Articles by: Marcus Simon

Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

August 15, 2018 7:31 PM0 comments

As many of us hit the road for August vacations, whether it’s a week at the beach, or a long weekend in the mountains, one of the toughest questions to answer is what time to leave town, to try and avoid spending half your vacation stuck in traffic. Personally, I […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

July 18, 2018 6:21 PM0 comments

July is the month that most of the new laws approved by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor officially become law. However, because many of us have probably been busy watching the World Cup, it’s possible that some of these changes went unnoticed. So let me highlight some […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

June 21, 2018 10:49 AM0 comments

What’s next? Now that the Virginia General Assembly passed a budget that expands Medicaid in Virginia, and the Governor has signed it, what will be the next defining battle between partisans in an extremely narrowly divided General Assembly? That’s the question I’ve been getting most lately. The conversation usually starts […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

May 17, 2018 11:00 AM0 comments

Earlier this week, I stopped by Larry Graves Park for a T-ball game between the Delegate Marcus Simon Nationals and their not-so-bitter-rivals the Merrifield Orthodontics Nationals. (Thanks to a sponsorship agreement with Washington’s Major League Baseball team, every team in Falls Church Kiwanis Little League is named the Nationals.) It […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

April 18, 2018 7:24 PM0 comments

The Virginia General Assembly is supposed to be a part time job. That’s what I keep telling my partners. We meet for 60 days in even numbered years and 45 days in odd numbered years because we adopt a biennial budget during the even years. We meet one day in […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

March 15, 2018 2:39 PM0 comments

The 2018 General Assembly regular session ended last week, though we are far from finished with our legislative work. Republican leaders in the House and Senate failed to come to a budget agreement, and so we adjourned without passing the biennial budget sent. Those same leaders refused to consider any […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

February 14, 2018 6:45 PM0 comments

This year’s General Assembly session is now past the halfway point, with Tuesday’s crossover day now behind us. I knew coming in to the session that it would be different than any of my previous four. After all, we have a new Governor, a new Speaker, and 19 new members, […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

January 17, 2018 8:36 PM0 comments

The final makeup of the 2018 House of Delegates, up in the air since Election Day, wasn’t settled until just a few hours before we gaveled in the 2018 Session last week at noon on Jan. 10. I was really hopeful we’d wind up 50-50 with real power sharing until […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

December 20, 2017 9:10 PM0 comments

It’s going to be a much different year in the House of Delegates in 2017 with Democrats having potentially secured a 50-50 tie in the Chamber, pending the outcome of a disputed election in Fredericksburg. If it ends up being 50-50, Democrats seem likely to be in a position to […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

November 15, 2017 9:27 PM0 comments

I was always the crazy one Who broke into the stadium… How do you like me now How do you like me now Now that I’m on my way Do you still think I’m crazy standing here today? — Toby Keith, “How Do You Like Me Now?” All the votes […]

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