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Columns

  • 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

  • Herding Cats

    By Patrick Ellis
    Bedford

        The level of discourse among town council candidates generated by the last campaign season was heartening.  This healthy competition is good for the political process, the sorting of community concerns and ultimately the running of local government.  Now the fun begins … we get to hold the winners accountable for what they said and what they promised!

  • Money wasted

        Time is money.
        For a board of supervisors that prides itself on its thriftiness, the inability to get in tune with the school board and address the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone makes little sense.
        This issue isn’t new.
        It’s been on the table for years and was a major player in the reversion agreement between the county and Bedford, prior to reverting to town status.
        So why the delay?

  • Fifth district veterans deserve better

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, as our nation came together on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, I traveled across the Fifth District and met with many veterans from Henry County to Brunswick County and from Fauquier County to Danville.