Virginia Young Democrats Stand in Support of Verizon Workers

In a unanimous vote last night, the Executive Committee of the Virginia Young Democrats voiced their support for the many middle-class families in Virginia taking part in striking against Verizon communications. Verizon is demanding $1 billion in concessions from workers despite posting a profit of over $6 billion in the past year.

Perspectives in Education

This past week I went on a trip to Baja Mexico to build houses. I solidified my understanding that I am very lucky and blessed. I
In the area where I worked, I met kids whose families have to pay $150 for a school uniform to go to school. No uniform, no school. When you’re family members are working for .50 cents an hour, $150 is a lot. It made me think back to our public school system in the States. I didn’t have to pay for a uniform to attend, we didn’t even have uniforms and the most we paid amounted to $100 for clubs and other fees. It seems like a whole different world.

McDonnell's Case of Amnesia

When I heard Gov McDonnell went on television and said state employees “pay nothing” towards their retirement I wanted to give the Governor the benefit of the doubt. He himself signed the budget bill that required state employees to do just that. This point was so important to the Governor that he devoted five paragraphs to it in his State of the Commonwealth address in January.

Additionally state employees contribution to their own retirement was one of the sticking points of the Wisconsin budget battle. This battle brought the issue of state retirement system insolvency to the national stage. McDonnell said that he stood with the Republican Governor of Wisconsin in his efforts to cut state employee benefits and compared their budgetary woes with ours Virginia.

Virginia is for Student Voting

Cross-posted at Blue Virginia

Did you know that there are eight Virginia House of Delegates districts where over 10% of the population is college students? In this brief post, I will go over the districts where student voter registration can make the most impact – giving young voters a strong voice that they are not always afforded.

Concealed Carry Coming to the University of Virginia?

Virginia’s ultra-conservative Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, makes headlines again this week over a decision on concealed carry. A few months after taking office in January 2010, Cuccinelli created waves for filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the Federal Health Care bill, claiming that it exceeded the Federal government's power under the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution. In August 2010, Cuccinelli then issued an Arizona SB1070-esque legal opinion authorizing law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they pull over.

Expanding and Encouraging Student Voting

Since this is a redistricting year many localities choose now to change polling locations. When they do change it should be to make voting easier, no matter what political persuasion a school or community might have. If a university has enough registered voters to warrant a polling location then it should have one --- It is a simple as that.

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