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Columns

  • Text of Robert Hurt's monthly video address

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address on our website at hurt.house.gov, and you may read the address below:

    Video Address Text

  • Get out and vote

    hough the statewide elections haven’t generated a lot of excitement in this area, the local town council race in Bedford has been adding to the interest.
        In most years, town council elections take place with little fanfare. Many times the number of candidates on the ballot matches exactly the number of seats open. That is the case in the three, four-year term seats being contested—incumbents Robert Wandrei, James Vest and Steve Rush are running for those.

  • 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. 

  • Waste, fraud and abuse...really?

    I have tremendous respect for the Virginia General Assembly, given that it is the oldest deliberative body in the history of the world, and that I am a native Virginian.
        Having said that, it is almost always a disappointment for those who hold a progressive political philosophy. That’s because of its resemblance to the Congress in Washington.

  • The last straw

        I want to compliment Rick Howell for his well written column in last week’s paper. Of course, I don’t agree with his conclusion about George W. Bush, but the column was indeed a good opinion piece.
        Nevertheless, it does have a two factual points that I would like to correct.