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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.