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Today's News

  • Cutting through red tape

    One of the most important parts of my job is to assist constituents with any issues or problems they are facing when dealing with federal government agencies. The caseworkers in my offices in Charlottesville, Danville, Farmville, and Martinsville helped nearly 800 5th District residents in 2009 cut through government red tape and solve individual, sometime complex, problems with federal agencies. Here are the kinds of cases we helped with and some of the stories behind the numbers.

  • Government, Inc. leads to red ink for our nation’s small businesses

    Four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the now-notorious case of Kelo v. City of New London, which authorized the government to take private property from individuals for nearly any reason under the guise of eminent domain, even to give to other private individuals or entities.  The public outcry over this decision was so great that it forced states to enact laws to significantly rein in their own eminent domain powers.

  • Concurrent receipt program

        There are two programs that fall under this general heading.  First, I will address the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payment (CRDP).  This program provides a 10-year phase-out of the offset to military retired pay due to receipt of VA disability compensation.  To qualify the veteran must be retired from active duty or age 60 retired reserves that have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater. 

  • Senator Newman drafts bill to address the killing of a newborn baby

        State Senator Steve Newman announced recently that the Division of Legislative Services has begun drafting legislation to ensure that a life cannot be legally taken after a child is born not withstanding its connection to the umbilical cord.

  • Letters

    It did the trick

        I want to express my gratitude to the Bedford Bulletin for offering free ads when a pet is being given away. I had also listed Bandit, the cat who needed a loving inside home, with animal rescue organizations, and had done a personal emailing to quite a few people whom I’d hoped might know someone who’d want him.

  • So, do we invade Yemen now?

    Anyone who’s ever been a news reporter, or who follows what we call “news cycles” closely, knows that the slowest period for news on the entire calendar is the week between Christmas and New Years Day.

        There is, usually, nothing of much importance going on, as people and events are caught in a holiday lull.

  • The Senate’s health care deform bill

    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,

    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.

    If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat,

    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

        So went some of the lyrics of the Beatles’ 60s tune “Taxman.” This song is the first thing that came to my mind as I read about the monstrosity that emerged from the Senate on Christmas Eve.

  • Hardwood 'slay' ride

    Someone forgot to tell Liberty and Brookville that this is the season of good cheer.

  • Full court effort

    With one win, against Altavista, under the Minettes’ belt, the team set out for victory number two against the Amherst Lancers. 

  • This Bud's for you Hokie fans - sports commentary

      Bud Foster made the right move in turning down Georgia’s offer of the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator position.

    In fact, it was a no-brainer.