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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday returns August 5 — 7. Virginians have the opportunity to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax (currently at 5.13 percent in most localities). Learn more about what items are eligible at tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday. Virginians are also seeing lower prices at the pump.

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Penny for Your Thoughts

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which bars federally funded education programs and activities from discriminating on the basis of sex. Interestingly, the simple, terse language of Title IX, authored by Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN), does not mention sports, but most modern-day references to Title IX center on women’s athletic opportunities. Title IX mandates gender equity in education and activities, a sea change from previous practice at the high school and college levels.

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It’s Official Now: Trump Under DOJ Investigation for Multiple Crimes

The Special Congressional investigation into the actions of former President Trump during and around the massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was elevated to a whole new stage this week with the revelation in the Washington Post that Attorney General Merrick Garland and the U.S. Justice Department have been fully engaged all along in that criminal investigation which will undoubtedly lead to criminal indictments against Trump himself.