Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Virginia lawmakers, residents will be in attendance at President's 2013 State of the Union address at the Capitol.
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will offer local citizens more chances than ever to participate and find out more about issues they're most interested in. The White House will offer an "enhanced" viewing experience complete with charts, graphs and data. The address will begin at 9 p.m. and will be followed by the traditional Republican response, this year delivered by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. The Alexandria Democratic Committee is holding a watch party at Ramparts Tavern and Grill located at 1700 Fern St., a hangout of Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. Busboys & Poets in Shirlington is also holding a watch party Tuesday evening. CNN will begin its coverage at 7 p.m. with political anchors …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Read the full text of President Barack Obama's speech made on the occasion of his second inauguration.
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery Inaugural Address Monday, January 21, 2013 Washington, DC Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
State Sen. Adam Ebbin, who represents Alexandria as well as part of Arlington and Fairfax counties, spoke with Patch from the Obama-Biden headquarters in Old Town.
Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) stopped by the Obama-Biden Alexandria headquarters in Old Town on Tuesday to work the phone banks and talk to supporters. The office at 1400 Duke St. was a hive of activity. People standing in lines and draped on the floors throughout hallways talking on cell phones, waiting for training on how to canvass voters properly, working the phone banks and helping in other ways. Ebbin told Patch that he’s excited about the great turnout and grassroots enthusiasm. “This campaign is using techniques of the future… by organizing right down to the neighborhood level,” he said, speaking with Patch in a storage room—the only semi-quiet place in the building. “Alexandria and Northern Virginia are so key to the …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Voters for President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney may split their ticket and not vote a straight Democrat or Republican ticket down the ballot; "split ticket voters" could affect election prospects for Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine.
Driving through Northern Virginia, it's quite rare to see yards with signs revealing that a homeowner plans to vote both Republican and Democrat on Nov. 6. Even if they don't openly proclaim their split-ticket status, they're out there, according to polling. These "split ticket voters" plan to step into the polling booth on Election Day to vote for a Republican and a Democrat: Voting for President Barack Obama and Republican Senate candidate George Allen, or for Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine. "It is a real possibility that Romney could win Virginia while George Allen loses," said Mark Rozell, professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. "Some polls have shown that Tim…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Look up your neighbor's contributions to the campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney based on data from the Federal Elections Commission.
Virginia residents have donated more than $19.6 million directly presidential candidates this election cycle, with a lot of those donations coming from Northern Virginia. President Barack Obama has received more than $9.2 million from voters, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has received more than $8.1 million. The remainder—about $2.3 million—went to candidates no longer in the race, including Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, and political parties. The data in the tool above is directly from the Federal Election Commission based on campaign reports through June 30, 2012. Notes on the data: This data was updated in October 2012 to reflect donations based on campaign reports through Aug. 31, 2012. The data has not been cleaned up …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
President Obama made a campaign stop Saturday at Centreville High School in Clifton.
President Obama visited Centreville High School in Fairfax County Saturday as part of a campaign swing through the state. The photos were taken at the speech, in the high school gym, as well as outside the school, where some local protesters gathered beforehand. Read more about today's visit here: President Obama Campaigns at Centreville High The CVHS Presidential Visit: What You Need to Know Obama to Speak at Centreville High School Saturday Many Wait in Line for President Obama Rally Tickets Poll: Should Obama Propose Extending Tax Cuts to All?
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Virginia governor tells radio audience on WTOP Tuesday "I am not being vetted by his campaign."
On radio station WTOP Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) all but ruled out the possibility of becoming the vice presidential choice of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. "I am not being vetted by his campaign," he told the radio audience. That doesn't completely shut the door if the Romney campaign came calling. McDonnell has not said he would say "no" to the VP slot if it were offered. The popular Republican governor, who received 59 percent of the vote before he was sworn in as the 71st head of the Commonwealth in 2010, said he plans to serve out his term, which ends in January 2014. McDonnell became chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2011 and has campaigned for Romney in Virginia, as well as in Southern primary…
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Obama administration turns the spotlight on Port City as an example of how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act helps small businesses.
Bill Butcher, owner of Port City Brewing, stars in a White House video explaining the difficulties in getting financing to get his business started but how a local bank aware of new government loan programs came to his aid. In the video "Faces of Change: Bill's Small Business Loan," Butcher said he spoke with 10 banks a few years ago and found it "discouraging." The bank that finally wanted to "work with us" was a local bank aware of Small Business Administration loans "that really helped us a lot" and "saved us thousands of dollars," he said. The bank was aware of new programs the administration put in because of the Recovery Act, Butcher said, adding that his business is now growing as is his distributor's business. The connection …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
President and first lady dine at the Neighborhood Group Restaurant in Old Town.
It's no secret that the Obamas love Northern Virginia as apparent by the president and first lady's multiple trips to the area and Tuesday night they shared their love for each other at Old Town Alexandria's Vermilion restaurant on King St., reports The Huffington Post. Vermilion on Tuesday evening declined to confirm to Patch the White House Pool report disclosing the Obamas' Old Town destination, but the presidential motorcade and multiple black SUVs crawling through the neighborhood gave it away. Fellow diners also spread the news via Twitter. A couple who said they sat next to the Obamas during dinner called into 94.7 Fresh FM and said the Obamas discussed Social Security, among other things. The first lady ordered red wine and the …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Share your story of the president's visit to Alexandria.
President Obama surprised just about everyone Wednesday when he made an afternoon trip to Potomac Yard to do some Christmas shopping. Perhaps even more unexpected was the president’s second stop at Del Ray Pizzeria, where he picked up three pies before making his exit from Alexandria. Hundreds gathered at both spots to shake Obama’s hand, wish him happy holidays or just share in the moment. If you were lucky enough to partake in the spectacle, please share your experience. Did you get to shake the president’s hand? Did you say anything to him? Did he say anything to you? Did you keep your cool? Or were you that woman outside Best Buy waving both hands above her head screaming the president’s name? Perhaps it all went by in a blur and you …