Thursday, February 9, 2012
Calls move a 'dramatic step backward' for Virginia
The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed a bill that allows private adoption agencies receiving state funding to bar gay couples from adopting children. Virginia will be only the second state in the country to pass a law that allows adoption agencies to ban gay couples from adoptions, joining North Dakota. The bill also applies to foster care agencies. Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th District), the state General Assembly's first openly gay member, who represents parts of Fairfax County, Arlington and the City of Alexandria, spoke out against the bill Thursday. "Let's be clear about what this bill is about, it has always been about denying GLBT Virginians the opportunity to form families...this has been clear since its inception," Ebbin said from the…
Monday, November 7, 2011
Republican state Senate candidate in the 30th District builds message around life, liberty and justice.
Tim McGhee doesn’t have many campaign signs dotting the medians of major roadways. The Republican candidate for state Senate in the 30th District believes they’re somewhat of a waste. Instead, McGhee has handed out business cards throughout his campaign inscribed with three big words that make up his message: Life, liberty and justice. “These things are going to go a long way,” McGhee said. “These things fit in people’s pockets. Palm cards don’t. As long as it’s what’s coming out of my pocket, I am going to make sure that everything that’s spent is spent as effectively as possible.” And McGhee believes it’s that type of thinking that will appeal to voters. He says he’s tried to be the kind of candidate he would want to elect—somebody who …
Friday, August 19, 2011
Current Virginia delegate faces off in Democratic primary on Tuesday.
On Election Day in 1968, a teacher in Commack on Long Island gathered her class around the flagpole to discuss the meaning of the day. As kids began to chant support for Richard Nixon, one voice cheered for Hubert Humphrey, Nixon's challenger. That boy was Adam Ebbin. More than 40 years later, Ebbin, a Virginia delegate for the 49th district since 2004, is running for the 30th district Senate seat. He faces off against City of Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington school board member Libby Garvey in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Ebbin came to Washington, D.C. to study political science at American University. In the early '70s, he worked on the campaign of former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.). But despite his passion …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
State senate candidate says creating local-state partnerships will be critical to future of Northern Virginia.
Rob Krupicka argues he’s the only candidate in the Democratic primary for the 30th District state senate seat with a clear, focused agenda for the office. In a race against two other similarly-aligned party members—Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49th) and Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey—Krupicka believes it is this agenda, one he says has specific plans to boost education in the state and to create state-local partnerships to build mass transit and environmental solutions for Northern Virginia, that sets him apart. “We’re asking people to hire us for a job that we could be in for a very long time,” Krupicka said. “I think people need to not just understand what your experience is or what your values are. I think they need to understand what…
Friday, August 5, 2011
Candidates discussed issues such as affordable housing, universal health care, and felony conviction concerns
With 18 days before the local Democratic primary, candidates for the 30th district senate seat continued to try and distinguish themselves from each other at their latest debate last night—hosted by the Alexandria branch of the NAACP at their August meeting. The lone Republican candidate, Tim McGhee, was also in attendence and offered an often distinct outlook from his Democratic counterparts. The audience questioned candidates on issues such as affordable housing, universal health care, and felony conviction concerns before a crowd of about 35 citizens. All Democratic candidates—Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin (49th District), Arlington County School Board Chair Libby Garvey and Alexandria City Councilman Ron Krupicka—said they were …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Three candidates vying for retiring incumbent Sen. Patsy Ticer's seat face Aug. 23 primary
Personalities and political backgrounds dominated the debate among the three Democrats vying for Virginia’s 30th district senate seat at the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee public forum last night. All are concerned about economic expansion in the district and local transportation problems. None support loosening gun control laws in densely populated northern Virginia. And each sees themselves as more qualified than the others to take on Richmond with agendas of an improved educational system, increased business opportunities and an eco-friendly environment. In his opening statements, Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49th District)—a four-term member of the General Assembly and former Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor …
Monday, July 18, 2011
30th district poll, security at Springfield Mall, Nelson Mandela's birthday.
Today will be sunny with a high temperature of 94 degrees. Take our 30th State Senate District poll! Fairfax County Police are looking for two men connected to locker break-ins at Lee District Park. We're working on a story regarding crime at Springfield Mall and plans for security once the facility is renovated. Are there any incidents you are particularly concerned about? Tell us in the comments! Happy birthday to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was born today in 1918.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Alexandria firefighters union offers support for Rob Krupicka; Former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald praises Libby Garvey's opposition to the waterfront plan
On Thursday, 30th district state senate candidate Rob Krupicka received the endorsement of Alexandria firefighters union Local 2141, which represents more than 190 fire and EMS workers across Alexandria. “Rob has been a steadfast supporter of the brothers and sisters of Local 2141. He has stood by us throughout his time on the City Council, and I know that he will continue to fight for us in Richmond,” Local 2141 President David Denardo said in a statement. “Rob understands the needs of working families, and we’re proud to support his candidacy for senate.” The Democratic primary is scheduled for Aug. 23. Krupicka is running against Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49th) and Arlington County School Board Chair Libby Garvey. Tim McGhee is the lone …