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Today's Opinions

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    Party Creed

  • Congress takes key votes on national security

     

    Last week, the Congress took up several key votes relating to national security.

    I joined with others in the House of Representatives to condemn the regime in Iran for its repressive crackdown on non-violent, pro-democracy demonstrators. As brave citizens risked their lives in the streets of Tehran, the U.S. Congress acted swiftly to let the world and those brave individuals know that we stand with those who stand for freedom.

  • Rooting out corruption in our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the House of Representatives must vote on articles of impeachment against a federal judge.  Indeed, the last time this occurred was 20 years ago.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the House of Representatives has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.

  • ‘My little Democrat’ is growing up

        Almost exactly three years ago I wrote a column about my then 9-year-old son, Ryan. After this most recent Father’s Day, I thought an update on him and his progress might be in order.

        I called him “my little Democrat” at the time, and recounted some of our political adventures together, including meeting Mark Warner and delegate-to-be Ben Cline.

  • The Iranian challenge

        Iran’s recent presidential “election” poses a major foreign policy challenge for President Barack Obama.   

        In the first place, these aren’t free elections. Only candidates approved by a council of Shia clerics are on the ballot. In the second place, an Iranian president doesn’t wield the degree of power over Iranian government policy that our president does over American government policy. A Shia cleric named Ayatollah Ali Khamenei actually runs the show.

  • First the DMV told us it would give us $5 to stay away, now we’re being told no smiles allowed

    ot too long ago the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles told us they would rather not have us visit their offices. In fact, they offered us $5 off our vehicle registration fee as an incentive to keep us from coming by and paying in person.

        Now the word comes down that if we do drop by a DMV, we shouldn’t come in with a smile. What’s this world coming to? Don’t our driver’s license pictures already look bad enough?

  • The American Energy Act will protect our environment, lower energy costs and create jobs

    Just days ago House Republicans introduced an “all of the above” solution to cleaning up the environment, lowering energy costs, and creating more American jobs. The American Energy Act, which I strongly support, will increase production of American-made energy in an environmentally-sound manner and promote new, clean and renewable sources of energy such as nuclear, clean-coal-technology, wind and solar energy.

  • Creigh Deeds sweeps Democratic field

        Bath County State Senator Creigh Deeds won an overwhelming victory last week in the statewide Democratic primary. He will now face Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall for the contest to succeed Tim Kaine as Virginia’s governor.

        Deeds was thought to be the underdog to the heavily financed campaign of former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe. But much of McAuliffe’s appeal fell apart under scrutiny, especially his claim to have created so many jobs, a notion pretty much put to rest by a critical Washington Post article.