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Today's Opinions

  • Certificate of need laws need reformed

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session began with a holiday and ended with a snow day. Monday was Martin Luther King Day. The holiday is consistently one of the busiest of the session, bringing large groups to Richmond to meet legislators and promote their positions on issues.
        This week, the Senate approved House Bill 58, the emergency legislation I am

  • Governor’s budget unrelistic

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        It is with a combination of pride and humility that I joined my legislative colleagues for the opening of the General Assembly on January 13.  The pride comes from the distinct honor of representing the wonderful people of the 19th House District.  The humility comes from the daunting privilege of carrying on the tradition of representative government put into place nearly four centuries ago by the Virginia House of Burgesses – the predecessor to today’s General Assembly.

  • Standing up for life

    Life – it’s a gift that with every new breath many of us take for granted. Life is a right that I am proud to stand in strong support of and one that must be protected. This fundamental human right to be born into the world is what thousands of Americans gather to honor each January on the National Mall in snow, rain, bitter cold, or sunshine. The date of the annual March for Life, January 22, is significant. It marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in the infamous case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

  • House Republicans set pro-growth agenda

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Open government

        A Capital News Service story on transparency in government noted that two first-term legislators had formed a bipartisan caucus to make the Virginia General Assembly more accessible to the public.
        It’s unfortunate, however, that the session kicked off with the media being kicked upstairs in the Senate. A rule change there moved the media off the floor and into the upper gallery.
        Really? This is the course to transparency in government?

  • 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.