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Columns

  • Texas abortion law should be tossed

        At week’s end, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that would basically shut down all abortion clinics in the state but one. This was after hearing arguments for and against a similar law in Texas.
        Some took it as a sign that a majority of the eight justices are poised to strike down the Texas law, one that requires doctors at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a hospital.

  • A world plunging into chaos

        Whoever or whatever ends up being elected in November, the new president will face a world that’s increasingly plunging into chaos. Some of this chaos is Barack Obama’s fault, some isn’t.
        There are some things I can’t blame on President Obama, the Zika virus being on of them.

  • Rebuilding from the storm’s destruction

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Preserving sportsmen’s heritage

    For many families in the Sixth Congressional District, sitting down at the dinner table is welcome ground for an old tale of a past hunting or fishing trip. Whether it’s a love of the sport, or simply spending time in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting are traditions shared by the young and old. Ensuring that these activities are available to share with future generations is an important part of our heritage as Americans.

     

  • Plan would open CAER facility to nuclear research

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • House budget provides for Safe Families pilot program

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Things continue to move on schedule at the General Assembly, and this week the House of Delegates approved its version of Virginia’s 2016-2018 biennial budget.

  • House budget proposes no increases in taxes or fees

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last Sunday marked an important milestone in this year’s General Assembly.  It was the day that the House passed its biennial budget, known as House Bill 30.  At the same time, the Senate approved its version of the two-year budget.  Now, the “money committees” of each chamber – the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee – will work together to arrive at a final budget to present to the Governor in mid-March.

  • Senate budget directs more money to schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week Virginia saw deadly tornadoes ravage our commonwealth and I would like to add my thoughts and prayers for those still reeling from the devastation, serious injuries and tragic loss of loved ones.  We even had sirens blaring tornado warnings in downtown Richmond and persons in Capitol Square were sent to designated shelter areas until the all clear signal was given.

  • On Trump, McDonnell and the Supreme Court

        This week’s deadline made for a problematic situation if one wanted to write about presidential politics.
        As you read this, the “Super Tuesday” primaries, including the one in Virginia, have been conducted, but the results were unknown to me.

  • Black votes matter

        Despite his popularity among college age people, the Children of the Corn did not put Bernie Sanders over the top in the South Carolina primary.  Sanders seems to have put a great deal of effort into courting this age group, possibly because they are just too immature to realize that the socialism he’s preaching has been tried, in Europe, and mostly abandoned because it doesn’t work. Unfortunately for him, this age group has a poor record of showing up to vote.