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Columns

  • A tale of two governors

    Bob McDonnell’s first year after leaving office as Virginia governor wasn’t supposed to be like this.
        Instead of basking in the glow of a successful term as a high-profile governor who was on Mitt Romney’s short list as VP, McDonnell faces a federal trial instead.
        In New Jersey, this was supposed to be a positive year of transition for Chris Christie, parlaying an easy re-election as governor into a roll out in 2015 as a GOP presidential candidate.

  • The rule of law

    Snow came to Richmond this week. As is often the case around Capitol Square, the anticipation of the snow was a great deal more fearsome that the snow itself, which amounted to around an inch. As a result, the work here at the Capitol continued without interruption.

  • Stopping IRS targeting

    For over 226 years the United States Constitution has served as the law of the land, preserving the rights and liberties that have made our nation the beacon of freedom it is today. These rights must be jealously guarded and not impeded by the federal government.

     

  • Heck of a way to start 2014

    I hope you’re enjoying your new year; just got mine started a few days ago.
        Oh, I was around on Jan. 1, but not where I thought I’d be.
        Once you’re past 50, I suppose, a health crisis of any kind should not be much of a surprise. Still, one prefers not to think about them until presented – rather directly, I’d say – with the evidence.

  • The rising need for school protection

    By Glen Smith
    Bedford

        The mayhem and deadly violence in schools continues.
        An ABC News report recently pointed out that since 2009, school shootings in the U.S. have averaged sixteen per year, up from five per year in the few years previous. This alarming trend underscores the need for a trained law officer in each school, the single most effective protection available.

  • Medicaid expansion to be point of disagreement

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

    Every four years when Virginia changes governors, legislators get to hear a lot of speeches.  First, the outgoing governor begins the General Assembly session with his final State of the Commonwealth Address, as Governor McDonnell did on the session’s opening day.

  • Addressing the vulnerabilities in the president’s healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every day we are presented with a new glitch or problem associated with the President’s health care law that harms the American people.  Whether it be the excessive waste in the implementation of the law, canceled policies, far higher premiums and deductibles, fewer work hours and jobs, or the cybersecurity risks within Healthcare.gov, it could not be clearer that the President’s healthcare law and its execution have been flawed, misguided, and mismanaged.

     

  • Economic freedom generates growth and prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Crawling out of the pit

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody were to say to me, “Things can’t get any worse,” I would reply, “Oh yes they can!” This sort of “optimism” defines what I expect from the Obama administration’s behavior this year.
        One ray of light that’s been poking through this cloudy outlook is the U. S. economy. In spite of President Barack Obama’s best efforts to kill it, our economy is slowly crawling out of the pit it fell into six years ago.

  • Reaching out to you

    Each year my office hears from thousands of constituents from the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. As your representative, an important part of my job is finding various ways to reach out to you, respond to your questions, seek suggestions on legislative activities, and hear your opinions. In 2013, I sent over 59,000 responses to constituents who contacted my office by phone, e-mail, fax, or postal mail. My office also helped constituents with thousands more individual cases.