Commonwealth of Virginia

Marijuana is now decriminalized, local governments have the ability to take down Confederate monuments, and Virginians are paying more in taxes for gasoline and cigarettes.

July 1 was the start date for most of the new laws passed earlier this year by the General Assembly.

Democrats, in charge for the first time in a generation, refashioned Virginia as the region’s progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues and passing the South’s strictest gun laws, broadest LGBTQ protections, highest minimum wage and some of its loosest abortion restrictions.

“Last November, voters called for decisive, impactful action to make their communities safe and more prosperous. We have delivered on that mandate,” House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn said in a statement.

Here’s a look at some notable new changes:

GUN LAWS: Virginia has been epicenter of the nation’s gun debate after Democrats ran on an aggressive new gun control platform. Tens of thousands of gun owners from around the country rallied against new gun restrictions at the state Capitol in January while lawmakers ultimately approved 7 out of 8 of Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun-control package.

New laws include universal background checks on gun purchases, a red flag bill to allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from people deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others, and limited handgun purchases to one a month. Moderate Democrats balked at passing a ban on assault weapons, which was one of Northam’s top priorities.

MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION: Simple possession is now a civil penalty and can be punished by a fine of no more than $25.

STATUE REMOVAL: Local governments now have the authority to remove Confederate monuments.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION: A new law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public or private employment, public spaces and credit transactions.

ABORTION: Lawmakers undid restrictions on abortion access that were enacted when the legislature was under GOP control, including a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and a requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound and counseling.

GAMBLING: Virginia legalized casinos in five cities, and online sports betting statewide.

FOOD STAMPS: People with certain drug felonies are no longer ineligible for food stamps.

ELECTION DAY: Virginia will no longer honor Confederate generals with Lee-Jackson Day, but will instead move the state holiday to Election Day. Virginia is adopting no-excuse absentee voting.

RECKLESS DRIVING: Under current law anyone caught going 81 miles per hour could face a reckless driving charge. That’s now been moved to 86 miles per hour and faster.

CLEAN ECONOMY ACT: An overhaul of energy policy paves the way for a significant expansion of offshore wind and other renewables as it mandates a transition to zero carbon emissions by 2045 for Virginia’s largest electric utility. Regulators have said the legislation will have significant impacts on monthly electric bills, which supporters of the measure dispute.

GAS AND CIGARETTE TAXES: Lawmakers approved a sweeping transportation funding overhaul that will increase gas taxes. In some parts of the state the tax will rise from about 16 cents a gallon to 34 cents a gallon. The state’s taxes on cigarettes will also double to 60 cents a pack.

CHANGING, BUT NOT RIGHT AWAY: Lawmakers increased minimum wages and made it easier for labor unions to operate, but those changes aren’t set to take effect Wednesday. The state is incrementally increasing its minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026. The first increase to $9.50 an hour will take place May 1, 2021. A new law allowing localities to recognize public sector unions won’t go into effect until next May, either.

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amerigirl

Scott, your ignorance of what were the guidelines set by the trump admin doesn’t make anyone else’s statements moronic, just ours. March 13 directive put out by CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that read, 'Nursing homes should admit any individuals from hospitals where Covid is present,' Not could, should ... that is President (Donald) Trump's CMS and CDC. And then you call me a name because you didn't know that and well I just had to be wrong so you have to call me a name. Then you follow it with "Such an absurd and airheaded comment" because you wee too lazy to see if it was true? You owe me 3 apologies but I'll settle for 1.

WisdomGuidedByExperience

According to the FBI's national instant gun background check database, June 2020 saw a 70% increase in gun background checks compared to June 2019 to the tune of 3.9 million, the highest ever recorded.

On a weekly basis, the four weeks of June 2020 are in the top ten weeks of all time.

It would appear from the actual data that the new gun laws are increasing the sale of guns.

loudouncommonsense

Let's go to the videotape: after the alarming increase in covid cases many people got anxious about food shortages, and protecting themselves in the face of the possibility of inadequate police responses with a covid-depleted force. Even just being bored at home, people turn to their hobbies to amuse themselves driving the collector market. Without survey info detailing motivations for purchases, you are just shooting from the hip (ha ha).

ExitRamp

@Wisdom

---> "It would appear from the actual data that the new gun laws are increasing the sale of guns."

If that's what you choose to believe, sure. I don't suppose increased gun sales was caused by fearful people due to coronavirus or BLM?

amerigirl

Only if the NRA said they should fear it.

amerigirl

That is because of the big ongoing conspiracy theory that gun nuts have. Every time a law is passed or a black man becomes president, or there is a school shooting they start with the "their coming for my guns" rally.They should be so stockpiled by now.

loudouncommonsense

New amusement: watching panicked trumpists (like letsbreal) blame Democrats for situations with distinctly republican origins. Case in point: covid as of July 2: It could have been largely minimized through prompt action by trump in Jan-Feb. Nope. Just denial. Could have been mitigated by states like Texas and Florida if their republican governors hadn't done their macho/bravo bit and reopened too soon.

So blaming democrats suggests not much logic on your part, or a futile attempt at gaslighting the well educated and generally well informed population of Loudoun. Your statements are just so lame.

ace10

Did New York Governor Coumo (D) close "too late?"

ExitRamp

Ace - use the Google and find out when NY closed compared to other states and let us know. Thanks!

ace10

"Compared to other states"

What does the disease pattern in "other" states have to do with that in New York State and the actions of its governor?

If you think there is some correlation, you are more than welcome to explain.

But regardless of your red herring, how about answering the question...

Did Cuomo wait too long to shut down his state?

amerigirl

Ace, what do you think the states use as guidelines? The same pattern and loo for a decrease in cases. Some states that didn't bother to follow the guidelines and go by the graphs set up by every states health dept. (pattern) and opened too soon are now in hot doodoo, like Texas and Florida.

Your question is really stupid about him shutting the state because even after he shut his state they still had hundreds of flights coming from overseas everyday. f you can't actually close the main source of the virus what is the point? That i why the mutation that was in NY matched the virus from Europe and the one that started in Seattle matched the virus from Asia. Here's your question, could Coumo shut down his state with the federal government running international airport in it?

Voltaire

ER--OK and not surprising as he is a Cabinet Secretary (Secretary of Health and Human Services). Members of the Cabinet (except for the vice president) are appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate; once confirmed, they serve at the pleasure of the president, who can dismiss them at any time without the approval of the Senate, as affirmed by the Supreme Court in Myers v. United States (1926).

amerigirl

Coumo had no authority to close the 3 international airports.

workhardgetahead

Yes or No, Did Cuomo send infected patients into retirement/assisted living facilities?

amerigirl

work, who made those guidelines on where to send infected people? It came from the whitehouse.

Voltaire

AG--actually, those guidelines came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Probably got direction from the White House though.

Voltaire

AG--actually, Governor Cuomo does. The international airports are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Governor of New York (Andrew Cuomo) and the Governor of New Jersey (Phil Murphy) control the PANYNJ.

ExitRamp

@Volt

Azar is yet another Trump puppet.

amerigirl

The FAA generally does not allow closure of airports that receive federal funds and any request must be approved by the agency.At the time neither Cuomo or Murphy were given permission.

amerigirl

How does that have anything to do with this article? [offtopic]

LetsBreal

Yes, I'm certain Hillary has a 142% chance of winning this November. Sadly, all polls point to the inevitability of it.

Voltaire

LetsBreal--last time I checked it was Joe Biden that would be the Democratic nominee. I didn't see Hilary Clinton's name anywhere associated with that.

amerigirl

He is probably trying to start a new conspiracy theory

amerigirl

[offtopic] Do you have a clue what the article is about, work on those reading skills and focusing.

workhardgetahead

Yes or No, Did the President give the order to end flights from China in late January?

Yes or No, Did Biden and other mainstreet democrats call the President an Xenophobe and racist for what he implemented?

amerigirl

What is with you and the yes or no because nothing is black and white, including the things you have asked about. Barely squeaked in with the January statement, Jan. 31st and there are exceptions, including for Americans and their family members. Was it his decision? Alex Azar said the decision stemmed from “the uniform recommendations of the career public health officials here at HHS.”Trump said Democrats “loudly criticized and protested” his announced travel restrictions, and that they “called me a racist because I made that decision.” Trump is overstating Democratic opposition. Biden call him anything regarding that NO absolutely NOT None of the party’s congressional leaders and none of the Democratic candidates running for president have directly criticized that decision,Trump said he “closed down the borders to China and to other areas that are very badly affected.” That’s not accurate.There’s no restriction on Americans going back and forth, Feb. 5th, 30 planes land in Los Angeles that either originated in Beijing or came here on one-stops, 30 in San Francisco, 25 in New York City, just that 1 day.

Voltaire

LCS--since we like to talk logic here, your premise is flawed. One, as commonly understood throughout the public health establishment, the main responsibility for the mitigation of a pandemic (such as COVID-19) is the responsibility of the state/local government. The Federal Government is responsible for providing assistance (such as logistical support) as required and development of policies. Further, there is no evidence to date that shows that the virus could have been minimized by the actions of Federal/state/local officials. COVID-19 is a "novel" virus meaning that it is new and there is very little information that ANYONE has on its characteristics/traits/abilities. How do you know that the States of Florida and Texas opened too soon? The responsible Governors, independent of Trump, made their determinations based upon the recommendations of their state's public health apparatus and other experts. But, hey, that doesn't stop the armchair quarterbacks from making random speculation that they did wrong. As for Democrats, let's look at that too, I see that Washington State and the State of California are reconsidering reopening plans too. Both of them are governed by a Democratic Governor. Maybe they opened too soon too.

amerigirl

Volt, what common is saying is that trump didn’t declare a National Emergency until March 13th and it should have been done earlier. It even mentions in the proclamation the dates of concern (Dec and Jan). When a state declares a state of emergency, they can then ask for federal assistance. Which is what the states did. A good president is supposed to help the states not deny them what they need. The federal government can do much more in assistance. The Secretary of HHS has the independent authority under section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, to declare a public health emergency. Which it did, I believe it was in the end of January. Through ESF #8 they can also tap into the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). But trump had parts of that rewritten the day after Kuthcner said it belonged to the federal government and was for their use. Everyone knows that Florida and Texas along with Alabama and Arizona opened too soon, and they aren’t the only states. Not a one followed federal guidelines once trump started with his “Liberate” tweets. It may be the responsibility of Governors, independent of Trump, to make their determinations based upon the recommendations of their state's public health. But they opened to please Trump. They did NOT follow their own states recommendations or the leaders of the jurisdictions in their own states. California’s is using what they call the “dimmer switch” approach to reopening. They have ordered the closing of bars, and restricting high risk areas, in areas with rising cases. these were put back in place by their dem governor. Inslee has requirements that have to be met by counties and others that effect the entire state. They are not seeing all the new cases like the other states. But as of July 3rd, they have moved some counties to Phase 1 but still have much stricter restrictions than we do here in Virginia. Their reopening plans are pretty much along the same lines as our, Counties with less virus move faster than the others. I don’t know where you heard they were reopening from. But the states you mention; Florida, withheld virus stats (she was later fired), never made masks mandatory, allowed large gatherings on beaches and have allowed businesses’ like bars, gyms, to open, and even with the numbers going extremely high have continued with their reopening phases, though Santos is saying that he will start closing things if people don’t practice social distancing and a week ago Friday n DeSantis imposed new restrictions, ordering bars in the state to stop serving alcohol on their premises. He also says the state is "not going back" on reopening its economy, even as it's surged to become one of the nation's top states for new. Texas is also starting to reverse its orders. Abbott in Texas has halted reopenings.

LetsBreal

Peak virus - USA sees 52,000 new infections in the past 24 hours.

Thanks Democrat leftist rioters and looters.

loudouncommonsense

avoidable it Trump acted in Jan and Feb when he had the info from experts;

LetsBreal

Oh yeah, it would have been a real hoot had democrats thrown open the borders like they've been trying to do for the last fifty years in the name of multiculturalism. Maybe you should fly over to China and stroll the wet markets since you're so enlightened.

The democrats certainly didn't act. They spent all their time on impeachment and telling the citizens of large cities to enjoy their time in towns.

"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi toured San Francisco's Chinatown Monday to send a message. She said there's no reason tourists or locals should be staying away from the area because of coronavirus concerns.

"That’s what we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here," Pelosi said. "Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation."

Pelosi visited The Wok Shop, a temple and the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, which was started 58 years ago by owner Kevin Chan's mother and uncle." - NBC News, February 5th, 2020

amerigirl

Sometimes I wonder how can you possibly be so out of touch with reality. Democrats have always wanted border control. They have created bills for border control, including a $4.5 billion emergency funding measure to fulfill some of President Donald Trump’s request for additional aid to handle the influx of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

How would seeing the wet markets have anything to do with trumpsters slow response on the virus Mr. enlightenment? What does Pelosi visit to Chinatown where there was NO virus have to do with anything? Who cares what she visited unless you are trying to make some anti-Chinese statement? Ridiculous, it’s like you are picking subjects from the sky. That’s bad enough but from Feb.???

LetsBreal

No, AG, democrats actually do NOT want border control. They want open borders. They talk a good game, and then encourage open borders through the back door. Their bills are smoke screens to encourage open borders, electing more democrats. That’s the same reason they take large sums of money from George Soros through surrogate organizations that promote open borders like the "Open Society", the "Thousand Currents" foundation, and formerly TIDES, which support low wages for illegal immigrants and high wages for citizens through minimum wage initiatives. Why? To push underground black markets which don’t participate in taxation while at the same time pushing open markets which do pay taxes. By doing that, they create two separate classes which they can play against each other.

That "squeeze" allows them to promote lower standards of living over the entire population all the while blaming everyone except themselves for "change". It's quite sinister, but it's all aimed at the DNC maintaining and advancing power while giving them a narrative to justify a controlled decline in standards of living. Politically correct language changes (like undocumented vice illegal) are just one of the many tools liberals use to soften their core base over time. Other goals they have are using the conversation of "climate change", health insurance, and social justice to redistribute income.

If you agree with those agendas, then you are “enlightened” in their eyes and are seeing what everyone else just can’t see! It’s a perfect narrative for dismissing individual achievement, constitutional government and private property rights for the “good of the people” and federalizing the Democrat agenda so that everyone is forced to live under it.

Finally, we have politicians like Sheila Jackson Lee (D), Steny Hoyer and other prominent democrats pushing for reparations to further divide and conquer the country. Why? Wedge issues for increasing power Democrat party power plays.

amerigirl

Lets, you must live in conspiracy land. Nobody wants open borders, that is another lie (with Pinocchio’s) made by trump. Just like his “We have to break up families,” Trump claimed, because of “bad laws that the Democrats gave us.” But there is no such law. You have not said anything except the things trumpster said that have been proven as lies by at least 1 factcheck and usually more. You think immigrants can vote? No, they can’t you have to be a citizen. Both parties have large donors how can you not know that? I guess you are off the Bloomberg kick right now. You believe the conspiracy theories on Soros’s groups. Open Society Foundations financially support civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media. None of what you said has even a hint of truth to it. Thousand Currents is left, but is a grant creating organization that distributes funding to local foundations, republicans also have them. But all the rest of your statements are lies. It sounds like you need some “enlightenment” Try fact checking and not using conspiracy web sites. You have the strangest way of looking at people I have ever seen and you think everyone has an alternative reason for what they do no matter how far fetched it is.

workhardgetahead

Answer the above question Loudounnonsense.

LetsBreal

Wrong Amerigirl. We have representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) comparing camps detaining illegal aliens near the border to concentration camps. We also have representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stating only n-a-z-i-s oppose open borders. We also have democrats and progressives pushing for more and more sanctuary cities all over the country to shield illegal aliens from federal law. At the same time, democrats push for more and more steps in the processes required to return illegal aliens to their countries of origin in a game to run out the clock and set them free when they have been caught crossing the border illegally. We also have Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) passing legislation to give illegal aliens tax payer funded stimulus checks. The Democrat controlled New York legislature passed a law allowing high school students here illegally to obtain financial assistance for New York state universities and community colleges. Democrats in San Francisco pushed through legislation to allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections, a first step towards legitimizing illegal aliens to vote in federal and state elections down the road. Donkey Blue California is the first state to offer health benefits to adult illegal aliens.

It ain’t “mean spirited evil” republicans pushing and supporting these leftist agenda items to support illegal unchecked immigration.

As usual, there are your lies here on a daily basis. Then there’s the REALITY of radical progressive democrats (redundant) and their ridiculous agenda to bankrupt the nation.

amerigirl

Well I don't know how 'we' is but I have to agree with her. AOC never stated that she said they were like concentration camps also but right wing media said that is what she was referring to. You need to find the truth before just believing what you read. Fact check it. Non of the people you mentioned represent Virginia. How do you know their reasoning behind any of it? There has long been a push to help DACA students or other students to be able to get aid for college, do you want to live with a bunch of dummies? These are loans that have to be paid back with interest, it's not hurting the taxpayer at all. It's so sad that you see everything in black and white. Having people that live in the US be better educated and productive in society is a win-win, it is not left or right. Like I said, if you are going to say I lied, which you do on almost every conspiracy drives post you make, than point it out and prove it. Stop being a name caller based on nothing but the lies that are fed to you and show some proof. You are so out of touch with reality and living in the trump made up world, I bet you even believe the Qanon BS

scottva

@Ag - are you high again? It has NOT been a secret that Liberals want open borders. Good Lord, the first series of Dem debates they all said they want open borders. This is not some GOP conspiracy theory, it's out there in black and white.

Voltaire

LCS--there is no solid evidence to support that premise. That is subjective.

amerigirl

Actually there is plenty.

scottva

Oh yeah for sure, except Trump did act, Fauci was busy carrying China's water

amerigirl

Fauci was following the guidelines on what to call the virus set by WHO because by using locations in the past people caused racial abuses. Which is exactly what trumpster was doing.

amerigirl

How stupid do you have to be to read the head line about a count and then not read the text to see why? Read more learn more. The states that reopened early are the states with the outrageously high numbers. Now they are the ones having to backtrack. They have done contract tracing and said that there hasn't been any noticeable spread from the protests. They were masks. Look at Texas, Houston’s intensive-care units are running out of available beds, they had to shut down businesses again. The laces with the highest increase are states that opened too early.

LetsBreal

We know exactly why cases are rising. Because quarantines are only important to you until a better political news story comes along.

amerigirl

Yes, we do know exactly why. Because the states opened too early, it’s not like they weren’t warned. But they wanted to please the master. Like Texas which is back peddling and once again closing down bars. Abbott calls it hitting the pause button, but when you hit pause you don’t undo what you opened. Same with Florida. Because quarantines are only important to you until the master says they are not. Got to get those numbers up, those number that are more important than people.

Voltaire

AG--let's pump the brakes there. It is NOT only Republican Governors that are having problems with reopening. The Governor of Washington State (Jay Inslee) and the Governor of the State of California (Gavin Newsom) had to delay their reopening plans because of COVID-19. Both Inslee and Newsom are democrats.

amerigirl

Volt, as I explained above, those states are dong what Virginia is doing by county. I don't know haw they can even manage it in CA with the way the state is geographically.

scottva

Ah ha! So protests and riots are good and opening for business is bad. Only greedy capitalists can contribute to the increase in COVID and America hating BLM protests and riots have no impact. This is one of the best hypocritical Liberal comments I've read.

amerigirl

Protests and riots are 2 different things. There are rules in place for openings because we are in a declared emergency. They are for protection. Place that have controlled their covid can open. If you look at the protest which ones seem safer to you, the 2A with gun totters and no masks screaming in other peoples faces or the peaceful protests where most everyone was wearing a mask?

amerigirl

You should be embarrassed by what you just said. It is so obvious here the new cases are and that it is all states that opened early,

scottva

The fact that people with your thought process are able to vote scares me more than Biden himself. So flipping twisted and nonsensical.

amerigirl

Please you should scare yourself, you don't know the difference between a peaceful protest and a riot and you voted for a pathological liar, and many times bankrupted, racist incompetent idiot.

Bye Don 2020

Would like to take a moment to ask a question of a very small group--those who still support Donald Trump as what America needs in the White House. Does this story about ignoring that Russia was paying Taliban to kill Americans bother you, just a little maybe? If not, why do you call yourself American?

KK153

“Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times."

Weak folks such as yourself are about to get the hard times you have earned and so aptly deserve. Enjoy them.

amerigirl

Not only disagree with your philosophic saying but but these are the strong times when men stand up to oppressors.

marv

And if true, just what was Trump supposed to do??? Declare war??? Enlighten us oh

all knowing one. Semper fi.

LoudounClear

Not sucking up to Putin would have been a start. But Trump can't do that...I'm with ByeDon, this is beyond the pale. Semper Fi indeed

marv

Then you'r in poor company.

scottva

Another genius. Biden is an excellent choice.

amerigirl

so marv, being in Putin's company is good company? Nyet!

amerigirl

Scott, look at the huge idiot you guys elected, it can't ever be worse than that low IQ, bigot, racist, dishonest. narcissistic, ignorant, arrogant nd h so orange puppet of putin,

LetsBreal

Seems the Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama "Russian Reset Button" didn't reset very well.

scottva

@LoudounClear - Oh how we forget that in 2012 Obama told the Russian president that "Tell Vlad that after the election, I'll have more flexibility". Nice try

amerigirl

LetsBreal , no it's just the far right is willing to have a president that is a traitor to his country as long as he feeds them all the hype they want to hear.

LetsBreal

"This is my last election. After my election, I'll have more flexibility." - President Barack Obama to Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev on a hot microphone, 26 March 2012

"I understand. I transmit this information to Vladimir." - Dmitry Medvedev

oops

Mike Kay

marv: Oh look! He said "semper fi"! He MUST be a super patriot! Just like Flynn who sold out his country as soon as he realized his gov't handouts (pension and free healthcare) paled in comparison to the lifestyle of the First Crime Family.

marv

I do not know of others, but I say "Semper fi" because of years in the Corps and the friends no longer here.

Voltaire

Marv--And saying "Semper Fi" is perfectly acceptable and your right to do so. I know a few Marines who do that too. Don't know why that turned into a political point but apparently it doesn't take much to generate one....

workhardgetahead

Semper fi means nothing to twerp democrats

They have no idea what real service is. I'd like to know how many actually stood up and served after the 9-11 attacks. I dont mean years after but immediately after. I bet most ran into mommy and daddy's basements and hid, and based on what's going on today, some probably cheered. Democrats hate America plain and simple, they just thirst for the power and the control of their sheep supporters.

amerigirl

Maybe stop playing nice and being buddy buddy with Putin. Trump i his puppet, he will wiggle out of having to anything.

scottva

A very informative response, thank you.

amerigirl

and he did.

amerigirl

There are many in the corp that would not like to be associated with your comments

Voltaire

AG--that may be true. But they would also respect Marv as one of their own.

workhardgetahead

But many more would.

amerigirl

Workhard, you don't know jack, you just keep thinking that. Volt, I know one that said what he said was an embarrassment to the people who served in the corp. Others might accept him but not all, as the person said he is old school corp.

Chris McHale

Bye Don - clearly that was a rhetorical question as you have no interest in the real answer.

LoudounClear

uh...you didn't offer one.

Chris McHale

Why offer one if he/she doesn't really want a real answer.

scottva

What's most amazing about your comment is that you're speaking out in a public forum. You must have a TSC since you know all the details right? Maybe you're just some uneducated moron that seems to think you know all. I'm going to go with option 2. You hate Trump? Fine no problem. What really concerns me is that there are people like you that honestly believe that a man who doesn't know if he's running for the Senate or Presidency, which state he's in and that he openly declares that he's going to beat, not Trump in the election, but himself. Winning choice. You, idiots, have had 4 years to find a candidate and all you come up with is a guy that's mesmerized by Crayola Crayons?

Jeanne T

Why do you believe that story is true?

scottva

Unless you were present, you know as much as anyone else. So your question is impractical and just dumb, asking others for their opinion on an investigation that has just begun and multiple Intelligence agencies have varying opinions. I prefer to deal with facts and not supposition, try it some time

amerigirl

Sounds like you are evading the facts. Those who can read can get more of the facts without having to be there. They know it happened they are still investigating so why not get opinions from people, that is not impractical and saying that people shouldn’t care about it is just dumb. WAPO; Leading Republican lawmakers on Monday confirmed that U.S. intelligence agencies have developed information about a Russian military operation targeting U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. But they said that any U.S. response should wait until intelligence agencies fully review the material, some of which was shared with members of Congress in a classified briefing at the White House. The CIA in particular has been analyzing the intelligence for several months and has assessed that the Russian program is real, according to these people. The intelligence was considered significant and credible enough that it was included in the President’s Daily Brief, according to two individuals familiar with the matter. Those are the facts. face it,

scottva

Yeah AG, you have the "facts". Snopes is not a reliable source and nor is Buzzfeed. If you're so sure the "facts" are in, then why did Schiff, Pelosi, Schumer and other Dems not bring this up in February when they were briefed? Guessing too busy preparing for their BLM protests

amerigirl

Scott

I bet you say that about all the fact checkers because you can't handle the truth. It is your impeacher liar that calls all facts he doesn’t like fake news. Whose job is it to do something about it? Just because trumpster is too lazy to do his job. Did you read the line “classified”? Guess who can override that classification? Do you think there were BLM protest being planned in Feb? Ridiculous.

workhardgetahead

Why do you call yourself American if you vote for a democrat?

amerigirl

Because that is what American is about being a democratic nation. How do you call yourself a person when all you believe are conspiracy theories?

LoudounPulse

These gun laws are useless in Virginia. The easiest way to get around them is to drive across the state line into West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. What they should have done was require psychiatric doctors to send the names of all patients to a state database so that crazy people can't buy guns.

Voltaire

LP--I believe that you cannot force doctors to provide that information as that information has privacy concerns with it.

amerigirl

.Such a law abiding citizen. They are safety laws. the one a month law is to stop people who would do that, go to a different state, from getting a ton of guns and taking them out of state. NY has complained for years about all the guns used there in crimes coming from VA. are now free to report people that they think are dangerous to themselves or others. psychiatric doctors. Before they couldn't because of privacy issues.

scottva

@AG - You said: "They are safety laws. the one a month law is to stop people who would do that, go to a different state, from getting a ton of guns and taking them out of state." It's a bit ironic, for years we've been hearing that no one needs to own an AR-15 or other "assault" type rifles. No one needs to own a military-grade gun. What you fail to understand the one gun per month is for handguns and NOT "assault" rifles. This means I can buy (5) AR-15's in one month if I wanted because it's not included in the one gun per month policy. Darn.

amerigirl

How’s that, and what does one have to do with the other? Absolutely nothing. Did I say it was for anything even remotely like assault weapons, NO YOU DID. Seriously you think people that come here on a large gun buy for street guns are getting assault rifles? Why did you even bring that up? Like I said they buy the guns in large quantities to resell. Pay attention, nobody mentioned assault weapons but you.

ExitRamp

@LP

---> "The easiest way to get around them is to drive across the state line into West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina."

Which means the gunrunners from DC and NY will go elsewhere too.

amerigirl

That should give our cops a break

LoudounPulse

Democrats approve gambling? The primary way Government milks the poor and uneducated into unloading their paychecks into rigged games. Unbelievable.

Voltaire

LP--nobody forces these individuals to spend their money gambling (either in casino environment or state-run lottery). That is the choice of the individual.

amerigirl

Let's go with your thinking, the poor should go out of state and spend their dollars there. You don't have to be poor to gamble, not a requirement. Unbelievable.

LoudounPulse

Public Sector Unions are about to destroy the school system and every other part of Government. If Government needs unions, maybe the Democrats should ask themselves why vs. handing over power to unions to strike and send Government agencies into turmoil.

Voltaire

LP--your premise depends on which level of Government you are talking about. The unions for the Federal civil service are practically worthless as they have little power and aren't overall effective. As for the state and local workers, their unions are a little better and do a better job at representing their members. Unions have the right to strike, it is part of life. There isn't much that the political class can do except work with the unions concerning compensation and fringe benefits. Strikes doe not "send Government agencies into turmoil" as most states have contingency plans should the unions strike. They simply implement them and continue forward. Agency responsiveness may be a little impaired but you still get the essential services.

amerigirl

They do protect workers, that's how they started. Remember sweat shops?

Voltaire

AG--please. We are talking about civil service jobs that are mainly done in offices. Sweat shops are industrial factories. Today, those factories have their own unions. I should know as my uncle was, for a time, the head of a UAW group for a GM in WI. As to protecting workers, that point is debatable. The union for the Federal civil service is utterly worthless and does nothing. The state/local union is a little better. Unions are also the reason why some industries had problems and lost to overseas competitors. Go talk with a former employee of Bethlehem Steel. That company went bankrupt and the overall industry lost out to the Japanese thanks to the fact that Japan made steel cheaper and the cost difference came from the unions consistently demanding higher and higher wages and benefits which made them anti-competitive.

amerigirl

Your uncle my know my son. he is based in MI but does go to other states for business. I bet your uncle could tell you about all the accidents that have happened in the past and how the UAW made sure protections were put in place.

Voltaire

AG--actually he and I have argued over this point quite frequently. He has frequently told me what the UAW has done to help the auto industry workers. I don't disagree with him or you that unions did have a place at the table and did help the average factory worker and do commendable things. However, the problem is the mindset of the senior union management. They are a little too busy thinking about themselves and forget what the union is there for.

BobOhneiserEsq

There are consequences when the majority of registered voters choose not to vote in local elections. Imagine where the state could be in a couple more election cycles - is it really too much trouble to vote? :-)

Mike Kay

BobOhneiser: It couldn't possibly be related to the VA GOP excusing every one of it's losses as being due to not being extremist enough. Good luck with your failed "supply side econ" and your neo confederates. LOL

Voltaire

Mike Kay--I wouldn't be so cocky. If the Republicans had fielded "good" candidates who actively campaigned, I am not so sure that the Democrats would have had as easy a time as they did in 2018 mid-terms.

Voltaire

Bob--I would disagree with your baseline premise that had everyone voted in local elections then the results would have magically been any different. Furthermore, unless you are a psychic, there is NO way for you to be able to conclude what the Commonwealth of Virginia or Loudoun County is going to be. I would also surmise that the increased use of absentee ballot, as allowed by law now, will help facilitate increased voter participation and you may not like the outcome that that generates.

RoundHillGuy

First time gun owners in Loudoun bought every round and gun in the stores at the beginning of covid, First time gun owners bought every round and gun in the store after seeing the peaceful protests across the Country when they realized the police will not protect you or your property. Same happened across the entire Country. The 2nd amendment has never been more secure.

Mike Kay

RoundHillGuy: Entitled whites have never been so scared. Should they be?

scottva

What kind of dumb comment is that, "Entitled whites have never been so scared"? What does race have to do with buying guns? Wow, really amazed at the racist remarks you've made and LTM allowed. Really despicable the narrative you're trying to paint. BLM will not be happy with you Mick.

amerigirl

Scott, obviously a comment above you reading skill.

Bye Don 2020

Enjoying the squeals of those who foisted their views on us for so long. Get used to it, fellas. Virginia is moving forward and moving on...

Voltaire

Bye Don 2020--are we psychic? How do YOU know what Virginia is doing or not? You cannot say with certainty that the whole Commonwealth of Virginia will ALWAYS vote Democratic.

amerigirl

You don't have to be psychic to see the trend. He only said what the trend shows

Voltaire

AG--I wouldn't be so confident/sure that the trend continues indefinitely.

Voltaire

AG--For instance, the State of West Virginia. Everybody thought and automatically assumed that West Virginia was a blue state and would stay that way indefinitely. Well, they are now a red state.

amerigirl

W VA, well if it weren't for coal. And like I said, he was talking about the tend and that is where the trend in currently gong.

Voltaire

AG--As for West Virginia, the coal industry does play a role. However, there are other dynamics in West Virginia such It’s about changes in the parties, the way the state’s population views itself and the way it views Washington. So it’s about culture as much as economics. People in West Virginia believe that the state's movement away from the Democratic Party was because the Democratic party has become too “liberal.” People in West Virginia view Government as a tool of elites and a “malevolent force out to do us harm.” That perspective got a lot worse under under Obama. However, West Virginia is also able to be independent as the state has a Democrat Senator (Joe Manchin) and a Republican Senator (Shelley Moore Capito).

amerigirl

Volt, coal didn’t just play a role it was the major role. It is the only state that has lost population since 2010 with EPA standards changing.

Chris McHale

Also added is the requirement to report a lost or stolen gun. Not sure why someone wouldn't report a legal weapon that is lost or stolen. I'm sure those that have a weapon illegally will certainly follow this new requirement.

Doug Glatt

Interesting the media has not reported on the 'The Community Policing Act' going into effect today. Where during a traffic stop law enforcement is now required to ask you about your race, ethnicity, and gender.

Ironic how this flew under the radar.

amerigirl

It was more than mentioned by the media, why are you saying it wasn't? I read it in the post, and saw it on WUSA/9, It was also on NBC, WTOP etc. It is a data base that collects info on if cops use racial profiling or not. You flew under the radar if you missed it. Law enforcement is required to record information about a driver’s race, ethnicity, age, and gender during a traffic stop. What is there that they can’t get off your license or by looking at you? If they have to ask, I guess they will. But they are not required to ask about all of it, they are required to record it

Jaws

Help me understand, would any of the gun laws have stopped any of the VA shootings? Missing in this article is where the Democratic run state increased the money threshold for a felony charge from $500 up to $1,000. How is that helping Virginia? Tax payers pay more In taxes and criminals get passes on stealing more items.

There is something wrong with that logic it seems drastic or desperate to jam all these laws in before the racist Governor is voted out.

RandomName2019

They increased the money threshold for a felony charge from $500 up to $1,000 because it hasn't kept up with the cost of goods, turning what would have been a misdemeanor (or a series of stacked misdemeanors) into felonies for stealing items similar in nature at different times.

Mike Kay

Jaws: "The racist governor" from a guy who supports a president who panders to racists. Did you read what you wrote before posting? What an idiotic comment.

Jaws

Mike: if your going to comment fifty times on one article at least make your comments relevant. Are you even reading the comments? Didn’t even mention Trump. Try to keep up.

Voltaire

Jaws--true about Trump, but you did mention "racist Governor" in your initial and that will ignite the Democratic posters on this page to tee off on Trump names to counter the Northam names.

amerigirl

I see it's ok for you to use politics but nobody else Hypocrite.

loudouncommonsense

It will put a damper on "straw purchases" by out-of-staters. Many of the guns from VA apparently have been used in crimes in DC. Isn't there any value in addressing that?

amerigirl

It would have stopped the VA Tech shooting, it was privacy laws that kept the mental health workers from being able to report him, under the re flag laws he would have been reported.

The child safety laws: last month, the 5-year-old boy who found an unsecured gun in the car and shot himself, or in Norfolk the 13 YO who shot himself with an unsecured gun, or last August the 3YO who found a gun in Colonial Heights and killed himself. In Lynchburg Jan 2019 when a 4 YO shot a 6 YO with one.

I guess you were wrong on both accounts’ laws could have stopped deaths and injuries and the gov is not racist.

LetsBreal

Oh look! Democrats did what they said they're gonna do. Tax the rich!

Only the rich buy cigarettes and gasoline.

amerigirl

Weren't you one of the people complaining about the property tax being raised? How many poor people own property that would make a difference of even $100 a year? The total value of taxable commercial property saw the biggest increase in assessments up 7.66 percent, totaling $16.9 billion. (WTOP) OH LOOK Democrats did what they said they're gonna do.

Voltaire

AG--yes, and that is exactly the problem. Democrats (and some Republicans) like to tax too much and spend too much money. They could always cut Government spending and largeness. What a revolutionary concept.

Accountability

Posting this in case it gets deleted. Can't wait to red flag Lawman.

Lawman Jun 30, 2020 8:17pm

Gonna legalize that weed next year.

amerigirl

That shows your ignorance of red flag laws. You can't. So what about the statement has you so concerned anyway? It doesn't say he will be doing both at the same time. Overstatement of overstepping. I bet you have a drink every so often and I bet you have a gun, does that mean you are shooting while drinking?

Jeanne T

Contrary to your beliefs, red flag laws can and have been abused.

amerigirl

please show me when that has happened. I feel like a judge who is the one making the decision would have to have pretty strong evidence.

ace10

The (wonderful) unintended consequence of the silly handgun purchasing limit, is that more Virginians are obtaining their concealed carry permit. Which comes with it the freedom to buy or not buy as many handguns as you wish.

Doug Glatt

Very interesting the conceal loophole is never mentioned by the media.

Accountability

That would require objective reporting.

Voltaire

Accountability--you are not going to find that in this country's media that's for sure.

amerigirl

I don't think the media went into detail for any of the new laws. That was put in place to keep gun traffickers from constantly coming to VA to make large purchases and taking them out of state. It has been a problem for many years.

amerigirl

At least they would get the required training with the permit. The limit has been in place in Virginia before. But you don't even seem to realize the main reason the law was created. It was to deter gun trafficking because so many people were coming from out of state to purchase large amounts of guns to take back to other states.

TomPaine

Loving all of it! If you don't like it, please move to another state as VA is blue for good! Decency is prevailing and this is the first wave of change to stamp out the greed, corruption, and selfishness of Conservatives. Trump falls next!

ace10

You "love" abortion?

amerigirl

Oh PLEASE the first abortion bills in Virginia were written by the republicans and it hasn't changed much since then.

Jeanne T

You're missing the point.

amerigirl

Jeanne or are you missing the point?

Jeanne T

Undoubtedly he does.

amerigirl

Undoubtedly he loves that women have the right to choose.

amerigirl

His name is Tom I doubt he has to worry about having an abortion? Do you "love" talking about abortion, do you have some kind of obsession with it?

Lawman

Gonna legalize that weed next year.

amerigirl

Legal now, starting today

Jeanne T

No doubt that "weed" will make you smarter, right "Law" man?

amerigirl

Just like alcohol it wears off, no complaints about alcohol? What people want to do in the privacy of their home and is legal is not our business.

loudouncommonsense

These new laws were passed by Democrats, because they won the last election. So one or all of the following are true:

1. Republicans did a poor job organizing and conducting their campaigns so that weak and feckless Democrats easily overwhelmed the business-savvy repubs.

or

2. VIRGINIANS did not like the decisions and laws enacted by Republicans and liked what the Democrats represented more: Republican policies were not what VIRGINIANS wanted for their future.

or

Option 3 (originally conceptualized as a personal attack by some commenters here like SCOTTVA) Is that somehow, BLM, and the "radical left" have found a secret weapon (decency and justice) to exert mind-control over VIRGINIANS, causing them to reject the president, and local, state and national repubs who are inextricably tied to him.

There remains the distinct and growing possibility that all 3 scenarios will play out this fall on the national stage.

The question is not what a Virginian is, it's "what is an American?

David Dickinson

The irony of the state flag just gets more ironic by the Democratic day.

amerigirl

Not ironic when Virtue stomps out aggression, it gets more and more significant.

Voltaire

AG--and who is going to be the party that defines what "virtue" and "aggression" mean?

amerigirl

Virtue is the actual name of the woman on the flag. Already defined

Voltaire

AG--OK, comment withdrawn. I haven't spent much time looking at the Commonwealth's flag. Good to know.

KK153

less restrictions to kill a baby via abortion than to buy a handgun to defend your family. makes sense.

amerigirl

The restrictions didn't change. It is still the same time frame as it was when the republicans wrote their bill. The only changes had nothing to do with the actual procedure. look it up.

LeesburgFan

A couple of bad laws.... VA should allow medical marijuana but not recreational. Have you ever asked a former user.....the effects are detrimental to a person's life, aspirations, achievements and motivation. Sad to see abortion loosening, 24 hour waiting period should remain as well as ultrasound and counseling. Good luck to the 5 cities getting casinos.....that's a future debacle each town will have to deal with more police and higher drugs and crime. On a positive, gun background checks, red flag bill, and limiting purchases, along with cigarette tax are good. And 81 in a 75 mph zone is certainly not reckless, so ok to 86 mph. Carbon reduction and minimum wage step up is fine. So mixed bag imo.

ExitRamp

@LF

---> "VA should allow medical marijuana but not recreational. Have you ever asked a former user.....the effects are detrimental to a person's life, aspirations, achievements and motivation."

Whether you know it or not, people from all walks of life have been smoking pot for many decades. They will continue to ingest marijuana in the future regardless of laws. Decriminalization simply does away with a useless and unenforceable law. Meanwhile, alcohol destroys lives. Let's have medical alcohol.

mjcinva

Wonderful! Now Virginia is just like Maryland, a shining example of a failed state in every sense of the word. Can’t balance a state budget? Let’s legalize gambling and raise gas and cigarette taxes so we can rake in revenue from the poor! Let’s pass statue removal laws and grant subsidies for felons in a pathetically transparent attempt to pander to minorities. This way they’ll keep voting for us generation after generation!

amerigirl

That is your reasoning for why they have legalize gambling? There are other states yu can live in if you are not happy with this one.

Voltaire

AG--so, if someone doesn't like what is happening in either the state's politics and doesn't agree with the majority, then the answer is for them to move? That theme has been increasingly displayed on this site. Well, I believe that this country was founded on the principle that this person is entitled to his/her opinion and he/she is allowed to express it without retribution. This isn't a communist country where it is the State's opinion or else.

LeesburgFan

How could the Dems miss the one law that everyone could agree on, not banning assault weapons?

KK153

"everyone" doesn't agree.. not even close

amerigirl

I think most dems, like me, feel that the safety laws are a priority. Follow the laws that have been put in place and it shouldn't be a problem.

northernobserver

Saddened that it will be that much easier to get an abortion.

amerigirl

Easier?? a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and a requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound and counseling. That is just how it was before the republicans put that extra burden on women. No woman gets pregnant just so she can have an abortion, it is a hard decision and the government shuld not be there trying to influence that decision, it is personal.

scottva

"the government should not be there trying to influence that decision, it is personal." Like wearing a mask huh AG?

loudouncommonsense

uh...SCOTT: a mask is for the protection in a public setting from spreading a virus. Choice is a personal decision that doesn't result in contagion.

scottva

uh....loudouncommensense: who does an abortion protect? The baby? I guess murder is a personal decision that prevents an increase in our population.

Mike Kay

scottva proves, once again, why we need government to keep control of dim people who still don't understand the pandemic and PPE. Go back to your playpen.

amerigirl

Scott, to begin with wearing a mask is not a personal decision, it I state ordered because of a crisis. Having an abortion does not endanger the public and the public does not need to be protected from the choice a woman makes. There are time that the abortion is to protect the mothers health. You do not understand enough about the subject to make comments.

David Dickinson

It's murder. Cold, hard murder.

Mike Kay

LOL @ GUYS who think other people's fetuses are their business. Sorry your such emotional snowflakes about protoplasm.

amerigirl

So a man says.

amerigirl

There are laws governing both right scott? If a woman has to follow the laws for an abortion then people should obey the EO for masks.

Mike Kay

Northernobserver: It's just as easy as ever for you not to get one and mind your own business. You can save as many fetuses as you agree to support for 18 years. You don't know the circumstances of every pregnancy, no one does except the people whose CHOICE it is. Get over it. There are more important issues.

RoundHillGuy

Mike Kay, You are so correct! I agree 100% with a womens right to choose. She can choose to carry a gun to protect herself. Her body her choice.

amerigirl

And what makes you think she doesn't have the right to both? She does

Loudoun1965

So in the same year, nearly everything but guns will be decriminalized, and we are to leave our kids home alone for three days a week? At least I can drive 86 miles an hour using my overpriced gas to work and back.

scottva

Or make it to an abortion clinic before they close for the day

amerigirl

What is your obsession with abortions?

Jeanne T

One side is obsessed with life. The other is obsessed with death. There are only two choices and you are either on one side or another, amerigirl.

amerigirl

Jeanne you are so wrong, it is not black and white. You make it sound like people have abortions as a convince. but this article is about gun rights, not abortions.

Mike Kay

Overpriced gas? Have you bought some recently? Blame the fake free market the GOP pretends exists.

Voltaire

Mike Kay--as an active participant in the free market, I can say that it does exist. Oil/gas is a commodity and its pricing is conditioned on a host of variables, such as geopolitics. There is nothing "fake" about it. Maybe learn some economics before making broad statements not supported with facts.

Mike Kay

I guess you've never heard of OPEC or how corporations lobby to rig the market. Free markets exist at the Craigslist level, not at the multinational corporation level. When you're done studying your text book let us know.

Voltaire

Mike Kay--yes, I have heard OPEC. Maybe you need to understand how commodity markets WORK. It appears that you don't. You have to have buyers and sellers. In the commodity markets, the prices of those items are predicted on that. There are variables such as OPEC, for the price of oil, and other geopolitical events that will influence the price. However, it is still a free market as there are no "price controls" and the price of the commodity is dependent on the buyer and the seller. The same for other products. As an active participant in global commodity and other financial markets, I see this every day and don't need a textbook whereas as I stated you need to read one if you cannot grasp how commodity/financial markets ACTUAL work.

amerigirl

5 cents to 26.2 cents per gallon and the following year, the tax will start being adjusted annually, based on inflation. How do you think roads are paid for if there isn't a toll?

ExitRamp

Get an electric car. Internal combustion engines are history.

Voltaire

ER--not really unless Tesla and other electric car makers can improve the range of the charge. Also, given the price of electric cars, the Government would have to provide a subsidy or some sort of financial help because not everyone can afford an electric car.

ExitRamp

@Volt (appropriate name, BTW)

The range is at least 250 and up. The latest models I believe exceed 300 miles. Plenty for almost any purpose. I can drive anywhere in North America for free.

The price on Tesla's Model 3 have dropped albeit more expensive than the average car. I would ask how can you afford an ICE? Given the end of gas, oil and expensive maintenance, once you try a Tesla, you will never look back. Handling and performance is amazing - there's no comparison.

Voltaire

ER--thanks for the information. I didn't know that Tesla improved their range. Sounds interesting.

amerigirl

GM has one with a 400 mile range. They came out with it this spring. They are still working on one with an even longer range. Hopefully when the top 3 start producing them the price will come down.

Voltaire

AG--really? 400 mile range? That sounds great! I might go for that one when it comes out.

amerigirl

Exit BTW?? GM can go 400 miles on a full charge.

Voltaire

AG--BTW is shorthand for By the Way. Same with WRT means With Regards To.

ExitRamp

@Volt

322 miles for Model 3.

amerigirl

Volt, I know what they mean. i needed more coffee because I didn't connect volt with the car.

loudouncommonsense

5 guns...good for you, but why?

While you're at it, explain what a "Virginian" is? Is it something different than a person eligible to vote in the Commonwealth?

KK153

if you have to ask....perhaps you are not one

amerigirl

Pretty sure he is perhaps you have a skewed of what a Virginian is. I have been one a long long time and guns hold no power over me.

scottva

Only BLM and the radical Left hold power over you.

amerigirl

Scott, nothing hols power over me, I don't need something to depend on too bad you can't say the same.

Jeanne T

"guns hold no power over me."

What does that mean??

amerigirl

Jeanne, just what it sounds like. I own a gun but my life is not centered around it. Some people are acting like they would die if they lost their guns. These people bragging about how they went out and bought all these guns before the law changed, my goodness they only have 2 hands.

loudouncommonsense

I can vote

KK153

so can a trained/or untrained monkey

amerigirl

KK, which are you? and NO monkeys can't vote,

Voltaire

LCS--that's great to hear! Please do so and continue to do your civic obligation.

Kitt61

Leaving the Common Wealth ASAP. Living here has definitely been a experience. Nothing for retirees here but high taxes. Good luck to you all. I plan to be relocated by fall. :)

LeesburgD

Kitt61, we're right behind you. We are a few years from retirement, both work remotely and are looking at putting our house on the market in August before the real estate market drops. Taxes are too high in Virginia to consider retirement here and they will go through the roof in the next decade as the state transitions from purple to blue.

amerigirl

You guys are going to have to go rural to get away from taxes. If you find a good spot pop back in later and tell us how it is.

Voltaire

AG--that's doesn't sound too bad.

RandomName2019

The RE market isn't going to drop in Loudoun, demand is simply too high. For every 1 person that leaves another 800-900 are coming EVERY month.

Voltaire

RandomName2019--totally agree with your comment.

ace10

Could you provide a reference for this 1:850 ratio?

RandomName2019

ACE10, google Weldon Cooper Loudoun population estimates.

Voltaire

LeesburgD--I totally agree with your sentiment. The taxes here are way too high given the "services" you get. In addition, you are correct about the change in political views in the Commonwealth. I don't think that the real estate market is going to plummet but should either hold steady or rise because there are a lot of people who want to come here due to Government and industry.

Mike Kay

Voltaire: You realize that 80% of Loudoun property taxes go to schools, right? If you have kids in school, cry me a river.

Voltaire

Mike Kay--frankly I do not give a toss what the taxes go to. I do know that they are too high and that the county government is inefficient and wasteful.

CindyLou

Kitt61,I don't blame you. It's a shame you can't leave the country (I am not kidding or trying to be funny) many are leaving America. Trump has put a ban on issuing passports so if you don't have yours, your out of luck. Right now, only a few countries will take Americans, we are the laughing stock of the world. If America had taken this virus seriously and we had a leader, things might be different. Sad isn't it.

scottva

CindyWHO - Trump placed a ban on passports? I will buy you a one-way ticket back to Whoville, just let me know or better yet CHAZ or CHOP, I hear the accommodations are wonderful this time of day. It's all COVID huh? Riots, looting, changing the name of syrup and BLM have nothing to do with America looking like a 3rd world country?

CindyLou

scottva…..I will take it! I just hope all you radical Trump supporting crazies don't ever bail and come to Who-ville! (you spelled it wrong) It would be dreadful to have you all come and ruin a good thing. America is third world dear, it doesn't just look like it, it is. Take your rose colored glasses off! Make sure to post your address so I can send you a picture of all us Whos, or #ohes? having fun! :) Mayor Augustus Maywho is much better than Trump as a leader!!!!

ace10

Could you provide a link to a Dept of State website that states there is a "ban on issuing passports?"

CindyLou

Ace10, just try to get a passport now, you won't get one. This is from the state dept. "To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our workforce and customers, we significantly reduced passport operations in March 2020. We temporarily suspended expedited passport processing and restricted service to cases involving life-or-death emergencies." Covid19 is never going to get better because American's have a leader that does not care. We did everything wrong. Every other country controlled Covid because the people listened to doctors and people with a brain. No one will get a passport until Trump says you can have one. Talk about Freedom! wearing a mask is the least of your worries!!!

ace10

SO we see that when POTUS takes appropriate action in response to a public health situation, he is accused of doing something improper. Because OrangeManBad.

If POTUS was issuing passports for travel back in March/April/May it would have been the end of the world as we know it.

And, for the record, as of June 19, passports operation were in a phased return to normal.

Your lies and bias have been exposed. Good grief, it's nonstop. Tell me again how the POTUS is a Grand Dragon of the KKK. Please, oh please.

LetSanityPrevail

Cindy...wrong. Expedited service is on hold. It might take longer to get a passport but they are still being processed.

amerigirl

Ace When did he take appropriate action in response to a public health situation? He has made a public emergency a political move and look at the numbers!!! How many lives have been lost because of his uncontrollable need to make everything about himself? OrangeManBad, you keep saying it now you should be learning from it. You don’t seem to know how long a passport lasts, or how many people already have them, in fact, you don’t seem to know how they work at all. U.S. stops issuing passports except in emergencies. Passport services are being temporarily suspended because of the pandemic. The U.S. State Department won't be processing new passports and renewals except for emergency cases because of the coronavirus pandemic. How would it have mattered if people couldn’t travel outside the country anyway?

amerigirl

Scott could you please stop with name calling on her? It is Cindy Lou, pretty basic and you shouldn't have a herd time learning that. Have you noticed that people don't make fun of your name when there are so many ways they could? Like for products used in the bathroom or their function, Just stop the third grade antics

RandomName2019

Let us know how that goes for you.

Lawman

Good bye and take three or four just like you

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Voltaire

Workhardgetahead---Nice one.

Mike Kay

Kitt61: So, you've taken advantage of other tax payers paying for your kids high quality education, and now you're gonna ditch? You must be a republican. HAHAHA!

Voltaire

Mike Kay--no, that doesn't sound like her situation at all. It sounds, to me, that she is fed up with taxes going through the roof and getting very little services out of Government. Not everyone is totally awe enamored with Government as you appear to be.. You don't have to be a republican to appreciate that viewpoint.

Mike Kay

Voltaire: It's well known that 80% of Loudoun property taxes are for school expenses. If that's a problem for you, move.

Voltaire

Mike Kay--just who do you think you are to make "directive" statements telling people what to do? You don't have the authority to do that. Maybe I don't giving the Government all my money so that it can continue to be inefficient/ineffective. Why can't the government be more efficient? Is that a revolutionary concept? It must be. BTW, if I want to move to a low tax environment, that is MY choice and not yours so get over it.

amerigirl

Volt, that wasn't really a directive statement, it was more of an option. I look at the country running up the deficit and feel the same way you do. The huge and illegal waste of money on the wall, golfing trips, 4th of July celebrations. And how it is being run, the wealthiest and least experienced Cabinet in recent memory with hardly a clue of what to do, not to mention the money those cabinet members have personally spent and billed the taxpayer, HHS Tom Price over $1 million by himself.

Voltaire

AG--I agree with your comment.

Voltaire

Kitt61--Totally agree. Good luck to you too!

springerdad

My biggest issue is the gas tax and how it actually is a penalty on all the lower wage workers that have to drive long distances to their jobs.

amerigirl

I agree with that one no to mention students wanting to come home on the weekends. They should have a higher tax on cars that have to have a higher octane, aren't they more towards the luxury cars anyway?

Voltaire

AG--no, we certainly don't need to have the County raise the Personal Property tax for cars. That tax was already too high but was reduced thanks to Governor Gilmore's efforts to reduce that tax.

Mike Kay

Voltaire: So you're one of those who hasn't recognized the decades long pattern yet? GOP cuts taxes buy not spending, increasing deficits. DNC comes in and tries to balance the budget by raising taxes. Repeat and rinse.

Voltaire

Mike Kay--you don't know what I know so get off your moral high horse. There is nothing wrong with cutting taxes and cutting Government spending. Both Democrats and Republicans have done, it is a concept that is not monopolized by one political party. Both parties also have had moments where they like to raise taxes and spending.

Voltaire

SD--If you don't raise the gas tax, then how is the Commonwealth of Virginia going to pay for infrastructure repairs? The gas tax is a regressive tax and everyone, who drives a car, pays the same tax.

Doug Glatt

Voltaire - how does raising the gas tax effect the electric and hybrid car owners?

Voltaire

Doug Glatt--hybrid cars also use gas so that would be taxed. As for pure electric cars, you may not get taxed by the gas tax but they can't go as far as gas cars. So that would require more "charging". I suspect that people would "charge" their electric cars at home so that would impact their electric bills and the State would make money through the State utility tax. As for parking it in a garage, I am guessing that cost would probably be part of the total monthly cost to park at that garage.

amerigirl

An annual highway use fee will be assessed on each electric motor vehicle registered for highway use in Virginia. The fee is included with registration fees and must be paid at the time of original registration and each year at renewal.

Doug Glatt

Voltaire- I understand hybrids also use gas but my point is that they use less of it; therefore, one could make the argument they are not contributing to supporting infrastructure at the same rate a regular engine automobile owner would. Same as with electric vehicles. Is the state taking some of the utility tax for infrastructure? If so, how does the state know whom to take a portion of their utility tax?

Voltaire

Doug Glatt--concerning hybrids, your point is true but also false. They don't pay as much tax as gas car drivers but they still contribute by paying tax on the portion of fuel that they need for the hybrid car to operate. As for the utility tax, the State could take that money and use it for infrastructure. That is a decision for the General Assembly in Richmond to determine as they are responsible for tax policy and appropriation decisions.

amerigirl

Other than paying a yearly fee owners of hybrids have to payment of a couple of extra bucks at inspection, I guess since they don't need emissions,

loudouncommonsense

Can we make comments politely? No derogatory or slandered names, or how this or that person is corrupt or morally repugnant or whatever.

Geez we have enough antagonism as it is; it would be nice to have a community forum here where commentary is kept to what you would actually say to a person's face in church, synagogue, mosque, kindergarten or other "community setting.

CindyLou

One would think they could be polite, but a few already blew it on here....Yankee Democrats? Incompetent Dems? That brings out the worst in me. So if those Radical Racist Incompetent Republicans behave, so will I. They just can't ever behave and have a conversation with out making it racial or political. Sure wish they could have a discussion about right and wrong, but that won't happen.

amerigirl

Believe me Cindy Lou if the super volcano in Yellowstone park erupted they would blame it on the dems, narrow minded fools.

Voltaire

AG--that actually is not a fair statement. Not everyone who is Republican will automatically blame a Democrat and are "narrow minded fools". Although, it should be noted that the Democrats are no angels and they have their own unique set of problems just like the Republicans.

amerigirl

Volt, agree, but it was in reference to Cindy Lou addressing certain republicans that are posting here. Those are the narrow minded fools and they blame democrats for everything, even when it doesn't make sense..

Voltaire

AG--OK, I agree with you on that point.

scottva

You're wrong, end of this discussion. You also are one of the biggest offenders CindyWHO. I have the ability to be respectful when there's respect. When there's no respect then all bets are off.

amerigirl

Look at you thinking you have the power to say when someone can and can't reply with your ' end of this discussion'. You must not have the ability to be respectful in return because Cindy Lou has not personally called you another name but you don't respect that.

Voltaire

LCS--I would hope so but I am not sure that you would get 100% participation. I agree with your sentiment though.

amerigirl

Doubt it. I have tried the "if yu stop with the names I won't start" followed by the I'll stop if you stop" but it doesn't work on these people that think its n ego boost and makes them superior to all others here. If you stop anyway they attack twice as hard like the smell blood.

Voltaire

AG--that is a very true point. They like to attack on things that weren't meant to be attacked. Good grief.

Virginia SGP

And just last night, the local Democrats ended effective public education as we know it by barring 5-day in-person schooling. Who does this hurt? The very constituencies Dems claim to protect (low-income, minorities, pretty much everybody). If Republicans had done anything like this, they would be accused of being racist, elitist and every "ist" name in the book. That matches the behavior of these incompetent Dems to a T.

That's what happens when you let Yankees invade. But many of those Northern states are even tired of their radical Yankee Democrats politicians now.

RandomName2019

I wish there was a way to mute you.

amerigirl

agreed

Mike Kay

Virginia SGP: Democrats didn't change the school schedule, COVID did. I know that this is a lot to ask, but compare our recent cases with the cases of over half of the states, the ones that opened too soon. Deductive reasoning. Try it!

Loudoun4Trump

Mike -- Democrats voted to change the school schedule....they voted for it, not the coivd virus....plenty of options and they choose wrong....again....

Mike Kay

Loudoun4Trump: Well, based on your support of the world's best known con man, forgive me if I ignore everything you say. :)

amerigirl

Please share what democrats voted to change the school schedule. You take everything and if its something you don't like you blame the left even if they have nothing to do with it. Why would anyone believe you anymore?

Mike Kay

Virginia SGP: Laughing at your "Yankees" remark. Sorry about your loss of slaves. Too bad you have to work now, it's such a shame. Funny how you revere the most well known con man in the world who's also a Yankee!

amerigirl

.........(I'm going to regret this) how does that hurt minorities?......... (dealing with his anger issues and shaking my head) Yankees invasion?? how do you know how long people have lived here and where anyone came from? ,,,,,,,,,,,, (knowing no matter what happens to him it will always be the dems fault) ....... What states?

scottva

How does it hurt minorities? Well, not just minorities but all kids not having the face to face time to learn. This is experimental at best.

amerigirl

and how does that hurt kids? They can face to face online. Yes it is experimental, when was the last time we had a pandemic that was so contagious?

Lawman

Brian when you leaving. We will start a GoFundMe for you. Help the woman threatening jerk leave. I am sure it would make thousands

springerdad

Lawman - The guy who threatened a women online last week that resulted in his post being deleted.

Yes that was you Lawman. Never throw stones at others when you are guilty of the same.

Lawman

I guess you started a little early on that weed Springerdad. I don’t make threats I make promises.

Voltaire

Lawman--so far, as the record shows, your "promises" have produced very little in tangible results.

springerdad

Lawman - I hope you are one of the first people red flagged.

amerigirl

Unfair, I have had at least 1 comment from you in my mailbox that didn't show up on line and was deleted.

Voltaire

Lawman--if you are "so concerned" about people leaving, why don't you call your best bud George Soros and see if he can front you some money to help with this "mission critical" endeavor......

amerigirl

Why do people think that all dems are personal friends with Soros? He is a donor.

Voltaire

AG--George Soros is often associated with Democrats as he is a very active donor. The reference to George Soros in my post was because Lawman stated that George Soros provided funding to him for the purchase of the Confederate statue.

scottva

Keep preaching Virginia SGP!

Iluvloudoun

Exactly, Virginia SGP. Our county has failed ALL of us. Education isn't a Dem/Rep issue, all of our children will suffer from not being in school. This went from one of the best counties in the country to the worst. Why is the virus any worse here than anywhere else? It isn't but the schools are. Way to go, Loudoun, my family is moving and I need to change my name.

amerigirl

I guess you haven't noticed that the rest of the country is going through the same ting we are going through. Don't let the door hit you.

marv

Will someone please explain to this Constitution Student just how the "Red Flag Law" is legal, inasmuch as it violates at lest four articles of the "Bill of Rights". (A personal desire/opinion is NOT acceptable)

amerigirl

Because it doesn't violate any articles of the Constitution. The second amendment only gives you the right to own a gun, not an unlimited right to own multiple guns, not a right to certain types of guns etc. There are exceptions to everything, freedom of speech does not allow you to threaten some one or scram something that would cause panic and endanger the public. There are legal explanations all over the web. If you have a problem accessing them throw a question at me and I'll see if I can get an answer for you.

marv

amerigirl your misstatements about the Constitution are only exceeded by your misstatements. The question was asked and no truthful answer given.

amerigirl

Just what is untruthful? It is hard to answer a question when you say it violates 4 things and you don't specify which 4. I tried to help by going by court rulings. If you would like to tell me what 4 I could try to tell you what I find. I fully understand that people will have opposing views on f those ruling were fair or not, I was trying to let you know why they happened

KK153

AG... the 2nd Amendment does not give you the right to own a gun... you speak volumes about your lack of constitutional knowledge

Loudoun4Trump

KK....of course it does...read the code....

amerigirl

If you think you're so smart, inform us.

scottva

Oh so it says you cannot own multiple guns or certain types of guns? Missed that part. Your comment about Freedom of Speech is a joke. Why? Because we've had nothing but riots, violence, destruction and dismantling of our society, threatening people and endangering the public over the past month. All in the name of Freedom of Speech? Peaceful protests are covered under the Freedom of Speech not this garbage and sadly many have used the protestors Freedom of Speech to hi-jack the country. Please don't respond with "the majority of the protests have been peaceful" because they will really make you look bad, but thats up to you. Also, dont even suggest that this is the perception of the Republicans because it's reality

amerigirl

Well you missed that part because that part wasn’t said. Reread it. It does not give you the right, not that it says you can’t, the can and can’t part of what is legal is up to the state. Your lack of understanding of the freedom of speech is a joke. How can you not understand that certain rights are afforded to you unless the interfere with another’s rights? Yes, we have had other things, there have been thousands of peaceful protests, open your eyes. Nobody said anything else was covered under freedom of speech. You not knowing that there has been peaceful protest across the country just like there have been in Loudoun is just ignorance. It doesn’t make me look bad for knowing that, it makes you look bad for not knowing it.

The news will cover what ever is most outstanding and a peaceful protest will not get the attention of the media if there is something to take from that. Tell me one instance where protesters have used “freedom of Speech” to hi-jack the country. We know the perception of the Republicans because trump can’t keep his mouth shut or his thumbs still.

Accountability

I have a question related to comments someone made on an article about inviting someone out to shoot on their property but that they'd be too tempted... then clarifying they wouldn't kill the person but shoot a round by them. Is that a threat and would it qualify as something to be red flagged?

Voltaire

Accountability--I believe that the answer, based on your premise, would be yes.

amerigirl

Are you an idiot?

Voltaire

AG--Accountability stated that the premise was as follows: "...inviting someone out to shoot on their property but that they'd be too tempted... then clarifying they wouldn't kill the person but shoot a round by them." The definition of the red flag law is that the law is a gun control law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge makes the determination to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner in question. So, using that definition and taking Accountability's scenario into account, yes, it is conceivable that that incident could qualify as a something to be red flagged. However, that determination would be made by a sitting court judge. There is nothing "idiotic" about it.

amerigirl

Do you not understand the joke of being tempted? Do you also not understand that it would never happen? Get off your high horse and stop with the imaginary BS

amerigirl

Volt, except that isn’t what I said. I didn’t say I would shoot a round by them, I said I might be tempted to take a shot within a close distance to their ear. Those are probably not the exact words but I did say near their ear. If you have ever had tis happen you would understand the loudness can be startling. That does not present a danger to others, no more than jumping from behind a door and screaming boo. If you remember my post there was noting about harming anyone and the entire premise is so ridiculous since the person and I would never meet anyway. So no it is not something that would be red flagged if Accountability had gotten it right the first time. But Accountability lied.

Voltaire

AG--OK, my mistake. Sorry about that.

RandomName2019

Rather than trying to sum it up, jurist has a good explanation of why red flag laws have so far not been found to be unconstitutional.

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2019/12/timothy-zick-red-flag-laws/

marv

The Constitution means what the founders meant at the time it was written, approved and ratified, not what someone today would like it to mean.

amerigirl

If you look at it that way you should include the part of the 'Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,' since that was what the founders wrote.

RandomName2019

Does it? Funny, that's not how it's worked since we started this grand experiment. You sound like all those people who want to be the last person to move to Loudoun County...

Loudoun4Trump

Purchased 5 guns prior to deadline with plenty of ammo....these certainly are Democrat priorities, not Virginian priorities....

amerigirl

Are you one of those gun hoarders? Do you freek out and buy guns and ammo every time you think there is a scare, like Obama getting elected? I heard there are people like that, what next a bunker? All those guns and only 2 hands so sorry for you.

Loudoun4Trump

One for each family member....as I see leftist loot shoot burn pillage and destroy I thought it may be a good idea to arm up to protect my property just in case....or I could say none of your business and thankfully there is a 2nd amendment....I would imagine more guns were bought due to this legislation than otherwise would have.....no need for a bunker....I have purchased plenty of land to go to if needed....good luck, look what is happening in democrat cities...you better be armed or you'll be dead...

amerigirl

Leftist?? You have a real problem about trying to blame everything on the left. What makes you think that they condone looting shooting burning and pillaging? Maybe because you think only people on the left believe in equality? If so you are in for a rude awakening. You live in loudoun, who do you think is coming for your property? Look what is happening in republican cities. It is happening in cities regardless of who is running them and you know why? Because it is about equality and not politics.

Voltaire

L4T--your premise is flawed. The individuals that are "loot, burn, pillage, and destroy" are probably not leftists but rather anarchists who are apolitical. As to civil unrest, it is happening in both Republican and Democratic controlled cities. Furthermore, I agree with AG concerning the point about "bands of hostiles" coming to Loudoun County. Really? Get real.

Mike Kay

AmericanGirl: Don't you understand? They're buying single use guns, one per month! What happens on their 13th home invasion? HAHAHAHAHA!

scottva

You must be related to CindyWHO, your comments make just as much sense

Mike Kay

ScottVA: I'm not surprised they don't make sense to you. You're clearly not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Enjoy the last few months of your cult leader, the white supremacists, et al.

amerigirl

LOL

amerigirl

Scott again with the third grade name for Cindy, what was that line you had about respecting you and you resenting others? She has never called you a name, grow up.

Mike Kay

Wow! It'll be fun watching the RINO's head explode over this. Let the fireworks begin! :)

Accountability

Posted 1 minute after Cindylou and the general structure is pretty similar to their post. Hmm.

amerigirl

Do you understand how long it takes for a post to show? Never as fast as 1 minute.

CindyLou

Oh, the comments on this article should be big fun!

Voltaire

Cindy Lou--you were spot on right. [smile]

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