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Columns

  • 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.

  • McKelvey has some good points

        Almost as soon as Congressman Robert Hurt announced that he would not seek a fourth term, Jim McKelvey announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for that seat. McKelvey sought the GOP nomination back in 2010, but Hurt beat him in a multi-candidate primary and then went on to win the election.
        As of this writing, I have not heard of anybody else announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination.
        McKelvey has some good ideas.

  • Putting patients first

    Should patients or big government mandates come first? That’s the question Congress recently asked President Obama by sending a repeal of his signature health care law to his desk.

     

  • Losing concealed carry reciprocity

    By Joel Hoeffner
    Minot, ND

        I am Active Duty Military stationed in Minot, ND. I own a home and property in Bedford,VA and will return there after I retire from the military.

  • Watch out! Va. Republicans in session!!

        This week marks the opening of that annual frustrating and often mind-boggling political exercise known as the Virginia General Assembly.
        Yes, as you read this, Richmond is filled with Republicans, most of them doctrinaire conservatives (and many more extreme than that) set to pass – Lord help us! - new laws for our beloved home, the Commonwealth of Virginia.