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Columns

  • Time to get to work

        The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly began last week.  If you feel as though the last session never ended, you’re not alone.  Last year’s lengthy budget impasse led to a long special session of the 2014 General Assembly, which formally ended a few minutes before the new session began.

  • Special session ends, ‘15 begins

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th House District

        On January 14 we officially adjourned the 2014 Special Session and began the 2015 Session in the Virginia House of Delegates.  This year is a shorter, 45-day legislative session, but my colleagues and I are still committed to offering a substantive and robust agenda.
        This year, I was reappointed to the House Committees Transportation and Counties, Cities, and Towns. In addition to my committee work, some of my priorities for this session include:

  • Opening day filled with ceremony

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd Senate District

        The General Assembly session began its 2015 session on January 14, the iciest day in recent memory.  Capitol Square and all of the surrounding Richmond area had been pummeled with sleet and freezing rain early on the morning of the session’s opening day.  As a result, Virginia’s leaders had to contend with treacherous walkways and roads as they made their way to begin the 46-day session.

  • Stopping unconstitutional executive actions on immigration

    It’s fitting that one of the first actions taken by the House of Representatives this year was a reading of the United States Constitution. As Members from both sides of the aisle read sections of our governing document, it was a reminder of the carefully balanced separation of powers outlined by our Founders.

  • The House continues to work for Fifth District priorities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This week, we in the House continued to address two of the most urgent priorities I hear about from Fifth District Virginians. First, we advanced legislation to cut off government funds from being used to carry out President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

     

  • A peaceful solution for Ukraine

        People like to talk about a new year as if it were a clean slate. It isn’t. Stuff from the old year always carries over into the new. Sometimes it’s the fruit, or consequences, of what we did in the old year. Often, it’s unfinished business.

  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney squaring off

    As both political parties maneuver for the presidential campaign of 2016, all the newer names are so far eclipsed by some others that are very familiar.
        It’s not Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, or even Elizabeth Warren who’s grabbing all the oxygen. It’s a Clinton, another Bush, and yes, even....Mitt Romney!
        The party’s 2012 nominee shook the political landscape last week when he backed off his long insistence that he had no further interest in running, and said, well, he still does!

  • Starting with jobs

    The House of Representatives kicked off the 114th Congress this week, eager to work with the new majority in the Senate and take action on several jobs bills. The House is focused on solutions to the problems faced by the American people – solutions that spur job creation and lay the groundwork for a stronger, more vibrant economy. That focus was reinforced by the legislation approved this week.

  • Advancing solutions for a stronger America

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • In the spirit of generosity

        We are now at the start of a brand new year, with a calendar full of days that haven’t happened yet. I’m sure we will all have some good days, some bad days and some neither-nor days as those days move from future unknown to present reality to history. About the only things we can be sure of is that we will all have to pay our taxes, and our local undertakers will not be lacking for customers.