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Congrats to Judge Amy Coney Barrett -- she is a highly respected and distinguished jurist with impeaccable legal and aca...
09/26/2020
OPINION: Amy Coney Barrett Deserves Supreme Court Spot: Noah Feldman

Congrats to Judge Amy Coney Barrett -- she is a highly respected and distinguished jurist with impeaccable legal and academic credentials. This mother of 7 will be the first mother with school age children to serve on the Supreme Court and she has already garnered the support of a wide array of people -- including liberal lawyer, Noah Feldman.
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/opinion-amy-coney-barrett-deserves-supreme-court-spot-noah-feldman

Like many other liberals, I’m devastated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, which opened the way for President Donald Trump to nominate a third Supreme Court justice in his first term. And I’m revolted by the hypocrisy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s willingness to confirm T...

Vote YES on Amendment 1 -- the redistricting amendment
09/21/2020
EDITORIAL: Vote 'Yes" on redistricting amendment

Vote YES on Amendment 1 -- the redistricting amendment

If Amendment 1 to let the people decide on redistricing does not pass this year, look for 10 more years of gerrymandering, whichever party draws the lines.

The Republican Standard
08/27/2020

The Republican Standard

Best line of the RNC Convention (so far).

Today -- June 2 -- was the day in 1979 when Pope John Paul II kissed the ground at the Warsaw airport and began his hist...
06/02/2020
Bill Tracking - 2011 session > Legislation

Today -- June 2 -- was the day in 1979 when Pope John Paul II kissed the ground at the Warsaw airport and began his historic 9 day pilgrimage to Poland -- a 9 day visit which would change the world. In 2011 in the Virginia General Assembly, I was honored to author and pass legislation honoring June 2 as a day to honor Pope John Paul II. A good reminder in these times....

WHEREAS, Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century and a key protagonist in the fall of Soviet Communism; and

Wise words from Heritage Foundation President, Kay James:  "The racism experienced by black Americans is not a political...
05/31/2020
Kay Coles James: George Floyd's senseless killing – end racism that afflicts America's soul like a cancer

Wise words from Heritage Foundation President, Kay James: "The racism experienced by black Americans is not a political issue and to anyone who tries to use it as one, on the left or the right, I say shame on you. No longer should our communities be pieces in a grand chess game. The promise of the Declaration of Independence that we are all created equal applies to people of every race. This is not about politics – it is about morality."

Racism in America is a fatal wound. Every time another incident occurs we put a Band-Aid on it, but the Band-Aid keeps falling off.

FOR THOSE WHO STILL CARE ABOUT FREE SPEECH -- TODAY'S WSJ COLUMN IS A MUST READ:  "President Trump, personally piqued by...
05/29/2020
Opinion | The Twitter Fairness Doctrine

FOR THOSE WHO STILL CARE ABOUT FREE SPEECH -- TODAY'S WSJ COLUMN IS A MUST READ: "President Trump, personally piqued by a “fact check” that Twitter added to two of his tweets, now wants to pare back the liability protections that have helped the internet flourish for 24 years. This is a mistake, and it would drag the federal government into regulating online speech, aiming for some nebulous “neutrality"....."Speech isn’t always either black or white, to say nothing of red or blue. Each platform makes judgment calls, keeping in mind the expectations of its audience...When it comes to mainstream politics, if conservatives think websites like Twitter and Facebook are hopelessly biased, they’re welcome to delete their accounts." READ THE REST HERE:

Trying to enforce online ‘neutrality’ is a fool’s errand. Users can make up their own minds.

Congratulations to Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for receiving the $100,000 grant from...
05/07/2020
Google Grants $100K for COVID-19 Relief in Loudoun; Community Foundation Issues Matching Challenge - Community Foundation

Congratulations to Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for receiving the $100,000 grant from Google -- Google is a great community partner that is providing jobs, community assistance, health care guidance and $$. Think how many times over these past 2 months that you've Googled to find needed info. THANKS Google !

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties is pleased to announce that we have received a $100,000 grant from Google to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Loudoun County. Funds from Google will be added equally to the Community Foundation’s Community Emergency Relief Fund ...

Virginia continues to be at the bottom with a troubling, low amount of testing.  48 other states have figured out to do ...
04/29/2020
Why Virginia is giving fewer COVID-19 tests than almost any other state

Virginia continues to be at the bottom with a troubling, low amount of testing. 48 other states have figured out to do this better -- whether you think the federal government is doing all it can or not. Testing and contract tracing is key to opening up

New data shows that Virginia is tied for the second-lowest rate of COVID-19 testing in the entire country - a reality that Gov. Northam says is stalling the state's ability to safely reopen.

So many great ways that our community is bringing us together!  Join the National Air and Space Museum Thursday, April 3...
04/29/2020
Space Songs: Through the Distance - Virtual Concert

So many great ways that our community is bringing us together! Join the National Air and Space Museum Thursday, April 30 at 8 pm EDT for a YouTube concert event, sharing songs about space and isolation to celebrate how extreme situations can bring out the very best in us all and why there’s no challenge we can’t face together. This recorded concert, hosted by Tested’s Adam Savage, will feature special guests and performances by Sting, Clipping, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Dan Deacon, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson, Grace Potter, and Vagabon.

Join the National Air and Space Museum for a YouTube concert event, sharing songs about space and isolation to celebrate how extreme situations can bring out the very best in us all and why there’s no challenge we can’t face together. The concert, hosted by Tested’s Adam Savage, will feature s...

Great work being done by Women Giving Back to feed those in need.  They have adjusted their mission and done amazing wor...
04/27/2020
Donate to WGB « Women Giving Back

Great work being done by Women Giving Back to feed those in need. They have adjusted their mission and done amazing work serving over 9,000 women and children in our area already! Thanks to all their great women!

At Women Giving Back, funding is essential to carry out our mission. Your generosity and support are critical in making a difference in our community! We believe all women and children should have access to the resources they need to succeed.

Some of our favorite Loudoun wineries have online virtual wine tastings Breaux Vineyards; Bluemont, Virginia; Greenhill ...
04/25/2020
Head to Virginia's Loudoun County for These Virtual Wine Tastings

Some of our favorite Loudoun wineries have online virtual wine tastings Breaux Vineyards; Bluemont, Virginia; Greenhill Winery & Vineyards -- they send you the wine and/or you can pick it up curbside. Support your local businesses!

Sip wine with Loudoun County wineries with these new virtual tastings.

Have you gotten your $1200 check from the government yet? I have found that there are people who are eligible who have n...
04/20/2020
Economic impact payments: What you need to know | Internal Revenue Service

Have you gotten your $1200 check from the government yet? I have found that there are people who are eligible who have not received them as well as those who are eligible who may not be aware of the payments at all. Let your friends, family, and businesses you patronize and work with -- health care workers, grocery clerks, restaurants, hair dressers, nail salons, small business owners, etc. - know about the payments.

IR-2020-61, March 30, 2020 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. Updated with new information for se...

Virginia 30 Day Fund is a great opportunity to help Virginia's small businesses.  Thanks to Pete Snyder and Burson Taylo...
04/20/2020
Help Save Virginia Small Business Jobs - Virginia 30 Day Fund

Virginia 30 Day Fund is a great opportunity to help Virginia's small businesses. Thanks to Pete Snyder and Burson Taylor Snyder for this program that has already helped 80 businesses in Virginia. Share and Donate to help Virginia's small businesses.

The Virginia 30 Day Fund goal is to save as many jobs as possible in the Commonwealth.

Sage Bolte, PhD at the Inova Health Foundation explains how we can help our doctors, nurses and health care providers on...
03/31/2020
Fox 5 On The Hill: Inova gives back

Sage Bolte, PhD at the Inova Health Foundation explains how we can help our doctors, nurses and health care providers on the front lines. Lots of opportunities to help from your home with financial donations, donations of supplies, food for our health care workers and more: See the website and SHARE at:
https://foundation.inova.org/covid-19-how-can-i-help/?utm_medium=foundation&utm_source=Foundation%20Website

Sage Bolte of the Inova Health Foundation joins Fox 5 On The Hill to discuss the health system's recent charity work.

Supervisor Pat Herrity was the only Supervisor to vote against moving forward with a public hearing on adding a new "adm...
03/30/2020
Some Fairfax supervisors leery of adding admissions tax

Supervisor Pat Herrity was the only Supervisor to vote against moving forward with a public hearing on adding a new "admissions tax" on movies and concerts! The only one!! ( The headline should have read, "ONE Supervisor is truly leery...." When everything is closed - how do you get anything from taxing it? Do they understand they won't be getting much on a lot of other existing taxes either when so much is shut down? Even when things open again, how likely is it that large crowds are going to be the norm? This hearing should be about a lot of adjustments to a new reality, not new taxes on devastated iindustries. Thank goodness we have Pat there to point out the obvious Supervisor Pat Herrity

Fairfax County supervisors on March 24 voted 9-1 to set public a public hearing three weeks hence to discuss a proposed 4-percent admissions tax on movie, theater and concert tickets.

Consider how difficult this time of social distancing would be without our smart phones, Google, Netflix, Amazon, confer...
03/25/2020
Reconsidering Technology During the COVID-19 Crisis

Consider how difficult this time of social distancing would be without our smart phones, Google, Netflix, Amazon, conferencing abilities, online classes, and social plantforms to keep in touch with family and friends.

Many of us take for granted the modern digital technologies that we did not have access to even a few decades ago. Some people, however, are very critical of these devices and services, arguing that they steal everything from our jobs and privacy to our very humanity. But these technological innovat...

As schools around the world close their buildings and families find themselves at home, Google/YouTube has partnered wit...
03/25/2020
YouTube Learning

As schools around the world close their buildings and families find themselves at home, Google/YouTube has partnered with Khan Academy and other learning creators to bring parents & families resources and activities to help those educating children at home. When I was a Mom at home I couldn't live without Sesame Street -- and there's a great YouTube channel of Sesame Street. Check them out.

As schools around the world close their buildings and families find themselves at home, we want to ensure that learning together continues. We're working to bring parents & families resources to make the coming days as educational and fun as possible.

More incoming help -- Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Inc. has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 face masks, joinin...
03/23/2020
Facebook Donates Emergency Wildfire Mask Stash, Musk Also Aiding

More incoming help -- Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Inc. has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 face masks, joining other tech corporations declaring aid in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook Inc. has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 face masks, joining other tech corporations declaring aid in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, Tesla Inc. chief Elon Musk said a shipment of face masks was stuck in transit.

Governor Cuomo has already purchased these drugs and New York already is starting to use.  The President supports too.  ...
03/23/2020
Opinion | These Drugs Are Helping Our Coronavirus Patients

Governor Cuomo has already purchased these drugs and New York already is starting to use. The President supports too. Virginia - let's get moving on getting this to our patients and purchasing supplies for our health care system.

The evidence is preliminary on repurposing two treatments. But we don’t have the luxury of time.

A great resource  of virtual tours from The Vatican Museums for those schooling at home or those who can always use some...
03/18/2020
The Vatican Museums: just a click away! - Vatican News

A great resource of virtual tours from The Vatican Museums for those schooling at home or those who can always use some divine inspiration.

The Vatican Museums are offering art lovers the possibility of visiting its amazing collection from the comfort and the safety of their own home.

03/17/2020
Danny Boy

Happy St. Patrick's Day and because we all need a laugh and the luck of the Irish! May God hold you in the palm of His hand - God Bless! For all the Danny Boys in my life!!

Clearly the three best singers the Muppets have ever had to offer, together at last.

Excellent overview from Homeland Security Adviser @TomBossert @ABC on the coming challenges in dealing with COVID-19.  T...
03/16/2020
The coronavirus paradox - our lowest point and finest hour: Opinion

Excellent overview from Homeland Security Adviser @TomBossert @ABC on the coming challenges in dealing with COVID-19. Tom's sound expertise comes from years of working in several administrations on homeland issues.

Our collective actions from here will dictate the outcome of the coronavirus outbreak.

03/15/2020
Newt Gingrich: I am in Italy amid the coronavirus crisis. America must act now—and act big | Opinion

Strong warnings from Newt Gingrich on taking aggressive action regarding the coronavirus. We need drive thru testing and massive increase of testing to measure the presence of the virus in communities. Then we can best protect the most vulnerable to the worst impact from the virus. We also must have the products to protect our health care workers so they aren't sidelined at this critical time.

Italy's drastic measures are not an overreaction. President Donald Trump and Congress must do even more to protect the American public and economy.

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