Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Chopra is running for Virginia lieutenant governor and Herring is running for attorney general.
Democratic candidates Aneesh Chopra, of Arlington (running for lieutenant governor), and Mark Herring of Leesburg (running for state attorney general) won straw polls Sunday night at Rep. Gerry Connolly's (D-11th) 19th Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete. An estimated 1,400 Northern Virginians and dozens of local politicians cast their votes at the annual event, which was held at the Kena Temple in Fairfax. Here's how they voted: Virginia Democrat for Lieutenant Governor Virginia Democrat for Attorney General Fairfax is from Annandale; Northam is from Norfolk. Who is your pick? Tell us in the comments.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The March 1 deadline for sequestration passed, and another deadline could come and go March 27.
Northern Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-11th) called Congress "dysfunctional," as the midnight deadline on sequestration steadily approached. "It's a dysfunctional Congress," agreed Jim Moran (D-8th), who spoke with Patch at a ribbon-cutting Friday in Lorton. "I think it ill-serves the people of the United States today. It's very frustrating, very disappointing. It's an institution that is not serving its functions." Connolly didn't expect a last-minute compromise on $1.2 trillion in debt reduction, and he was right. The U.S. military will be forced to cut $46 billion and domestic defense spending will be cut by $85 billion this year alone, he said. "It is the consequence of a dysfunctional Congress," he said. "It's the …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The 11th District incumbent cast his ballot early Tuesday morning.
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) stopped by the Mantua precinct in Fairfax County early Tuesday morning to cast his vote in the 2012 general election. Connolly is running for re-election in the Virginia's 11th Congressional District and faces opposition from Republican and retired Army Colonel Chris Perkins, Green Party Candidate Joe Galdo and Independents Mark Gibson, Chris DeCarlo and Peter Marchetti. Connolly arrived at the Fairfax Circle Baptist Church around 6:30 a.m. After voting, he shook hands with voters before continuing on to what is sure to be a busy day.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Independent Green candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat talks about why he's running, and how the U.S. government should work.
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Tuesday. With that in mind, this is the sixth and final in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Disgust with Congress, ridding America of it's dependence on foreign oil and the importance of third-party candidacies were just a few of the topics discussed recently between Patch and Peter Marchetti, the Independent Green candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Marchetti spoke with Patch from the Starbucks coffee shop at the Bradlick Shopping Center in Annandale…
The Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District is fed up with politics in Washington. How would he change things up?
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Tuesday. With that in mind, this is the fifth in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Playing hardball with China, reforming America's two-party political system and running as a third-party candidate were discussed this week in an interview with Joe Galdo, the Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Galdo spoke with Patch from his home in Fairfax. Galdo, 66, has less than $10,000 campaign cash on-hand, and faces incumbent Democrat Rep. Gerry …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Independent candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat raps with Patch about taking money out of politics.
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Tuesday. With that in mind, this is the fourth in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Taking money out of political campaigning, hoping to rid the U.S. political system of corruption and promising to run in a political election every year were all touched on in a recent in-depth interview with Chris DeCarlo, the Independent candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. DeCarlo spoke with Patch this week from Fairfax Propane, his business along Lee Highway in …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Chairman of the 11th Congressional district Republican committee writes about sequestration.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Editor's Note: The following was submitted as a Letter to the Editor from Terry Wear, chairman of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee. It is unedited. Dear Editor, There have been numerous opportunities for Gerry Connolly to stop or slow the impending sequestration cuts that will result in tens of thousands of layoffs in Northern Virginia and the 11th District. After voting for both versions of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which authorized this sequestration process; Connolly voted against several measures that would lessen the impact of the cuts, including an amendment authored by fellow Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell. These sequestration cuts disproportionately burden Northern Virginia and the defense industry …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
U.S. Rep answers constituent's questions about legislation, election in Tuesday phone conference
More than 16,000 11th Congressional district residents listened to Rep. Gerry Connolly’s 15th telephone town hall call Tuesday night. Connolly (D-11th) gave his constituents an update on legislation he has worked on this session, including transportation improvements, tax credits for start-up businesses and issues with the pending sequestration. The Department of Defense released $180 million on Monday to fund the widening of Route 1 in Mount Vernon through Fort Belvoir. Connolly and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) helped to secure funds in the project. Connolly also highlighted the passage of the transportation appropriations bill which provides “$150 million in funding for Metro and a $96 million federal payment for construction of rail to Dulles…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
11th Congressional District representative will hear constituent concerns in 8 p.m. phone conference.
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) will hold his 15th telephone town hall for residents of Virginia’s 11th Congressional district on July 17. In a release from Connolly's office, communication director George Burke said residents that dial into the telephone town halls "have praised the format and the convenience of being able to communicate with their congressmen from the comfort of their homes without having to fight traffic." Burke said since Connolly started the telephone town halls shortly after he took office in January 2009, more than 170,000 district residents have participated in a call with the congressman. On one call in 2010, more than 30,000 people joined a single call, said Burke. "Constituents will be called shortly before …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
High Court ruled 5-4 today to uphold what some call 'Obamacare.'
Area leaders were quick to react today to the news that the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health reform law. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R): "Today's Supreme Court ruling is extremely disappointing for Virginia and for America. The PPACA will create a costly and cumbersome system that will impair our country's ability to recover from these challenging economic times, infringes on our citizen's liberties, will harm small businesses, and will impose dramatic unfunded mandates on Virginia and all states. Simply put, this is a blow to freedom. America needs market-based solutions that give patients more choice, not less." (For the governor's full statement, visit his Web site.) On his Twitter feed, the governor wrote: "Simply …