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Happy Thanksgiving

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re going to sign off a bit early this year.

While we take an extended break from publishing new content on our website, we’ll be working on some upgrades to our site. We’ve got some exciting news about our site we’re going to share soon, so stay tuned.

We’ll post breaking news on Twitter and Facebook and send email updates (you can sign up for them here) as warranted.

In the meantime, I wish you the best the Thanksgiving season has to offer. This year, I hope you reunite with family and friends you may not have seen in 2020.

I’m thankful for my wife and baby girl, who make my life more fulfilling every day. I’m grateful for our extended family, who support us every day.

And I’m thankful for the people — many of whom I call friends — who have made me stronger, better, and wiser in all that I do.

I’m humbled by our advertisers and paid members who, over the past 11 years, have supported our mission of bringing you local news.

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. We’ll be back with new content on Monday, November 29.

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We’re offering promotions on multiple membership plans in our push for 100 new members by the end of the year.

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As you know, our members support our journalism, ensuring we’re there at local government meetings providing watchdog reporting.

  • We are the eyes and ears reporting on the decisions and the people who shape our communities.
  • In turn, our members get 100% access to our local journalism, exclusive access to forums and events.
  • They are tipped first to special promotions offered by our local business supporting advertisers.

Thank you for your continued support during the past 11 years.

Uriah Kiser
Founder & Publisher
Potomac Local News

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During the final weeks of the year, local leaders list what they want state legislators to focus on during the upcoming General Assembly session in Richmond.

Some might call it “bringing home the bacon.”

They host dinners or early-morning breakfast meetings with state legislators, which serve as an opportunity for local leaders to get representatives’ undivided attention.

At Potomac Local News, it’s an opportunity for us to report on the direction our community is headed, shining a light on what our locally-elected leaders view as priorities and how they want to spend our tax money.

In recent weeks, I’ve written about the fight to maintain protections for police, provide more cash for local schools, and first-time homebuyers, and allow localities to crack down on car muffler noise.

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There’s a lot of uncertainty among Virginia lawmakers who had gotten used to Democratic control in Richmond.

At a recent joint meeting of state and local lawmakers in Woodbridge, many asked whether or not incoming Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin — the first Republican to win the highest office in the state in the past 12 years — would continue funding investments in rail and public transportation, or if he would instead favor new road construction.

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They said his plan to eliminate the state’s tax on groceries would cost the county government school system millions. Yesterday in Roanoke, Youngkin said there is plenty of room for budget cuts. Virginia over-taxed its residents by 2.6. billion, he said.

Youngkin campaigned on school choice, which would allow educators to set up private charter schools in the state (there are eight of them in Virginia, while in neighboring Maryland and North Carolina, more than 100 exist in each state). Children in failing public schools would be allowed to attend these charter schools.

Youngkin was in Phoenix this week to talk about education, saying his administration will focus on helping children succeed.

“The polls kept telling us that education was the seventh or eighth or ninth most important issue,” the Associated Press quoted Youngkin. “Let me tell you, it is the top issue right now, and Republicans across the country can own this topic.”

Loudoun County made national news this year when it became ground zero for the education debate. Everything from masking children in the classroom, using personal pronouns to identify students, and whether or not students are safe at school following the rape of a female student, the sexual assault of another, and the school division’s efforts to keep the news out of the spotlight all made headlines.

At that joint meeting in Woodbridge, Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson urged Democratic lawmakers to repeal HB257 signed into law last year, which eliminates a requirement school principals report students law enforcement they may have committed a misdemeanor crime.

Lawson’s appeal received a lukewarm response, especially from Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, the bill’s co-patron, who sat silently next to Lawson.

On transportation, in the wake of the pandemic with so many poeple now working from home, Youngkin was never pressed on the issue. Although data will drive all transportation and infrastructure decisions, Youngkin told a reporter during the campaign.

The state began using a data-driven process to fund transportation projects, called Smart Scale, when Terry McAuliffe was governor. Pedestrian projects, such as new sidewalks, don’t score well and often go unfunded, said Senator Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford).

During the upcoming legislative session beginning January 12, 2022, Surovell said he’ll introduce legislation that would allow pedestrian-friendly projects to be scored separately from road and transit plans.

Northern Virginia has been home to Founder and Publisher of Potomac Local News Uriah Kiser since childhood. He and his wife are now raising their child here. Have a news tip or story idea? Email email him.

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re feeling generous.

We’re also feeling excited as we push to gain 100 new members between now and the end of the year.

  • As you know, our members support our journalism, ensuring we’re there at local government meetings providing watchdog reporting.
  • We are the eyes and ears reporting on the decisions and the people who shape our communities.
  • In turn, our members get 100% access to our local journalism, exclusive access to forums and events, and are tipped first to special promotions offered by our local business supporting advertisers.

Would you please help us reach 100 new paid members by becoming a member today?

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Discount offer: Enter YearEnd21 and receive 20% off a new annual subscription.

Thank you for your continued support during the past 11 years.

Uriah Kiser
Founder & Publisher
Potomac Local News

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With the General Election in our rearview mirror, many have asked me, “is that the end to your busy season?” 

The short answer: Our work is just beginning. 

The Virginia Supreme Court is expected to drop newly proposed political district maps within the next 45 days. The new maps will change political representation in Northern Virginia — especially in Prince William County, which has grown by more than 80,000 people in the past 11 years.

And — you probably don’t want to hear this being it has been only a week since the statewide election — but voters could head to the polls again next year to vote for House of Delegates candidates. You’ll remember, those candidates were just on the ballot a week ago, but district boundary changes could mean they must run again next fall.

Of course, we’ll bring you the latest.

Looking back on the results of the November 2 General Election, in Stafford County, residents elected two new conservative members to its school board.

  • They’ll join another conservative voice, and a swing voter, who will who could all work together to change the course of education in the county that broke for Republican Glenn Youngkin by 11 points. 

Education was a key issue in the election, as many parents said they felt the government overstepped its bounds regarding the material state schools are teaching their children.

  • We’ll be reporting on changes in our local schools. 

Prince William County maintained its “blue” status by voting for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who lost the election, choosing McAuliffe over Youngkin by 15 points.

  • While making inroads with voters this election cycle, the GOP failed to flip any House of Delegates controlled by Democrats. 

Despite this, Republicans took control of the House of Delegates following two years of total Democratic control in Richmond, picking up seven seats in the house.

  • In Fredericksburg and Stafford, a million-dollar flip occurred in District 28 (as the campaigns raised over an unprecedented $1 million each) when Republican Tara Durant beat incumbent Democrat Joshua Cole. 

With the election behind us, now it’s time for these new leaders to govern.

  • We’ll be watching and reporting every step of the way. 

In the days to come, watch for exclusive interviews with Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Richard Anderson on how they flipped the state for the first time in 12 years. 

  • As more data centers encroach in the rural areas, we’re also covering the changing landscape of our rural areas.

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