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Del. Simon Presents New Virginia Laws as of July 1

On July 1 each year most of the bills passed by the General Assembly during their winter legislative session become law. With the levers of power in Virginia divided between Democrats and Republicans in 2022, citizens won’t see many of the sweeping progressive changes like those we’ve experienced the last two years (things like elimination of the death penalty, local control over firearms restrictions and legalization of marijuana) nor will they see major backsliding on that progress. That said, there are some new laws that went into effect this week that folks may want to take note of.

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A Penny For Your Thoughts

We knew it was coming, but the actual release of the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, and ended the five-decade long health care protections for women, their families, and their medical providers stunned nonetheless. The decision automatically put women’s health care into crisis, as health clinics in some states notified patients that they could no longer provide needed care, and closed their doors.

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Guest Commentary: When Pride Month Ends, What’s Next for Falls Church’s Growing LGBTQ+ Community?

Pride Month comes once a year to celebrate LGBTQ+ lives and the steady, if at times fragile, progress our society has made in elevating and valuing those lives. This June, Falls Church marks a permanent gain for LGBTQ+ inclusion with the opening of the Inova Pride Clinic (located at 500 N. Washington St, #200, Falls Church, VA). Billed as the first of its kind in Northern Virginia, the primary care clinic will meet the health care needs of thousands who might otherwise feel out of place or afraid to seek the treatment and care they need.

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Technology and the Triumph of Pessimism

One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century was a work of what we’d now call speculative fiction: Edward Bellamy’s “Looking Backward: 2000-1887.” Bellamy was one of the first prominent figures to recognize that rapid technological progress had become an enduring feature of modern life — and he imagined that this progress would vastly improve human happiness.

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Cassidy Hutchinson Is a New Household Name

Cassidy Hutchinson is a new household name. At this week’s hastily called sixth public January 6 Committee hearing, it was a strong, independent minded young woman who stepped up to lay out a massive amount of incriminating evidence based on what was happening in real time from her vantage point inside the White House on the day of the January 6 assault on the nation’s capital.