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Columns

  • Governor’s race under way, but few notice

    Virginia will be the most politically-watched state in the country later this year, but you sure wouldn’t know it right now.
        Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, is getting around the state and meeting with supporters. He was in Roanoke last week, and again this week.
        McAuliffe knows that a significant drop in voter turnout from 2012 could very well put his opponent, the extremist attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, in office.

  • Setting priorities won’t be easy

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington told me that the supervisors plan to get an early start on next year’s budget. Arrington said that, as soon as they finish their work on revisions to the zoning ordinance, they will start discussing budget priorities. The impression I got is that they will be doing that this summer.

  • The truth must come out

    At least one top diplomatic official believes that the US military could have prevented an attack in Benghazi last Sept. 11, had fighter jets been deployed in a timely manner.
        Other reports continue to surface claiming a cover-up by the Obama Administration on Benghazi, to deflect the true nature of the attack prior to the November elections.
        Even further, some reports show a president detached from the attack on the American Embassy in which US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed.

  • April monthly video address

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    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:

     

  • Seeking answers on Benghazi

    Congressional efforts to uncover more details about the terrorist attack on September 11, 2012 in, Libya continue.  Just a few days ago, I released a report on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.  This report is part of an ongoing review of the events that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

     

  • House GOP candidates a scary bunch

    Surveying the local Republican field that wants to replace Del. Lacey Putney leaves me wondering whether I should laugh or cry.
        Putney wasn’t even much of a moderate, but listening to the extremist remarks of the “gang of four” that want his job, well, let’s just say we’re all going to have our own reasons for missing him.

  • Pin the blame tail on the donkey

        Rick Howell doesn’t have to worry about me going soft on Barack Obama, a concern he expressed in last week’s Liberal Agenda. I still think President Obama is a disaster. I also remain convinced that Barack Obama hates America, that is, he believes the United States has been a force for evil in the world and he wants to dismantle our global influence.

  • Praying for Boston

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Boston as we mourn the loss of innocent lives, pray for recovery for those injured, and come together as a nation determined to bring those guilty to justice.  The terror we saw in Boston is a stark reminder of how precious the freedoms are that we hold so dear and how lucky we are to live in a country that does not tolerate such terror and hate.

     

  • Holding government officials accountable to the American people

    Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez will face a number of questions over the next several days during his confirmation hearings in the Senate.  Many of those questions will revolve around recent reports of Mr. Perez’s mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as a secret backroom deal he made that cost American taxpayers millions of dollars. The laundry list of his questionable actions continues to grow.

  • Commentary: Change needed to protect animals

    By Meredith Buist
    Boonsboro

        Did you know that perfectly healthy animals are being euthanized in your community right now?
        There are cats that should never be taken from their outdoor homes that are rounded up and incarcerated using your tax dollars. These cats are perfectly fine living where they are they just need to be neutered, vaccinated and returned.