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Loudoun County is the epicenter of Redskin nation

posted August 26th, 2015

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 by Trevor Baratko, Anna Harris and Kate Murphy, Times-Mirror Staff Writers

Thirty years and thousands of miles have done nothing but strengthen David Ramadan’s relationship with the Washington Redskins.

It was in his native Lebanon in the late 1980s when Ramadan first signed on with Redskins nation. He wasn’t clinging to a sport or specific athletes or burgundy jerseys. He was clinging to a symbol: America’s game.

“Football is part and parcel of the American dream,” said Ramadan, now a two-term Virginia state delegate from Loudoun County. “The team stands for history, for pride. It’s an American symbol. American football is one unique sport to America. No other country in the world really plays football.”

So it’s a case of the small worlds that Ramadan, following his emigration to the U.S., landed in Loudoun, a place that has undeniably become the Virginia home of the Washington football team.

Here, local officials go gaga any time a team representative appears at board meetings – the local Board of Supervisors in 2012 unanimously agreed to send at least $2 million in tax dollars into the team’s coffers. The supervisors and most of the VIP-suite politicians are fans, just like the thousand-plus people who withstood a scorching August day just for a glimpse of the action.

“I ride for them all day, no matter what,” said Ralynee Simpson, a fan since age 2. Simpson feels like a part of the team, she said.

Football fandom isn’t silly, Del. Ramadan noted. It’s a choice we’ve made.

“It may be just a game, but it’s a game we chose to make part of our culture,” he said. “People are entitled to prioritize in life what is important and what is not. We Americans have decided that football is part of our culture and it’s important to us. Just like other nations around the world have decided other sports are important.” …

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Del. Ramadan calls on McAuliffe to release report on ABC police arrest

posted August 12th, 2015

12 AUGUST 2015 | 3:13 PM – Patrick Wilson
RICHMOND

Del. David Ramadan, a Republican from Northern Virginia and one of the state’s top watchdogs on Virginia ABC police agents, says Gov. Terry McAuliffe should release a report on the bloody arrest of a black University of Virginia student.

Virginia ABC issued a press release Monday saying agents involved in the arrest of Martese Johnson outside a Charlottesville bar in March did not violate agency policy and had been returned to duty. But the report on what happened would remain secret.

The arrest prompted protests on campus, and McAuliffe formed a review panel chaired by Public Safety Secretary Brian Moran, who oversees ABC, to study the department. That panel’s work is continuing. …

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Calling on Governor McAullife to release ABC full report re Martese Johnson!

posted August 12th, 2015

Very disturbing news. @GovernorVA should order release of the full
report immediately:
“@patrickmwilson: My latest blog post: Virginia ABC could release
report on Martese Johnson arrest, but is choosing not to
http://t.co/ylVA5KcCNl”

Sincerely,
Del. David Ramadan
Sent from my iPhone

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Tax Holiday, Power Lines and more!

posted August 7th, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Best regards from Dulles! It has been an exciting summer thus far, with wonderful events and developments within the District. Below are a few updates on issues that might be of interest to you, a summary of my activities in June and July, and a few community announcements. Please read and share with your family members, neighbors and friends!

I update my Facebook (www.Facebook.com/DelegateDavidRamadan) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/DavidIRamadan) on a regular basis with information on road construction and traffic issues, as well as other day-to-day news; please follow me there to stay updated.

Sales Tax Holiday/ Tax- Free Weekend: August 7 – 9, 2015
This weekend, Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th will be the newly combined Sales Tax Holiday in Virginia. Note: This marks a change from previous years, in which there were three designated sales tax holidays for: EnergyStar appliances, Back to School supplies, and in preparation for Hurricane Season. …

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