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In decorous Richmond, a bitter partisan battle over a judicial post

August 19, 2015News Clip

RICHMOND — A bitter partisan battle between Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the GOP-controlled legislature over an appointment to the state Supreme Court ground discourse to a halt Monday in a capital city long known for its political decorum.

On the surface, the battle was over who would fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court: Justice Jane Marum Roush, a former Circuit Court judge from the Washington suburbs whom McAuliffe had appointed to the job last month, or Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr., the GOP’s preferred choice.

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Economic Initiative to Push Private Sector Jobs

July 29, 2015News Clip

Like the thimble on a Monopoly board, Virginia is looking to collect by passing “GO.”

A new economic development campaign called “GO Virginia” was announced Tuesday in a series of press conferences held throughout the state. The initiative, formally called the “Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity in Each Region,” aims to encourage growth in the private sector through incentives from the state and cooperation among every region.

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Reston: Ribbon Cutting Held for Robert E. Simon Jr. Children's Center

July 21, 2015News Clip

Robert E. Simon, Jr. Children's Center, called a "hidden treasure" in Reston, held a grand opening on Saturday, July 18, at 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive in suite 120. Attending the ceremony were families and local dignitaries including Reston founder Bob Simon, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), Del. Ken Plum (D-36), State Sen. Janet Denison Howell (D-32), Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and others. The "Simon Center" meets the educational and social needs of children ages 3 months to 5 years (Pre-K).


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Howell Will Seek Re-Election to Virginia Senate

June 5, 2015News Clip

June 5, 2015

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell (D-Reston) says she will run for a seventh term in 2015.

The signature filing deadline for the election was March 9. No Republican challenger has filed to oppose Howell in the Nov. 3 general election.

Howell has represented Virginia’s 32nd District in Richmond since 1992.

Howell said in an email to constitutes that over the last few months, she considered not running as the climate for Northern Virginia Democrats can be a struggle in the Republican-led General Assembly.

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Here's Why I'm running

June 4, 2015Blog Post

Arlington, VA - 

Over the twenty four years that I have been in the Virginia Senate hundreds of people have asked me basically the same question:  What is a nice lady like you doing in a place like Richmond?

It always makes me laugh but it also makes me ask myself:  Why do I love being in the Virginia Senate?  Especially over the past several months, I have been reassessing if I should run for a seventh term.  Things are rough and often ugly in Richmond. We progressives are in a constant struggle with the overwhelmingly far right House of Delegates. Developing friendships or even working relationships across party and regional lines seems to be getting harder and harder.

Yet, I can't quit now!  I really love fighting for our values.  We can't stop working for a Virginia that cares for all its people and treats everyone fairly. I want to be on the front lines of this struggle. It may not be for everyone, but there is no better place for me than the Senate of Virginia.

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