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In the end, House Republicans opt for the same old thing

When election time rolls around there's always plenty of talk of change. The problem, however, is regardless of who is elected, the eventual outcome almost always brings us more of the same.

Take the recent action in the Virginia House of Delegates, for example.

After more than 150 years of Democrat-controlled redistricting, the Republicans finally had their shot in 2001 to change the way the process was handled. Instead, it simply meant a new party was in charge.


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Thank you

The Montvale Rescue Squad would like to send out a HUGE Thank You to these businesses and residents for their efforts in providing food and supplies to the firefighters and EMS staff during the Black Horse/Camp Jaycee fire that took place starting on Feb. 9. The businesses include: Roadside Market-Montvale, Hardees-Troutville, McDonalds-Troutville, Food Lion-Troutville, Wal-Mart-Botetourt, Sams Wholesale-Roanoke.


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Working to prevent future terrorist attacks

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon quickly reshaped the priorities of Congress, the President, and the Department of Justice. We immediately began working on securing our own country by coordinating our national anti-terrorism efforts, increasing information-sharing among our intelligence agencies, and strengthening our defense. We took all the necessary steps to ensure we dealt with our enemies on the foreign battlefield rather than here at home.


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Not a secret ballot

By The Staff

On Tuesday, Feb. 12 I intended to avail myself of my right to vote in the Presidential Primary.

Not being a registered member of any political party I was pleased to learn that any registered voter could participate. I showed up at my assigned polling place and was greeted courteously and asked for some identification. I presented my identification, which was passed along to the inspectors.


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The decline of conservatism?

By Rick Howell

Few people would argue that Democrats hold most of the trump cards for this fall’s presidential and Congressional elections. The sustained and intense unpopularity of George W. Bush and his war in Iraq are the main, but not the only, reasons.

But might there be something else happening, too? Something even more profound than the electoral fortunes of either party?


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The Senate's obligation to act on federal nominees

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Perhaps one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate is to give the President's pending federal nominations a prompt vote in order to ensure that Federal courts and agencies have the personnel they need to best serve the American people.

Currently, there are more than 180 nominees awaiting a vote in the Senate. Thirty of these nominees have been waiting more than a year for a Senate vote and half have been waiting 100 days or longer. This is simply unacceptable.


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House rejects earmark reform effort

By Congressman Virgil Goode

One of the big issues that is currently before Congress is earmark reform. An earmark occurs when a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate specifies how a certain amount of money in an agency?s budget is to be spent, most often in the member?s own district or state. In the past, a few of these earmarks had been entered in a conference report and were never included in the floor discussions of the bills.


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One hundred years in Iraq?

By Rick Howell

Several weeks ago, long before Sen. John McCain enjoyed his current status as the Republican Party’s “presumptive nominee” for president, he was holding a campaign rally somewhere.

With him was pro-Iraqi war Senator Joe Lieberman, a “Democrat” (if I may borrow Dr. Barnhart’s quotation marks) who has endorsed McCain almost exclusively because of their shared passion for “victory” in Iraq.


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Shortfall leaves General Assembly scrambling for answers

House Republicans saw the economic downturn coming last year and in January asked Gov. Tim Kaine and his staff for an update to budget revenue projections. That update didn't come until this past week.

And the outlook wasn't good (a $1.4 billion shortfall) and the timing was late (just days before budget proposals were to be finalized).

Now significant changes must be made. And they won't be easy.


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McCain will need a conservative Veep

By John Barnhart

Last week I mentioned a fellow at my church as an example of an evangelical Christian who supported Mitt Romney. After Romney dropped out of the race, I asked this guy who he planned to vote for in the Virginia primary. He said that he planned to vote for Mike Huckabee and explained why.

He was convinced that John McCain will be the Republican Party's nominee for president. However, he felt that it would be good if Huckabee shows up at the Republican National Convention with enough support to have an influence.


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