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Brian Devine

  • Posted Two Steps Back From Banning Discrimination to Progress|VA
    By Jack Cooper, ProgressVA Intern This past Monday was a momentous day for the General Assembly. It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is one of the biggest lobbying days during session. To top it off, an extremely important...
  • Posted Update: Manassas's Measure to Ban Abortion to Progress|VA
    The heated discussion in the hallway outside the closed door meeting in Manassas City Hall last night left no doubt that the issue at hand is an attempt to ban abortions. Supporters of women's health attended the Thursday night meeting...
  • Posted Gift Loopholes Big Enough For A McDonnell Sized Scandal to Progress|VA
    Yesterday afternoon, federal prosecutors indicted Bob and Maureen McDonnell on charges stemming from the Star Scientific gift scandal. These charges only underscore the need for real ethics reform in Richmond. This morning, ProgressVA Education Fund released a new report...
  • Posted Dickie Bell's Detrimental Bill to Progress|VA
    By Jack Cooper, ProgressVA Intern I was a little taken aback while looking over HB207 proposed by Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20).  This bill would require the Board of Education along with local school boards and teaching staff to create an...
  • Posted URGENT CALLERS NEEDED: Fetal Anomaly Amendment up at 4PM! to Progress|VA
    The Virginia Senate Finance Committee needs to hear from you right now before a dangerous fetal anomaly amendment is heard at 4PM. Please call the committee members and tell them to oppose it. Talking points are included below.  If your...
  • Posted The Unaddressed "Accomplishments" of Governor McDonnell to Progress|VA
    Last night Governor Bob McDonnell gave his final state of the Commonwealth address. The speech was equal parts legacy touting and apologies for the gift scandal that has engulfed his term. Somehow, quite a few notable "accomplishments" (many of which...
  • Posted Does your family talk more than turkey on Thanksgiving? to Progress|VA
    Turkey. Football. Food coma. Relatives poorly informed about politics. While Ken Cuccinelli probably isn't showing up to your Thanksgiving dinner this year (or maybe he is. We don't know your life), his right-wing talking points might. Everyone has friends and...
  • Posted Do you want to be a ProgressVA 2014 Legislative Intern? to Progress|VA
      What we're offering: ProgressVA's legislative interns will play a crucial role in our General Assembly program by monitoring legislation and helping inform the public of prospective policy changes. Interns may be asked to assist with additional programs as time...
  • Posted VIDEO - Cuccinelli and Obenshain's Personhood History to Progress|VA
    Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain have been trying to fool Virginians recently, saying they wouldn't support extreme legislation that would ban abortions and some forms of birth control. Unfortunately (for them), actions speak louder than their new words. We tracked...
  • Posted UPDATED: McDonnell/Cuccinelli Star Scientific timeline graphic to Progress|VA
    As details continue to drip out about Governor Bob McDonnell's relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, Ken Cuccinelli's relationship with the same donor is becoming more and more problematic. As noted in numerous news reports, Cuccinelli accepted and failed...
  • Posted ICYMI: Ken Cuccinelli's Back Door Abortion Ban Shutters Second Women's Health Center to Progress|VA
    Ken Cuccinelli is one step closer to his "ultimate goal, which is to make abortion disappear in America." NOVA Women's Healthcare, the state's largest women's health center, announced this week it is closing in the face of burdensome and unnecessary...
  • Posted GRAPHIC: What if Bob McDonnell Was Held To The Same Standard As Marion Barry? to Progress|VA
    Virginia politicians frequently point out how much better Richmond functions than Washington, D.C. One area where DC has a leg up, however? Ethics rules. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the District of Columbia's ethics board has fined Council Member Marion Barry $13,600...
  • Posted Cuccinelli's Koch Party to Progress|VA
    Billionaire and right-wing Tea Party funder David Koch has next to nothing in common with the Virginia working families Ken Cuccinelli wants to represent as Governor. But tonight, Cuccinelli will be collecting big checks from Koch and his right-wing buddies,...
  • Posted 2013 Convention Guide, Limited Women's Health Edition to Progress|VA
    Below, ProgressVA's 2013 GOP Convention Guide, Limited Women's Health Edition details the records of the Virginia GOP candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General on women's reproductive rights and access to health care. As the guide demonstrates, no matter who is...
  • Posted What have Cuccinelli and McDonnell been hiding? to Progress|VA
    Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli's relationship with Star Scientific and its CEO is making headlines across the Commonwealth and generating questions about conflicts of interest and ethics violations. The story is complicated, with numerous gifts, vacations, flights, and law suits....
  • Posted While Star Scientific case languishes, Cuccinelli pushes to keep government in the bedroom to Progress|VA
    While litigation concerning Star Scientific, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's sole stock investment, continues to languish, the Attorney General's office has moved swiftly to challenge a recent court ruling striking down Virginia's anti-sodomy law. The Washington Blade reports Cuccinelli filed a...
  • Posted I Support VAWA, These VA Congressmen Did Not to Progress|VA
    It's incredible that any politician would champion the rights of violent criminals at the expense of women and children's safety. But many conservatives in Congress, under Eric Cantor's leadership, voted yesterday to oppose renewing protections for abused women and...
  • Posted McDonnell's Louisiana Education Model Comes With Few Results to Progress|VA
    Rather than pursue home grown education solutions to improve state schooling, much of Governor Bob McDonnell's education "reform" proposals have mirrored policies pushed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. As McDonnell appears with Jindal today to promote their plans for school...
  • Posted McDonnell's Education Reform Mentor Carries Water For Private Education Profiteers to Progress|VA
    Elements of Governor Bob McDonnell's education "reform" agenda follow closely policies supported and advocated by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. McDonnell will join Bush on a conference call this afternoon to discuss his A-F school grading proposal, an idea Bush's educational foundation has championed....
  • Posted Key Virginia GOP State Senators Previously Opposed Electoral Vote Gerrymander Scheme to Progress|VA
    According to the Virginian Pilot, a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday advanced SB723, a bill introduced by Senator Bill Carrico that would radically redistribute Virginia's electoral votes. Rather than award the electors on the basis of which candidate won the most...
  • Posted Caroling Against Cuts Live UPDATED to Progress|VA
    As we've mentioned before, today our caroling events are part of our statewide day of action asking Virginia's representatives to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in the fiscal cliff negotiations while letting the Bush tax cuts for the top...
  • Posted Caroling Against Cuts Across Virginia Tomorrow to Progress|VA
    Tomorrow at noon, Virginians are gathering at Senator Warner's Norfolk and Vienna offices to "Carol Against Cuts". ProgressVA, the Virginia AFL-CIO, Virginia Organizing, Move On, AARP, Alliance for Retired Americans, SEIU, and fellow progressives from cross the Commonwealth will...
  • Posted "Fiscal Cliff" Notes to Progress|VA
    Elections have consequences. In the voting booth, Virginians and Americans spoke loud and clear in favor of raising revenue and creating jobs. As Congress approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff", it's time to bring some sanity in to the discussion. Below...
  • Posted CEOs lobbying for tax cuts, not deficit solutions to Progress|VA
    The new organization "Fix The Debt" has billed itself as a nonpartisan organization dedicated to finding compromise on budget issues before we go over the fiscal cliff. But according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies and reported by...
  • Posted Romney University 104: What Romney's tax plan means for Virginia to Progress|VA
    Today's Romney University video from former Congressman Tom Perriello is What Romney's tax plan means for Virginia. It is based our joint report with the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Though Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan repeatedly refuse to...
  • Posted Romney University 103: What Mitt Romney's Medicare changes mean for Virginia to Progress|VA
    Today's Romney University video from former Congressman Tom Perriello is What Mitt Romney's Medicare changes mean for Virginia. It is based our joint report with the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Seniors in Virginia would lose health care benefits...
  • Posted Romney University 102: What Mitt Romney's budget cuts mean for Virginia to Progress|VA
    Today's Romney University video from former Congressman Tom Perriello is What Mitt Romney's budget cuts mean for Virginia. It is based our joint report with the Center for American Progress Action Fund....
  • Posted Romney University 101: What Romney-Ryan means for Virginia families' health care to Progress|VA
    Two weeks ago, former Congressman Tom Perriello broke down what a Romney-Ryan budget would truly cost Virginia's family based on a joint report released by ProgressVA and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Today, ProgressVA is releasing the first...
  • Posted Local Voices SuperPAC launches innovative ad campaign to localize election, break through the noise to Progress|VA
    Local Voices, an organization founded by Lee Hirsch, award-winning creator of the documentary "Bully," aims to bypass the spin of traditional negative campaign ads and prompt a real conversation among voters in swing states about how they benefited under...
  • Posted Medicare Enrollment Starts Today to Progress|VA
      With Medicare open enrollment upon us, now is the time to reflect on how important Medicare is to our country--and to keeping seniors across Virginia and the nation healthy. Thanks to Medicare, seniors have access to life-saving healthcare without...
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