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Columns

  • The state of the union? It’s better!

    How one felt about the president’s State of the Union Address last week is no doubt colored by one’s political point of view. But Barack Obama does in fact have a good argument for why things are getting better in the USA.
        The country has come a good distance down the right road since the financial crisis of 2008.

  • The short end of the stick

        Life is a series of trade-offs.
        You want that second piece of cheesecake?  It'll cost you some extra time at the gym.
        You want to stay up late watching Twilight Zone re-runs?  You'll pay for that by feeling logy at work the next day.
        Regrettably, not all of life's trade-offs are as obvious.  Vaguely-perceived consequences of our decisions, however, can be just as acute in their impact.

  • Democrats impose undemocratic rule

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

        Richmond was cold and snowy this week, as it was in much of Virginia.  As the hopes for those who dreamt of a mild winter faded, the General Assembly was busy and – in the Senate – pretty noisy.  For me, though, the week featured two somewhat unusual “honors.”

  • Reason takes a back seat to partisanship in Senate

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The first month of the General Assembly has concluded with more frigid temperatures and snowfall.

  • Long arc of government

    Tommy Foster
    Bedford County

        Here in Bedford County we have the heritage to be proud of our nobility in matters of government and history: Jefferson’s summer home, nearby to Red Hill of Patrick Henry and the D-Day Memorial.

  • The state of our opportunity

    For generations of Americans, a sense of opportunity has long defined the promise of our nation.  This opportunity to succeed embodies the American Dream.  However, in recent years, a growing federal government and weak economy has threatened this opportunity.  Just a few days ago, Members of Congress gathered in the House Chamber to hear President Obama deliver his State of the Union address.  While I listened to the speech with hope that I would hear a new, viable plan for job creation and economic growth, I was disheartened that, yet again, I heard many of the same faile

  • The slow motion ObamaCare train wreck

        There seems to be no end of the bad news for ObamaCare.

  • It may be cold outside, but GA activity is heating up

    By Sen. Steve Newman

    23rd District

     

  • A tale of two governors

    Bob McDonnell’s first year after leaving office as Virginia governor wasn’t supposed to be like this.
        Instead of basking in the glow of a successful term as a high-profile governor who was on Mitt Romney’s short list as VP, McDonnell faces a federal trial instead.
        In New Jersey, this was supposed to be a positive year of transition for Chris Christie, parlaying an easy re-election as governor into a roll out in 2015 as a GOP presidential candidate.

  • The rule of law

    Snow came to Richmond this week. As is often the case around Capitol Square, the anticipation of the snow was a great deal more fearsome that the snow itself, which amounted to around an inch. As a result, the work here at the Capitol continued without interruption.