The United States is the only nation with more civilian firearms than people. With an estimated 400+ million guns in circulation in the last decade, our population is increasingly dwarfed by the count of firearms. Every constitutional amendment is significant. However, I am quite confident the signers of that document would have reworded the Second Amendment if they foresaw the weaponry we have at our disposal today.
Author: Dick Saslaw
It’s been nearly 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision. It appears the U.S. Supreme Court is on the verge of overturning this landmark judgement. Clearly this has been a carefully orchestrated Republican plan to turn back the clock for women and their reproductive freedom. Holding the line in Virginia for a woman’s right to choose is a battle we will continue to fight for.
Once again, the work of the part-time General Assembly will stretch into spring as legislators were called back to Richmond for a Special Session that gaveled in on April 4. Nearly 50 bills remain in conference and the biennial budget must be resolved.
The month of March has arrived and brings with it the anticipated conclusion of the General Assembly on March 12. After the November 2 election, we anticipated the political game plan for the new Republican majority in the House of Delegates. However, what has been startling are the aggressive attacks by this fledgling administration on public education, public health measures, voter rights, the environment, and working families.
Last November, Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial election with a 1.9 percent margin over his opponent, Terry McAuliffe. By most standards this slim margin would not be considered a license to change the course of a well-run state rated the number one place to do business and amongst the best in the nation to raise a family. What it does reflect is a great division within our Commonwealth and our communities more than just the obvious of urban vs. rural.
This past weekend we welcomed the year 2022 with open arms and the hope for better days ahead.
The holiday season has arrived and we are in the final month of the countdown to the start of January’s General Assembly Session. It has been a very busy fall with no shortage of campaign “promises,” redistricting, constituent meetings, and numerous legislative briefings that included the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee Retreat in mid-November.
Earlier this week, Virginians cast their votes for the next Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. All of the seats in the House of Delegates were also on the ballot in districts that were drawn over a decade ago. The pundits predicted a nail biter and that was just what happened on November 2, with Glenn Youngkin winning by the narrowest of margins.
In just a few short weeks, the November elections will be history. That’s the good news. If you’re reading this, I’d say you are likely an engaged voter.
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. The first Monday in September is a federal holiday designated to recognize American workers. There’s no question we owe a lot to the front line who have kept us going during these challenging times. The declining unemployment rate is good news on the road to recovery and getting families on more steady ground.