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A Back To School Rally in Alexandria Against Gun Violence

September 20, 2018News Clip

“Win for all your classmates who don’t feel safe. I’m confident in your victory,” Ebbin told the student protestors. “You will continue to face long days of canvassing and protesting, the heat, the cold, and the rain… And there will be adults and even elected officials who will dismiss your knowledge and dismiss your experience. You will face hostile resistance from the corporate gun lobby, who trade profits for lives. Here's how to win this fight, though. You register voters, vote, protest, keep moving forward. Together we will take back state legislatures and governorships from the NRA

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Commentary: A Successful Plea for Incentives

May 1, 2018News Clip

Governor Northam recently announced nominations of Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury — including Census Tracts along Route 1 that are being developed as part of the Embark process. Opportunity zones are revitalization tools that provide federal incentive for private investment in low-income census tracts.

Four of the selected sites were subjects of a joint letter submitted by state Sen. Adam Ebbin, state Sen. Scott Surovell, Del. Mark Sickles, and Del. Paul Krizek to Erik Johnston, the director of the Department of Housing & Community Development on Feb. 27 recommending the inclusion of sites along Rte. 1 in the Governor’s recommendations. Text of the letter follows:

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ANYTHING BUT: AFTER DEFEATING 69 GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILLS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS STYMIE DISCUSSION ON SCHOOL SAFETY BY IGNORING GUN VIOLENCE IN SELECT COMMITTEE

April 26, 2018Press ReleaseVirginia General Assembly Gun Violence Prevention Caucus Co-Chairs call for an honest and complete discussion on school safety, including gun access.

Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Caucus said “No other issue has had a more traumatic effect on our nation's institutions of learning. Republican House leadership claims this committee is a ‘bold and significant’ step. The facts show it is anything but.”

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Legislators: Following the Golden Rule can pay dividends in Richmond

April 25, 2018News Clip

Senator Ebbin was among the seven legislators who comprise the Arlington legislative delegation to participate in a Leadership Center for Excellence post-session forum April 20 at Army Navy Country Club. While the annual breakfast gathering shines a spotlight on legislators’ successes and failures in Richmond, it also focuses on a discussion of how to build rapport in a body that is divided by politics, geography and economics.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) said he nabs his Republican counterparts early in the session with a simple question: “What do you have that we can work together on?”

“I really do look for a Republican [co]sponsor” for legislation, Ebbin said – sometimes finding one, sometimes not.

 

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Commentary: ‘Channeling Outrage into Activism’

April 2, 2018News Clip

Ebbin spoke to students at Lewinsville Park in McLean during the walkout on March 14. The students, who attend schools across Northern Virginia, were participating in a rally for gun violence prevention organized by Students Demand Action DMV following a 17-minute National Student Walkout held that morning at 10 a.m. in memory of the 17 who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

I’m Senator Adam Ebbin, and I have an “F” rating from the NRA.

Across the country, the gun violence prevention movement is being led by students like you. You are doing more than just wearing an orange ribbon, you are taking action and leading a conversation. You are channeling your outrage into activism.

 

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Special Session Looms as Republicans Remain Divided Over Medicaid

March 15, 2018News Clip

Virginia's Governor will call a special session so lawmakers can finish work on the senate budget. They're at an impasse over Medicaid expansion. But the disagreement isn't between Republicans and Democrats, it's between House and Senate.

It was only two months ago when control of Virginia’s House of Delegates was determined by drawing a name from a bowl. And though Democratic candidate lost there’s no doubt November’s blue wave reshaped state politics.

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Student Sexual Assault Bill Lands on Governor’s Desk

March 15, 2018News Clip

A bill that will bar Virginia public school employees from providing job recommendations to fellow employees who have sexually assaulted students landed on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk this week for signing.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D), who represents Arlington and Alexandria, said he introduced bill S.B. 605 after Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) brought the issue to his attention.

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Alexandria’s 18th Century Ship Wins Conservation Grant

March 15, 2018News Clip

The City of Alexandria has received a $4,000 grant toward conservation of the 18th century merchant ship excavated at the site of the new Hotel Indigo, after the ship won second place in the Virginia Association of Museums' Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Competition.  The ship earned more than 5,500 votes from the public during a weeklong competition.

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Va. House panel kills bills to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and jobs

March 15, 2018News Clip

RICHMOND — Bills meant to protect gay and transgender people from housing and employment discrimination died in a Republican-dominated House panel Thursday, prompting jeers of “Shame!” from activists who packed a Capitol hearing room.

On a straight party-line vote, members of a General Laws subcommittee voted 5 to 2 to kill four bills, some of which had already cleared the Republican-controlled state Senate, which tends to be more socially moderate than the House.

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Va. Democrats slam Republicans over gun inaction; leaders say it’s too late to revisit

March 15, 2018News Clip

RICHMOND — Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates invoked the recent school shooting in Florida to demand that Republicans revive gun-control measures that died in committee this year. But GOP leaders said it is too late in the legislative session to act.

Guns have been the one area that has resisted all compromise in a General Assembly session otherwise marked by bipartisan dealmaking. A host of bills, many of them favored by Gov. Ralph Northam (D), have disappeared in committees in the House and Senate.

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