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MLK Jr. Day News: “Trump Is a Racist. Period.”; “Black Churches See a Nation Backsliding”; Oval Office Disgrace Calls Northam

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, MLK Jr. Day, January 22.

  • Video: LG Justin Fairfax gavels in the State Senate

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5zLD_6bRtI&feature=youtu.be

    • Statement from Lt. Governor Fairfax on First Day

      Today, I had the honor of presiding over the Senate of Virginia for the first time. To preside for the first time on this date is particularly meaningful to me because it occurs on the 89th anniversary of the birth of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His call for us to serve others and to pursue freedom and justice remains an important message today.

      On this first day, it was my privilege to extend with the Senators the warm welcome of the Senate to the many distinguished guests who visited the Senate.

      Serving the Commonwealth of Virginia is a high honor. I look forward to the rest of the General Assembly session and getting to work on legislation that the Senate will undertake to improve the lives of the Commonwealth’s residents.

      I would like to thank all of the Senators for the welcome they extended today to my family and me. I hope that we will have much to agree on during the coming weeks and it is my hope that we continue with the cooperative spirit in evidence today.

      I would also like to thank the Clerk of the Senate, Susan Schaar, and her staff for their assistance and continued guidance. Their hard work and preparation makes all of our jobs in the Senate easier and more productive.

      Finally, but no less importantly, I would like to thank my extended family for their love and support — especially my wife, Dr. Cerina Fairfax, and our children Cameron and Carys.

      I look forward to this evening, when Governor Northam delivers his address to the Joint Assembly, and to a productive and successful legislative session.

  • Delegate Dawn M. Adams Releases Statement

    Richmond, VA – January 15, 2018. Delegate Dawn M. Adams released the following statement regarding the status of her employment:

    “It’s been brought to my attention there is a question about my membership in the General Assembly as it relates to my employment with the state. I hope this clears it up.
    I have worked with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) for about three and a half years. My intention has been to demonstrate excellent practice models that serve individuals with quality programs affordably, then leave and return to clinical practice.

    During my campaign, I thought I would have to quit this job but decided not put the cart before the horse. Once elected, the Department investigated the technicalities around whether I needed to leave, or if I could stay.

    They sought and received guidance from the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Human Services and determined there was precedent for serving in the General Assembly.

    As reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, state legislators past and present have called Virginia a part-time legislature. Still, I am on unpaid leave from my job with DBHDS and will not return until after the session Sine Die.

    I have done everything related to this, as with my campaign above board. I hope this helps the people who are concerned to feel more at ease. There is much work to be done and I am honored to continue to do it.”

    About The Honorable Dr. Dawn M. Adams
    Dr. Dawn M. Adams is serving her first term as Delegate for Virginia’s House District 68 which includes parts of the city of Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield counties. Dr. Adams is a Nurse Practitioner who has served as Director for the Office of the Integrated Health, and is adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in the School of Nursing teaching Health Policy to doctoral students. Learn more about Dawn by visiting her website: http://www.delegateadams.com