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Columns

  • Bill lays groundwork for COPN reform

        Six and a half weeks can fly by pretty quickly, especially when you’re spending your days and evenings reviewing and considering nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions.
        The 2017 General Assembly session ended on Saturday.  Legislators ultimately approved around 45% of the bills filed by delegates and senators.  I am especially pleased to note that my success rate this session was well above that average.

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.

  • Muslim ban an outrageous immorality

        The disaster promised by The Great Stupidity of 2016 is now in full form, and decent Americans everywhere are disgusted and outraged by the extreme actions of our illegitimate and accidental president.
        The notion of Donald Trump in the Oval Office was always a nightmare, and now that bad dream has arms and legs. The ban on Muslims from seven countries – only the ones where Trump doesn’t have business interests – is immoral and unconstitutional.

  • Not fully implenting ObamaCare was a wise move for Virginia

    By Senator Steve Newman

  • Real America at the Women’s March

        Inaugural week in Washington demonstrated that the benefits of a free society, which include the right to protest, can produce an outpouring of solidarity, determination, and a grand statement to a new and highly unpopular president: You’re illegitimate, and we know it!

  • Focus on East Asia

        I watched the Inauguration last week. President Donald Trump’s speech was inspiring.

  • 2017 Session opens

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The 2017 Session of the Virginia General Assembly was called to order on Wednesday, January 12.  The session will run for 46 days, ending on February 25.
        It promises to be a busy and fast moving session, full of issues important to the citizens of the 19th District.  It is for that reason that I enter the session with unbridled enthusiasm and energy, fully dedicated to resolving important issues in a way that serves the best interests of our citizens.

  • A lot can be accomplished in 46 days

    By Senator Steve Newman

        I am delighted to be back in Richmond to represent you and the rest of my Virginia Senate district.  Once again this year I have the honor of serving as the President pro tempore of the Senate, which means I have the privilege of filling in the Lt. Governor in his absence and helping to lead the Senate. 

  • Session will feature some 2000 pieces of legislation

        The General Assembly is back in session, ready for another year.  A lot has changed since we last met.  November’s elections have not only affected policy in our nation’s capitol, they have already changed the dynamic in Richmond.

  • What does Russia have on Trump?

        I can’t help but wonder: Are a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump now beginning to figure out just how – here’s the “S” word again – stupid it was to do that?
         It could well be, now that we see the almost daily reminders of just how outrageous and regrettable it is that this man will be president. We can now pretty assuredly believe that the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin did everything it could to make him president.