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Columns

  • Putin is Obama’s legacy

        
        There has been a lot of talk about Barack Obama’s legacy.
        Some, like the ObamaCare, with its skyrocketing premiums and policies with astronomical deductibles remain in effect. Yes, we hear a lot about how many people, who had no medical insurance, now have health insurance coverage. We don’t hear a lot about how many people are actually getting better health care, considering how high the deductibles are on most ObamaCare policies

  • Betsy DeVos, enemy of public schools

        The absurdities of the Trump regime occur on such a near-daily basis that it makes it difficult for a weekly columnist to reflect upon them all in a timely way.
        Since his lightly-attended inauguration and his brief, angry inaugural address, Trump’s rule has been marked by the details of his personality and his temperament: Chaos, controversy, and “alternative facts.”

  • Proposed bonuses replaced by salary increases

    By Senator Steve Newman

        As you have heard me express before, I am very proud to be a part of the Senate of Virginia.  But I am particularly proud this session for the way the Senate addressed compensation for State employees who have been overlooked for too long.

  • Bill will create parental choice education accounts

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last week marked the halfway point of this year’s General Assembly session.   It was a time of intense activity and reassuring collaboration, as delegates and senators of both parties worked together to fashion final legislative positions. 

  • Rolling back red tape

    Most people wouldn’t read the Federal Register on a daily basis – it’s not exactly light reading. But each business day, the Federal Register, kind of like a daily newspaper for the bureaucracy, is published with new federal agency regulations, executive orders, and proclamations. The 2016 edition of the Federal Register clocked in at 97,110 new pages for the year, longer by 16,000 pages than 2008’s edition of 80,700 pages.

  • Rally around the Trump

        I wonder if Rick Howell, of Liberal Agenda fame, ever reads The Economist? If he doesn’t, then he really should try to get a copy of last week’s edition and read the magazine’s Lexington column. The column provides an excellent description of why “Democrats’” current approach to opposing President Donald Trump is going to fail.

  • The little things

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com
        
        Cards, candy and flowers will be sent or handed to loved ones across this country next Tuesday, February 14, as gestures of love, adoration and consideration.
    The tradition of Valentine’s Day is celebrated in some form on nearly every continent, but is this really necessary?

  • Bill addresses ballot shortage

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        The 2017 General Assembly Session has reached the half-way point! On Tuesday, we experienced “Crossover.” This 45-day session is more like two sessions, with House bills introduced by Delegates and Senate bills introduced by Senators considered in the respective bodies during the first half. Those bills that pass the full body then “cross over” to the other body (a true bicameral legislature) for consideration and action prior to being reviewed by the Governor.

  • Budget requires no tax increase

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Well, we’re halfway through this 2017 General Assembly session. Tuesday marks crossover, the day when each chamber must complete work on the bills filed by its members.  With one notable exception, the Senate must have either approved or rejected every bill filed by a senator and the House must have done the same with every bill filed by a delegate.

  • Broadband bill requires government transparency

    oted that the pace of activity in the House was about average for a short session.  Short sessions are necessarily more hectic than long ones, because even with limitations placed on the number of bills delegates can submit, it still takes a lot of time, attention, and patience to consider nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions in 46 days.