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Columns

  • May monthly recap

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address on our website at hurt.house.gov, and you may read the address below:

  • The Chocolate King

        Ukraine was supposed to have a presidential election last Sunday. As I’m writing this at the end of the week, I don’t know how that came off. Odds are it happened in most of the country, but not in the Donetsk or Lugansk provinces, which voted to secede two weeks earlier. Kiev doesn’t recognize that vote, but it appears that the folks running the show in those provinces are determined to prevent a vote from happening there.

  • Same-sex marriage: Facts are stubborn things

        The legal drive for same-sex marriage is marching throughout the land, as the state of Oregon became, last week, the 13th state in a row where judges ruled laws banning it to be unconstitutional.
        Forces of religion that seek political influence – meaning what we’ve always called “the religious right” – remain opposed to same-sex marriage on purely religious grounds. They don’t seem to understand that American courts don’t work for organized religion.

  • What’s best for everyone

    By Gov. Terry McAuliffe

        When I first made the decision to run for governor, I did so for a simple reason: I believed the knowledge and experience I have accrued from a lifetime in business could help me create jobs, grow and diversify our economy, and lead Virginia forward.

  • Giving thanks to our men and women in uniform

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we observe Memorial Day, we remember with gratitude all of those brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives while defending our great nation.  To all of those who are and have been members of our armed forces – thank you for all that you have given up in the name of American liberty.

     

  • Small businesses are the key to more jobs

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • New evidence warrants an investigation

        I’ve been wondering why “Democrats” seem to be almost hysterical about the House select committee that Speaker of the House John Boehner is setting up to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U. S. consulate in Benghazi that killed our ambassador to Libya, among other Americans. They seem like they are actually afraid of it and I wonder if  they know, or suspect, that there is a huge embarrassment for their party lurking out there, waiting to be discovered.

  • Has Va. GOP punted the Senate race?

    With municipal elections across Virginia complete, voters won’t be asked to go to the polls again until November for the “mid-term” races.
        The current Congress, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans running the House, is set to renew itself as it does every two years.
        Congress has seen its approval ratings steadily sink, even falling to single digits. Ideological stances have tightened and getting things done for the people is less important than clinging to ideology.

  • Seeking an independent IRS investigation

    On May 10, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service admitted to inappropriately targeting conservative groups for “extra scrutiny” in connection with their applications for tax-exempt status.  President Obama denounced this behavior as “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” He pledged that the Administration would “find out exactly what happened” and would make sure wrongdoers were “held fully accountable.” In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee just days later, Attorney General Eric Holder promised that “this will not be ab

  • A threatening gesture?

        I couple of articles I’ve read in the Wall Street Journal this month have gotten me thinking about the Baltic States.
        One was an opinion piece in the Journal’s weekend edition on May 3 written by a German fellow named Hans-Werner Sinn, who was identified as president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Germany. In the commentary, entitled “Why we should give Putin a chance,” Mr. Sinn wrote: