Month: April 2021

Biden goes from transitional to transformational in first 100 days

April 30, 2021

By Susan Milligan UNWT- There’s no rage-tweeting, no explosion of insults and accusations against detractors at rallies or on cable TV. He’s only golfed once while in office. His press secretary has daily briefings and his daily and weekly schedule is released regularly to the public. His White House staff members are mostly old hands, […]

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Executive Official Elections in Virginia, 2021

April 29, 2021

By Maria-Paula The 2021 voting in Virginia for the three state executive offices primary is currently on going both online and, by mail. Democratic Party primary elections for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general will occur on June 8, 2021, while the Republican convention is scheduled for May 8, 2021 in Virginia to determine which […]

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Unarmed Black Man Shot 10 times by Virginia Deputy

April 27, 2021

   Maria-Paula   Isaiah Brown, 32, was seriously wounded by a Virginia sheriff’s deputy outside his home on Wednesday early morning.   The Virginia state police reported that at 2:30 am, Mr. Brown got a ride from a Spotsylvania County deputy who had responded to a distress call from a driver whose car had stalled […]

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Not the norm: A quest to “adulting” differently

April 27, 2021

  By Maria-Paula     Julie Lythcott-Haims, a New York Times bestselling author has again shaken the literary space with an incredible guide to adulting. In the book “Your Turn – How to Be an Adult”, the author talks about her experiences growing up. She accompanies this with practical life situations of the people she interacts […]

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Democratic Primary Poll: McAuliffe, Herring, Rasoul lead

April 22, 2021

Six weeks before Virginia Democrats’ June 8 primary, nearly half of the Democratic voters surveyed (47%) back former governor Terry McAuliffe for the gubernatorial nomination, according to a survey released today by the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University.  With 27% of Democratic voters undecided, none of the other four candidates reach […]

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Report: Democrat opposed to the PRO Act was showered with cash from Amazon executives

April 21, 2021

By SAM KNIGHT, TRUTHOUT Tactics used by Amazon to defeat the union organizing drive at the company’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse have highlighted the need for Democrats to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). The legislation is a sweeping proposal that would implement the strongest protections for workers since 1935, when collective […]

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Virginia public defenders face resistance in push for pay parity with prosecutors

April 20, 2021

By Ned Oliver (VM) – In many Virginia courtrooms, commonwealth’s attorneys charged with prosecuting crimes continue to earn significantly more than the government employees responsible for defending the accused. It’s an imbalance that bakes inequity into the criminal justice system, say public defenders, whose state-funded offices represent poor defendants who otherwise wouldn’t be able to […]

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‘You’re being used as a political tool:’ Recording details Northam officials’ grilling of watchdog agency

April 19, 2021

By Graham Moomaw (VM) – When top aides to Gov. Ralph Northam sat down last summer to meet with the state inspector general, whose office had just issued a critical watchdog report on the Virginia Parole Board, Northam Chief of Staff Clark Mercer opened by saying he wanted to hear what was being done to […]

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Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1% in March

April 18, 2021

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate decreased — but barely — 0.1-percentage point to 5.1 percent in March, which is down 6.2 percentage points from its peak of 11.3 percent in April 2020. The Commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate of 6.0 percent. “Virginia’s unemployment rate […]

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Virginia tops 2M fully vaccinated on eve of expanded eligibility

April 17, 2021

More than 2 million residents of Virginia are now full vaccinated as the state nears the opening of vaccination appointment for all people 16 and older, according to Virginia health officials. On Friday, the Virginia Department of Health reported that 2,002,007 Virginians, or 23.5 percent of the state’s population, were fully vaccinated. According to VDH […]

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