Every Virginian has an opportunity this fall to listen to Black voices and to follow Black women leading the way on one of the most important issues of our time. To listen to the people whose lives have been most directly affected by a corrupt and shameful practice from our past and let them pick the cure.
Author: Marcus Simon
Next Wednesday, on July 1, most of the new laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly in January, February and March of this year and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam in April will become law.
So many big, exciting, historic things made headlines this session, that you could be forgiven for forgetting that we did some things that, in any other year, would have been THE big story out of Richmond.
The Deep State is real. Well, sort of.
The legislative process in Virginia is almost exactly like what you remember from the Schoolhouse Rock video with the singing scroll of paper known as Bill. You remember him, right?
In 2014 when I arrived in Richmond for my first session, I was assigned to two committees: Militia, Police and Public Safety, and the Committee on Science and Technology.
Now that my party is in the majority, we have an awesome responsibility to govern, and to legislate knowing that the bills we propose in January are likely to become laws this July.
Tuesday night we saw the blue tide continue to rise, reaching a new tipping point.
Besides having World Series playoff fever, I think my Nationals fandom may hold some hints for how to cure what ails us as a nation.
This is the opportunity the governor has to craft a budget that is a statement of his values and priorities, hopefully with the support of a like-minded General Assembly.