‘City of Monuments’ No Longer a Man’s World

Concept by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group. (Photo from the Women’s Monument Commission)

Concept by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group. (Photo from the Women’s Monument Commission)

By Alix Hines
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Richmond is called the City of Monuments, whether it’s for the grand statues lining Monument Avenue or the historical figures overlooking Capitol Square. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and even Arthur Ashe are among the figures Richmond honors with monuments in their name.

See a pattern there? None of those statues depict women. Continue reading

Governor’s Transportation Plan Hits Roadblock

By Whitney Spicer and Alix Hines, Capital News Service

All 20 of Virginia’s Democratic senators — including Vienna-area Sens. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Janet Howell (D-Reston) — voted against Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan late Tuesday, effectively blocking the Senate’s version of the proposal for this legislativesession.

The move makes it less likely Gov. Bob McDonnell will pass a transportation package in his last year in office.

While the House amended and approved a version of the plan, HB 2313, earlier Tuesday, sending it to the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Democrats “vowed to block any proposal that generated less than $1.2 billion a year in new roads money,” the Washington Examiner reports. Continue reading