Thursday, May 9, 2013
ABC News: About half as many Virginians vote in gubernatorial elections as in presidential years.
Anyone familiar with Terry McAuliffe knows he can tell a good story. The one he told Thursday in Arlington, at George Mason's campus as he was wrapping up a five-day tour of the state, was about this past November. It was Election Day. McAuliffe, at the request of the campaigns of Barack Obama and Tim Kaine, was asked to head to a polling station in Henrico County, where voters were still waiting in a long line as darkness fell. He said he went there and handed out coffee, hot chocolate and hand warmers. And everyone got to vote. And then he asked everyone in the room to mobilize for this year's election. [McAuliffe: Reform Virginia's Standards of Learning Tests] Turnout, often, is key. But now more than ever that isn't lost on Northern …
Democratic gubernatorial candidate laid out platform at George Mason's Arlington campus.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said Thursday he would push to reform the state's Standards of Learning, or SOL, tests if he is elected in November. "The current, once-a-year, high-stakes, multiple-choice testing isn't working for students, parents or teachers," he told a crowd of more than 300 people at George Mason University's Arlington campus, to rousing applause. Under the current system, a fifth-grade teacher who raises a child from a first-grade reading level to a fourth-grade reading level is considered a failure, he said. Teachers who want to break up the test into smaller portions, or test at different levels based on student achievement should be encouraged, he said. McAuliffe also said he would establish a "…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
There will be a Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general June 11.
It's getting to be that time again — time to cast your ballot. On June 11, there will be a Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Absentee voting for the primary begins Friday. There are several qualifying circumstances to vote absentee. To learn more about circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit Arlington's absentee voting page. A list of who is qualified to vote absentee, from Arlington County: Absentee Voting in Person You can go to the Office of Voter Registration on the third floor of 2100 Clarendon Blvd. and cast your ballot in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays from April 26 through June 7. The office also will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Del. Rob Krupicka kicked off his reelection campaign in March.
Del. Rob Krupicka, D-Alexandria, is hosting three legislative wrap-up sessions this month to give residents a chance to ask questions and have a conversation about the 2013 session of the General Assembly. One session will be held in each of the jursidictions included in the 45th House District — Arlington and Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria. Each is expected to last an hour. They will be: Krupicka, a former Alexandria City Council member and former member of the Virginia Board of Education, was elected delegate during a special election in September 2012. He kicked off his reelection campaign last month at Capitol City Brewing in Shirlington with endorsements from state Sen. Barbara Favola and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Terry McAuliffe said he disagreed with parts of bill but thought supporting the compromise that passed the Senate on Saturday was crucial.
The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee came to Arlington on Tuesday to praise the work of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat hoping to succeed McDonnell, said he spent hours on the phone calling members of both parties urging them to support a transportation compromise, which ultimately passed this weekend in the hours before the 2013 General Assembly session ended. "When you work on these major projects, it's not about a partisan agenda," McAuliffe told about a half-dozen reporters at a news conference on the 15th floor of the Sheraton Pentagon City. "This was a big deal. Was this a legacy item for Governor McDonnell? You bet it was." The event was designed to paint Republican Attorney General …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Snyder spoke to a Republican Club in Springfield this week.
Tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder, founer of Arlington-based New Media Strategies, is in a crowded race for the GOP's nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia. With seven Republican candidates vying for the nomination and at least two Democrats running — state Sen. Ralph Northam and Arlington's Aneesh Chopra, the former U.S. Chief Technology Officer — it could make for an interesting down-ballot race. "I want to rein in the size and scope of government," Snyder told a Republican group in Springfield earlier this month. "You hear politicians talk about this all the time as budgets continue to rise. And when you look over the past 20 years, budgets in Richmond have grown by over 400 percent. The population of Virginia has only grown by 40…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling tells dinner guests to 'save the date' for a March 14 announcement. Speculation is running high on a potential independent gubernatorial bid.
Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe could get some company in the race for Virginia governor. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, told a dinner crowd Wednesday night in Richmond to save March 14 for a big announcement, according to the Associated Press. Bolling, 55, decided to quit the Republican race for Virginia governor after conservatives loyal to his intraparty rival, Cuccinelli, took a majority of seats on the state GOP's central committee and opted for a closed nominating convention instead of an open primary. Bolling "has been very successful in staking out positions that have gotten him a lot of attention this year," Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, told …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sitting Arlington County Board vice chairman wants to focus more on financial and environmental sustainability.
Arlington County Board Vice Chairman Jay Fisette will announce tonight his intention to run for a fifth term. "There's more to do," Fisette told Patch in a phone interview Tuesday. "This is a dynamic community. We face, as we always do, various challenges and opportunities — some of those from outside, in Washington and Richmond, and some economic sluggishness, and growing school enrollment… I want to continue to do my part to address those challenges." Fisette, a Democrat, said his top priority would be balancing short-term budget adjustments with long-term community needs. Arlington County is looking at a potential $50 million budget shortfall next fiscal year. Elected officials have given their initial blessing to using a mix of tax …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Arlington resident is running for lieutenant governor of Virginia.
Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, an Arlington resident, spoke with Patch at the Virginia Inaugural Ball about the future of the state and the country. Chopra is running for lieutenant governor of Virginia. More: Virginia Inaugural Ball: 'It's Hard Not to be Optimistic' Photos: Virginia Inaugural Ball Video: Moran Talks Obama's Second Term, Sequestration