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Columns

  • 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.

  • Governor has expressed interest in working with Republicans

    By Senator David R. Suetterlein
    District 19

        The Senate of Virginia has convened for the 2018 General Assembly. The membership of the Senate is the exact same as last year, but we will now be working with a new Governor, Lt. Governor, and House of Delegates.

  • General Assembly has new office building

    By Senator Steve Newman,
    Senate of Virginia
    President pro tempore

        The 2018 General Assembly Session opened on January 10. This year will be a longer, 60-day session where we craft a new biennial budget and tackle important issues such as healthcare, the opioid crisis, and the teacher shortage across Virginia among other issues.

  • Session begins with new governor

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

        The 399th General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia convened last Wednesday, January 10, at noon. This year’s assembly is a “long” session, stretching 60 days until March 10.
        The session brings with it a new governor, Ralph Northam, and a new Speaker of the House, Kirk Cox. Mr. Northam was inaugurated last Saturday. Most recently he was our lieutenant governor; prior to that, he had been a state senator from Norfolk.

  • Section of U. S. 221 to be named in Lacey Putney’s honor

    Every four years, Virginia inaugurates a new governor.  Befitting a commonwealth with a government that predates our nation’s by more than 150 years, that inauguration is an affair filled with tradition.
        With the South Portico of Virginia’s Capitol as a backdrop, the swearing-in ceremony for a governor is very formal.  How formal?  Well, there aren’t many fancy dress events these days where gentlemen still wear gloves, but those in the Official Inaugural Committee do for the swearing-in ceremony. 

  • Oh, sure, he’s a ‘genius’ alright

        Throughout history, geniuses have always had at least one thing in common: They only acquire the label through their work and accomplishments over a long period of time.
        The current president should take note – they do not proclaim themselves geniuses, as he did recently. Yes, it was another crazy tweet from this deeply unstable man. He was responding to all the attention given lately to the question of his mental state.

  • The sky is falling!

        The Left, including the “Democratic” Party’s propaganda machine, otherwise known of as the mainstream media, has been doing some serious hyperventilating over the war of words between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. In the most recent trade of threats, Kim said he has a nuclear button on his desk and President Trump tweeted that his button is bigger. Everybody neglected to mention that Kim’s button probably isn’t connected to anything.

  • The Resistance comes to Richmond

        When the Virginia General Assembly opens this week, state Republicans will see the fruits of the clock-cleaning they received at the polls last November, specifically in the House of Delegates.
        There, a freshman class of progressive Democrats, many of them women, will serve as the visceral evidence of the GOP’s embrace of Donald Trump. That party’s price for its deal with darkness is already being paid.