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Dream to ratify ERA is over for 2019

The dream of Virginia becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this year died Friday, when the Virginia House Privileges and Elections Committee refused to hear the resolution, which states that Americans can’t be denied civil and legal…

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Unpacking the sausage of Fairfax County elections

By Brad Swanson: You should not look too closely into the making of laws or sausages, runs the saying attributed (incorrectly) to Germany’s “Iron Chancellor”, Otto von Bismarck. But what would he have thought about the convoluted process of making…

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Diverse candidates strengthen Fairfax democracy

By Karen Keys-Gamarra The author is an at-large member of the Fairfax County School Board and is running for re-election in November. Actions speak louder than words.  That’s true in Fairfax County, where we boast diversity that is reflected in our…

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ERA voted down by VA House subcommittee

The dream of Virginia becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment was put on hold Tuesday by a Republican-controlled House subcommittee. All four Republican members of Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Privileges and Elections Committee voted against…

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Photo Essay: A Women’s March with Heart

There were fewer marchers and even fewer pussy hats at the 3rd annual Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 19, than in past years, but the spirit and message of those who showed up was strong. Organizers estimated…

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Sheriff arrests crises with “diversion first”

By Susan Laume: Since the Diversion First program began three years ago in Fairfax County  offering an alternative to jail for those experiencing a mental health crisis and facing a first arrest, detentions have dropped by nearly 20% in the Adult…

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