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Columns

  • Waging war on working people

        While President Barack Obama is busy waging economic war against Russia, one should remember that the Russians aren’t the only ones in his sights. He’s also busy waging economic war against working people in the United States.

  • The lessons of Ferguson, Missouri

        It’s too soon to say that peace and quiet dominate the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But things do appear to have calmed down quite a bit.
        National Guard troops, who had been called in to confront rioting, have left. Even much of the national media is gone.
        Now, it will be up to a grand jury to see what, if any, indictments are issued against the white cop who shot to death a black, unarmed, 16-year-old boy.

  • A Constitutional solution to America’s perpetual debt problem

    March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country.  On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.  The amendment had passed the House of Representatives by the required two-thirds majority and the Senate vote was the last legislative hurdle before being sent to the states for ratification.

     

  • Promoting policies to allow our family farms to prosper

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Shameful antics of House Republicans

        Just before the 113th Congress left for its month-long August vacation, House Republicans finally got something done: They voted to sue the president.
        That’s it. And that’s all they’ve got. They’ve accomplished nothing else all year long for the American people.
        The president is to be sued because of executive actions he took to delay some implementations of the new health care law. He has also been cited by Republicans “for doing nothing” on the border crisis.

  • Remembering a great liberal journalist

    2014 is a year of profound anniversaries of events that changed America for the better during the Civil Rights movement.
        It's the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a brave and successful effort where young people from across the nation descended upon a primitive and dangerous place to help black residents achieve their right to vote.
        Their work did not end without tragedy, as three civil rights workers were murdered by local rednecks.

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.

     

  • Deciding the future of Medicaid in Va.

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

    Budget
        Debate on the budget began this week in the General Assembly. Many important issues will be decided through the budget this year. Perhaps the most important topic that we will discuss as a part of the budget is the future of Medicaid. The budget will eventually go into a conference with six members of both the House and the Senate who will help to find a compromise. I encourage you to follow along as we continue to discuss amendments to the budget.

    Important Bills

  • Potential for budget stalemate exists

        Capitol Square was busy this week, with both the House and the Senate unveiling – and ultimately approving – their respective versions of Virginia’s biennial budget.  In even-numbered years, the General Assembly is responsible for approving a two-year spending plan for the Commonwealth.

  • Because of Medicaid expansion, I didn’t support the Senate budget

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Virginia’s Capitol enjoyed warmer temperatures this week, while inside the Capitol the Senate of Virginia and the House of Delegates unveiled their respective plans to the Commonwealth’s two-year budget.