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  • Opinion: During Immigration Ban Chaos, Perriello Earned My Vote
    Opinion: During Immigration Ban Chaos, Perriello Earned My Vote

    On Jan 28, 2017, I was on the ground at Dulles Airport, joining dozens of my immigration lawyer colleagues in providing legal assistance to passengers caught in the chaos of Trump’s first travel ban. The scene was chaos, and despite having a federal court order signed by a US District Court Judge in hand, US

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  • Ask Dr. Mike: “13 Reasons Why” Could Harm Vulnerable Teens
    Ask Dr. Mike: “13 Reasons Why” Could Harm Vulnerable Teens

    Lights, Camera…Suicide! Enter stage right, “13 Reasons Why” a new Netflix television series about a teenage girl (Hannah Baker) who commits suicide and then leaves behind seven double sided audio tapes for her friends and classmates to listen to. Each tape depicts the harmful events (e.g., sexual assault and rape) that occurred for Hannah that

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  • We Think: The Swamp is Not Draining

    April 24, 2017. Last week’s announcement by state Sen. Jennifer Wexton that she will oppose Rep. Barbara Comstock for Virginia’s 10th congressional district seat has put an even brighter spotlight on the second term incumbent and the performance of Congress as a whole. The seat was moved from “Lean R” to “Toss Up” by the Cook Political Index, and may

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  • Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief
    Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief

    Virginia state Sen. Richard L. “Dick” Black (R-13) has been both praised and vilified for his well-publicized support for Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Black elaborated on those views in an interview with the Tribune earlier this year covering his life experiences and influences. On April 9, Black offered the following commentary after Assad’s war planes were widely reported to have used lethal sarin

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  • Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children
    Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children

    By John Whitbeck. All parents of school-age children face the difficult task of monitoring their progress through school.  This critical parenting responsibility is somewhat easier for many of us in northern Virginia due to the high quality of our schools.  But imagine if your child had a mental or physical disability that made learning more difficult.  Thousands

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  • Rate of Spending and Residential Growth is Hard to Defend

    The following letter was sent to members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on March 6. First, I want to thank Supervisor [Ralph] Buona for his leadership in not raising the salary for the Board two years ago.  The vote was largely symbolic since the increase wouldn’t have even dusted the surface of the budget,

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  • Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses
    Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses

    By Hon. Ken Reid. Loudoun County government is by and large lean and mean and provides very good value for the taxpayers. But one expenditure in the proposed FY 2018 County budget that defies Loudoun’s fiscally conservative tradition, due to its incredibly poor return on investment, is the $3-$4 million for local fixed route buses.

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  • Globalists in Retreat
    Globalists in Retreat

    By John H. Hilton. He said it.  He actually said the words!  President Trump, in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), said the words I and so many other Americans have been waiting a generation to hear.  In a nutshell, Trump stated emphatically that his presidency has one mission- to serve the

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