Thursday, April 25, 2013
The town hall meeting will take place Friday, May 3, in McLean.
State Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, will host a town hall meeting on May 3 with U.S. Rep Frank Wolf and a panel of local experts, federal and state officials. The event aims to educate the community about human sex trafficking in Virginia, how the commonwealth is cracking down on this crime and how Virginians can increase awareness of the threat posed in the area. The Human Trafficking Forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, Community Hall, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Hosts also include Del. Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, and the Richmond Justice Initiative. Panelists are Comstock, Courtney Gaskins with Youth For Tomorrow, Hugo, Sara Pomeroy with the Richmond Justice Initiative, Wolf, Fairfax County …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Virginia State Del. Barbara Comstock remains ahead in overall funds, but Murphy has raised more money in 2013.
The money race for 34th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates has begun, and Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock is ahead of Democratic challenger Kathleen Murphy. But Murphy raised more in the first quarter of 2013, according to campaign finance reports available through the Virginia Public Access Project. The two candidates have less than seven months left to campaign for the 34th District seat ahead of the Nov. 5 election, which also includes Virginia's governor and lieutenant governor races and all seats in the Virginia House of Delegates. The 34th District Great Falls and parts of Tysons, Vienna, McLean and Loudoun County. Murphy began the year with a balance of $0 and raised $127,256 through March 31 Comstock began the year …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The sound wall will be constructed in the Scotts Run community in McLean.
A new sound wall will be constructed in McLean’s Scotts Run community to protect against noise from the beltway, Del. Barbara Comstock announced this week. Comstock, R-McLean, said the section is located between Lewinsville Road and Georgetown Pike. The gap in the sound wall has left homeowners living on Scotts Run, Helga Place and Saigon Road with a considerable amount of traffic noise from the Capital Beltway, according to Comstock’s office. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that the bidding closed on March 27, with an estimated construction cost of $3 million. The contract will now be sent to the Commonwealth Transportation Board for approval before construction can begin on the section. When completed, the sound wall…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Dale Whitesell of McLean attended the Great Falls Citizens Association's event featuring Foust, Favola and Comstock.
Thursday, March 28
I would like to thank the Great Falls Citizens Association for sponsoring a very informative evening at the Grange this past week. We heard from Supervisor John Foust, state Sen. Barbara Favola and state Del. Barbara Comstock, and they provided a lot of information about the recent legislative session and how it affects us. In her presentation, Comstock spoke at length about the initiative to provide information to women about breast density and its impact on cancer risk. Comstock is justly proud of this legislation, which serves a definite need. However, I have to ask, where are women to receive that information? Comstock has also been in the forefront of legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and close down clinics providing health …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Delegate Comstock highlights work done to keep the region, Loudoun in particular, responsive to the industry.
Tuesday, March 19
by Delegate Barbara Comstock The Northern Virginia region clearly faces economic threats and challenges as a result of sequestration and government downsizing. The national economy continues to stagnate. If you are looking for a bright sign on our local horizon, the data center industry – which is expected to still grow by hundreds of millions over the near future – is a sector to double down on. That is why, once again this year, I worked with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and local business leaders to pass another bill to promote this important industry that is thriving in Northern Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth – and particularly in Loudoun County. Our aim is to be one of the most “Data Center Friendly” places in …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Laurel A. Gainor talks about her experience with Lyme disease.
To the editor: The passing of the Lyme Disease Testing Awareness Act by Gov. McDonnell this week really hit home for me. Because I didn’t see a tick or have the bulls-eye rash, my Lyme disease diagnosis was not an easy one. I had to go to three different medical practices before some took my symptoms and suspicions of Lyme disease seriously. The first doctor ordered an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test, which came back negative. The next two tests I had done were called the Western Blot, which is considered a very sensitive testing method. My test results showed only two bands, and the Center for Disease Control requires three bands for a positive diagnosis of Lyme disease. The blood sample test works most effectively when …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Bills provide for secret ballot protection and employees’ emails and phone conversations.
The Virginia House of Delegates last week passed two privacy bills submitted by state Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean. The bills are House Bill 1385, the Secret Ballot Protection Act, and House Bill 1931, KEEP Secure Act: Keep Employees Emails and Phones Secure Act. Both bills will now be sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk. Comstock released the following statement on the passage of both bills: “The passage of these bills is a victory for workers’ rights and for protecting employees in the workplace. "The Secret Ballot Protection Act strengthens workers' rights and freedoms and puts us on the side of Virginia workers and their right to a secret ballot. Former Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern called efforts to eliminate the …
McLean's Del. Barbara Comstock voted against the budget, which included $3.4 million to add 1,700 in-state undergraduate seats at Virginia universities.
Monday, February 25
By Jessica Dahlberg, Capital News Service As the 2013 legislative session came to a close, the Virginia General Assembly approved amendments to the state’s two-year budget Saturday that included expanding Medicaid and spending more money on education. The amendments were passed by both the House (on an 83-17 vote) and the Senate (31-8) after tense discussions over Medicaid, which provides medical care for lower-income residents. Legislators agreed to expand the program if certain reforms are made. Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) was the only McLean-area legislator to vote against the budget. See vote tally below. The reforms will make Medicaid look similar to non-government health insurance policies, according to legislators. Under the …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
McLean resident Anne C. Gruner supports legislation prohibiting disclosure of handgun permit owners' personal information.
Tuesday, February 19
To the Editor: In her recent Patch blog post, Kathleen Murphy chastised Del. Barbara Comstock for supporting a bill that prohibits the clerk of the Circuit Court from disclosing the personal, identifying information of handgun permit holders. But the bill sailed through both houses on a broad bi-partisan basis, passing 76-23 in the House and 32-8 in the Senate. It was widely supported by Democrats in Northern Virginia, including Sens. Barbara Favola, Adam Ebbin, Dave Marsden and Chap Petersen and Dels. David Bulova and Rob Krupicka. Other Democrats who supported it include Luke Torian, Onzlee Ware, Lynwood Lewis, Algie Howell, Joe Johnson, Jeoin Ward and Johnny Joannou. Ralph Northam, who is running for the Democrat nomination for …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The bill is designed to help grow the burgeoning data center industry in Northern Virginia.
Bills designed to support the growing data center industry in Northern Virginia passed in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate last week with wide bipartisan support. McLean Del. Barbara Comstock introduced legislation to “create a separate classification, for purposes of permitting localities to set a lower personal property tax rate, on computer equipment and peripherals used in a data center.” (HB 1699) Comstock released this statement: "The data center industry is projected to grow by hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. This bill will help Virginia continue to be a leader in this 21st century marketplace,” Comstock said. “Data center jobs and investment are a critical element in diversifying Virginia's technology…