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Today's Opinions

  • Legislation developed in atmosphere of bipartisanship

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The General Assembly is now at the midpoint of this year’s sixty-day session. It’s a good time to take stock of work accomplished during the session’s first thirty days.
        To date, the House of Delegates has put forth nearly 1,600 pieces of legislation.  This work covers a wide range of issues, from economic development to health care, from transportation to education, and much more.

  • Byron bill requires AEP to pass tax savings on to customers

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With crossover behind us and approval of a new two-year budget ahead, the 2018 General Assembly session entered its home stretch this week.

  • Republican plan would lower the cost of coverage and care

    By Senator David Sueterlein

        The 2018 General Assembly has now passed the critical “crossover” deadline when each chamber must finish work on all of its own non-budget bills. Going forward each chamber can now only be consider legislation originating from our friends across the building and I will have begun presenting our bills in House committees and subcommittees. Seventeen of the nineteen bills I introduced were advanced by the Senate and are now being considered by the House of Delegates committee system.

  • ACLU stance forgets about victims of theft

        Republicans and Democrats in Richmond showed bipartisan support for a proposal to increase the threshold at which a theft is considered a felony.
        The proposal raises the threshold from $200 to $500. Democrats advocated for the change and Republicans agreed to it because the change would require defendants to pay restitution before getting off some form of court-ordered supervision.
        But some folks aren’t buying into the change.

  • He wants a military parade?

        When Senate Republicans reached a budget agreement, it included an utterly obscene increase in military spending, a full 15 percent, beyond what President Boy Child had proposed.
        Republicans have now made it clear they no longer care about budget deficits. They’ve decided to run government as sloppily and irresponsibly as Donald Trump does business. GOP “deficit hawks” have surrendered to the Trumpanzees in Congress.

  • Why we are still in Afghanistan

        Last week, Rick Howell asked in The Liberal Agenda, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” I would like to answer that question. We are still in Afghanistan because two U. S. presidents screwed up.

  • Why we are still in Afghanistan

        Last week, Rick Howell asked in The Liberal Agenda, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” I would like to answer that question. We are still in Afghanistan because two U. S. presidents screwed up.

  • Voices must be heard

    Virginia families and businesses have been overcharged on their electric bills since 2015. They will continue to be overcharged in the future if the legislation backed by the electric utility monopolies and Governor Ralph Northam is approved.