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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 1/4/2017.

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Democrats will continue to be the leading voice for education, the workforce, economic development, and plain old common sense in the Commonwealth. We expect to see a social agenda from the Republicans during this election year that is out of touch with mainstream Virginia voters. While Republicans would rather legislate what Virginians do in their personal lives, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s leadership has driven the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate from 5.4 percent to 4.1 percent over the past three years. The state has also created 182,100 net new jobs and attracted more than $14 billion in capital investment.

 

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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Saslaw & Delegate Simon Host Jan. 14 Town Hall"

No byline. 12/30/2015.

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Virginia State Senator Dick Saslaw and State Delegate Marcus Simon will be hosting a town hall on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Falls Church Community Center, located at 223 Little Falls St.

 

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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 12/1/2016.

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Another issue with the Electoral College is the manner in which it magnifies the importance of “swing states,” and thus in essence erases the votes of tens of millions of Americans. This year 33 states were decided by a margin of more than ten percent – essentially the outcome in those states was never in doubt. Collectively, the 71 million votes cast in those 33 states mattered a whole heck of a lot less than the 63.5 million cast in the other 17 states. Pardon the pun, but one can argue that under the Electoral College, the razor thin margins in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (a collective 101,000 votes) “trumped” all other votes in this election. It’s just plain wrong to have a system where one person, one vote doesn’t exactly ring true.

 

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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 11/2/2016.

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Next week we will have a newly elected President of the United States. After this long and contentious campaign season, my guess is that everyone will be greatly relieved our nation will be opening a new chapter in history beginning January 20, 2017. Here in Virginia we are quickly turning our attention to the upcoming General Assembly Session which will begin the second Wednesday in January.

 

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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 10/6/2016.

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The ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine is the epitome of the “right stuff” in American politics. As a former U.S. senator, secretary of state, first lady, and a lifelong advocate for American families, no one is more qualified to be president than Hillary. She’s worked tirelessly on common sense issues like guaranteed paid family leave, high-quality preschool, comprehensive background checks for gun sales, and equal rights for all Americans, not just those of a particular race, religion, or sexual orientation.

 

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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 9/1/2016.

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We had the same bill before the legislature in 2016. I want to point out only Republicans voted for it with every one of my Democratic colleagues in both Chambers voting in opposition. Fortunately for the Commonwealth, Governor McAuliffe vetoed the measure. Again, it was the demonstrably pro business Democrats that sustained that veto. This was an evidence-based outcome with real consequences for our neighbors to the south.


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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 8/3/2016.

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Summer is well on its way and Labor Day is just a little more than a month away. The public school year will begin on September 6. Our colleges and universities begin their academic year even earlier To prepare for the opening of school Virginia will host a sales tax holiday over the first weekend in August.


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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 7/6/2016.

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The beginning of July is an important time for our nation and the Commonwealth. This week we celebrated the 4th of July – the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring the 13 colonies no longer part of Britain’s empire. 


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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 6/1/2016.

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Last month I spent some time in this column discussing K-12 education and new pathways to college and careers for our Commonwealth’s high school students. This month we turn our focus to higher education.


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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw's Richmond Report" 

By Dick Saslaw. 5/5/2016.

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We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week in Virginia. I join the Governor and Secretary Anne Holton in applauding those dedicated to Virginia’s children and molding them into their best. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, your patience and your perseverance. The adopted biennial budget is a step in the right direction for teacher compensation and education in general. It’s long overdue but sets the priority for future funding.


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Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Lawmakers sustain McAuliffe vetoes on hot-button issues"

By Jim Nolan. 4/21/2016.

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“I’m proud that we have sustained every veto to come before the Senate since the start of Gov. McAuliffe’s term — but these bills should never have been introduced in the first place,” said Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax.


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A selection of 2016 Session floor speeches 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 4/6/2016.

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The biggest by-product from this year’s session is a new biennial budget. And without a doubt, this is the best biennial budget we have seen in some time. Growing revenues allowed legislators to make critical investments in our workforce, public education and higher education.


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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 3/3/2016.

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We are moving toward adjournment in a rapid stride to the finish. March 12 is the scheduled close of the 2016 General Assembly. Many bills are waiting to be voted on, and the debates continue in committee and on the floor. Reconciling the amendments to the budget bill are the top priority these days.


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The Virginia-Pilot. "The Case for GO Virginia"

By Bryan K. Stephens. 2/14/2016.

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The Collaborative Jobs Development Act — patroned by Sen. Frank Ruff and Sen. Dick Saslaw in the Senate and Del. Tim Hugo, Del. Matthew James and Del. Randy Minchew in the House — encourages collaboration rather than competition on economic development.

 

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Falls Church News-Press. "Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report"

By Dick Saslaw. 2/4/2016.

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Look for the budget to dominate the debate for the duration of the session. In December, Governor McAuliffe presented his biennial budget of $106 billion over two fiscal years to the General Assembly. The legislature has now submitted budget amendments exceeding $2.3 billion related to the general fund. The heavy work is in front of us as we reconcile priorities. Both the House of Delegates and the Senate must ultimately vote on a two year spending plan. According to Virginia’s Constitution, the biennial budget must balance.


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WVTF Public Radio. “Lawmakers Aim to Overturn Governor's Gun Orders

By Sandy Hausman. 1/26/2016.

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But Senator Dick Saslaw points out that the governor was just enforcing a law that enjoyed bi-partisan support when the legislature approved it.

“I got news for you. Y’all voted for that law," he told colleagues on the Senate floor.  "Well not you all," he added, " but the people who were here before you.  They voted for it.  They had to have the same requirements we had.”

And Saslaw notes some states that enjoyed reciprocity have done a poor job of screening those who got concealed carry permits.

“Apparently Florida, as of 2006, had already handed out 1,400 concealed weapon permits to citizens who had criminal records – 218 outstanding warrants including 14 wanted for murder.”

 

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Falls Church News Press. “With Pro & Con Advocates Both There, Guns Dominate Town Hall

By Nicholas Benton. 1/20/2016.

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Saslaw spoke to the terrible irony of opposition to the extension of the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid in Virginia, something the Republicans in rural parts of the state, in particular, have been responsible for. In the poorest parts of the state, where these Republicans hold sway, the life expectancy is 65 compared to 81 in Northern Virginia, Saslaw said, adding that 20 percent of babies in the rural areas are born with opiate addictions, a third of the population smokes in Grundy and Buchanan counties and 40 to 50 percent of adults are “morbidly obese.”

 

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Senator Saslaw Speaks on Ultrasound Bill 


Sen. Saslaw Fights Repeal of "One Gun A Month Law" 


Senator Saslaw Speaks on Voter ID Bill


Senator Saslaw Argues for Project Labor Agreements 


Fighting for A Woman's Right to Choose 


2012 Legislative Wrap-up


VCTA Cable Reports 


ERA is Long Overdue


Springfield Civic Association


Skyline Square Candidates Forum 


Falls Church City Democrats Labor Day Ice Cream Social


2011 Campaign Kickoff


2011 Legislative Wrap-up


2011 Legislative Update


 

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