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House Republicans Field Historic Number of Candidates for 2021

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With filing deadlines for primaries now past, House Republicans are excited to announce that we will have a historic number of Republican candidates this fall. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “After two years of one-party rule in Richmond, it’s clear that Virginians are ready for change. This year we’re fielding the most candidates we have in … Read More

House GOP Leader Gilbert: Northam Should Add Emergency Clause to the ‘Open the Schools’ Bill

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Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on social distancing in schools, lowering the recommended distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet, clearing the way for schools to reopen in Virginia. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “The new guidance from the CDC is crystal clear: schools can safely … Read More

On Dr. Seuss’ Birthday…

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With loving apologies to the author. The kids did not learn. The kids did not play.They sat on their laptops for day after day.Virtual learning was here in their room.They spent all their time on an unending Zoom. Loudoun County had problems, and they were not few.Test scores were dropping, and learning was too.But that’s not the problem the Board … Read More

House Republican Leadership Statement on Conclusion of the 2021 Legislative Session

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, and Caucus Whip Jay Leftwich issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the 2021 General Assembly Session: “One of the most important issues facing Virginians over the past year was and continues to be the education of their children. “When schools were closed and various learning options were implemented, it … Read More

House Republican Leader Gilbert: Those Implicated in Parole Board Fiasco Must Resign or Be Fired

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Late last night, WTVR-TV in Richmond reported that both former and current chairs of the Virginia Parole Board were found by the Office of State Inspector General to be involved in a number of illegal activities, including falsification of records, instructing subordinates to falsify records, failure to keep legally-required records, and failure to cooperate with the State Inspector General. House … Read More

House Republican Leader Gilbert: House Democrats Choose Unions over Children

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House Democrats voted in lockstep to stop a Republican effort to add an emergency clause to SB 1303 that would require schools to immediately give parents a choice of five-day, in-person school or virtual education. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Today, the House of Delegates cast what was probably the most impactful vote of the 2021 … Read More

House Republican Leader Gilbert: Democrats Use ‘Virtual’ Session to Silence Opposing Witnesses

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Earlier this morning, a House subcommittee took up House Bill 2305, which would give the Department of Education instructions to effectively change the admissions process at Governor’s Schools around Virginia. After lengthy testimony from supporters of the bill, parents waiting to express their opposition were shut out of testimony. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Parents have … Read More

Delegate Cox and Senator Cosgrove Deliver Republican Perspective on State of the Commonwealth

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Delegate M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and Senator John A. Cosgrove, Jr. (R-Chesapeake) tonight delivered the Republican perspective on the State of Commonwealth. The text of their remarks, which were broadcast following Governor Northam’s, are as follows: Delegate Cox “Good evening and thank you for joining us following the annual State of the Commonwealth Address. I’m Delegate Kirk Cox … Read More