Today's Opinions

  • Medicaid expansion proposals defeated

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        Legend tells us that George Washington explained to Thomas Jefferson that the purpose of the United States Senate to “cool” House legislation just as a saucer was used to cool hot tea. The difference between Washington and Richmond is more than 100 miles and our pace in the Virginia Senate this year has been nothing short of blazing.

  • Final budget vote slated for March 10

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        It’s hard to believe we are already into the month of February!  The General Assembly session is progressing quickly. We have just over a week left until “Crossover.”
    Crossover is the point at which both the House and Senate can only act on bills that have passed through the other body. Committee dockets and House Floor calendars have been long over the last week as each house works to complete action on their own legislation. The exception to Crossover is the budget bill.

  • The most productive Senate legislative session in memory

    By Senator Steve Newman

        When most people hear the word “Senate,” they think of the United States Senate, a legislative body known for moving very slowly. Judging from this year’s session, the Senate of Virginia is very different from the Senate in Washington. My fellow senators and I have already passed over 200 bills during this year’s session.

  • Bill would require state labs to provide time-critical testing for newborns seven days a week

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        As we enter the fourth week of the General Assembly session, it is a good time to take stock of the work that the House has completed, and the work yet to be done.

  • House votes 99 to 0 for ‘Lacey Putney Memorial Highway’ designation

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This was a long but productive week in Richmond, as we are entering into the hectic days leading up to crossover.  Between now and February 13, the House has to complete work on every bill filed by a delegate.  With over 1,600 bills filed by delegates, there’s a lot to consider in a very short period of time.

  • Trump, Christians, and the porn star

        As Donald Trump flails along with low approval ratings, Twitter fits, endless lies, and an investigation slowly closing in on him, many evangelical Christians apparently still believe him to be “God’s choice.”

  • How the left hates Trump!

        It’s amazing how the left hates President Donald Trump. It’s less amazing that “Democratic” Party activists hate President Trump. For these guys, politics is everything and the wellbeing of the United States takes second place to trying to score political points against a Republican president.

  • Letters 01/31/18

    Thank You Bedford Fire And Rescue

        To the citizens of Bedford. I would like you to know, we have a small group of dedicated men and women scattered throughout our area, who deserve a huge shout out! It is our local Bedford Fire, Rescue and 911 Dispatchers, who respond to our call for help – daily.
        I live within 5 to 6 minutes from town and on the morning of January 19th, my family had a situation that was out of our hands and could have been devastating to us, without the quick response of this team.