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Columns

  • Legislation will improve school safety

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Nancy Pelosi rolls Trump; shutdown ends

        When voters put Democrats in control of the House of Representatives last fall, everyone knew it would lead to a day of reckoning for Donald Trump, our hopelessly corrupt and deeply incompetent president.
        As a petulant schoolyard-bully type, President Boy Child views everything as a fight. But this past week, he got rolled by a woman, and we know how particularly galling that must be to him.

  • Union stands for teachers’ interests

        Bedford County’s school board will soon be developing the school budget for the next school year. One of the things we can expect is that teachers’ union representatives will speak to the board to ask for teacher pay raises.

  • Education Committee acts on school safety

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd District, Virginia House of Delegates

        I hope you are settling into your new year and becoming used to writing “2019” on documents!  Here in Richmond, we are settling into the start of our third week of state business.  Many bills are making their way through the legislative process – proposed laws that impact you, your family, and your business.  And, of course, we are working on the state’s $117 billion budget.

  • Governor to remain limited to one term

    By Sen. David R. Suetterlein
    District 19

        The first full week of the 2019 General Assembly was exceptionally busy in just 5 days time. Committees considered hundreds of bills, the full Senate’s consideration of allowing a two-term Governor, and the historic election of a judge to one of the most important courts in the Commonwealth.

  • Time is at a premium in short session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

        We have just completed the second week of session, and we have already considered nearly 40% of all the Senate bills this year.  Committee meetings, debates over legislation in the Senate, and the election of judges were all part of the first full week of the 2019 General Assembly session.  Since this year is a “short” 46-day session, time is at a premium.

  • West a good choice for SCC

    By Del. Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

        The General Assembly elected a new judge to serve on the three-member State Corporation Commission this week.  Ordinarily, such appointments are little noticed by the general public, since most do not understand how great the Commission’s authority is.

  • Second Amendment rights preserved

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

        The second week of session has concluded, and the work of the General Assembly is in full swing. House Republicans protected your second amendment rights, helped elect a qualified judge to the SCC, laid out a plan for middle-class tax relief and explained how we can better align higher education with workforce development.

  • Syndicated columnist totally nails Trump

        As Donald Trump rose to the Republican presidential nomination in 2015 and ’16, it became clear to many conservative Republicans that he knew little about their movement and had no understanding of its origins.

  • Why all the cop killing?

        It seems like 2019 is opening with a lot of police officers being shot and killed.
        These aren’t cases of an officer being shot in the line of duty trying to stop a person in the act of committing a crime. That’s a risk that comes with the job. These cop killings have been cases in which the officer has been deliberately targeted. The killer wanted to kill a police officer.