee, Heads to Floor

Minutes after the House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee was formed, the committee met to consider and vote on one issue, the so-called "marriage amendment" and voted to pass, or "report" the amendment to the House Floor.

Even on short notice, several dozen pro-equality supporters were able to attend the hearing wearing "Why the Rush?" lapel stickers, and several were able to speak in opposition to the bill. No one, except for the patron, Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) spoke in favor of the amendment. There were also reports that Delegates and Senators were being deluged with calls and emails today.

The measure now moves to the House Floor, where it could come up for debate as early as Friday. If you have not yet contacted your Delegate, please do so today! Also, continue to spread the word!

Click here to send a free email, or call the constituent hotline at 1-800-889-0229.
Current Mood: bitchybitchy

From my email, via Equality Fairfax and Equality Virginia Jan. 11th, 2006 @ 07:27 am
Equality Fairfax Action Alert - Wednesday is the first day of the General Assembly session, and our opponents have decided to use a shrewd tactic and fast-track the marriage amendment. It is very important that our community and allies respond and do everything we can to ensure this amendment gets the consideration it deserves.Details under cutCollapse )Cross-posted to my journal and watchdog_va
Current Mood: determined

Jan. 10th, 2006 @ 05:15 pm
From the Equality Virginia mailing list:

Urgent Equality Virginia Alert:

Marriage Amendment Scheduled for Committee Vote Wednesday

In an attempt to rush the so-called "marriage amendment" through the Virginia General Assembly without substantive debate on the measure, the House Privileges and Elections Committee has scheduled to hear testimony and vote on the bill Wednesday, January 11, the first day of the session.

Please write or call your Delegate immediately and urge them to vote against this attempt to fast-track this measure. Click here to send a free email, or call the constituent hotline at 1-800-889-0229.

If you are able, you can also attend the committee hearing. It is scheduled for 3:30 pm in House Room D, in the General Assembly Building. Help add your voice to ours by showing your opposition to this attempt to write discrimination into the Virginia Constitution. Write to info@equalityvirginia.org to let us know you are coming.

The bullshit ends, for now Jan. 5th, 2006 @ 09:11 am
Va. City Suspends 'Family' Rule: Manassas Residency Limit Was Seen by Some as Anti-Immigrant [WP]

News from over the border Jan. 2nd, 2006 @ 12:31 pm
"The Washington region saw a rise in bloodshed in 2005, largely fueled by a spike in slayings in the D.C. suburbs, most dramatically in Prince George's County."


"The D.C. Council is considering measures that would amount to the greatest expansion of rights for same-sex couples in a decade."

Also, fares up on the Dulles Greenway. Enjoy!

The bullshit continues Dec. 30th, 2005 @ 09:15 am
Manassas Defends New Rule On Who Can Live Together [WP]

This is bullshit Dec. 28th, 2005 @ 10:11 am
Manassas Changes Definition Of Family: Activists Criticize New Housing Limits As Anti-Immigrant [WP]

Our fabulous duck governor Dec. 18th, 2005 @ 09:20 am
Warner Protects Gays in Va. Hiring

War on Xmas news from Virginia... Dec. 16th, 2005 @ 08:33 am
In defense of candy canes.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

They've started updating Nov. 8th, 2005 @ 06:58 pm
General Election - Novermber 8, 2005 [sbe.virginiainteractive.org]

Unofficial results for today's election.

Impromptu poll in hamptonroads Nov. 8th, 2005 @ 11:15 am

The community is for Hampton Roads residents, so if you're from the area, please feel free to participate! It will be interesting to see what people in our area think and what the actual outcome is.

Y'all rock. Nov. 7th, 2005 @ 03:42 pm
Y'all. You all just rock. I am so pleased to see so much postage going on here!

I'll be wearing my black hoodie tomorrow, bright and early.

And breathlessly watching the returns tomorrow night [in btwn Gilmores/House, you know how it is].
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

From a friend's journal - she won't post it publically Nov. 7th, 2005 @ 12:22 pm

Only Somewhat Unbiased Voting Guide for People Who Care Just Enough To Vote But Not Enough To Remember Who's Running

So there are three statewide races this year, plus the House of Delegates races. Pay attention, y'all, this stuff is important. Here's the info for the governor's race.

Governor RaceCollapse )


Lieutenant Governor RaceCollapse )</span>


Attorney General RaceCollapse )


election day = tomorrow! Nov. 7th, 2005 @ 10:58 am
In Close Race, Kaine, Kilgore Focus on Identity Over the Issues (WP)

Fake ads ahoy! Nov. 6th, 2005 @ 10:15 pm
So, get this. First, Friday night, elisam8 and I are looking over some Kilgore literature she got in the mail, and it turns out it was paid for by the Kaine campaign to disgust pro-choice voters.

Now, Kilgore has produced some pro-Potts literature to try to siphon progressive votes from Kaine.

This election is gonna be one helluva tussle, kids. Hang on to your hipwaders, I predict it will get even deeper before it's all over.

Cross-posted to watchdog_va.
Current Mood: amusedamused

What an interesting little tool... Nov. 3rd, 2005 @ 11:54 pm
For the curious: The Virginia Public Access Project

If you're looking for some interesting numbers, look up Delegate Black of Sterling. Someone might like to ask him if he's against the sprawl, why the hell is he taking so much money from the developers who are pushing it?!

FactCheck coverage of Kilgore ad Nov. 1st, 2005 @ 06:36 pm
No Death Penalty For Hitler? GOP Ad Goes Too Far. [factcheck.org]

Why do I get better investigative coverage from the Annenberg Public Policy Center then from WaPo? (Granted, I may have missed something completely.)

Kilgore propoganda Nov. 1st, 2005 @ 01:43 pm
Anyone who's been in Virginia and watch television in the last few weeks has probably seen Kilgore's ad attacking Kaine on his anti-death penalty stance. About a week after this ad came out, I received an unsolicited letter from a woman in Winchester. The letter outlined a moving personal story about a woman who has lost a husband due to violent crime, and her disgust with Kaine for trying to get the perpetrator of this crime off death row.

The letter is not so visibly marked as 'Kilgore for Governor' material (small print on the back of the second page), and follows many of the potentially misleading rhetorical devices that the television ad used.

[I had meant to transcribe the full letter for this post, but I just haven't had time to type it all out.]

Now, beyond letting people know that this letter is out there... I'm also curious if anyone else has received a similar letter.

Nov. 1st, 2005 @ 10:40 am
One week until Virginia's next general election!

Up for election are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and the House of Delegates. The candidate list can be found here. Washington Post election coverage can be found here.

On November 8th the polls will be open from 6AM to 7PM. You can look up your polling place here. If you will be unable to reach the polls, you can find out about absentee voting here.

Verify your voter registration status and address here.

For more information, see the Virginia State Board of Elections.

[This post totally written by 224215152 and totally stolen by me.]

Oct. 27th, 2005 @ 08:21 am
Kaine Stirs Up Abortion Issue, While Kilgore Targets Ad Use
Candidates' Newest Focus Parallels Talk Of High Court Changes

Md. and Va. to Study Beltway Toll Lanes
Pay-to-Drive Option Would Cover Half of Highway if Proposals Are Approved

'A Fairfax County judge who has called Virginia's drunken driving law unconstitutional has begun dismissing cases.'

'The Newport News Middleground lighthouse, a red cast-iron cylinder near the mouth of the James River, sold for $31,000 to Robert Gonsoulin of Williamsburg. He and his extended family plan to fix it up as a private retreat, good for watching fireworks and parades of sail.'

Oct. 25th, 2005 @ 11:27 pm
Exurbanites Occupy an Unsettled Place in Va. Politics
New Enclaves Lean GOP, but Residents Seem Isolated From State, Local Government

Oct. 15th, 2005 @ 09:50 am
"The Republican candidate for Virginia governor is drawing fire for campaign ads that suggest his Democratic opponent is so averse to the death penalty he would have spared Adolph Hitler from execution."
(Also covered on CBSNews.com and WashingtonPost.com)

Also, Chris Cillizza on the topic, including who's behind the scenes of the commercial war.

Sigh. Oct. 11th, 2005 @ 01:49 pm
Wiccan priestess in Chesterfield County loses court battle.

Seen at dark_christian.

Oct. 9th, 2005 @ 02:51 pm
Decoding N. Virginia
Politicians and demographers see Northern Virginia as a region with an emerging common identity but also as a collection of sometimes conflicting territories.

Potts Sues for Place In Final Va. Debate
Independent Calls Poll Threshold Unfair

And in related news across the border...

Montgomery County Reverses Plan for Day Labor Site
Montgomery County officials have called off plans for a day labor site in Gaithersburg after members of the community came out against the project.

Oct. 6th, 2005 @ 10:10 am
American Prospect's Garance Franke-Ruta writes about the Kaine race in his article on the gap between movement activists and politicians.

This just in: traffic is getting worse across the area.

Sep. 28th, 2005 @ 01:44 pm
Warner endorses Kilgore.

three easy pieces Sep. 23rd, 2005 @ 11:17 am
Va. Sees Shortfall In Federal Aid for 'No Child' Law
U.S. Education Official Challenges Methodology of State-Run Study

Kilgore's Abortion Position Draws Fire
Advocates Say Many Abuse Victims Cannot Report Crime Within a Week

...and I think it's been posted before, but: Campaign Primer!

"I don't see any difference between this and Stalinist Russia" Sep. 21st, 2005 @ 05:17 am
Stories of police, and maybe private investigator, tactics which maybe bend, and maybe break, the law being used to find leads in the high-profile case of the disappearance of Taylor Behl:

2nd family affected by Behl case

Read more...Collapse )

Update: Investigative sources said the Sheppard Street man is a skateboarding friend of another acquaintance of Behl's. The acquaintance's Nissan Altima was impounded by police for investigation this week. Police also interviewed him. Police spokeswoman Kirsten Nelson said investigators are interested in the Nissan because Behl is believed to have been in it before her disappearance.

Curiosity Sep. 15th, 2005 @ 08:59 pm
What, if any, state and local issues tickle the fancy of my fellow watchdog_va readers and contributers?

Starter list:
  • illegal immigrants (ie, situations like Herndon's Day Laborer Site proposal)
  • gubernatorial race
  • housing costs
  • cost of living
  • traffic
  • public funds (and how they are used)
  • taxes
  • public debt
  • local/state economy
  • ...

[UPDATE: 16 Sept 2005]
  • environmental issues
  • public transit
  • planned development & sprawl
  • offshore drilling
  • renewable energy [EDIT: as a state/local issue?]
  • federalism [EDIT: Virginia isn't particularly into federalism, IMHO]
  • impending marriage amendment

[UPDATE: 20 Sept 2005]
  • funding education
  • election reform

Random News Sep. 15th, 2005 @ 08:50 pm
Since I've actually had the time to go through and read some news, I thought I would also share with the community. With everything that has happened in the last few weeks (at least on the national/international stage), it's kinda easy to forget that VA is wrapping up a gubernatorial race.

Scott Howell Does It Again [raisingkaine.com]
Kilgore and Kaine: Punish businesses that hire illegals [timesdispatch.com]
Taxes and Transportation Top Va. Debate [washingtonpost.com]
Taxes, transportation lead debate topics [timsdispatch.com]

There is also an interesting write up in the Post regarding the ho-hum reaction most people are having to "the K-men", Kilgore and Kaine (15 Sept 2005, Metro section, B1, left top column) (no, I can't link to it. Well, refuse to...).

Pat Robertson and “Taliban Bob” McDonnell [raisingkaine.com]

These next two are more NoVA issues. The study cited in the Washington Post article does reference a similar study done in Richmond, but I've been unable to dig up any information on it.
Mayoral Issue No. 2: Affordable Housing [dcist.com]
In D.C. Area, Even Subsistence Proves Pricey [washingtonpost.com]

Sep. 15th, 2005 @ 12:31 pm
"Virginia's gubernatorial candidates are so prepackaged that you want to inspect to see whether they're still in shrink wrap. They simply have no time for the issues that keep Virginians awake at night."
-Marc Fisher (plus bonus LiveOnline transcript.)

LiveOnline transcript with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Timothy M. Kaine.

Virginia Candidates Push Hot-Button Topics From Debate
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