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Governor Northam Hails General Assembly Session That Propels Virginia Forward

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From Gov. Ralph Northam's office: Governor Northam Hails General Assembly Session That Propels Virginia Forward RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement on General Assembly action...

2020 VAPLAN Virginia Progressive Legislative Scorecard

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by Cindy This has been a crazy and exciting General Assembly session! VAPLAN has been tracking bills all session, and recording votes. For the last...

Were There “Lessons Learned” in Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly Session That...

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Virginia just completed a session that has been described in superlative, even historic terms. For instance, see: Virginia reshaped as Democrats put historic stamp...

Does It Really Cost $72,630 to Repeal the Death Penalty, and...

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by Cindy A fiscal impact statement is a short document that accompanies a bill filed in the General Assembly. It’s meant to describe the costs...

The Vampire vs. The People: How Dominion Is Tarnishing a Historic...

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by Jeff Thomas On the day that Eileen Filler-Corn made history as Virginia's first female Speaker of the House, Delegate Jeff Bourne introduced a bill...

VAPLAN Reviews What Happened Last Week and Previews Monday in the...

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Thanks as always to Cindy over at the Virginia Progressive Legislative Action Network (VAPLAN) for staying on top of what's going on in the...

Bills Listed as “Failed” Might Not Really Have “Failed,” But Some...

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The Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS) is a great resource, and I encourage everyone to check it out regularly for the status of (thousands...

How Virginia Democrats Might Help Revive Constructive Democracy in America

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Dysfunctional Democracy I expect that no one here needs persuading that American democracy is in bad shape these days. Our democratic dysfunction can be shown...

“Flipped-the-General Assembly Friday”

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From Del. Rip Sullivan: "Flipped-the-General Assembly Friday" We did it. After 26 years -- a generation -- of hard work, grit, and determination, we flipped the House of...

How I Used My Five-Minute Speech As a Call to Battle...

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One of the outstanding political events every year in our part of Virginia is the Labor Day banquet conducted by the Democratic Committees of...