• Black votes matter

        Despite his popularity among college age people, the Children of the Corn did not put Bernie Sanders over the top in the South Carolina primary.  Sanders seems to have put a great deal of effort into courting this age group, possibly because they are just too immature to realize that the socialism he’s preaching has been tried, in Europe, and mostly abandoned because it doesn’t work. Unfortunately for him, this age group has a poor record of showing up to vote.

  • The president still fails to deliver a plan to defeat ISIS

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A new energy tax is not the way forward

    Up and down the Sixth District, folks that I talk to every day tell me their concerns about the harmful effect federal regulations and increased taxes have on their family budget or small business. Too many people are still looking for jobs, or only working part-time, and this Administration’s policies over the past seven years have done little to help those families struggling to make ends meet.


  • Senate buget calls for 2 percent increase for teachers

    By Senator Steve Newman

    This week marked the passage of crossover, the legislative midway point in sessions of the Virginia General Assembly. By crossover the House of Delegates and the Senate must have completed work on bills filed by their respective members. That means from here forward, the House of Delegates will be considering bills sponsored by senators and the Senate will be considering bills submitted by delegates.


  • No tax or fee increases

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Charter school bill fails

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Crossover is now behind us.  From here forward, my colleagues and I in the House of Delegates will be considering bills filed by Senators.  And when I’m not listening to senators tell me all about their legislation, I’ll be busy explaining my bills to them.

  • ransient occupancey tax bills approved

    By Delegate Terry Austin

    The Virginia General Assembly has now passed the midpoint of the 2016 session.  The pace of activity has intensified, as the House of Delegates begins considering Senate bills that have “crossed over,” at the same time that we in the House work to finish our own bills.  Interestingly, as we move through the second half of the session, the issues become more complex and more controversial.

  • On being a ‘political extremist’

    By Rev. Travis Witt
    Fifth District Representative to Republican State Central Committee

        Let me respond to my name being mentioned two weeks ago. 

  • Democrats: Be calm, and stay together

        Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential bid didn’t last long, but when he left the scene, he had some parting words for conservatives: “Donald Trump will destroy the Republican Party.”
        At the time, most might have chuckled at Perry’s remarks, and joked about him leaving the race, but few would have guessed how potentially true his remarks would appear six months later.

  • Expand vocational education

        I think School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler’s idea of a regional vocational center is worth pursuing.