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Monday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke — February 20, 2017 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

Morning Notes - Winter

Virginia Marks Washington’s Day — The holiday known as Presidents’ Day in many places around the United States is called George Washington’s Day here in Virginia. Fairfax County is home to Washington’s Mount Vernon, and it offers an explainer for why the name of today’s holiday is different here. [Fairfax County]

League of Women Voters to Host Documentary Screening — “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head” will be shown at an event jointly hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area and OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting. Two showings Thursday, at 4:30 and 7 p.m., will each be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event will be at the Fair City Mall in Fairfax. [League of Women Voters]

Local Fan’s Baseball “Free Agency” Subject of New Video — Andrew Volpe, of Reston, has made a short documentary film chronicling his father’s quest to find a new Major League Baseball team to follow. Michael Volpe’s journey in the 1990s was the subject of national news. [Fairfax County Times]

General Assembly Looks to Curtail Opioid Abuse — A number of bills that aim to fight opioid addiction have advanced to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk. Among them is a bill that would reduce the amount of pain pills health care professionals can prescribe, and one that would require all opioid prescriptions be handled electronically for monitoring purposes. [Roanoke Times]

  • Scott

    Why is the League of Women voters attacking Gerry Connolly?

    • Arielle in NoVA

      The film is against gerrymandering. Guess they should clarify that in the description.

      • Scott

        Thanks Arielle. My comment was TIC b/c all of the recent protesting is frankly, ridiculous. Nationally, the left didn’t mind Gerrymandering when it was democrats in control. Since Republicans captured the House, it’s now a bad thing. The left also needs to be careful what they wish for. Gerrymandering is also what allows guaranteed minority districts to exist.
        The State level is different of course and I fully agree that districts should not be unnatural geographic territory meant to keep incumbents in office, I just dislike the reasons behind the sudden interest.

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