• General Assembly session moves toward crossover

    By Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Hard as it may be to believe, we are already over one-third of the way through the 2015 General Assembly session.  The deadline on bills came at the end of last week, and this year’s session will consider over 2,100 bills and over 400 resolutions.  That means the General Assembly will have to process an average of 55 bills every day we’re in session.

  • House passes bills for vets

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We wrapped up our third week of session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly moving forward.  We have made significant progress on the thousands of bills and resolutions that come before us, and we’ve had a lot of interesting discussion and testimonies in my committees. 

  • Lobby Day at the Va. General Assembly

        I was happy to participate in the 2015 “Lobby Day” events at the General Assembly in Richmond recently.
    My union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 400,     sent a team of us to attend the Virginia AFL-CIO’s Legislative Conference, primarily to lobby on behalf of an increase in the minimum wage.
        We began on Sunday evening with a plenary session at the Richmond Marriott Inn, where we heard from several “friends of labor.”

  • A worrisome loss of confidence
  • In State of the Union, the President misses an opportunity for bipartisan solutions

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


    Last Tuesday, the President came to the Capitol to speak to Congress and the American people about his priorities for our nation. While I appreciate the President’s recognition in Tuesday’s address that much more needs to be done to create jobs and opportunities for hardworking families, I have serious concerns with much of his approach for achieving these goals.


  • Removing bureaucracy from the education equation

    Why does federal bureaucracy need a bigger role in higher education? This is the question many of us are asking as the Obama Administration continues to propose policies that further government intrusion into our education system. Ensuring the opportunity for a quality education is important to America’s future.

  • Session moving forward on legislation

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We’ve finished our first full week of the 2015 General Assembly session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly progressing forward.  Our committees and subcommittees are meeting to consider thousands of pieces of legislation, and I speak with constituents daily as they stop by my office and/or call me to share their views. 

  • There’s a lot to consider this session

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

    This week marked the first full week of the 2015 General Assembly session, with bills being debated in committees and on the floor of the Senate.   Short sessions, like the one this year, tend to move a little more briskly in order to handle the volume of legislation in just  45 days.   And, there’s a lot of legislation to consider.

  • What is a tax?

     By David Lowry

        Over the years Supervisor Steve Arrington has been a strong advocate for maintaining our low property tax rate here in Bedford County and has actively acted on his beliefs, even to the point of participating in the censure of his fellow Republican supervisors who voted for a tax increase.

  • Obama’s right: The union is strong

    It’s always a pleasure to watch and listen to this particular president give a major speech or formal address.
        Barack Obama’s soaring rhetorical abilities can’t be matched by anyone else in politics today. His ability to speak reflects what even his critics know to be his deep intellect.