Today, Supervisor Pat Herrity announced his reelection campaign for Springfield District Supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Herrity said, “Since I last ran for office, we have faced unfathomable challenges; from a global pandemic to historic unemployment, unprecedented obstacles for our business owners, interrupted education and record-setting inflation…we live in a different world than we did four years ago and I can’t think of a more critical time to need strong, experienced leadership on the Board of Supervisors.
Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that he has requested Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (Henrico) and Delegate Nick Freitas (Culpeper) to sponsor legislation on his behalf to require Virginia schools to inform students and their parents about National Merit Scholarships and other awards.
In December, it was discovered that Fairfax County had been withholding National Merit awards from students, thereby jeopardizing their scholarship opportunities. In response to these reports, Governor Youngkin asked Attorney General Miyares to investigate Fairfax County’s handling of more than 1,000 students who were not notified of National Merit Awards.
Members of the Fairfax GOP voted on Tuesday to endorse Harmeet Dhillon for chair of the Republican National Committee. ” On Wednesday, Dhillon welcomed the Fairfax GOP’s endorsement, calling it “huge news.” Fairfax County is home to 1.1 million residents — and the Fairfax GOP is the Republican Party of Virginia’s largest political unit.
Republican National Committee members will vote to elect a chair on January 27. Each state has three national committee members. Virginia Republicans are represented by Richard Anderson, Morton Blackwell, and Patricia Lyman. To date, Blackwell and Lyman have indicated their support of Dhillon. Anderson remains undecided.
In 2022, I had the privilege to give a speech to a Republican woman’s club on the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr entitled “Christ, Conservatism and Communism”. In honor of MLK Day I would like to share a few thoughts from that speech.
In Dr. King’s book: “Strength to Love” there is a chapter entitled “How Should a Christian view Communism.” King states:
“After our condemnation of the philosophy of communism has been eloquently expressed, we must with positive action seek to remove those conditions of poverty, insecurity, injustice, and racial discrimination which are the fertile soil in which the seed of communism grows and develops.
On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin delivered his State of the Commonwealth address, in which he outlined his robust agenda for education reform, public safety and economic growth. His prepared remarks follow:
Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Earle-Sears, Attorney General Miyares, Chief Justice Goodwyn, President Lucas, members of the General Assembly, members of the Cabinet and my fellow Virginians, I’m honored to be with you again in the storied halls of Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol.
The first version of Virginia’s constitution was written in 1776, in the first Spring of the American Revolution.
Responding to the news that the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County Steve T. Descano is seeking re-election in 2023, Virginians for Safe Communities (VSC) president Sean Kennedy released the following statement:
“Steve Descano has, time and time again, demonstrated how deluded, derelict in his duties, dangerous to the citizens of Fairfax he is. Under Descano’s regime, victims’ rights have been regularly trampled while criminals are coddled.
Since this story broke on December 21, new developments have occurred almost daily. The story has held the attention of the public, press and government authorities because it vividly exemplifies how the Fairfax County public school system (“FCPS”) has elevated “equity” over academic standards and achievement.
Journalist Asra Nomani’s December 21 article in the City Journal revealed that Fairfax County’s elite high school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, or “TJ,” had failed to inform its students about their National Merit “commended student” awards.
Monique Baroudi, 35th District GOP nominee for House of Delegates, recently joined WMAL’s O’Connor & Company to discuss the importance of Tuesday’s special election. “I didn’t grow up wanting to get into politics,” Baroudi told WMAL co-hosts Larry O’Connor and Patrice Onwuka. “But I feel like there’s so much going on right now that moms need to stand up and fight for our kids.”
Baroudi, a 1992 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, lamented the ongoing decline of Fairfax County Public Schools. “Private schools were much better prepared for COVID than the public schools were,” Baroudi noted.
Attorney General Jason Miyares today announced that his Office of Civil Rights will be investigating Fairfax County Public Schools and the administration of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJHSST”) for unlawful discrimination in violation of the Virginia Human Rights Act (“VHRA”).
The investigation will examine if the administration’s decision to withhold National Merit Scholarship honors from students and the school’s new admissions policies violate the VHRA.
Following recent news reports, Governor Glenn Youngkin today called for Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares to investigate allegations that information about National Merit Awards, as determined by student PSAT scores, was withheld from students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology until after important deadlines for college scholarships had passed.
“We need to get to the bottom of what appears to be an egregious, deliberate attempt to disadvantage high-performing students at one of the best schools in the country,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.
Governor Glenn Youngkin unveiled “Compete to Win”, a comprehensive economic development policy to grow Virginia’s economy which he announced at the 2022 Virginia Economic Summit hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Developed to address Virginia’s sluggish economic performance in recent years, the ambitious plan outlines a roadmap to enhance the Commonwealth’s competitive position and accelerate economic growth over the next three years.
Virginia will reduce its grocery sales tax rate starting Jan. 1, resulting in a 1% tax on groceries and certain essential personal hygiene products.
Virginia will eliminate the 1.5% state retail sales and use tax on food and certain hygiene products, leaving a 1% local option sales tax.
Most staple grocery options and cold prepared foods for home consumption qualify for the reduced tax rate, as well as personal hygiene products like diapers, bed sheets and most feminine hygiene products.