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Columns

  • Bills being negotiated by committees

        The second to last week of session is ordinarily one of the busiest.  Both House and Senate Committees have to finish work on the bills that have been assigned to them during this week, to ensure there is sufficient time for legislation to be debated in the respective chambers and – if there are differences – negotiated by committees of conference.

  • Will voters want another Bush?

        Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is getting most of the attention lately as various Republicans position themselves to be a candidate for president in 2016.
        This would be the third Bush of his clan to seek the presidency, giving rise to some strong feelings one way or the other about dynasties in politics.

  • A matter of primary importance

        Meetings are often really boring affairs. The one Bedford County’s Republicans held two weeks ago, however, was certainly anything but boring. I love a good political fight and these guys did not disappoint me. It was a truly entertaining gathering.
        I usually don’t go to political party meetings, but the Republicans have held a couple in the last six months that were significant. I went to this one because they were going to choose the method of selecting Republican nominees for local offices in this fall’s election.

  • The President’s budget proposes the same failed policies

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As I travel the Fifth District listening to those I represent, it is clear to me that Virginians recognize that the status quo is unsustainable. Our nation has borrowed $18 trillion, and Washington continues to borrow nearly 20 cents on every dollar it spends.  Parents are gravely concerned about the impact of our national debt on their children’s futures.

     

  • It’s time for Congress to end the ethanol mandate

    Some have called it a “well-intentioned flop” while others say it’s an anti-competitive government mandate, but whatever you call the ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s clear this policy has caused many negative consequences for American consumers.

  • Supports transportation accountability bills

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly was in full swing as we approached the midway point of the 2015 session.  Both the House and Senate must complete their work on legislation before “crossover” on February 10.  After that, we will begin work on legislation sent over from the other Chamber.

  • Budget includes funding Bedford reversion money

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This weekend the Senate Finance Committee released their new state budget.  The measure was presented to the sub-committee chairmen and approved by the full Senate Finance Committee on which I am honored to serve. It represents the Commonwealth’s budget for the next two years. 

  • Addressing workforce development

        With more than half of this year’s General Assembly session behind us and with the legislative halfway mark, crossover, looming, this week in Richmond was filled with action on bills and resolutions.

  • Bedford—The best little town in America

    By Bill and Ethan Vickery
    Bedford

        “What Do I Think?” the writer asked last week regarding our, “Quaint little town of Bedford”. She implied the town needed more entertainment. We’ve lived here 10 years so we can at least partly answer her question.

  • Prayer breakfast remarks rile extremists

        For most people, President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast was a historically accurate attempt to make a simple, basic point: Any religion can be twisted and distorted to justify evil.
        “Any religion,” of course, is a phrase that must necessarily include Christianity. Sadly, there are certain self-styled Christians who – in the popular phrase from film - “can’t handle the truth.”