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Here is What You Need to Know to Vote on June 9th

On June 9th, districts across the Commonwealth will hold primary elections to choose Democratic and Republican nominees for the General Assembly. Below you can find out more information about primary voting and how you can participate. WHO:  The majority of registered voters live in a district that has a primary election, but not everyone does. […]

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Meet Our Members: Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed Chair, Student Leadership Committee Senior, James Madison University International Affairs Major   Why did you first get involved with VA21? During my sophomore year, I was looking to get involved on campus in a nonpartisan and political way. I wasn’t sure what Virginia21 was at the time, but I was searching for my […]

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Meet Our Members: Lea Booth

Virginia21 is only as effective as the students that get involved. We’re lucky to have talented and engaged students be a part of our mission.  Lea Booth Vice-Chair, Student Leadership Committee Sophomore, The College of William and Mary Undeclared Major. Through civic participation, we can make things better for everyone. Why did you first get […]

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How the Governor is Combating Sexual Assault on Virginia Campuses

Sexual assault has been a frequent topic of discussion over the past few months in Virginia. Lawmakers, advocacy groups and campus communities have all been working to address this problem. Now, the Governor’s administration is offering its own plan. Last August, Governor Terry McAuliffe established a task force whose goal is to combat campus sexual […]

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Why this year’s legislative session was a victory for young Virginians

Updated with the final action of the Governor and General Assembly following Reconvened Session on April 15, 2015. In January, we faced deep cuts to the state’s higher education system, solutions to campus sexual assault that would have done more harm than good, and bills that would hurt campus safety. Because of students’ united action, […]

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The Nutshell: What are Virginia taxpayers willing to pay for?

The Nutshell is a daily email that sums up everything you need to know about Virginia for the day. Sound interesting? Check it out. 1. What are you willing to pay for? When Governor McAuliffe announced that Virginia faced a $2.4 billion shortfall last year, there was a lot of discussion about choices. In his budget revision, […]

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Meet Our Members: Desiree Jenkins

Virginia21 is only as effective as the students that get involved. We’re lucky to have talented and engaged students be a part of our mission. This is the first part of a series that highlights these members. Desiree Jenkins Senior, Norfolk State University Social Work Major. Why did you first get involved with VA21? I […]

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Comparing the House, Senate, and Governor’s higher education budgets

Virginia operates on a two-year budget, where funds are first allocated on even years, and then relatively small changes are made on odd years to account for shifts in state revenue. After Governor McAuliffe proposed his budget amendments in December, both the House and the Senate proposed their own changes on February 8. The following table […]

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Proposed bill grapples with victim’s rights, Title IX transparency issues

The following article by Hector Miranda-Castro was published in the Commonwealth Times on February 9, 2015. Proposed bill grapples with victim’s rights, Title IX transparency issues A state senate bill requiring mandatory reporting of campus sexual assault incidents to police has lawmakers wrangling between victim confidentiality rights and increasing transparency during university Title IX investigations. […]

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Mandatory reporting will make it harder to convict perpetrators of sexual assault

While campus sexual assault has received national spotlight over the past couple of years, it still remains a complex topic that involves university, state, and federal regulation. Sexual assault will likely be one of the biggest issues discussed in this year’s legislative session and will have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of students. […]

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