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Columns

  • Protecting against executive branch power grabs
  • A vote against Gov.’s transportation plan

    This week saw unseasonably warm temperatures come to Richmond, immediately followed by the customarily frigid temperatures that bring in the month of February.  We are now at the halfway point of the General Session, and during the week ahead we will pass crossover and both the House and Senate will consider respective their respective versions of legislation amending the state’s two-year budget.  As a result, the week to come is one of the most eventful of the General Assembly session.

  • Everyone can participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

        During the past two years, 62 tornadoes hit Virginia, killing 10 people and injuring more than 200.  Some 210 homes were destroyed, and more than 1,050 were damaged.  Nearly every part of the state was affected.

  • Finding Faith in Bedford

    By Nicole F. Ashman

        We were given a wonderful opportunity and a night of information and enjoyment when Word of Life Evangelical Church opened its doors to over two hundred people in Bedford Sunday night.
        The general public was invited to view the movie Finding Faith. Finding Faith is a full-length narrative motion picture.  This film is a faith-based production that included Erik Estrada starring as the Sheriff of the Bedford County Police Department. 

  • Hagel, McCain, and wars of choice

    There’s an old saying about elephants having a long memory, which certainly makes them an appropriate symbol for Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
        They don’t forget; and they don’t forgive, either. They proved it at confirmation hearings for one of their own, former Senator Chuck Hagel, whom the president has nominated to be Secretary of Defense.

  • Will you please stop whining!

        A delegation from the teachers’ union showed up at last week’s board of supervisors meeting to whine about their pay. What a tragic tale they told! Maybe they should have brought somebody in to play sad music as their woeful story unfolded.
        “It’s just not possible to get to the end of the month on their salary,” whined one teachers’ union representative.

  • Fifth District Virginians visit our nation’s capital for the 57th Presidential Inauguration

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • The House continues its work on pro-growth legislation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    The House of Representatives has wasted no time in addressing the pressing issues that we as a nation confront. Over the past week, the House acted to put our nation back on a path to fiscal sustainability, and we have introduced two bills that will rein in the federal government’s over-reach to protect individual liberties and get our economy back on track.

     

  • Crafting a simpler, pro-growth tax code

    We often hear that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. However, the current federal tax code is a source of much uncertainty for many taxpayers. With Americans spending more than 6.1 billion hours to prepare and file their tax returns, it is clear that the current tax code is no longer working in a fair manner.

  • Uranium a main issue last week

        It may be snowing outside, but the General Assembly is heating up.  Committees are busy considering bills. The House and the Senate have even begun holding floor votes on legislation and sending them across the Capitol to the other chamber for consideration.  And, several organizations have flooded the halls and offices of the General Assembly Building, seeking to sway the votes on legislation they favor or oppose.