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Forbes Makes Case for 2nd District Campaign

After Virginia’s 4th Congressional District was significantly redrawn by a federal three judge panel, Congressman Randy Forbes announced Monday (2/8) via a press conference broadcast on Facebook that he will relocate to the 2nd District.

Forbes says he’s best situated to defend Virginia’s military interest as chair of the subcommittee that writes the budget of the Navy, the Marine Corp and a large portion of the Air Force.

Were he to lose his seat he says his chairmanship could go to a congressman from another state who would not have Virginia’s best interest at heart.

Registration Deadline Today for March 1st Primary

Virginians who are not registered to vote, but want to cast ballots in the March 1st primary, need to get it done today (2/8). Today is the deadline to register.

Virginia voters do not register by party and any registered voter may choose to cast a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primary, and voters in the Republican primary won’t have to sign a statement affirming they are Republicans. The State Board of Elections has rescinded that requirement requested by the GOP.

Congressman Randy Forbes Ready To Jump To 2nd Congressional District

Fourth District Republican Congressman Randy Forbes appears set to “jump” districts today (2/8). Forbes is apparently ready to move to the 2nd, safer now for Republicans, since Richmond and Petersburg have been moved to the 4th, where black voting strength has been increased.

Republican Scott Rigell is retiring from the 2nd, has been urging Forbes to make the move and will join him today on a Facebook announcement at 1:30 p.m. that he says will be “big news.”

Term Limit Amendment Bill Pushed to 2017

A bill to create a Constituional Amendment setting term limits for Virginia legislators has been shelved until 2017.

Freshman Senator Amanda Chase focused on term limits in her campaign, and says it’s time to change the make-up of the state legislature. Chase added that it’s important for legislators to understand the needs of the Commonwealth. Her bill would create a Constitutional Amendment for members of the General Assembly, limiting senators to 3 four-year terms and members of the house to 6 two-year terms.

Drug Transparency Bill Shelved for the Year

The Senate Education and Health Committee has killed for the year a bill that would ask pharmaceutical companies to offer an explanation if their drug treatments exceed $10,000. The bill would ask companies to share the costs of developing, manufacturing, and marketing such medications which industry representatives say this would unfairly require them to reveal inside information accessible to their competitors.

Richmond Circuit Court Denies Limits Legislative Privilege in Redistricting Case

The nonpartisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is challenging 11 state legislative districts held by members of both parties, saying the boundaries are not compact and contiguous as required by the state constitution.

A separate motion from House Republicans to stay the case pending the outcome of a separate challenge to Virginia’s house districts was also denied.

The trial is expected to proceed in late summer or early fall.

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