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Columns

  • Governor’s budget unrelistic

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        It is with a combination of pride and humility that I joined my legislative colleagues for the opening of the General Assembly on January 13.  The pride comes from the distinct honor of representing the wonderful people of the 19th House District.  The humility comes from the daunting privilege of carrying on the tradition of representative government put into place nearly four centuries ago by the Virginia House of Burgesses – the predecessor to today’s General Assembly.

  • Certificate of need laws need reformed

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session began with a holiday and ended with a snow day. Monday was Martin Luther King Day. The holiday is consistently one of the busiest of the session, bringing large groups to Richmond to meet legislators and promote their positions on issues.
        This week, the Senate approved House Bill 58, the emergency legislation I am

  • Bill would reverse attorney general action on concealed permit reciprocity

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session featured committee hearings, the passage of an important piece of legislation related to healthcare premiums, and visitors galore.  Although the week was jam-packed and productive, one topic unrelated to the business of the General Assembly dominated the news and the casual conversations around Capitol Square: the weather.

  • Trump reads a lot of Scripture, huh?

        Conservative Republicans are pretty quiet people on Martin Luther King Day, aren’t they? My feeling is that they lay low and wait for it to be over.
        Just look at the actions (or the lack thereof) of the GOP presidential candidates this Jan. 18. Only Ben Carson attended any event or made any public appearance at a rally, speech or any activity that recognized the day. (And, well, he has to, doesn’t he, given that he’s African-American?)

  • Presidential contests full of surprises

        The presidential nominating process has been full of surprises this year and two of them have been especially interesting.
        One surprise is Donald Trump. Last summer, I was sure that Trump would gradually deflate as summer faded into autumn and Republicans started noticing that he is just an empty bag of wind. That didn’t happen and Trump continues to lead a still large pack of GOP hopefuls.
        How he will do in the Iowa caucuses and the Republican primaries that follow remains to be seen.

  • The House continues to fight for our national security

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • No more free passes

    A free pass at Disney World is one thing, but a free pass for nations wishing to destroy our way of life has no place in America’s foreign policy. In President Obama’s final State of the Union address, he spoke at length about looking toward the future. There is nothing more important to the future than protecting the United States from the threats of hostile nations like North Korea and Iran. However, the Obama Administration’s foreign policy is giving them a free pass.

     

  • First day of session is a long one

        The 2016 General Assembly session began on Wednesday, January 13.  The first day of every session is a long one, ending with the State of the Commonwealth Address delivered by the Governor to a Joint Session – House and Senate combined – of the General Assembly at 7 p.m.

  • Newman will serve as President Pro Tempore

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    Senate District 23

        On the coldest day in Richmond of the new year, the General Assembly began its 2016 session.  This year’s 60-day session is the first of the four-year Senate term.  That means the first day of session begins with all 40 senators elected last November taking their oath of office.

  • The ruination of a political party

        A simple reading of this column over the years might spark someone to conclude, generally, that, well “he just hates the Republican Party, doesn’t he?”
        “Simple” is the key word there, and the conclusion would be wrong. As an admirer of America’s two-party system, I’ve always had respect for the role Republicans play, while passionately believing that Democrats work for what’s best for people, especially the poor and working class.