Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when American women’s wages catch up to men’s 2012 wages. I was proud to work with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to provide American women with more information to help close the wage gap. As your Lieutenant Governor, I will fight for paycheck equality in Virginia. There’s still a lot of work to do, but I want to ensure that my daughters grow up in a Virginia where they have the same opportunities for success as everyone. 

Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when American women’s wages catch up to men’s 2012 wages. I was proud to work with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to provide American women with more information to help close the wage gap. As your Lieutenant Governor, I will fight for paycheck equality in Virginia. There’s still a lot of work to do, but I want to ensure that my daughters grow up in a Virginia where they have the same opportunities for success as everyone. 

Who just endorsed Scott Lingamfelter?

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You’ll never believe who just endorsed Scott Lingamfelter for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Who could chime in to help Scott Lingamfelter stand out in a crowd of seven Republicans? Who would help him move even farther to the right? Who does Lingamfelter want on his team to help him win?

Tom Tancredo, that’s who.

Wait. Who?

Tom Tancredo. From Colorado. A former Congressman and a former candidate for President.

Tom Tancredo, who doesn’t believe in evolution. Who voted against renewing the Voting Rights Act. Who said that President Obama is a greater threat to America than Al Qaeda. Who suggested a “civics literacy test” as a requirement to exercise the right to vote. Who said that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a member of the “Latino KKK.” Who said that President Obama should be sent back to Kenya.

"I am honored to have the support of former Colorado Congressman and great American patriot, Tom Tancredo!" - Scott Lingamfelter

Tom Tancredo and Scott Lingamfelter want to move Virginia backwards. On Election Day, we can turn the page and choose leaders who will move our Commonwealth forward.

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Source: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/the-dirty-dozen-tom-tancredos-top-12-moments-of-nativism-racism-and-fear-mongering-video.php

A note from my friend Kal Penn

Big thanks to my friend Kal Penn for sending this note in support of my campaign. Join with Kal today and help us reach our $20,000 online fundraising goal. Our deadline is March 31.

Dear Friend,

They say Virginia is for lovers, and I got mad love for Aneesh Chopra. 2013 is a big year for Virginia. We have a real shot at turning our backs on negativity and electing real champions of change. One of those champions is my friend Aneesh.

I had the chance to work with Aneesh at the White House, and have been impressed with the innovative ways in which he tackled some really tough challenges, especially paving the way for policies that help young folks all over the country. I know he represents a new and sorely needed approach to government. He will work tirelessly for a state government that works better and fairer for all, and respects and empowers Virginians no matter who they are. I’ve seen him do this on behalf of the President, and I’m excited to give him a hand as he does this in Virginia.

I’m excited that Aneesh is tapping into the energy that propelled President Obama and Tim Kaine to victory last November. That’s why I’m asking you to join with me and help Aneesh Chopra raise $20,000 by March 31. It’s a big goal, I know! And your contribution will help Aneesh mobilize young voters across Virginia and deliver victory on Election Day.

Reelecting President Obama last year was a huge and historic achievement. But, you and I both know the work isn’t done. We need to keep the energy for change alive, and we need to keep fighting for progress at every level. That’s why I’m so proud to support Aneesh Chopra and that’s why I’m asking you to chip in $15, $25, $50 or whatever you can today. Even a fiver would be huge.

 Aneesh can win on Election Day. He can be Virginia’s next Lt. Governor — one who inspires the people of Virginia and fights for a better government for all. But he can only do that if you and I stand with him and build a campaign that can win. It’s going to be tough, but together we can do it.

Thanks for your support,

Kal Penn

What does better, faster, fairer look like?

What does a government that is better, faster, and fairer look like for everyday Virginians? An article in yesterday’s New York Times offers a terrific example of an approach I will champion as Lt. Governor.

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It is the story of New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s approach to harness the power of data to deliver a better government — through a “geek squad” that has been able to:

Double the city’s hit rate in finding stores selling bootleg cigarettes; sped the removal of trees destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and helped steer overburdened housing inspectors — working with more than 20,000 options — directly to lawbreaking buildings where catastrophic fires were likeliest to occur.

Imagine a Commonwealth that supports parents and teachers with support services to help kids struggling with math before they fail, so they can compete in the 21st century economy; a doctor who calls you before you suffer a heart attack, saving your life; or a building owner who cuts energy use as soon as the building is empty, saving money and protecting the environment at the same time.

This is Virginia’s story under Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — a best managed state, best state for business, and best place to raise a family. As Secretary of Technology, I had the pleasure of co-chairing the Effectiveness and Efficiency Committee of the Council on Virginia’s Future, tasked with ensuring Virginia led the way in running a high performing government. Our work to launch “Virginia Performs” — opening up government performance and productivity data to the public — was specifically cited by Governing Magazine as a best practice in awarding Virginia Best Managed State in 2008.

As Lt. Governor, I will do more than serve as the tie-breaking vote in the Senate; I will build on our progress through my official role on the Council on Virginia’s Future to deliver a better, faster and fairer government that serves everyday Virginians. I’ve seen firsthand how improving the speed and efficiency of government improves our quality of life while reducing taxpayer costs. The people of Virginia want — and most certainly deserve — a government that returns to our tradition of excellence, not furthering the ratings of late-night comedy shows. With your support, and in collaboration with a new generation of pragmatic problem solvers, we will deliver on this promise for all Virginians.

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Last night, I had the honor of winning the straw poll for Lt. Governor hosted by Congressman Gerry Connolly. With more than 850 ballots cast, I won with 70% of the vote. This victory was thanks to supporters like you who believe in the vision of a better, smarter, fairer government.

But, the most important poll is on Election Day. Help keep the momentum going.

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Happy Pi Day from all of us at Team Chopra.

Happy Pi Day from all of us at Team Chopra.

We must inspire all Virginians

I was troubled to listen to Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Susan Stimpson talk about how she would inspire African-American voters.

Q: Let’s say you’re campaigning in some of the urban areas, how would you be able to inspire blacks to vote for Susan Stimpson, what would be your message?

STIMPSON: Well that wouldn’t be a set constituency that I would try to inspire.

We need leaders who will inspire all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they live. That’s the campaign I am running and that’s how I would lead as Lieutenant Governor. It’s unfortunate to see anyone seeking public office in the Commonwealth believe otherwise.

Thank you!

Today, my campaign for Lieutenant Governor turned in 20,630 signatures to put my name on the ballot for the June Democratic primary. We were only required to submit 10,000 signatures, but our team of dedicated volunteers and organizers went above and beyond. While this is just one step on the road to victory, it’s a huge sign of strength for our campaign. We’re growing a grassroots movement across the Commonwealth — and now it’s time to keep the momentum going. Sign up to volunteer and help us engage as many Virginians as possible.

I had a great time at a packed meet and greet today in Falls Church. It’s these conversations — in houses across the Commonwealth — that power our grassroots campaign. Together, we’ll move Virginia forward.

Standing with Virginia women

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This law expands programs that help local communities respond to and prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse. I am very grateful that President Obama and Congress were able to get this done.

Today is International Women’s Day, a day where the world reflects on both the historic and ongoing struggles for the fair and equal treatment of women. As the father of two young daughters, I have had a lot to reflect on these past few days.

During my time as Chief Technology Officer of the United States, one of my top priorities was harnessing America’s innovative spirit to tackle our most difficult problems. One of these problems was that of sexual assault and relationship violence. Working with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, I designed the “Apps Against Abuse” technology challenge. I knew that we could tap into new technologies to empower women in ways not possible before.

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The winner of the Apps Against Abuse challenge, an app called Circle of 6, allows women to easily reach out to trusted contacts if they are in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation. The app also provides a wealth of resources on relationship violence.  This is an example of a wonderful collaboration between technology innovators, public health experts, and the government. Originally designed for college students in the United States, Circle of 6 has been downloaded more than 55,000 times and is being used in more than 26 countries. The team has also authored a healthy relationships toolkit that is used in middle schools and high schools across the country. 

This collaborative spirit, aimed towards empowering women and solving tough problems, is what we need more of in Richmond. In everything I do, I think about how I can leave a future for my daughters where they have every single opportunity for success and happiness as I have had. 

Ultimately, I know there’s a brighter future for Virginia. As your next Lieutenant Governor, I’ll bring my experience in collaboration to take on the hard challenges. I’ll spend each and every day fighting to respect and empower all of Virginia’s mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives.