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Special Election(s) Coming in Virginia SD-31? HD-34? HD-47?

I'm hearing rumors, from a number of solid sources, that State Senator Barbara Favola (SD-31; Arlington/Fairfax/Loudoun) will quite possibly be headed into the Ralph...

A Few Photos from Last Night’s Event in Arlington with Sen....

Excellent event with a few fired-up Dems, including Sen. Tim Kaine, last night in Arlington, with just a week and a half to go...

Governor McAuliffe, Please Call a Special Session of the Virginia General...

I've been thinking about this for several days now, and at this point I think it's essential: in light of events in Charlottesville this...

Video: Arlington Rally of Solidarity for Charlottesville

Great job by Julian Diego Lopez-Leyva, Justin Wu and the others who organized this afternoon's Rally of Solidarity for Charlottesville, which was very well attended (150...

Video: Candidates, Surrogates Speak at Del. Patrick Hope’s Ice Cream Social,...

In order, here are the candidates and/or surrogates who spoke earlier this afternoon at Del. Patrick Hope's ice cream social and straw poll (won...

Del. Patrick Hope’s Ice Cream Social Could Be Your Last Chance...

According to Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), his ice cream social next Sunday may very well be your final opportunity to meet the Virginia Democratic...

Delegates Hope, Simon Send Letter to Gov. McAuliffe Asking for Clemency...

From Delegates Patrick Hope and Marcus Simon: Delegates Send Letter to Governor Asking for Clemency for Ivan Teleguz Richmond, VA – Virginia Delegate Marcus B. Simon...

Capital News Service’s Virginia Legislative Batting Averages — They Swing, They...

At first glance, I thought these graphics by the Capital News Service (posted in Potomac Local) of Virginia "legislative batting averages" could be helpful. But the...

Video, Photos: Thousands Rally in Richmond, Alexandria to Save Our Healthcare

Speakers in the following video (great job by David Martin - thanks for recording this!) from the "Save Our Healthcare" rally earlier today in...

GOP Readies Attack on Gun Laws: “Get Ready for the Wild,...

Hk and Glock with extended ClipsWith control of executive offices, the House, and half of the Senate, Virginia Republicans are set to do the National Rifle Association's bidding by trying to repeal what's left of Virginia's already-weak gun laws:
A handful of pro-gun bills is already in the works. Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, filed a bill last week that bars localities from offering incentives to gun owners to surrender their firearms and another banning clerks from releasing the names of individuals who have permits to carry concealed handguns. [...]

The top target for pro-gun groups is lifting Virginia's limit of one handgun purchase per month.

The NRA has given $16,140 to Virginia state-level political campaigns this year alone - not a penny of it going to Democrats. The NRA has poured a staggering $628,648 into Virginia campaigns since 1996. Gov. Bob McDonnell used to support the extremely reasonable one handgun a month limit. But that was before he needed the NRA's support for his national political ambitions.
"Republicans are going to be responsible for what comes out and whatever results from the decisions they make," said Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington. "In all likelihood they will become law. People should get ready for the wild, wild West here in Virginia, and I'm not sure that's what people voted for when they went to the booths in November."
This is not about hunting (I think we actually need more of that), and it's not about self-protection. It's about fighting a paranoid culture war that thinks any reasonable gun safety rules are the same thing as Muslim commie terrorists running through the streets stealing our guns, forcing our children to gay marry & setting fire to our churches. Why would you need more than one handgun a month, other than the convenience of being able to massacre more people without stopping to reload?