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A key Virginia state legislature committee has advanced a climate bill that proponents are calling the most ambitious clean energy policy in Virginia’s history.

The Virginia Clean Economy Act (CEA) would eliminate state power plant carbon pollution by 2050, codifying Gov. Ralph Northam’s pledge to transition the Commonwealth to a 100% clean energy economy.

Local members of the House of Delegates have notched plenty of legislative successes so far in this year’s General Assembly session.

Del. Marcus Simon (D-McLean) has seen these bills pass:

RICHMOND — Virginia Democrats advanced most of their gun-control bills Friday in the House of Delegates, voting to expand background checks on gun buyers and reinstate the one-handgun-purchase-per-month rule, among other measures, but did not hear a proposal for an assault-weapons ban.

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Fairfax-Arlington) is looking forward to an active 2020 General Assembly session, with lawmakers advancing legislation on  transportation, energy, equality, economic opportunity, health care and redistricting reform.

“This is going to be a great year for progress in the Virginia General Assembly,” he predicted in comments to the Sun Gazette.

Key among his initiatives this year, Sullivan will carry the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which proposes a long-slate of environmental measures.

Arlington’s state senators aren’t alone in pushing for gun control in Richmond this legislative session — their counterparts in the House of Delegates have also proposed a number of bills on the topic.

Other bills being reviewed by Arlington’s delegates this session range from a local civil rights fight to the recognition of some Arlington cemeteries as historic places.

Del. Rip Sullivan will be one of a trio of Northern Virginia legislators to lead Democrats in the House of Delegates for the 2020 session.

Sullivan (D-48th) was elected Nov. 9 to serve as caucus chair, the third-ranking position in the hierarchy of the House Democratic Caucus.

Sullivan will work with Dels. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax County) and Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) to lead the 55-member caucus that will mark the first time in more than two decades Democrats have held the House of Delegates.

The seven members of Arlington’s legislative delegation have locked up the farm vote – or at least the support of a political-action committee representing the farm vote.

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, has endorsed 39 candidates for state Senate and 87 for House of Delegates. Endorsements are “based on recommendations of local committees of farmers” and “candidates are evaluated through a grassroots process on their understanding of the needs and challenges that we as farmers face in today’s times,” said Wayne Pryor, chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation.

It hasn’t been a particularly good year for some state legislators from the Sun Gazette coverage area – Democrats all – who managed to contort themselves into pretzel-like shapes in first demanding that Gov. Northam (and, in some cases, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax) resign, then abruptly reversing course. It was amateurish, and fortunately a few – though not all – of our delegation avoided looking so foolish.

It’s still early, but we think a number of the legislators are so deserving of endorsements that there is no point in waiting:

Grief. Anger. A sense of helplessness. A desire to do something. After years of horrific mass shootings in the United States, including here in Virginia, the emotions that come after reading that more lives have been tragically cut short feel all too common.

After twin mass shootings left at least 30 dead in 24 hours, President Donald Trump disappointed gun safety activists by failing to call for any m