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Arlington legislators pick up Farm Bureau endorsements

September 14, 2019News Clip

The seven members of Arlington’s legislative delegation have locked up the farm vote – or at least the support of a political-action committee representing the farm vote.

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, has endorsed 39 candidates for state Senate and 87 for House of Delegates. Endorsements are “based on recommendations of local committees of farmers” and “candidates are evaluated through a grassroots process on their understanding of the needs and challenges that we as farmers face in today’s times,” said Wayne Pryor, chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Sun Gazette endorsements: General Assembly races

September 14, 2019News Clip

It hasn’t been a particularly good year for some state legislators from the Sun Gazette coverage area – Democrats all – who managed to contort themselves into pretzel-like shapes in first demanding that Gov. Northam (and, in some cases, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax) resign, then abruptly reversing course. It was amateurish, and fortunately a few – though not all – of our delegation avoided looking so foolish.

It’s still early, but we think a number of the legislators are so deserving of endorsements that there is no point in waiting:

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Republicans in the General Assembly have failed Virginians

August 11, 2019News Clip

Grief. Anger. A sense of helplessness. A desire to do something. After years of horrific mass shootings in the United States, including here in Virginia, the emotions that come after reading that more lives have been tragically cut short feel all too common.

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Trump renews calls for red flag laws Va. GOP voted down earlier this year

August 5, 2019News Clip

After twin mass shootings left at least 30 dead in 24 hours, President Donald Trump disappointed gun safety activists by failing to call for any m

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Virginia Lawmakers Pass On Red Flag Law, Despite GOP Support In Other States

July 17, 2019News Clip

One of the bills Virginia lawmakers hoped would be considered during this week’s special session is what’s called a red flag law. This is legislation that permits police and family members to get a court order to seize guns from someone who’s a danger to themselves or others. But Republicans punted on the law and all new gun-related legislation. On the House floor, Democratic Delegate Richard “RIP” Sullivan ran down a list of Republicans at the federal level who’ve announced support for “Red Flag” laws.

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Arlington legislators get good marks from environmental group

July 10, 2019News Clip

Six members of Arlington’s seven-member General Assembly delegation won perfect scores from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for the 2019 session, with the seventh not too far behind.

State Sens. Barbara Favola and Janet Howell and Dels. Patrick Hope, Rip Sullivan, Alfonso Lopez and Mark Levine each received 100-percent rankings in the organization’s annual scorecard, released in late June.

They were among 49 legislators – 11 senators and 38 delegates – to vote with the conservation organization 100 percent of the time during the winter session.

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Nearly 4-Year-Old Jacob Leads the Way

July 10, 2019News ClipNew state law protects the rights of gay and straight couples who use a surrogate to have a child.

Jacob Warner Olson Timmons sat on the lap of Gov. Ralph Northam and grasped the Governor's large pen. They were at Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, where the governor would sign HB 1979 (Jacob's Law) on June 25. The ceremony was being held where Jacob attends Walker Chapel Preschool, and the room was full of children twirling in circles, bouncing on the bench, and tugging at their seersucker suits and floral spring dresses.

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Jacob's Law to Strengthen Surrogacy Rights in Virginia

June 28, 2019News ClipA gay couple's lengthy legal battle to gain custody of their son inspired the bill

A new law in Virginia will strengthen surrogacy rights for gay and straight couples as well as single parents.

On Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Jacob's Law, which is named for a 3-year-old boy whose parents endured a lengthy legal battle in Wisconsin to obtain parental rights of their son.

Jay Timmons and Rick Olson live in Virginia, but decided to go through the surrogacy process in Wisconsin.

But just six weeks before Jacob was born, a judge in Wisconsin took their parental rights away.

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Del. Sullivan makes re-election bid official

March 8, 2019News Clip

As he embarks on what likely will be an easy journey to re-election, Del. Rip Sullivan says he has been effective in the minority and will be more so if Democrats win the majority in Richmond.

“I have gone to Richmond and been a leader,” Sullivan (D-48th) said in campaign-kickoff remarks to about 175 people at the March 6 meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

“There’s work to be done,” Sullivan said, but “the ball is moving forward.”

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Bill closes ‘malpractice trap’ in contract actions

March 7, 2019News Clip

Legislation approved by the General Assembly should close a little-noticed gap in the statutes that set out Virginia’s limitations periods for contract actions.

The well-understood general rule for Virginia contract actions is that the deadline is five years for a written contract and three years for an oral contract. But a 2016 ruling from the Supreme Court of Virginia highlighted a gap: the five-year limitations period applies only when the contract in question is signed by the party sought to be charged with a breach.

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