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Columns

  • Brace yourself; George Allen is back

        I’d been hearing these reports that former U.S. Senator George Allen was considering seeking his old job again. But surely, I thought, he’s found something else to do with himself, and knows that people haven’t forgotten that infamous word he uttered in 2006.

        It looks like I was wrong on both counts. Grab your seat belt; Allen is back. He announced last week, over the Internet, that he will again be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

  • Keeping their promises

        My compliments to House Republicans. They kept their campaign promise to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare. A few Democrats even joined them.

  • Keeping their promises

        My compliments to House Republicans. They kept their campaign promise to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare. A few Democrats even joined them.

  • Null and void

    It was really no surprise.

        For the second time in two months, a federal judge has ruled that Congress overstepped the bounds of the Constitution by requiring Americans to purchase health care insurance. The result of the most recent ruling: all of the law “must be declared void.”
        The one question that remains is whether Congress and the Obama Administration will now see the error of their ways and scrap the plan in order to start over — and get it right.

  • The first step, not the last, towards true health care reform


    The people of the 5th District sent a clear message on Election Day in support of repealing the government takeover of health care.


    This week, I was proud to put the will of the people into action by co-sponsoring and voting to repeal the health care law that raises costs, increases taxes and spending, and destroys jobs.

    I have heard from many constituents about the negative ramifications this law has had on people throughout Central and Southside Virginia.  

  • Putting you back in charge of your health care

    Just days ago the House of Representatives, with my support, delivered on our promise to the American people to hold a vote on legislation that would repeal the sweeping health care reform law, passed by the last Congress.  For nearly two years now the American people have been attending town hall meetings, sending letters and e-mails and making phone calls. Their message has been simple and consistent: We don’t want a government takeover of our health care system.

  • National D-Day Memorial Foundation president addresses misconceptions about the Memorial

    By Robin Edward Reed
    President
    National D-Day Memorial Foundation


        Misconception:  The Memorial is honoring or intended to honor Stalin with the placement of a bust.

  • The reality of stalking

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

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  • Legislation moving quickly

        This week, we were reminded of how quickly legislation moves during the short session, as one of my bills made it to the floor of the House after just one week.  House Bill 1419 would end Virginia’s mandate that girls receive the human papillomavirus vaccine before entering the sixth grade.

        The mandate was passed by the General Assembly in 2007.  This decision made it the first time that Virginia mandated vaccinations for a disease that cannot be transmitted through casual contact.

  • Repeal of health care reform will fail

        Shame on all the conservative Republicans, including Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt, who voted in the House to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law.

        Let all Americans know what this means: House Republicans care more about the profits of the insurance industry than they do about 50 million Americans without health insurance.