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  • Legislation will help more children find adoptive parents

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The 2018 Virginia General Assembly has completed its third week in session, advancing several bills important to citizens of the 19th District. The bills include proposals for increased funding for Interstate Highway 81; support for child adoption; and stricter controls on opioid use.

  • Bill will help patients shop for lowest cost healthcare

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week in Richmond, I promoted legislation to lower the costs of healthcare, delivered a speech to my House colleagues, and had numerous groups from home visit our offices.  As this was the first week of this session that did not have any snow, it proved productive and extremely busy.
        I have submitted five bills this session that are aimed at reducing the cost of healthcare for Virginians.  I presented three of these bills this week.

  • Anti-gerrymandering bill advances in Senate

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        This week at the Capitol saw lots of legislative action and dozens of visitors from across the Commonwealth advocating for their priorities.
        It was great to have members of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce in Richmond last week. I enjoyed hearing from them and sharing about my legislation, including Senate Bill 257.

  • Trump inherited a strong economy

        The die-hard supporters of this tragic president have come up with a myth to help them keep up the faith: He has “turned around” our economy and made it “great again.”
        While it’s never surprising the lengths to which people will go to reinforce their wrong-headed decisions – in this case the decision to vote for Trump – such a belief still makes me wonder just how short are the memories of some people?

  • Calculated, not lazy

        It would be nice to see “Democrats” get over their rectal-cranial inversion of 2016 and admit that they nominated a wretched candidate for president. Their candidate was probably the only “Democrat” that Donald Trump could defeat. Had they nominated Bernie Sanders, they probably would have won the election.

  • Encouraging signs of bipartisanship

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
        19th House District    

        Last week was the second full week of the 2018 General Assembly. It began with Governor Northam’s Inaugural Address to the Joint Assembly, on Monday evening.

  • News from the Capitol—Week 2

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Senate of Virginia President
    pro tempore

        The first week of the General Assembly session was filled with ceremony and change.  In the Senate, the second week was filled with time-consuming work for the people of Virginia.

  • Felony theft threshold bill moves forward

    By Senator David Suetterlein
    19th District

        The Senate of Virginia is already operating at full speed during its first week of the 2018 General Assembly session. Two of my bills have already made their way through committee hearings and been passed by the full Senate to the House of Delegates for consideration.

  • Trump’s ‘base’ finally figuring it out

        When support for Donald Trump is discussed, we always hear about “his base,” the allegedly steady level of commitment from nationalists, white supremacists, religionists, and those obsessed with illegal immigration.
        In the Republican primaries of 2016, these people accounted for close to 30 percent of the vote every time. In a crowded field that began with 15 candidates, that was usually enough to put Trump over the top.

  • Political theater

        Remember back in the fall of 2013 when Republicans, led by Ted Cruz, played chicken with the “Democrats” on a government shutdown in an effort to defund ObamaCare? The Republicans were blasted as irresponsible for holding the budget hostage to this one issue.