• With Trump, GOP reaping what it’s sown

        As many political observers continue to scratch our heads over the appeal of Donald Trump, maybe we’ve been missing something that is right in front of us.
        Trump is essentially a one-issue candidate, and that issue of course is illegal immigration. Aside from his obvious self-love and hyper self-promotion, he’s only let one other trend emerge: he clearly doesn’t think much of women.

  • Wandering into a swamp

        WDBJ7 is the station I normally watch. Most mornings I watch their Mornin’ show so I’ve seen Alison Parker many times. I thought she was a talented reporter who did a great job and had a wonderful on-air personality. It also helped that she was very pretty and ended her stories with a really cute smile.

  • Kentucky clerk needs a new career

        The religious right has a new hero!
    She is Kim Davis, the Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who, at this writing, was in jail.
        That’s because she had been held in Contempt of Court by a conservative federal judge, appointed by George W. Bush, for refusing to issue perfectly legal marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Changing the world with the Girl Scouts!

    By Samantha Houck
    Ambassador Girl Scout
    11th grade JFHS

        What first comes to your mind when you think of Girl Scouts?

  • House advances Secret Service reforms

    Restoring the trust that the American people must have in the vital tasks that the Secret Service carries out every day is critical. The Secret Service has two primary missions: criminal investigations and protection of the President, Vice-President, and other dignitaries. As a result, the agency is entrusted with protecting some of our most valuable assets as a nation. This is an extremely difficult, high-profile mission, for which there is no margin for error. 


  • Fighting against the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    For many weeks now, the House and the Senate have been carefully reviewing the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom reached with Iran in July.  On our Main Street Tour, I heard from many Fifth District Virginians who are sincerely concerned about this agreement, and I share these concerns.


  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Gun violence: America’s terrible shame

        One of my best friends is a Roanoke native who now lives in Cary, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh. He’s always said that Roanoke is never in the national news unless it’s for something bad.
        Unfortunately, he was proven right on Aug. 26, when the two WDBJ journalists were gunned to death, doing what should have been a routine story on Smith Mt. Lake and the local chamber of commerce.

  • Not free trade but fair trade

        I’m a free trade skeptic. I’m more interested in fair trade than free trade.

  • Bernie Sanders burnin’ it up

        Even in the Summer of Donald Trump – the mainstream media’s favorite obsession – there’s another presidential candidate whose ability to draw huge crowds and resonate with his supporters cannot be ignored.
        He’s Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is reminding Democrats that we do indeed have a choice – not just a role in a coronation – when it comes to who will be our presidential nominee next year.