Some Virginia lawmakers, like their constituents, are unhappy with plans that put a bike and pedestrian trail alongside traffic lanes on busy Interstate 66.
The Virginia Department of Transportation proposal squeezes the walking path between the highway and the concrete wall that serves as a buffer between traffic noise and adjacent neighborhoods. A jersey barrier and fence would separate trail users and traffic.
If Virginia Democrats can come close to or reach their goal of retaking the House of Delegates in November, they will need the help of younger voters, the group often most apathetic in off-year elections.
But one of the leaders in the effort to win a Democratic majority said he is seeing positive signs.
“The Millennial generation is stepping up, finally,” said Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) at the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual outing for members of the Roosevelt Society, held Aug. 12.
Three of Arlington’s four members of the Virginia House of Delegates are without an opponent this fall.
Given the lack of locally competitive races in November, when the House’s entire 100 seats are up for grabs, the lawmakers are looking at opportunities to help fellow Democrats to pick up seats elsewhere.
It has been more than a month since the filing deadline for the Nov. 7 general election, when three of the four incumbent members of the Arlington delegation to the House of Delegates learned they would not be facing opposition.
(The fourth, Del. Alfonso Lopez in the 49th, is being challenged by Republican newcomer Adam Roosevelt, but the district – like all in Arlington – skews heavily Democratic, all but ensuring Lopez a new term.)
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48) stood in Gail Harrison’s living room in Arlington on Thursday night and took in the scene: 25 Virginia residents, mostly Arlingtonians, had gathered to raise money for Zack Wittkamp, a businessman from Newport News who thinks he can beat David Yancey (R-94) this fall.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael McAlister spent nearly 30 years behind bars for an abduction and attempted rape he did not commit.
"It's too good to be true," McAlister said after being released.
Keith Harward served 33 years for a murder and rape he had nothing to do with.
"That's the worst part about this is my parents, it killed them, it devastated them," Harward told reporters when he left prison.
And Thomas Haynesworth completed 27 years in prison for rapes though he too was an innocent man.
"The evidence never pointed to me," Haynesworth said.
Virginia Democratic legislative leaders can be forgiven if they sometimes feel like Charlie Brown, with the voters – playing the role of Lucy – always snatching the football away at the last minute.
Election cycle after election cycle, Democrats say it’s their year to make inroads in the nearly 2-to-1 majority held by Republicans in the House of Delegates. A few seats may change hands now and then, yet the big turnaround never comes.
But for Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th), the 2017 legislative elections provide an opportunity both for the party – and himself.
McLean American Legion Post 270 hosted the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at McLean High School. Veterans, Police and Fire Department officials, and community members gathered in the school’s Memorial Garden at 11 a.m. on Monday.
Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34), Del. Richard “Rip” Sullivan (D-48), Del. Marcus Simon (D-53) and Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), spoke to the crowd in honor of veterans for the special day. Ellen Reilly, McLean High School Principal, and Colonel David Ashcraft, serving military member, spoke as well.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday signed into law 11 clean energy bills that promote solar and other renewable energy efforts, including two measures championed by Republican state Del. Randy Minchew of Leesburg.
The bipartisan pieces of legislation are part of the governor and lawmakers' continued push to diversifying Virginia's economy and energy sources.
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed 11 bipartisan bills passed by the General Assembly earlier this year that promote the use of solar and other renewable energy options and aim to reduce energy consumption across the Commonwealth.