Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In response to the shootings at a school in Connecticut, state Del. Bob Marshall has a proposal to arm some teachers.
Lawmakers nationwide are discussing the possibility of enacting tighter gun control laws after the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But in Virginia, one local legislator has proposed that some school staff be required to bear arms. Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has proposed a bill that would require schools to have some staff, certified in gun safety and competence, carry concealed weapons, according to The Washington Post. His proposal comes on the heels of Gov. Bob McDonnell's comments on WTOP that the state should consider allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools. Marshall's proposal takes the idea a step farther, ordering schools to arm some staff members. Gun control and schools are very much on …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Low turnout expected today.
Voters today will decide who is on the ballot for congressional races that will be decided in November. In the Democratic primary, incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Moran faces political newcomer Bruce Shuttleworth of Arlington in Virginia's 8th Congressional District. Voters who choose to participate in today's Republican primary will weigh in on one of the hottest Senate races in the country and pick the GOP candidate to face Democrat Tim Kaine in November. Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Arlington County Registrar Linda Lindberg was trying to fight off boredom. "I think it's going to be another light turnout day for us," Lindberg said. "The phones have not been busy for us at all — either from the precincts or from the voters." Lindberg said she …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Republican primary to decide the party's Senate nominee; Democratic primary will determine the House candidate for November.
Voters on Tuesday will decide two congressional primaries that will determine who appears on the November ballot, sure to get plenty of attention thanks to Virginia's status as a battleground for the U.S. presidency. Voters who choose to cast ballots in the Democratic primary on Tuesday will determine whether incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat, moves one step closer to a 12th term. Political newcomer Bruce Shuttleworth is challenging Moran in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican Patrick Murray in November. People who elect to vote in Tuesday's Republican primary will have a say in one of the hottest Senate races in the country. That four-way contest — between Ex-Sen. George Allen, tea party leader Jamie Radtke, …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
E.W. Jackson hopes his supporters make him the winner in Tuesday's Senate GOP primary.
With congressional primary elections scheduled next week, Patch is profiling each of the four Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, who will face each other on the ballot June 12. On the face of it, most political observers might count out E.W. Jackson in Virginia's Senate GOP primary on Tuesday. But Jackson, who was raised in foster homes until he was 9, eventually joined the Marines and graduated from Harvard Law School, never gives up. "I think I'm going to win. I really do," he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "I believe that we're going to see a tremendous upset on June 12." Jackson is up against former senator and Gov. George Allen, Jamie Radtke and Del. Bob Marshall. If elected, Jackson has said he wants to help get …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Voters will decide Tuesday among four Republicans running for U.S. Senate.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
With congressional primary elections scheduled next week, Patch is profiling each of the four Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, who will face each other on the ballot June 12. Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall, one of the most conservative voices in Richmond, is one of four Republicans running for the U.S. Senate. His name will appear on Tuesday's GOP primary ballot along with former Sen. George Allen, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Sr. and Jamie Radtke, former chairwoman of the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots. This is his second attempt at running for the U.S. Senate. Marshall, 68, from Prince William County, is looking beyond Tuesday's primary and taking on former Gov. Tim Kaine, who is likely to be the …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Bits and bites from the world of Virginia and national politics.
Voters favor status quo on guns, abortion rights: The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Christopher Newport University conducted a poll of 1,018 registered voters in Virginia from Feb. 4 to 13. According to that poll: Gov. Bob McDonnell's approval rating is at 59 percent, the paper reports. McDonnell is considered a potential vice presidential running mate. He will have to weigh in on several controversial issues this year, including the one-gun-per-month repeal and the ultrasound requirement. The full poll is here, broken down into various subsets -- age, race, political leanings -- though there's no mention of the poll's margin of error. Abortion bills draw protest, mockery: After spending six years in South Carolina, I can appreciate when …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Critics say bill would limit abortion rights.
RICHMOND – Now that Democrats no longer control the House or the Senate, Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, is hoping the General Assembly will pass his bill defining a human embryo or fetus is a person under the law. House Bill 1 would provide that “unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth.” The bill, which is before the House Courts of Justice Committee, says that this “personhood” status starts “from the moment of conception.” Marshall, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said HB 1 is significant for several reasons. “We have a situation in Virginia where a pregnant woman can be shot, and if you kill the baby, it…