Arlington’s representatives will push hard in the Virginia General Assembly on Metro funding, the authority to rename Jefferson Davis Highway and absentee voting, among other issues.
At a work session Thursday, Arlington County Board members discussed their legislative agenda — bills they would like to see passed and issues they would like to see emphasized — for the 2018 session with local Delegates and state Senators.
Following gain of at least 15 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, Democrats are making government transparency the hallmark issue in the first legislative proposals the party is backing for the 2018 session.
They outlined proposals to ban personal use of campaign money, end gerrymandering of legislative districts and make public a database held by the state Supreme Court's executive secretary - information that is only searchable now by making a request to every circuit court clerk in the commonwealth.
Amid the wreckage of the 2016 Presidential election, I was inundated by folks — reliable activists and, more importantly, lots of new faces – wanting to push back against the policies and, importantly, the style of politics Donald Trump was peddling.
They wanted to do something — immediately. As House Democratic Caucus Campaign Chair, I stressed the importance of the upcoming November 7 election. In response, people exclaimed that they wanted to do something that weekend.
That desire to “do something,” birthed an historic wave election.
Before cruising to victory unopposed Nov. 7, two local House of Delegates members prognosticated about the election’s results, anticipated dominant issues in the 2018 General Assembly session and discussed how the highly charged political atmosphere is motivating candidates.
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th), who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, predicted the party would have success flipping some GOP districts over to the Democrats.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s political-action committee has endorsed three members of the Arlington legislative delegation for re-election.
Dels. Mark Levine (D-45th), Patrick Hope (D-47th) and Rip Sullivan (D-48th) were among candidates in 94 of the 100 House of Delegates races endorsed by the organization.