Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Biden was visiting Arlington to film a segment for a morning news show.
Vice President Joe Biden visited Clarendon's Liberty Tavern Wednesday. He was there filming a segment for MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show that is scheduled to air Thursday morning. "They told us they had a short list of restaurants in Arlington and Alexandria and Liberty Tavern was chosen," said Mark Fedorchak, who is an owner of the Liberty Tavern, Northside Social Coffee & Wine, and Lyon Hall restaurants in Clarendon. Members of the Secret Service were spotted outside the restaurant by Twitter users as early as 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Vice President and his motorcade did not make it to Clarendon until 11 a.m., and by then a group of onlookers had gathered outside the restaurant, waiting to get a glimpse of the VP. Biden had coffee and …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Omar Joseph Samaha has worked on gun safety issues since his sister was killed in the Virginia Tech tragedy.
An Arlington man whose sister was killed in the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech will attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night as a guest of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. Omar Joseph Samaha lost his youngest sister, Reema, in the Virginia Tech shooting. Since her death, he has advocated for policies to reduce gun violence. Moran is a member of the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and recently introduced the NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act, which would implement gun safety reforms such as universal background checks for gun purchases and gun shop employees and reporting lost or stolen firearms. "Omar and his family suffered a tragic loss at the hands of a mentally ill individual with access to …
Monday, January 21, 2013
No rest for the weary: Democrats gear up for tough 2013 state races.
An estimated 1,100 people attended the Virginia Inaugural Ball on Sunday at the Westin Arlington Gateway to celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama — and gear up for key statewide elections in 2013. "Everybody is happy. Everybody is excited. It's a feel-good moment for everyone who worked on a campaign," Arlington County Democratic Chairman Mike Lieberman told Patch before speaking to the crowd. "The president is right to feel good about this weekend. You can't help but be optimistic. There's a lot of criticism of our government out there, and some of it is deserved. But there's also a lot of reason for optimism. And coming out of the last election, we see a lot of opportunities." [See photos from the Virginia Inaugural…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Transportation, the presidential inauguration ceremony, inauguration parade, inauguration balls and more info.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Virginia is still too close to call as precinct results roll in.
Update 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 - With all Virginia precincts finally reporting, President Barack Obama received 1,868,191 votes from Virginia voters, according to final but unofficial data from the Virginia State Board of Elections. That's 50.57 percent of the vote. Gov. Mitt Romney received 1,767,692 votes, or 47.85 percent. The three third-party candidates on the ballot received a combined 1.42 percent of votes, and write-in candidates the remainder. The race was too close late Tuesday night, even hours after multiple national news outlets called the race nationally. ------------- Original post, Tuesday, Nov. 6 updated 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Local Latino elected officials and the Center for American Progress Action Fund called on immigrants to vote on Election Day.
Lizzette Arias arrived in Arlington when she was 2 months old. She came with her family, who had immigrated here from Bolivia. They settled into an apartment near an elementary school. "I used to watch out the window, the kids marching out to school. I was not allowed to go to school — for no good reason, I thought," Arias said. "The truth was that my parents were afraid to enroll me because of our immigration status. I asked Santa Claus and prayed to God that one day I would go to school." Arias considers herself lucky to have been able to eventually enroll in the third grade. In 2007, she graduated from Wakefield High School as a valedictorian. She later found a small college in Pennsylvania that accepted her as an undocumented student …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Candidates discussed the Middle East, defense and more.
With Election Day fast approaching, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney faced off in the third and final Presidential Debate Monday night. The debate, hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., focused mainly on foreign policy, including conflicts in the Middle East, the civil war in Syria and the Sept. 11, 2012, killings of four American officials in Libya. Romney congratulated Obama for successfully killing Osama bin Laden, but ultimately questioned his policies on the Middle East, charging that the unrest in Egypt and Libya had created a “rising tide of chaos.” He said America needed an expansive plan to handle the situation. “We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” Romney said. “We’re going to have to put in place a very …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Here are details on Monday night's third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
The third presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. The debate is at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. It will focus primarily on foreign policy and international relations. In the first debate, the candidates focused on domestic issues, including the economy and taxes, health care reform and the role of government. The second debate between the candidates was a town hall-style debate, including questions from the audience on the economy, healthcare and more. Broadcasting and Streaming Live AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. It will also air on YouTube's Election Hub. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more. All of the …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The candidates and issues that will be affecting Arlington County in the 2012 election.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates. To see all of our elections coverage from this year, click on the Elections tab in the blue menu bar above. In Arlington, only these issues and people will be on ballots — presented in order from the most local issues to national candidates. Clicking on the links below will bring you to Patch articles, the candidate’s website or other resources. Voting Info Absentee voting has already started and continues into early November. Information about absentee voting — how, where and whether you qualify — is available here. On Nov. 6, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look up your voting …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Challengers factoring in increased turnout from top-of-the-ticket race in their campaigns.
The presidential race at the top of this year's election ticket casts a long shadow — and will potentially affect down-ballot races. Conventional wisdom says the contest between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney in Arlington will help Democrats. Obama carried Arlington County with more than 70 percent of the vote four years ago. That bodes will for Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey, a Democrat and incumbent seeking re-election. Garvey has only held her post for a little more than six months, winning a special election in March to fill a term that expires at the end of this year. Garvey has taken darts from her opponents — Republican Matt Wavro and Green Party candidate Audrey Clement — for not …