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Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is an independent writer, editor, and communications strategist in Northern Virginia. She can be reached at www.allisonstevens.com.

Gerrymandering fights aren’t over, as states ready remedies

By: - July 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Battles over partisan gerrymandering are poised to shift to the states in the wake of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court dealt a major blow to efforts to combat politicized redistricting when it issued a high-profile 5-4 opinion finding that courts couldn’t settle such disputes. Now, state-level efforts to combat […]

Labor secretary skirts question about ideal minimum wage

By: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — On International Workers’ Day, Maryland Democratic Rep. David Trone asked U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta a question on the minds of many workers: What do you think the federal minimum wage should be? “Just give me a number, not a long diatribe,” Trone told Acosta at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing. […]

Rookie Va. lawmaker will ‘be loud’ in fight against Trump’s drilling plans

By: - April 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — Six months after ousting a Republican incumbent in one of the most closely watched races in the country, U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-2nd, is setting her sights on President Donald Trump’s administration —  in particular its plans to massively expand oil and gas drilling in federal waters. On Jan. 8 — a year […]

Luria splits with Democratic colleague on sexual assault prosecutions

By: - April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — Freshman Democrat Elaine Luria, 2nd District, is at odds with a senior member of her party over the role commanders should play in handling military sexual assault cases. “We trust our commanders to take our sons and daughters into war,” said Luria, a former commander in the U.S. Navy. “We trust them to […]

‘Men without a country:’ Virginia leaders urged to step aside as 2019 battle for control of the Capitol approaches

By: - March 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — With top officials in Richmond hobbled by allegations of racism and sexual assault, Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation are already looking for ways to curtail the political fallout back home in November. As the controversies piled up, many worried that the Democratic majorities that seemed within reach in the state legislature were in […]