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Columns

  • The rule of law

    Snow came to Richmond this week. As is often the case around Capitol Square, the anticipation of the snow was a great deal more fearsome that the snow itself, which amounted to around an inch. As a result, the work here at the Capitol continued without interruption.

  • It may be cold outside, but GA activity is heating up

    By Sen. Steve Newman

    23rd District

     

  • A tale of two governors

    Bob McDonnell’s first year after leaving office as Virginia governor wasn’t supposed to be like this.
        Instead of basking in the glow of a successful term as a high-profile governor who was on Mitt Romney’s short list as VP, McDonnell faces a federal trial instead.
        In New Jersey, this was supposed to be a positive year of transition for Chris Christie, parlaying an easy re-election as governor into a roll out in 2015 as a GOP presidential candidate.

  • The slow motion ObamaCare train wreck

        There seems to be no end of the bad news for ObamaCare.

  • Economic freedom generates growth and prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Addressing the vulnerabilities in the president’s healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every day we are presented with a new glitch or problem associated with the President’s health care law that harms the American people.  Whether it be the excessive waste in the implementation of the law, canceled policies, far higher premiums and deductibles, fewer work hours and jobs, or the cybersecurity risks within Healthcare.gov, it could not be clearer that the President’s healthcare law and its execution have been flawed, misguided, and mismanaged.

     

  • Reversing the diminishing workforce

    The reality of our frustrating jobs outlook in the United States must be addressed. The most recent monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in December, only 74,000 people found jobs and labor force participation fell once again. Last month, 347,000 Americans dropped out of the workforce, driving the Labor Force Participation Rate – a measure of those who are employed or unemployed and actively looking for work – to 62.8 percent. This represents its lowest level since the Carter Administration in 1978.

  • The rising need for school protection

    By Glen Smith
    Bedford

        The mayhem and deadly violence in schools continues.
        An ABC News report recently pointed out that since 2009, school shootings in the U.S. have averaged sixteen per year, up from five per year in the few years previous. This alarming trend underscores the need for a trained law officer in each school, the single most effective protection available.

  • Medicaid expansion to be point of disagreement

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

    Every four years when Virginia changes governors, legislators get to hear a lot of speeches.  First, the outgoing governor begins the General Assembly session with his final State of the Commonwealth Address, as Governor McDonnell did on the session’s opening day.

  • Heck of a way to start 2014

    I hope you’re enjoying your new year; just got mine started a few days ago.
        Oh, I was around on Jan. 1, but not where I thought I’d be.
        Once you’re past 50, I suppose, a health crisis of any kind should not be much of a surprise. Still, one prefers not to think about them until presented – rather directly, I’d say – with the evidence.