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Columns

  • McKelvey has some good points

        Almost as soon as Congressman Robert Hurt announced that he would not seek a fourth term, Jim McKelvey announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for that seat. McKelvey sought the GOP nomination back in 2010, but Hurt beat him in a multi-candidate primary and then went on to win the election.
        As of this writing, I have not heard of anybody else announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination.
        McKelvey has some good ideas.

  • The ruination of a political party

        A simple reading of this column over the years might spark someone to conclude, generally, that, well “he just hates the Republican Party, doesn’t he?”
        “Simple” is the key word there, and the conclusion would be wrong. As an admirer of America’s two-party system, I’ve always had respect for the role Republicans play, while passionately believing that Democrats work for what’s best for people, especially the poor and working class.

  • Newman will serve as President Pro Tempore

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    Senate District 23

        On the coldest day in Richmond of the new year, the General Assembly began its 2016 session.  This year’s 60-day session is the first of the four-year Senate term.  That means the first day of session begins with all 40 senators elected last November taking their oath of office.

  • No more free passes

    A free pass at Disney World is one thing, but a free pass for nations wishing to destroy our way of life has no place in America’s foreign policy. In President Obama’s final State of the Union address, he spoke at length about looking toward the future. There is nothing more important to the future than protecting the United States from the threats of hostile nations like North Korea and Iran. However, the Obama Administration’s foreign policy is giving them a free pass.

     

  • The House continues to fight for our national security

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The descent into chaos

        Last week I mentioned that there seems to be a double standard when it comes to religion in the public school classroom. I noted the same left-wingers who defended a teacher who had students copy the Muslim statement of faith as part of a geography assignment, would have been after that teacher’s head if she had had her students copy a Christian text, such as the Lord’s Prayer.

  • Watch out! Va. Republicans in session!!

        This week marks the opening of that annual frustrating and often mind-boggling political exercise known as the Virginia General Assembly.
        Yes, as you read this, Richmond is filled with Republicans, most of them doctrinaire conservatives (and many more extreme than that) set to pass – Lord help us! - new laws for our beloved home, the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Losing concealed carry reciprocity

    By Joel Hoeffner
    Minot, ND

        I am Active Duty Military stationed in Minot, ND. I own a home and property in Bedford,VA and will return there after I retire from the military.

  • Putting patients first

    Should patients or big government mandates come first? That’s the question Congress recently asked President Obama by sending a repeal of his signature health care law to his desk.

     

  • The ACLU would have a fit

        It was interesting to see Rick Howell close out the year with a defense of a world geography lesson that included students copying the Muslim statement of faith. This happened last month in River Heads High School in Augusta County. It’s interesting because, if a public school teacher were to have her students copy a passage from the Bible, such as the Lord’s Prayer, Mr. Howell would howl about separation of church and state. The ACLU would have a fit, threaten a lawsuit and probably demand the teacher’s head on a platter.