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Today's Opinions

  • Judge election authority rests solely with the General Assembly

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
        The 2016 session of the General Assembly ended a day early, with legislators approving a balanced budget and fulfilling their constitutional duty to appoint judges to the Commonwealth’s courts.  And for the second year in a row, it completed its work a day ahead of schedule.

  • Protecting retirement savings Options

    Saving up for a rainy day – whether it’s a few quarters in your piggy bank as a child or investing in a retirement plan as an adult, many of us have heard from a young age about the importance of saving for the future. Saving is important to your financial security and independence. However, for many men and women who have worked their entire lives, every penny saved for retirement is a challenge.

     

  • Today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    This past week, we had the opportunity to visit a number of schools across the Fifth District and learn about the curricula our students have been studying. We visited schools in Rocky Mount, Gretna, Chatham, Altavista, Brookneal, Cumberland, Palmyra, Farmville, Stanardsville, and Charlottesville discussing topics ranging from computer science to political science.

     

  • A world plunging into chaos

        Whoever or whatever ends up being elected in November, the new president will face a world that’s increasingly plunging into chaos. Some of this chaos is Barack Obama’s fault, some isn’t.
        There are some things I can’t blame on President Obama, the Zika virus being on of them.

  • Texas abortion law should be tossed

        At week’s end, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that would basically shut down all abortion clinics in the state but one. This was after hearing arguments for and against a similar law in Texas.
        Some took it as a sign that a majority of the eight justices are poised to strike down the Texas law, one that requires doctors at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a hospital.

  • Bills deal with public education

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        We are one week away from the scheduled end of our 60-day legislative session.  Our time now is devoted to completion of committee work, review of Senate bills sent to the House, follow-up action to gubernatorial vetoes, and the fashioning of amendments to pending legislation.

  • Fund grants incentives to skills -based curricula

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With just one week left in the 2016 session of Virginia’s General Assembly, legislators are wrapping up work on legislation and preparing to approve the new 2016-2018 biennial budget.  The last two times the General Assembly considered a new biennial budget, in 2012 and 2014, impasses lasting weeks resulted in overtime sessions.  Things are moving briskly this year, however.

  • Budget approval process has new step

    By Senator Steve Newman

        With just one week remaining before its scheduled March 12 adjournment, this week inside Virginia’s Capitol was characterized by a lot of activity and some long debates on the Senate floor.  In great contrast to the 2010 and 2012 budget sessions, both of which ended in budget standoffs that took weeks to resolve, this year’s session is likely to be remembered most for its efficiency in considering and processing legislation.