Alfonso H. Lopez – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for House Of Delegates 49th District, Virginia

Democratic Party of Virginia
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat and activist with nearly 20 years of Federal and Virginia legislative experience on issues critical to the people of Arlington and Fairfax. An Obama Administration political appointee, Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee, and long-time environmental advocate, Alfonso has the passion and the practical experience to make the case for our values and needs in Richmond.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Alfonso and his wife, Sarah Zevin, live in Arlington with their son Aaron Rafael.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Alfonso graduated from Vassar College and received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. He was chosen as a 2003 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Alfonso served as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this position he led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, contracting and innovation. He helped lead the SBA effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act which successfully opened up the credit markets for small businesses and entrepreneurs and created $12 billion in tax relief for small business owners.

Alfonso served as Governor Kaine's Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. He also served as the Governor's representative to the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors Association. Alfonso was the highest ranking Latino in the Kaine Administration. He also served as the Deputy Policy Director on Governor-Elect Kaine's Transition Team.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Alfonso has worked for several years on environmental issues at the Federal and State level. He worked for several years as a Federal environmental health advocate working on Clean Air, Safe Drinking Water, and Global Climate Change issues.

Alfonso has served on numerous Arlington and regional Boards and commissions. He served on the Arlington Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission from 2003 to 2006 - where he chaired the Health and Human Resources Committee and was a Member of the Public Safety Committee. He has also served as the Board Vice Chair of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center and the Board Co-Chair of the Arlington Veterans' Memorial YMCA. In 2006, he served on the Commonwealth Coalition's, Virginia State Advisory Board. He has been a Member of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's, Northern Virginia Regional Board since 2005.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Alfonso was twice elected the Deputy Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee. He has also served as the President of the Arlington Young Democrats and as an elected Steering Committee Member of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He is the immediate past-President of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV). He is currently an elected At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee.

Schools & Education
Education, a General Statement

I understand the needs of our teachers and schools and will do everything in my power to preserve and improve the quality of our region's public schools. Every child deserves an outstanding education to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

I pledge to always fight Republican attempts to divert general fund money away from public education, safety and health care. Fixing transportation is an important objective, but we shouldn't take money away from our schools to pay for pavement. To continue to create jobs and remain competitive in the global economy, we must provide the funding necessary to keep our public education system among the best in the nation.

A commitment to education is a critical part of preserving and revitalizing the social safety net. From the quality of Arlington and Fairfax County Public Schools to Virginia's higher education institutions, we are blessed with today's leading minds molding the development of tomorrow's leaders and entrepreneurs. However, it is imperative that everyone has equal access to a high-quality education.

It starts with making a real commitment to and investment in teachers. Serving our communities and families as a teacher shouldn't be a choice between living what you love and making ends meet. We need to honor our teachers with a quality, professional wage here in the 49th District and all over the Commonwealth of Virginia.

I also want to ensure the opportunities and programs my father tapped into when he came here from Venezuela with $260 in his pocket. With a lot of hard work he graduated from NOVA Community College. Then - after taking one course a semester - he graduated from George Mason University one month before I graduated from high school.

Here in the 49th district, we know that a dollar invested in education is a dollar invested in our economy. Our economic development strategy and attracting good jobs starts with a great education open to all.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

School Budget

A commitment to education is a critical part of preserving and revitalizing the social safety net. From the quality of Arlington and Fairfax County Public Schools to Virginia's nationally recognized higher education institutions, we are blessed with today's leading minds molding the development of tomorrow's leaders and entrepreneurs. However, it is imperative that everyone has equal access to a high-quality education.

It starts with making a real commitment to and investment in teachers. Serving our communities and families as a teacher shouldn't be a choice between living what you love and making ends meet. We need to honor our teachers with a quality, professional wage here in the 49th District and all over the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Here in the 49th district, we know that a dollar invested in education is a dollar invested in our economy. Our economic development strategy and attracting good jobs starts with a great education open to all.

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Provide funds to reduce class sizes and meet Virginia's Standards of Learning.

Increase funding, access and support for Virginia's vibrant community college system.

Ensure that teachers are paid a quality, professional wage - not just in Northern Virginia - but all over the Commonwealth.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

School Climate

Provide funds to reduce class sizes and meet Virginia's Standards of Learning.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

Teacher Salaries

It starts with making a real commitment to and investment in teachers. Serving our communities and families as a teacher shouldn't be a choice between living what you love and making ends meet. We need to honor our teachers with a quality, professional wage here in the 49th District and all over the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Alfonso will support legislation to ensure that teachers are paid a quality, professional wage - not just in Northern Virginia - but all over the Commonwealth.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

Early Childhood Education

Increase participation in Pre-K programs. Science tells us that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before age five. We must expand voluntary Pre-K programs for more four-year-olds.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

Improving Education

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Increase participation in Pre-K programs. Science tells us that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before age five. We must expand voluntary Pre-K programs for more four-year-olds.

Provide funds to reduce class sizes and meet Virginia's Standards of Learning.

Create programs to help special needs, non-English-speaking and gifted students.

Expand opportunities for Northern Virginians in the state colleges and universities.

Increase funding, access and support for Virginia's vibrant community college system.

Ensure that teachers are paid a quality, professional wage - not just in Northern Virginia - but all over the Commonwealth.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

Higher Education

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Expand opportunities for Northern Virginians in the state colleges and universities.

Increase funding, access and support for Virginia's vibrant community college system.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

Virginia Special Education

Create programs to help special needs, non-English-speaking and gifted students.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)

Transportation
Traffic & Transportation, a General Statement

The residents of the 49th District deserve to live in a community where transit is funded and transportation congestion is fixed.

Northern Virginians lose hundreds of hours a year to gridlock - time better spent with loved ones and friends. Recent studies set the costs of congestion for the average Virginia driver at $1,000 a year. In 2009, the Washington Post reported that Northern Virginia has the second-worst congestion in the United States and it is only getting worse.

While finding transportation solutions is a priority, money set aside for public schools, first responders and social services should not be siphoned off for a few roads and off-ramps. Alfonso would have strongly opposed Governor McDonnell's plan to take general fund dollars from children and police officers to build roads.

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Provide a tax-break to businesses that initiate and document tele-work, tele-commuting and flex schedule plans. Virginia should emulate the innovative plans that the U.S. General Services Administration are initiating at the Federal level.

Improve bus lines and METRO service to make them even more efficient.

Provide Northern Virginia with its own permanent funding mechanism for transportation, infrastructure, maintenance, and dedicated funding for public transit.

Provide tax incentives to individuals and businesses to encourage increased use of mass transit options.

Build on the Federal Recovery Act funding provided to Virginia for investment in inter-city high-speed rail.

Adjust the road maintenance formula allocations to better reflect the realities of 21st Century Virginia.

Require planning and provide dedicated funding for bicycle and trail improvements.

Provide localities with more power to manage development and require that land-use decisions take into account traffic congestion considerations.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Transportation Funding

Northern Virginia is the economic engine for the rest of the Commonwealth. In order to continue providing that revenue in the future more must be done to improve our transportation infrastructure. I will always fight to keep our fair share of transportation dollars in Northern Virginia - not shipped downstate.

While finding transportation solutions is a priority, money set aside for public schools, first responders and social services should not be siphoned off for a few roads and off-ramps. Alfonso would have strongly opposed Governor McDonnell's plan to take general fund dollars from children and police officers to build roads.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Traffic Congestion

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Adjust the road maintenance formula allocations to better reflect the realities of 21st Century Virginia.

Provide localities with more power to manage development and require that land-use decisions take into account traffic congestion considerations.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Telecommuters

Provide a tax-break to businesses that initiate and document tele-work, tele-commuting and flex schedule plans.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Virginia Highway Congestion

Adjust the road maintenance formula allocations to better reflect the realities of 21st Century Virginia.

Provide localities with more power to manage development and require that land-use decisions take into account traffic congestion considerations.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Virginia Roads and Highways

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Provide Northern Virginia with its own permanent funding mechanism for transportation, infrastructure, maintenance, and dedicated funding for public transit.

Adjust the road maintenance formula allocations to better reflect the realities of 21st Century Virginia.

Provide localities with more power to manage development and require that land-use decisions take into account traffic congestion considerations.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Virginia Rail Transportation

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Improve bus lines and METRO service to make them even more efficient.

Build on the Federal Recovery Act funding provided to Virginia for investment in inter-city high-speed rail.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Virginia Bikes and Pedestrians

Require planning and provide dedicated funding for bicycle and trail improvements.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)

Environment
Virginia's Environment, a General Statement

Never before in the history of our country have we had such an opportunity to serve our environment, deliver on the demand for 21st century energy generation and drive economic development and job creation with leadership and sound public policy.

We need more leaders in Richmond that fight for reducing dangerous emissions and greenhouse gases through reductions in energy demand, elevating energy efficiency programs and rewarding the clean generation of renewable energy resources like wind, biomass and solar.

From his advocacy for the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act to his efforts to help revitalize the Chesapeake Bay to his work on the remediation of toxic sites around the region - Alfonso has fought to protect our environment. He will continue to be a strong advocate for energy efficiency, conservation, and the innovative use of technology to create Green Jobs, grow the green economy, and reduce our carbon footprint.

"I have been in the environment and energy public policy trenches for years - fighting for safer communities, coastal protection, energy efficiency, conservation, clean water, and remediation of toxic sites. From my work in the Clinton White House on environmental justice issues to my work as an environmental activist fighting for the passage of the Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act reauthorization bills to my work in the U.S. Senate on remediation of childhood cancer clusters - I understand the impact that the environment has on human health. I also understand the peace of mind that parents want - knowing that their children and families are safe from environmental toxins. "

Alfonso is the right person at this time to be a progressive champion on environmental issues. He also has extensive experience. He drafted numerous pieces of legislation, including the Zero Tolerance for Repeat Polluters Act, the School Environment Protection Act, and the National Estuary Conservation Act.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Chesapeake Bay

He also worked with Members of the Virginia and Maryland Congressional Delegations on strengthening Chesapeake Bay clean up provisions in the Farm Bill.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Virginia Land Conservation Foundation

Alfonso worked as a Law Clerk at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1994. In this position he assisted in drafting contracts, memoranda, and amicus curiae briefs on issues relating to historic preservation, property, and environmental law. He also researched the applicability of National Environmental Protection Act and National Historic Preservation Act regulations to historic properties. More importantly, he conducted research and assisted in the fight against the Disney Corporation's "America" project - which was poised to build a Magic Kingdom-like "history theme park" in Northern Virginia. Fake history replacing real history.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Global Warming, Climate Change

Alfonso managed and negotiated Southern Governors Association Chairman's Initiative on Climate Change and Energy Independence.

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goal to 20% by 2025. Develop incentives for meeting the goals.

Provide incentives for the use and implementation of advanced electrical metering infrastructure.

Implement the recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Climate Change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Establish a tougher, mandatory energy efficiency standard under which investor-owned electric utilities would be required to reduce electricity use by at least 25% of 2006 consumption levels by 2025. A utility would have to make alternate compliance payments if it does not meet the energy efficiency goal.

Mandate that all new State, Local, university, or school system buildings (larger than 5,000 square feet) be built to LEED silver or equivalent Green Globes standards.

Mandate any entity (private or government) that is required to report emissions under an existing air pollution control permit to also report greenhouse gas emissions.

Expand eligibility for the current solar tax credit to a broader range of alternative energy companies.

Work to restrict construction of new coal-fired powered plants in Virginia and encourage greener energy sources.

Create incentives to use more of Virginia's resources such as offshore wind and solar.

Establish an income tax credit for individuals and corporations installing solar photovoltaic and thermal (hot water and hot air) systems and small wind systems.

Further expand the existing incentive grant available to solar photovoltaic manufacturers to cover manufacturing of other low and no-carbon energy sources.

Exempt solar, hydrokinetic, thermal systems, and wind systems from payment of sales taxes.

Revamp the green jobs/angel investor tax credit to target it toward energy business, technology, and R&D investments.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Virginia State Parks

Alfonso worked as a Law Clerk at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1994. In this position he assisted in drafting contracts, memoranda, and amicus curiae briefs on issues relating to historic preservation, property, and environmental law. He also researched the applicability of National Environmental Protection Act and National Historic Preservation Act regulations to historic properties. More importantly, he conducted research and assisted in the fight against the Disney Corporation's "America" project - which was poised to build a Magic Kingdom-like "history theme park" in Northern Virginia. Fake history replacing real history.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Virginia Clean Air and Water

He worked tirelessly on successful campaigns to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 and to defend the improved EPA standards for ozone and particulate air pollution.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Virginia Recycling and Trash

He assisted in efforts to negotiate political solutions for State issues, including ocean dumping off the coast, out-of-state garbage transport and disposal, and remediation of childhood cancer clusters.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Virginia's Toxic Waste

He assisted in efforts to negotiate political solutions for State issues, including ocean dumping off the coast, out-of-state garbage transport and disposal, and remediation of childhood cancer clusters.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)

Economy
Virginia Economy, a General Statement

From my service in the Obama White House helping to lead the effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act and the Contracting Parity fix - I've fought to make sure that we have the economy and the infrastructure necessary for our children's lives to be better than our own. It is imperative that small businesses be given the tools they need to thrive.

I am very proud of my work on the Small Business Jobs Act - which was signed by the President in September of 2010. As a result of the reforms and initiatives in this legislation, efforts to open up the credit markets for medium and small size banks and encourage lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs again were very successful. Within several weeks of the bill being signed into law, targeted lending programs spiked to the highest levels in the history of the SBA. The result has been increased job growth, averaging 190,000 new jobs per month, for the past several months.

Alfonso understands that job creation and protection in Virginia must be a top priority. We need to be doing so much more to spur the economy in Virginia.

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Ensure economic development grants given to private companies are actually creating jobs by requiring these businesses to file reports on job-creation progress.

Expand workforce-training programs for unemployed Virginians.

Pass the Fairness and Justice Act, a bill that would bring Virginia's anti-discrimination employment policy into line with the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies.

Increase funding for small business loans.

Create greater incentives for small business development.

Work to emulate aspects of the Obama Administration's Startup America program in Virginia.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/jobs-and-small-business (07/17/2011)

Jobs
Virginia Jobs, a General Statement

Alfonso will support legislation to codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Business
Virginia Business, a General Statement

President Obama appointed Alfonso Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He worked to develop and enact SBA legislative proposals in the areas of economic development, job creation, capital/lending, contracting, innovation and disaster assistance. Alfonso also served as the lead liaison for SBA's communications on legislative activities with Congress.

"From my service in the Obama White House helping to lead the effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act and the Contracting Parity fix - I've fought to make sure that we have the economy and the infrastructure necessary for our children's lives to be better than our own. It is imperative that small businesses be given the tools they need to thrive.

I am very proud of my work on the Small Business Jobs Act - which was signed by the President in September of 2010. As a result of the reforms and initiatives in this legislation, efforts to open up the credit markets for medium and small size banks and encourage lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs again were very successful. Within several weeks of the bill being signed into law, targeted lending programs spiked to the highest levels in the history of the SBA. The result has been increased job growth, averaging 190,000 new jobs per month, for the past several months."

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Ensure economic development grants given to private companies are actually creating jobs by requiring these businesses to file reports on job-creation progress.

Expand workforce-training programs for unemployed Virginians.

Pass the Fairness and Justice Act, a bill that would bring Virginia's anti-discrimination employment policy into line with the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies.

Increase funding for small business loans.

Create greater incentives for small business development.

Work to emulate aspects of the Obama Administration's Startup America program in Virginia.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/jobs-and-small-business (07/17/2011)

Virginia's Small Businesses

President Obama appointed Alfonso Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this capacity he led the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the agency and had the primary responsibility for devising and implementing SBA legislative strategy. He worked to develop and enact SBA legislative proposals in the areas of economic development, job creation, capital/lending, contracting, innovation and disaster assistance. Alfonso also served as the lead liaison for SBA's communications on legislative activities with Congress.

"From my service in the Obama White House helping to lead the effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act and the Contracting Parity fix - I've fought to make sure that we have the economy and the infrastructure necessary for our children's lives to be better than our own. It is imperative that small businesses be given the tools they need to thrive.

I am very proud of my work on the Small Business Jobs Act - which was signed by the President in September of 2010. As a result of the reforms and initiatives in this legislation, efforts to open up the credit markets for medium and small size banks and encourage lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs again were very successful. Within several weeks of the bill being signed into law, targeted lending programs spiked to the highest levels in the history of the SBA. The result has been increased job growth, averaging 190,000 new jobs per month, for the past several months."

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Increase funding for small business loans.

Create greater incentives for small business development.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/jobs-and-small-business (07/17/2011)

Virginia Business Tax Incentives

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Ensure economic development grants given to private companies are actually creating jobs by requiring these businesses to file reports on job-creation progress.

Pass the Fairness and Justice Act, a bill that would bring Virginia's anti-discrimination employment policy into line with the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies.

Create greater incentives for small business development.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/jobs-and-small-business (07/17/2011)

Immigration
Virginia Immigration, a General Statement

Alfonso will support legislation to:

Implement In-State Tuition benefits for children who graduate from a Virginia high school, are accepted by an institution of higher education in Virginia, whose parents can prove they pay taxes and that they are in the process of becoming naturalized.

Implement comprehensive immigration reform.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

In-state Tuition for Illegal Aliens

Alfonso will support legislation to implement In-State Tuition benefits for children who graduate from a Virginia high school, are accepted by an institution of higher education in Virginia, whose parents can prove they pay taxes and that they are in the process of becoming naturalized.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Civil & Human Rights
Virginia Civil Rights and Liberties, a General Statement

Alfonso will support legislation to defend the civil rights of all Virginians.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Gay
Gay Rights, a General Statement

Alfonso will support legislation to repeal the 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting domestic partnerships and civil unions.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Virginia Civil Unions

Alfonso will support legislation to repeal the 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting domestic partnerships and civil unions.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Latinos
Latino Americans, a General Statement

As a part of the vibrant Latino community in Northern Virginia, Alfonso has worked for years on immigration and workers' justice issues. In 2003-04, he had a role in drafting the first In-State Tuition briefing paper presented to Governor Warner. He also served for several years on the Board of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center.

Born to a family rooted in the labor movement, I have fought for the rights of workers. My parents taught me the importance of social justice, continuing education and ensuring that everyone has a path to achieve the American Dream. They also taught me the critical role that unions have played in that process. While working in the U.S. Senate, I put those values into action addressing various Labor issues - including OSHA regulatory improvements and environmental/labor components of various trade agreements.

Suffice it to say I will always fight the likes of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in their attempts to pass legislation curtailing the rights of labor unions. Specifically, I support collective bargaining rights for workers.

As the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia State Chair from 2005 to 2010, Alfonso organized and led the statewide effort to create the first Latino Caucus in the history of the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA). He also led the three-year effort to amend the DPVA by-laws and create a pathway for new groups to be represented on the State Central Steering Committee. As a result of this effort, representatives from the Military & Veterans' Family, LGBT, and Latino Caucuses now sit on the DPVA Steering Committee.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Abortion
Virginia Abortion, a General Statement

Alfonso believes strongly in a woman's right to choose. Alfonso will support legislation to defend a woman's right to choose.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

Government
Virginia State Government and Agencies, a General Statement

Alfonso will support legislation to codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees.

Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)

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