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[On Monday], we all lost a great visionary, Reston lost its founder, and I lost a dear friend. Robert E. Simon died peacefully at his home in Reston at age 101.

Bob changed the way we view community in America when he created the Reston community over 50 years ago. Risking his fortune, he purchased land in then rural countryside of Virginia. He then proceeded to develop a community unlike any other in our country.

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.

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.

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).

 

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.

Robert E. Simon has a new place to sit in his “new town.”

Last Friday, May 29, Simon sat with Board of Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Del. Ken Plum, Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova and Va. Sen. Janet Howell underneath a historical marker that will remind everyone that Reston was one of the first master-planned communities in the United States.

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:30 pm

The Virginia General Assembly has delayed until Friday a vote on a series of amendments proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe designed to clarify and tighten new rules on gifts and the conduct of state and local public officials.

The holdup Wednesday as the legislature reconvened was over the proposed $100 aggregate cap on gifts that a lawmaker can receive each calendar year. As it turned out, the governor’s proposed amendment could be interpreted to be a lifetime limit, rather than an annual limit.

March 11, 2015, 7:06 pm

Democrats in the Virginia legislature are zeroing in on four bills passed by their Republican-controlled bodies that they hope to persuade Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto this month. Speaking at a post-legislative session town hall meeting in McLean last Saturday, State Del. Marcus Simon, who represents the 53rd District that includes the City of Falls Church, said the bills, if vetoed by the governor, stand a good chance of not being overridden by the legislature when it convenes for its veto session early next month.

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) says that the commonwealth is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to gun control measures in Virginia.

“Gun safety measures were defeated in close, almost party line, votes,” Howell said about last week in the current Virginia General Assembly in an email to constituents.

As the Virginia General Assembly works through its annual 45-day session, the legislators will soon turn their attention toward passing the state budget.

State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), calls the state’s budget outlook “bleak” while praising Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget, which closes the projected shortfall through a series of tax changes and spending cuts.

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