Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Fairfax High grad must pay higher out-of-state tuition rates for college after entering country illegally at age 12.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s special invited guest for President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night was 19-year-old Ambar Pinto of Fairfax. Ambar and her family entered the country illegally when she was 12 years old, according to a news release from the Senator's office. Since then, Pinto has graduated from Fairfax High School and now is enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College – where she pays higher out-of-state tuition rates because she is undocumented. Both Pinto – and Warner – are advocates for the Dream Act and for comprehensive immigration reform.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Local lawmakers will be in attendance at President's annual speech 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. ET and will be followed by the traditional Republican response, this year delivered by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. CNN will begin its coverage at 7 p.m. with political anchors and analysts including former Speaker Newt Gingrich, of McLean, who ran an unsuccessful campaign in the Republican presidential primary. C-SPAN coverage will begin with a live preview, one hour early, at 8 p.m., and will include interviews with members …
U.S. Senator from Virginia hopes President highlights entrepreneurship Tuesday night in State of the Union address.
Virginia's senior U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is urging President Obama to highlight startups and small businesses in his State of the Union address tonight. In May 2012, Warner introduced legislation called the Startup Act 2.0 to jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses. “As you prepare to deliver your State of the Union address, we encourage you to speak about the important role entrepreneurs play in economic growth and job creation,” Warner said in a letter to the President (see complete letter at right). “Our legislation, which we plan to reintroduce next week, builds on recommendations made by your Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to jumpstart economic growth. Startup Act 2.0 provides new opportunities for …