Government & Politics

Virginia 21
2:21 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Get Out The Vote

VA21 Members

In a mid term election, the goal is to ‘get out the vote.’

When it comes to voting behavior, the older you are, the more likely you are to cast a ballot. In 2012, fewer than half of voters age eighteen to twenty-nine voted.  And the turn-out increased with age.  Almost three quarters of people 65 years and older made it to the polls.

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Robert Sarvis
2:04 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Liberterian Candidate for U.S. Senate

Some contend his campaign stole votes from the Ken Cuccinelli for Governor campaign last year.  And many wonder why Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is now running for the U.S. Senate when his poll numbers pale compared to his Democratic and Republican rivals.

38-year-old Robert Sarvis, of Northern Virginia, is an attorney, a software developer, and a math teacher.  He  says his campaign is about gaining momentum to fix a broken system, and he says the  Libertarian party has gained more ground than any other third party.

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Widowed Military Spouses
4:33 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Proposed Amendment to State Constitution on Ballot

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While the U.S. Senate and congressional elections have garnered most of the news headlines, Virginia voters will also see something else on the ballot when they go to the polls next week.  It’s a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enable local property tax relief for the surviving spouses of members of the military who were killed in action - a measure that sailed through the General Assembly without ANY “no” votes. 

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Tonight at Virginia Tech
6:25 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Alien Invasion: An Event, a Controversy and an Opportunity for Important Dialogue

The flyer used to promote the event is raising eyebrows and causing concern.

A woman, who served as Treasurer of the United States under President Ronald Reagan, will speak at Virginia Tech tonight on the topic of illegal immigration.  A flyer promoting the event has sparked controversy over the language it uses.  

Bay Buchanan was the youngest ever treasurer of the United States, at 32 serving from 1981 to 1983.  Fliers have gone up on the campus of Virginia Tech promoting her talk.  The flyers caught the eye of several students, including Juan De La Rosa Diaz, a freshman studying political science and Spanish.

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Citizen Cabinet Sends a Message
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Voice of the People

United States Capitol Building, The National Mall, Washington, DC
Credit Jeffrey Zeldman, Creative Commons

Tired of government gridlock? A new group called Voice of the People is launching a Citizen Cabinet. It’s a standing online panel that uses technology to give people a direct link to Congress.

The Citizen Cabinet is still in the pilot states—with only three states initially participating—Virginia is listed as a purple swing state…Oklahoma is conservative red…and Maryland is liberal blue.

Organizers are trying to recruit about 500 households in Virginia, comprising a representative sample, demographically balanced to match census data.

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