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House GOP Again Kills No-Excuse Absentee Voting

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Following an inquiry from former Republican Party of Virginia chairman Jeff Frederick, House Speaker Bill Howell ruled an amendment from Gov. Tim Kaine that would have allowed no-excuse absentee voting “not germane,” thus avoiding a recorded vote and killing the measure.

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April 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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Republicans oppose resolution commending Equality Virginia

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House Joint Resolution 994, which commends Equality Virginia on its 20th anniversary, was pulled from the uncontested block of resolutions this afternoon by Del. Mark Cole – presumably so he and several other Republicans could register their opposition to the measure on an unrecorded voice vote. Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan organization that seeks to ensure equal rights for gays and lesbians.

In the video below, Del. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria expresses his disappointment that the resolution was singled out in such a fashion:

Last year, Republicans pulled a similar maneuver with a resolution honoring the Richmond Gay Community Foundation.

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February 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm

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House passes smoking ban

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The Indoor Clean Air Act, which will officially ban smoking in restaurants, passed the House this afternoon by a 60-39 vote.

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February 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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Happy birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

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Today marks the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the “Great Emancipator” and first Republican president of the United States. Oddly, Republican Party of Virginia chairman Jeff Frederick chose to commemorate the occasion by launching a random attack on Charles Darwin.

The motion to adjourn in President Lincoln’s honor was instead made by Democratic Delegate Jennifer McClellan, who noted that Lincoln gave his life so our nation “shall have a new birth of freedom.”

Incidentally, House Republicans made international news two years ago by defeating legislation to help with Lincoln bicentennial celebrations.

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February 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Posted in Uncategorized, Video

Del. Bob Brink on HJR 816

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Del. Bob Brink speaks on House Joint Resolution 816, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Virginia public schools after Massive Resistance.

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February 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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Charniele Herring Takes Seat in House of Delegates

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 26, 2009

Charniele Herring Takes Seat in House of Delegates
Recount Confirms Results of January 13th Special Election

Charniele Herring was sworn in as a member of the House of Delegates this afternoon, nearly two weeks after winning a special election for the 46th House District.

“I am happy to finally put this process behind us and get to work for the people of Alexandria and Fairfax County,” Herring said today. “These are challenging times for Virginia, and I am humbled to have earned their support.”

“We are thrilled to have Charniele with us,” said House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong. “She will bring a unique perspective to our team, and I look forward to working with her.”

“Charniele will be a dymanic represenative for the 46th District, and I’m delighted she’ll be joining our caucus,” added Caucus Chairman Ken Plum.

Herring, an attorney, is the first African-American woman from Northern Virginia to be elected to the House of Delegates.

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January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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Saxman’s Stunt Falls Flat

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Del. Chris Saxman (R-Augusta) was caught off guard when asked to explain one his own bills this afternoon. Saxman’s HB1634 would restrict members of the General Assembly from attending various events during the General Assembly session, and Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) was curious exactly what kind of “events” the ban would cover. Saxman didn’t seem to know, but we assume he would make an exception for John McCain rallies.

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January 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Posted in Uncategorized, Video