Virginia Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, a 15-year veteran from Arlington who chairs her chamber's Democratic caucus, has announced she will not run for reelection to her seat in November.
Rosalind S. Helderman
| February 25, 2011; 1:13 PM ET |
Categories: Arlington County, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate
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William Cockerham pleaded guilty to voter fraud Wednesday in Arlington Circuit court. Cockerham and Cheryl Simmons were indicted in December for voter fraud. Both were hired to collect petition signatures in a failed effort to change Arlington's form of government. Virginia law requires that each signature collected is witnessed by a person who can vote or register to vote. Cockerham signed off on petitions that he did not circulate and is a convicted felon, making him ineligible to vote in Virginia, said Richard E. Trodden, the commonwealth's attorney, in his proffer of evidence. Cockerham was hired by Shawn Wilmoth, president of Signature Masters, who was contracted to train local residents to collect 12,000 signatures. Cockerham agreed to be paid $2 per signature. Cockerham went with Wilmoth to notarize 58 petition pages June 28, Trodden said. "Approximately four of these sheets contained voter signatures that the defendant had obtained himself. Some...
Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) is accusing Arlington County of engaging in "legal thuggery" with an "an egregiously frivolous" and "dirty" lawsuit against the state's proposed construction of High Occupancy Toll lanes along I-95 in Northern Virginia.
Arlington County's proposed fiscal 2012 budget doesn't restore previously cut services, but it avoids further cuts, officials said Tuesday.
"Something bad might happen some day; I don't think we can legislate against every bad thing," Gilbert said.
Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) is holding up about $1 million in potential tourism dollars for Arlington because of the county's HOT lanes lawsuit, in particular because the county is suing federal and state officials as private citizens, he said. A bill, sponsored by Del. Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington), which would renew an existing surcharge paid by Arlington hotel guests is sitting in Hugo's finance subcommittee, as was first reported on Not Larry Sabato. The county has reportedly spent more than $1 million on a federal lawsuit filed in 2009 against both federal and state Departments of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and top officials at the time, including Pierce Homer, a former Virginia secretary of transportation. The suit alleges that the agencies did not fully evaluate the environmental impacts to the communities surrounding the project on I-95/I-395. "If they have so much money to spend on frivolous, intimidating, abusive...