PAC to support Virgina female politicians

Women Leaders of Virginia was established in Charlottesville to support female political candidates and encouraging them to run for office.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research currently ranks Virginia as the 43rd state to elect women to statewide office.

The new political action committee hopes to help change that. Virginia has never elected a women Governor or U.S. Senator.

Co-founder Amy Laufer was troubled by the lack of female participation in elections and as office holders. The PAC will support female candidates across the state of Virginia.

“We just have to harness that energy on a local level,” Laufer said. “We have to build the bench of women in local politics that then can rise to state officer and then to federal office, so the hope is that we can support these women in their endeavors.”

For more information about Women Leaders in Virginia, check out the official website at http://democracy.com/women-leaders-of-va/default.aspx

Read more at: http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/New-PAC-Supports-Progressive-Women-in-Politics-337720711.html

Government Attorneys Association celebrates 40 years of service

The 40th anniversary of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia was held in Roanoke last week. Former Loudoun Country Attorney Steve Robin was one of the original 13 founders to be honored.

LeesburgToday reported that Robin was the first president of the organization. Its purpose was to create a “forum for the exchange of research and experience among the legal offices of the countries, cities and towns in the commonwealth.”

“Loudoun didn’t even have the office of country attorney when I came here in 1973,” Robin said. “I was hired as an assistant commonwealth attorney to help the then-Commonwealth Attorney Don Devine Sr., advise the county’s boards and departments.”

After 40 years of service, the Local Government Attorneys Association consists of 800 attorneys representing more than 300 local government bodies in Virginia.

To learn more about the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, visit the website: http://www.lgava.org/

Discussion on Preventing Gun Violence

A press conference was held in Richmond Thursday morning to announce Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive plan on preventing gun violence.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and state Attorney General Mark Herring were in attendance.

“The actions directed in this executive order will help our Commonwealth better enforce Virginia laws designed to keep guns away from people who would use them for harm,” said McAuliffe.

WSLS reported that the “executive order will ban all firearms in all state buildings. This will not apply for law enforcement officers.”

Similar legislation has been presented and rejected by the General Assembly, but the governor intends to reintroduce gun prevention in the anticipated legislative session.

His proposals included universal background checks, gun crime prosecution and family safety.

“We must continue to work to overcome political resistance to commonsense gun safety legislation, but in the meantime, I committed to using every power of my office to prevent senseless killings.”

Stay updated on McAuliffe’s executive action on gun violence prevention.

Read more at: http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/McAuliffe-Signs-Executive-Order-Addressing-Gun-Law-Enforcement-333055491.html

Read more at: http://wsls.com/2015/10/15/gov-mcauliffe-announces-executive-action-to-prosecute-gun-crimes-enforce-current-laws/

Debating for Senate control

With less than a month before Election Day, Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R) and Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D) participated in a debate on Monday evening at Christopher Newport University.

The Senate debate at the university’s Wason Center for Public Policy was described as a “spirited exchange.” The November 3rd election will decide whether the Republicans or Democrats take control the state Senate.

The Daily Press reported that both candidates “agree on a lot of things, from saying that reversing cuts in K-12 education funds will take time to noting the state can do little to address the challenge of rising sea levels in Hampton Roads.”

A panel of opinion writers posed questions on current issues which both candidates debated. Gun control was a topic both Norment and Saslaw disagreed on.

Discussing Virginia’s overall progress, the Senate candidates disputed how much credit Governor Terry McAuliffe deserved. Saslaw acknowledged many accomplishments and successes made during the Governor’s term, whereas Norment contested Saslaw’s claims.

“Many of these economic development prospects are actually pursued over a period of years,” Norment explained.

The Senate race is certainty critical for both parties. Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that “all 140 legislative seats are up for election on November. The focus is on the control of the state Senate, in which Republicans hold a 21-19 edge.”

With differences aside, the debate concluded with the two men congratulating one another afterwards. Decisions need to be made by the people of Virginia, because Election Day will be here shortly.

Read more at: http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-norment-saslaw-20151005-story.html

Read more at: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/article_7b587768-2d7c-589e-bc54-7a34a10801f6.html