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Republicans won’t stop killing LGBTQ rights in Virginia

November 6, 2019News Clip

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who served in the House of Delegates prior to his Senate election, says that he believes Democrats will be victorious in flipping control of both the House and Senate.

Ebbin, who is gay, says that will provide an opportunity to pass the kinds of pro-LGBTQ legislation that Republicans have defeated on an annual basis.

“House Republican leadership has had their heels dug in for years against making any progress on equality for LGBT people, and that would be unlikely to change, or would be surprising if it were to change, under any Republican leadership in the House,” Ebbin told Metro Weekly in a phone interview. “I expect Democratic leadership to be an incredible sea change with limitless possibilities on what will happen for equality for LGBT people in Virginia.”

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Five LGBTQ Election Night Stories to Watch; Live Tracking Results for 111 Victory Fund Endorsed Candidates

November 6, 2019News Clip

Washington, DC – LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people, will be live tracking election night results for the 111 endorsed candidates it has on the ballot Tuesday night. Live updates on the state of the races will be made available at victoryfund.org/results2019 and will include an overview of how its endorsed LGBTQ candidates are faring nationwide.

 

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Activists pin hopes on Democratic majority in Richmond

November 6, 2019News Clip

Republicans currently control the House of Delegates by a 51-48 vote margin and the Virginia Senate by a 20-19 vote margin. State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who is gay, told the Blade that Roem’s race is one of a few to watch as an indicator if Virginia is trending blue.

“Prince William will show if incumbents are holding well,” Ebbin said. “It is a bellwether county that turned over significantly in the last election with Democrats taking Republican-held seats, and we want to see if those gains have solidified there.”

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Off-Year Campaign Cash from Alexandria

November 6, 2019News Clip

More than $3.5 million in campaign cash has an Alexandria mailing address this election cycle, a spending spree that reflects the stakes this year’s election. Control of the House of Delegates and state Senate is at stake, and partisans on both sides are trying to influence the outcome.

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Lawmakers are considering a tax for vape products. Vape shops warn it could fuel a dangerous black market.

November 6, 2019News Clip

It used to be that Jay Taylor smoked his first cigarette — a Marlboro Red — before getting out of bed in the morning. By the time most days were over, he would have smoked three packs.

Taylor worked at UNOS, which manages organ transplants, so he knew that smoking degraded his lungs, heart and other vital organs. But he couldn’t stop, until he was introduced to vaping.

“I approached it as a way to cut back,” he said. “Within 48 hours, I didn’t want a cigarette.”

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