• Senate buget calls for 2 percent increase for teachers

    By Senator Steve Newman

    This week marked the passage of crossover, the legislative midway point in sessions of the Virginia General Assembly. By crossover the House of Delegates and the Senate must have completed work on bills filed by their respective members. That means from here forward, the House of Delegates will be considering bills sponsored by senators and the Senate will be considering bills submitted by delegates.


  • No tax or fee increases

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Charter school bill fails

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Crossover is now behind us.  From here forward, my colleagues and I in the House of Delegates will be considering bills filed by Senators.  And when I’m not listening to senators tell me all about their legislation, I’ll be busy explaining my bills to them.

  • ransient occupancey tax bills approved

    By Delegate Terry Austin

    The Virginia General Assembly has now passed the midpoint of the 2016 session.  The pace of activity has intensified, as the House of Delegates begins considering Senate bills that have “crossed over,” at the same time that we in the House work to finish our own bills.  Interestingly, as we move through the second half of the session, the issues become more complex and more controversial.

  • On being a ‘political extremist’

    By Rev. Travis Witt
    Fifth District Representative to Republican State Central Committee

        Let me respond to my name being mentioned two weeks ago. 

  • Democrats: Be calm, and stay together

        Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential bid didn’t last long, but when he left the scene, he had some parting words for conservatives: “Donald Trump will destroy the Republican Party.”
        At the time, most might have chuckled at Perry’s remarks, and joked about him leaving the race, but few would have guessed how potentially true his remarks would appear six months later.

  • Expand vocational education

        I think School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler’s idea of a regional vocational center is worth pursuing.

  • Of Primary importance

        Every time the polling locations are open for a vote, it is important to cast your ballot – from local elections to the president.
        This Tuesday, March 1, is just about as big as it gets.
        Voters will have the chance this Tuesday to participate in the Republican and Democratic primaries as part of the Super Tuesday voting that could go a long way to decide who will be each Party’s candidate in the fall election.
        The stakes are enormous.

  • Remembering a true American hero

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last Wednesday, Allen Huddleston of Bedford passed away at the age of 97.  Mr. Huddleston was the last living member of the Bedford Boys.  I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Huddleston’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers remain with his friends and family.  We lost a true American hero this week, and we owe a debt of gratitude for his faithful service to our nation. 

  • Providing more information for a safer workplace

    Americans work an average of 8.9 hours each day. That’s no small amount of time, and we all deserve to know that our work environments are safe from those whose behavior may cause us harm.