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Ebbin Endorses Krupicka in 45th District Race

Ebbin defeated Krupicka in state senate primary last year.

Rob Krupicka picked up the endorsement of State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) on Wednesday in the race to replace David Englin as state delegate from the 45th District.

Krupicka, an Alexandria City councilman and a member of the State Board of Education, one year ago this month.

“[Rob] has been a steadfast ally in the fight for true equality, a world-class education system, a cleaner environment, smart transportation solutions, and innovative policies that keep our economy strong,” Ebbin wrote in an email to supporters on Wednesday morning.

The announcement came on the eve of to determine the Democratic nominee. Krupicka is running against fellow Alexandria resident Karen Gautney, who from the House of Delegates.

The 45th District includes much of the east end of Alexandria, parts of southern Arlington County including Fairlington, and a portion of the Huntington-Belle Haven area of Fairfax County. Democrats can participate in the caucus to select a nominee .

Ebbin, the only openly gay member of the General Assembly, chose to endorse Krupicka over Gautney, who is gay and a former president of the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association and former chairwoman of the Alexandria Commission on Human Rights.

“I’ve been honored to have in this race, but to have Adam's support means a lot,” Krupicka said in a statement. “We’ve been friends for years and we’ve always shared a common goal for what Virginia can be. I hope to have the opportunity to serve the people alongside him in Richmond.”

Justin Malkin August 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Sticking with transportation, I must say that the FAA does not make me feel safe (neither does the TSA for that matter). I feel confident flying an airplane because airlines know that they will lose customers and have to pay huge settlement costs if their planes crash. Furthermore, if there were no FAA, perhaps a private company might step in to fill the void. That is, the airlines might pay a fee to a private safety review company. The counter argument of course is that the airline and the private safety review company might be in cohorts. But how can we be sure that the same sort of thing does not happen with a government institution? How many former Goldman Sachs employees work for the Treasury? How many former Monsanto employees work for the FDA? Rampant crony capitalism does not inspire me with confidence in consumer safety. [more to follow]
Justin Malkin August 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Regarding education, I think most parents believe that private schools provide a superior education than that provided by public schools, and those parents would send their children to private schools if they could afford to. While I think that the private sector would produce decent quality schooling at an affordable price if there were no public school system, the continued existence of public schools is a fairly safe assumption. So working within that assumption, perhaps we can introduce an element of competition into the public school system to make them more efficient. Regarding home schooling and team sports, I think your question is extremely interesting. My first reaction is to say that allowing home-schooled children to participate in public school sports makes sense to me. While I favor private sector solutions whenever possible, I think our public institutions, if they are to exist, should be made available to all. I am particularly interested in whether we agree on that last point and your thoughts. Thanks! --Justin
Isaac Smith August 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I'd bet more former Treasury workers seek to work at Goldman Sachs, or FDA workers seek to work at Monsanto than the other way around due to higher pay - not the other way around. In this vein, you are assuming that federal regulators ("cohorts") are on the take from those they are regulating which implies people are corrupt by nature. I don't believe this is true, but if you do, then it can only be up to government to make sure the laws are enforced and that bribes and corruption is exposed - oversight is a government function: otherwise we become no better than an unregulated Third World country - you really advocate for "ordered chaos?" As humans we have evolved to socialize and make positive strides by shared values and goals. We are not disparate, isolated, self-indulgent individuals running exclusively in insular, concentric circles, without regard, concern, compassion or empathy for our brethren. No man is an island, and truely, unless you live in a cave, no one makes it on her own. This is the basis of mainstream, Western enlightened thinking, no?
Isaac Smith August 09, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Regarding education, I think you first need to distinguish between private education and for-profit education. The latter is probably the worst method to teach kids since the profit motive is short-sighted, and always seeks to cut costs at best, and at worst teaches for achievement only standardized tests. Disciplines that are not profitable would not be offered (arts, music, etc.). On the topic of home schooled being able to participate in sports, it seems like a no-brainer; they should be barred and/or the parents of home schooled kids would object to such interaction. I view scholastic sports as an extension of the school outside of the classroom and associate a public school's sports teams with the school itself. In my opinion, unless a child has special social needs that restrict that child for adhering to accepted social norms, the child is at a severe disadvantage staying home - unless the child's future goal is to work at home, I guess. At some point a kid has to learn to engage a diverse group of people, not just people of an isolated group made up of the same faces day in and day out. I also would make an exception for religious sects.
Justin Malkin August 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Hi Isaac, I like to think that people are not corrupt by nature. However, I believe that people respond to incentives. I think that competition does a much better job of keeping the private sector "honest" than government ever can. The reason for this is because if a company is engaged in dishonest activities, the consumer will notice and take his business elsewhere. Especially in today's day and age with smartphones, online reviews and what not, it is quite easy to shop around for the best value. For example, when I had my car shipped, I relied on online user reviews to assist me in selecting a shipping company. I did not bother with the Better Business Bureau. My car arrived early, and I left a positive user review online. Such a process seems a lot more immediate than having a government official conduct an inspection at best once a year and then submit his report (which would also contain his biased opinion, if not his "bought" opinion). So again, information flow and competition forces improvement, not regulation and oversight. Regarding your other point, I think we can recognize and accept that as humans, we respond rationally to incentives. That said, individuality does not necessitate a lack of compassion or empathy. However, that compassion should be extended on a voluntary basis. Otherwise it has no meaning. In any event, as I proposed before, the government's track record for achieving positive results (by any yardstick) is extremely poor.

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