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Today's News

  • Session still in full swing

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        We just wrapped up the sixth week of the General Assembly’s seven week legislative session, but things are still in full swing.  We still have over 100 bills that the House and Senate must act on before we adjourn on Saturday.  Though I’m looking forward to returning back to the 19th District, we will continue to work hard here in Richmond.

  • Protecting our shared values

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        In a week that included the lowest ever recorded temperature in our district and in Richmond along with significant snowfall, the 2015 Session of the Virginia General Assembly didn’t miss a day and has seen over 2000 bills work their way through the legislature this year.  So far, we have been able to protect many of our shared values of faith and family, support for Constitutional government, ethics reform and requiring government to live within its means. 

  • Bills being negotiated by committees

        The second to last week of session is ordinarily one of the busiest.  Both House and Senate Committees have to finish work on the bills that have been assigned to them during this week, to ensure there is sufficient time for legislation to be debated in the respective chambers and – if there are differences – negotiated by committees of conference.

  • Will voters want another Bush?

        Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is getting most of the attention lately as various Republicans position themselves to be a candidate for president in 2016.
        This would be the third Bush of his clan to seek the presidency, giving rise to some strong feelings one way or the other about dynasties in politics.

  • A matter of primary importance

        Meetings are often really boring affairs. The one Bedford County’s Republicans held two weeks ago, however, was certainly anything but boring. I love a good political fight and these guys did not disappoint me. It was a truly entertaining gathering.
        I usually don’t go to political party meetings, but the Republicans have held a couple in the last six months that were significant. I went to this one because they were going to choose the method of selecting Republican nominees for local offices in this fall’s election.

  • Shocking ruling

        The Capital News Service story by Noura Bayoumi starts like this:
        “She was 23 years into her marriage when her husband swung a hammer at her head – and missed. He later was convicted of a felony, and they divorced. But what happened next was almost as shocking as the assault: Her ex-husband asked the court to award him spousal support – and won.”
        That alone is inexplicable.

  • It’s a wrap at the pool

        Discussions concerning state swimming preeminence must include Jefferson Forest.
        That statement was backed up by a fine performance at this past weekend’s State 4A meet, held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
        The Lady Cavs earned fifth place in the team standings, while their male counterparts finished in 14th place.  There are 49 teams at the 4A level.

  • Schiers and flyer

        When it comes to heaving heavy orbs of iron or to tossing oneself through the air, Bedford County’s got it all over the competition.
        As evidence, a pair of county athletes took home gold at the 3A-West indoor track and field meet held Monday evening at Liberty University.  It had originally been slated for Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans.

  • Pure heart on the mat

        Quannie Blake showed that he is a premier wrestler, taking third place in the 152-pound class at Salem last Friday.
        He also showed that he’s a lot more than a heckuva wrestler:  He’s a heckuva man.
        It’s a wonder to me that Quannie was even able to make it to Salem.  You see, his mother, Joyce Ann Blake, passed away on Tuesday.  She was but 52 years old.
        Quannie, but 17 years old, was left to deal with such a major loss in his life.

  • State champ? You 'Bret'-cha!

        He was born to do this.
        Jefferson Forest’s Bret Romanzak won a State wrestling title on Friday evening. 
        It was the first title of its sort for a JF wrestler since 1997.  That, by the way, is the year of Romanzak’s birth.
        The subsequent years of dedication, hard work, pain, frustration and sacrifice manifested themselves as Romanzak stood above all his peers in 4A’s 145-pound classification.