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Ken Cuccinelli for Governor
As I have previously written, Ken Cuccinelli has an extreme anti-women agenda, including support for a “personhood” law that would end or cripple a series of personal rights that women in Arlington and the rest of Virginia have enjoyed for decades, such as:
- Birth control
- Fertility treatment
- Management of a miscarriage
- Access to safe and legal abortions
Cuccinelli holds many other extreme positions that are unappealing to large numbers of Arlington Republicans, including his attacks on academic freedom and his war on science. Rather than balancing Cuccinelli with two other more moderate candidates, the RPVA instead chose two candidates with even more extreme views.
E.W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor
This is Mr. Jackson’s message for the gay and lesbian community: “Gays and lesbians have ‘perverted’ minds and are ‘very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally,’ … [they] seek societal approval because ‘they’ll never feel satisfied because in their heart of hearts’ they know ‘it is immoral, it is perverse, it is degenerate.’”
Mr. Jackson believes that gay marriage is like “spitting in the face of every bible-believing Christian in America.” Mr. Jackson thinks that Planned Parenthood has been “far more lethal to Black lives than the KKK ever was.”
RPVA is sponsoring Mr. Jackson as someone who deserves to be a heartbeat away from the Virginia governorship.
Mark Obenshain for Attorney General
Just like Cuccinelli, Mark Obenshain has repeatedly supported “personhood” legislation that would outlaw many common forms of birth control. [HB2797, 2007; HB1,2/23/12]. In addition, Obenshain voted against adding sexual orientation to Virginia’s non-discrimination policy. [SB66, 3/9/10] Finally, Obenshain revealed the lengths to which he would go by introducing a bill that would require a woman to report any miscarriage to police within 24 hours.
These are not the positions of reverence for individual liberty which many Arlington Republicans say they support.
The last Republican candidate to get elected in Arlington was David Foster — re-elected to the Arlington School Board in 2003. Two years after his School Board term expired, Foster challenged Ken Cuccinelli for the Republican nomination for Attorney General.
At the 2009 GOP Convention, the delegates overwhelmingly chose Cuccinelli because Foster was too moderate for their tastes. But, they also chose Bill Bolling as their Lieutenant Governor candidate — and by their standards, Bolling was considered a moderate.
By nominating its 2013 ticket, the RPVA has demonstrated that the state Republican Party has moved significantly farther to the right than it was four years ago. Precisely for that reason, the 2013 Republican ticket will appeal to a much smaller segment of the Arlington Republican electorate than the 2009 Republican ticket did.
Peter Rousselot is a former member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia and former chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
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About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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