Articles by: Marcus Simon

Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

June 14, 2017 6:46 PM0 comments

I spent most of primary Tuesday this week standing in front of polling places introducing myself to constituents, thanking them for participating in this important election, and encouraging them to cast their votes for my endorsed candidates, Ralph Northam for Governor and Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor. After casting my […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

May 17, 2017 8:01 PM0 comments

The 2017 General Assembly Session was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s final as Governor. In Virginia the Governor is not allowed to run for reelection. As the deadline for final action on all bills passed earlier this month, he set a record for the most Vetoes ever, acting as a brick […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

April 19, 2017 12:46 PM0 comments

This month I’d like to use the space normally devoted to my monthly Richmond Report to share my memories of my early days in Richmond working for former Delegate Jim Scott, who died last week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Like many recent college grads, I was anxious to find […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

March 15, 2017 6:22 PM0 comments

Now that I’m back from Richmond, I’ve been on the local legislative wrap-up circuit, speaking to civic groups, Boy Scout troops, and chambers of commerce about the recently concluded 45-day legislative session. Typically it’s a chance to recount the bills you passed, the bills that failed, and talk about the […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

February 15, 2017 9:35 PM0 comments

Last week was as busy a week as we are going to have during this year’s 45-day short session. On Sunday, we got our first look at the House Appropriations Committee’s amendments to the Governor’s budget. On Monday and Tuesday, we debated and voted on hundreds of bills and resolutions […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

January 18, 2017 10:08 PM0 comments

We are one week into the 2017 General Assembly session which gaveled in on Wednesday, Jan. 11. This year is a short session, lasting 45 days, during which the General Assembly will review about 1,500 bills and make amendments to the state budget. It is also an election year for […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

December 15, 2016 11:23 AM0 comments

So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits I hope you have found a friend. Closing time Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Semisonic, “Closing Time” Goodbye 2016. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. We invited you in with […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

November 16, 2016 6:54 PM0 comments

There’s colors on the street Red, white and blue… Keep on rockin’ in the free world, Keep on rockin’ in the free world. – Neil Young, “Keep on Rockin’ in The Free World” Ready for some good news from the 2016 Elections? President Elect Donald Trump received a mere 1,324 […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

October 19, 2016 6:35 PM0 comments

A few weeks ago, Virginia House Republicans held a press call in which they succeeded in getting newspapers to report on a two-week old incident where a single individual in Harrisonburg, Virginia is alleged to have submitted voter registrations on behalf of people who are in fact dead. The State […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

September 15, 2016 8:06 AM0 comments

For over two years, the I-66 project has been a major topic of conversation in our community. Perhaps even longer than that if you consider previous concerns over traffic and commuting. After many community meetings and plan revisions, the Governor and senior VDOT officials unveiled the first phase of the […]

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