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Raine1967's Journal
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March 22, 2015

Wondering about a Martin O'Malley group

I am not sure if it makes sense, but the last week or so a lot of people have mentioned him as a possible Dem Nominee and many people want to learn more about him as such.

Do you think a O'Malley group would be a good idea to be used as an information clearinghouse so people could get more acquainted with him?

Thanks in advance,

March 22, 2015

Prince Doc: Hunting for the Secret Vault

8 minutes and it is really cool!

March 19, 2015

Going to see Martin O'Malley this evening! O'Malley's March is playing in DC!


If I get a chance, I will ask him if he is thinking about a run in the primaries!

Either way, he's a pretty good musician!

March 17, 2015

Delegate Rob Krupicka retiring (Va 45 district)

He'll be missed, that is for sure.


Serving the people of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax has been one of the greatest honors of my life. For the past 12 years, I have had the chance to serve as an elected official in one of the most vibrant, diverse, civically-engaged places in the United States. It is always humbling to talk to my constituents because they always know so much about so many issues and they always teach me something.

Coming back from session this year, I was forced to evaluate the number of hours in the day and how I fill them. Between business, family, and public service, it is clear that I’m burning more candles at more ends than I can sustain.

I have a growing business with employees and investors that depend on me---a business that gives me a chance to put my values into action by supporting local non-profits, promoting a strong wage, and by giving people a second or third chance to get on their feet. I have also spent time in the last weeks reflecting on the fact that my family has tolerated me missing a lot due to public responsibilities.

Having spent over half of my adult life involved in public service in some way or another, it is time for me to step back from elected life to focus on my growing business and on my family. I don’t like to do anything halfway and the demands on my time make it impossible for me to be the engaged, active public servant that I have always tried to be.

I believe in Virginia’s part-time public service model. It is designed to minimize politics as a career and to give a variety of people the chance to serve and better the Commonwealth. It also inevitably creates conflict with an individual’s family, financial, and career needs. After 12 years, that conflict has become too stark for me.

There are many good people who have the time and passion to serve the 45th district well. I know the district will be well-served by whomever holds the 45th district delegate seat.

It will take years to say thank you to all my friends and family that have enabled my service and supported me over the years. You all put up with the all too frequent requests to volunteer or donate and much more. I know our work together has left things a bit better than we found them. I know we have more to do. I am looking forward to finishing my term, with a focus on my early childhood work, and then continuing civic activities and working with all of you through my business and as a community volunteer.

In Service,

March 10, 2015

In_The_Wind where are you sister?

I haven't seen you in the past few days. I hope you are out enjoying some nice weather up in your area !

March 10, 2015

An American goes to Iran:

and he gives a lecture about his travels.

I posted this because I think this is a very important issue. IRanians are human beings. They live in a theological society. This is a report from a person (who I admit, I admire) that lives in our country.

Iran is not just its politics. It's not only its government.

And we can learn a lot about this lecture.

March 2, 2015

I love living in the DC area this is one reason why:

My husband works very close to the capitol building and often takes walks around it for lunch. Today being a spectacularly sunny dat with the ice melting and we have reached a balmy 45 degrees, he said he was going for a walk.

I went out myself to walk the dog.

When I got back, here was his message to me:

I decided to take a walk around the Capitol building at lunch. There was a woman there struggling with some sort of protest display - she had an Israeli flag, a Gadsden flag, and an upside-down American flag. The wind was creating havoc with them.

Oh yeah - she was also wearing an Uncle Sam hat.

I wish he's gotten a picture of that hot mess.

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