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Columns

  • Senate passes conservative, fiscally sound budget

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session finished Sine Die on Friday, February 27.  I am proud to report that we completed our work one day early and successfully dealt with most of the priority issues of the session. 

  • Session ends early

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 session.  We adjourned early for the first time in 15 years, adopted a balanced budget, and offered positive solutions to issues important to Virginians.

  • ISIS in America

    With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists claiming the mantle of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL.  Relatively unknown to many in America just a few years ago, ISIS relishes in their own barbarity with videos depicting the murders of prisoners. As we have seen recently in Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life.

     

  • The Federal Reserve must be transparent and accountable

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The Federal Reserve System supervises nearly all banking in the United States and plays a substantial role in the domestic and global economies. Since its creation in 1913, the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors has expanded its power, and its role in monetary policy has gone relatively unchecked. Given the impact that its policies can have on our economy, the Federal Reserve must be transparent and its leaders must be held accountable to the American people.

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Worthy of a raise

    By Amy D. Arney
    Huddleston

        My husband is an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. His boss has recently been to the Board of Supervisors and requested a pay raise for the employees of Bedford County.