Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In response to the shootings at a school in Connecticut, state Del. Bob Marshall has a proposal to arm some teachers.
Lawmakers nationwide are discussing the possibility of enacting tighter gun control laws after the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But in Virginia, one local legislator has proposed that some school staff be required to bear arms. Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has proposed a bill that would require schools to have some staff, certified in gun safety and competence, carry concealed weapons, according to The Washington Post. His proposal comes on the heels of Gov. Bob McDonnell's comments on WTOP that the state should consider allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools. Marshall's proposal takes the idea a step farther, ordering schools to arm some staff members. Gun control and schools are very much on …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Political activism from the bottom up.
Forget the polls. Arlingtonians' political leanings might well be found in their underwear drawers. Kim Putens, owner of the lingerie store Bloomers, is seeing a trend. The Hanky Panky brand of lingerie has come up with political party-themed stretch-lace thongs. The red thongs are adorned with an elephant, the navy blue sport a donkey and the white, an American flag. In the King Street shop in Old Town Alexandria, the elephants sold out quickly, while many donkeys remain, Putens told Patch. In Bloomers’ Shirlington store, the donkeys are significantly outselling the elephants. The flag version is not selling nearly as quickly as the others. Virginia really is a swing state.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Republican presidential hopeful says he has enough signatures to appear on Virginia's ballot in 2012.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a crowd of more than 200 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn that he had enough signatures to appear on his home state of Virginia's ballot at a rally Wednesday night. The former House speaker also challenged rival Republican Mitt Romney to meet him "anytime, anywhere" in the first-in-the-nation nominating state of Iowa for a one-on-one, 90-minute debate. "We’ll bring all of his negative ads and show them for free and he can explain them, and we’ll find out … whether he likes the heat and wants to come in the kitchen, or whether he is just another normal national politician with clever consultants and a lot of money and no willingness to stand up and tell the truth," Gingrich said. …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Republican Senate candidate speaking at Thursday night events in Annandale, Arlington.
U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke called Virginia’s mandate for girls to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, “offensive” in a phone interview Thursday and said the requirement takes away parental rights. Radtke, a Republican and a former leader of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, in 2007 fought against the legislation that made the vaccination mandatory. She said she was “frustrated and disappointed” at Republicans who supported the measure. “That’s just an area where it’s very convenient for pharmaceutical companies to get something mandatory – that sure makes the demand of their drug much higher than it would be,” said Radtke, who is speaking tonight in Annandale and Arlington. “I absolutely do not think the state …